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5. Cross-Sectioning

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Book Chapter
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71 to 80
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Now that an object has been transformed to an STL representation, the first major step of the slicing process can begin: cross-sectioning. This step converts a 3D object into a stack of polygons. Polygons are closed, 2D shapes composed of straight edges. These polygons are typically the result of intersecting a plane with an object at various heights along the z-axis. These stacked polygons create the “layers” that are characteristic of the 3D-printing process. In addition to the cross-section operation itself, several details need to be addressed. These details include necessary preprocessing and potential stitching, smoothing, and simplification of the cross-sections.