When refining the part production parameters during 3D printing it is often necessary to
print a number of different variations of the same part model. For example, printing
many copies at slightly different scale factors to find the optimal production settings.
In this disclosure we describe a new method for automatically packing as many different
variations as possible of a part within a given build volume.
There are existing packing systems which can pack as many copies of the same part or
different parts as possible in a given volume. Our system differs from these because we
pack as many different variants of a single part as possible. In addition, since we are
generating the variations, we know how each was generated, and so can automatically
generate labels, tables and other aids to help the user later distinguish the different
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INC, HP, "EFFICIENTLY TESTING PART VARIATIONS FOR 3D PRINTING", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 24, 2021)