Can anyone suggest a source for one or more beginner tutorials aimed at the relatively basic task of creating simple mechanical parts (discs with radial holes, Archimedes screws, etc) for 3D printing? I have no need of lighting, animation, et cetera. I'm interested in making toys and silly little machines like the marble elevators on thingiverse.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi! Welcome to Blender SE. I don't find your question precise enough, have you already modeled the objects? Which steps do you need a tutorial for? $\endgroup$ – MicroMachine Apr 7 '16 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ Related - blender.stackexchange.com/questions/253/…. If you have any concrete question about modeling / another using Blender, ask it here. If you want to learn more about 3dprinting the first place to ask would be 3D Printing SE or google. $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Apr 7 '16 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ Yo might want to ask your question on the 3D printing SE, since it doesn't appear to be about Blender specificly. $\endgroup$ – brasshat Apr 7 '16 at 21:44
  • $\begingroup$ Hi. thanks for responding. I own a Lultbot Taz5 which I use for printing small gears with Gearotic (incredible program!). I have some hand sketches for small mechanical parts and I want to turn them into STL files for printing. Every tutorial I can find is focused mainly on lighting, animation, making realistic grass, et cetera. I have no need for any of those things. After going through a few of those, I tried my hand at the program and I keep getting errors about non-manifold objects and overhangs and all kinds of stuff that's meaningless to me because they are specific to 3D printing. $\endgroup$ – TimM Apr 9 '16 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ The DVD on Blender for 3D printing is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! I just purchased a copy. $\endgroup$ – TimM Apr 9 '16 at 10:57

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