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Arranging Objects on the Build Plate

    Adding models

    You can add as many models to the plate as will fit. Go to Edit > Auto Layout All or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + L to automatically arrange multiple models on the plate.

    Moving models around

    if you want to arrange objects manually, click the Move button or press the M key to enter Move mode. In Move mode, click and drag with your mouse to move your model around on the build plate. You can click On Platform to move your object onto the platform, and Center to move your object to the center of the build plate.

    Rotating models

    To optimize the layout on your build plate, you may wish to rotate some of your objects. Click the Turn button or press the T key. Then click and drag with your mouse to rotate your model around the z-axis. Click the Turn button again to open the Change Rotation submenu and lay your object flat or rotate it by a specific amount.

    Scaling models

    If you want to change the size of your objects, click the Scale button or press the S key. You can then click and drag with your mouse to shrink or enlarge your model. Click the Scale button again to scale your object by a specific amount.

    Editing multiple models

    If you want to modify multiple items at once, hold down the Shift key while clicking on each object in turn. Selected objects will have a yellow outline. You will then be able to move, turn, or scale all selected objects at the same time. If you want to select all objects at once, you can go to Edit > Select All or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + A.

    Note: MakerBot Desktop is no longer in development. To upgrade to our newer software, please install MakerBot Print. If you are using a Replicator 2X, we recommend continuing with the MakerBot Desktop software.


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