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Using CAD repair programs to save unprintable files

By John Shanahan

You spend hours creating a custom piece in CAD for one of your favorite clients. The metal she loves, the colored stones she’s been wanting, a unique expression of her style. Now the file is up on screen, the 3-D printer is ready to lay out the model for casting, and with great anticipation, you click to get things started. Which is when your printer looks at you and says, “Hey, about this file? We need to talk.”