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3D printing is the process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model.

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Sculpting issues on a model

When trying to sculpt a model, it seems that none of my brushes are very effective no matter what settings I'm trying. Is this possibly a vertex count issue or am I missing something? I've tried ...
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Sculpting, joining high detail meshes for 3d print

I would be very grateful for help from more experienced (than me) sculptors out there ;) So, a little bit of a background. I wanted to make a 3d printable sculpt of my friends DnD character for her ...
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Modeling tower for 3d print

I am trying to model 3d tower to print it with resin, I want to get this cool brick texture detail, to paint later, as highlighted in attached picture 1 I tried two approaches: model tower from ...
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How do I smooth this cone for 3D printing?

I have a cone that I'm setting up to 3D print: When I import it into Cura, it's very blocky: How can I edit this cone in Blender to give it a nice, smooth, round shape, while leaving the bottom ...
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OBJ File only has color when in my documents folder?

I am trying to 3D print a model at my local library, and need to have an OBJ file of my model. When I export it, the OBJ file only shows color when it and the MTL file are in my laptop's documents ...
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How to export blender object with negative spaces to a print ready STL/OBJ file

I'm just learning the basics in blender and wanted to create things I could use to sped up the learning process so I made a custom base for Warhammer AOS chaos figures. The method I've used is mashing ...
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Why couldn't I slice correctly with blender? [closed]

Why can't I slice correctly with Blender? Hi I am Japanese so sorry for my English, I changed some places with the 3d data with blender and it failed to slice. I tried several methods, but still the ...
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Outer faces being labelled as inner faces even after recalculating normals

I'm trying to grasp why some of these faces would be labeled as inner faces despite not actually being so. As I'm learning on my own, best practices for creating meshes are something I'm still ...
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Draw on a 3D object, then export this drawing flattened

I actually don't know if this is possible in blender. I have a 3D object (stl file). Let's say it's a 3D ball. I would like to paint it or to import a drawing (vector done in Adobe Illustrator) that I ...
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Boolean Difference elements showing up as solid when exporting to Slicer

When I export a project as an STL file to use in my slicer program (Chitubox), any Boolean difference elements I have used in the design show as solid objects.
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How to read value from 3D Print Analysis Report and use it in a script

is there a way to get the value from one of the 3D Print Toolkit report items and use it in a script? I have only a superficial understanding of python and using it for scripting in Blender. When I ...
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How to properly subdivide model for 3d printing?

I have this part of a model that doesn't have as much geometry as I want. I tried to use Subdivision modifier but I got this instead: I want to be able to not see any edges when printing. I'm also ...
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How to model 3D letters for 3D printing

I want to make an alphabet of 3D printed letters. Is this possible in Blender and can you advise on the best way to learn how? I am proficient in Photoshop on a Mac.
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How to export part of a model in Blender as an STL file and keep the original scale

I made a model of a character, and I [![want to export it to parts as stl files to 3D print. But when I export some part of character, I found it size change, what should I do?
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Importing an STL and adding it to a project

I am creating a modern Queens Guard bandsman/lady. Can I import an stl file of an instrument for the musician, get the muso to hold it and scale it down to size, then save the muso with the instrument ...
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Create 2D cutout of 3D object using geometry nodes

Create 2D cutout of 3D object using geometry nodes. I'm trying to create a 2D cutout from a geometry node generated 3D cone (and make it procedural) See red arrow pointing to 2D image that I'm trying ...
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Is there a way to shrink/fatten that properly handles any resulting self-intersecting geometry?

Specifically, I am working with manifold meshes and Boolean modifiers. I have a high-poly-count 3d mesh which is my reference shape. I want to subtract it from another shape but with a small gap -- ...
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How to change an Object from Solid to Hollow in Blender 3.1.2? [duplicate]

As someone new to Blender I have an object (STL) I've imported into Blender that I want to create a mold for that I can then 3D print. I therefor want to encase it in a larger version of itself (split ...
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Correcting for 3D Printing in blender removes key features of the model. I could use some advice on appropriate correction

I'm trying to make a simple 3D model (My first 3D model). When using the add on Mesh: 3D print toolbox and clicking on make manifold, key features of my model are distorted in such a way that it's ...
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can I make a 3d printable hollow cylinder?

I am trying to hollow out a cylinder, however I need to have a thickness in the walls and when I try to use the extrude tool, the mesh breaks. is there another method?
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Bezier curve converted to mesh - either no vertices or all a vertex?

I have four curves in the screenshots, but I'm focused on just the upper left one. Here, it's a Bezier curve. I've selected it, then I right-clicked and picked "Convert to Mesh." Then I ...
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How to scale vertices outwards?

I've done this before and I can't do it again - either I've triggered some setting that changes how scale (or extrude) works or I've just completely forgotten how to do this. I have the cylinder on ...
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Why isn't my bezier curve a curve instead of straight segments?

When I create a bezier curve and start working with it, it's not a curve. As seen here, it's a series of straight segments. When I convert it to a mesh, it still looks like a number of straight ...
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Using empty and raycast node in geometry nodes to shrinkwrap / debossed / control location of text on object

Using empty and raycast node in geometry nodes to shrinkwrap / debossed / control location of text on object. Example of debossed text. I know I can use mesh boolean and GN to create debossed text on ...
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How to merge .stl files properly in Blender

I want to merge the .stl files properly in Blender. I am new to Blender, don't judge me. I was trying to combine them manually but I could not. Is there any way to do this like some automatic features ...
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How can I quickly and easily measure one band in a sphere (or part of a sphere)?

I'm modeling an object to print with a 3D printer. I'm working with a UV sphere and I've removed some bands at the top and the bottom half. What matters, in terms of size, is the band at the top, the ...
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Ribbed effect to solid shapes [duplicate]

I just started with blender and can't fix this problem. Because I would like to create a ribbed effect on different shapes. I have tried several things with the Displace Modifyer but without success. ...
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Blender’s scale for STL export for 3D Print

just trying to export a model out correctly for 3d Printing. But when I send it to the printing company they say the scale is out by a factor of 1000000. As a simple example, here’s the settings I ...
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How to solidify a model/tube without overlapping/passing through itself?

I want to remodel blood vessels and have uploaded the thin-walled model in blender. To 3D print it, I need to increase the wall thickness to 0.5-1mm. I managed this well with the solidify tool. It ...
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Holes in model after applying subdivide modifier

I'm trying to make a model 3D print ready and after applying a subdivision modifier, there are several holes in the model. I've seen some people say to recalculate the normals or use solidifier but ...
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Exporting does not match what I am viewing

New to blender, I'm working on a big project and am really juggling learning multiple different programs to get what I need If there is an easier way I am all ears. I'm piecing things together from ...
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Repairing file for 3D printing

I'm trying to get the this file 3D printed, but got the following feedback from a service: 1.The wall thickness of the whole part is too thin which has a high risk of crack, loss and deformation. ...
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Boolean modifier for 3d printing

I have a problem with custom dice for my 3d printer, when I print my numbers are all upside down. On the other hand, the letters are all in the place, I followed at least 15 guide made 15 tried ...
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Displacement modifier with UV map weird results

Noob here. I found an obj model with UV map and texture bundled. Mesh itself is pretty low quality, but when texture is applied, it looks just great. So I tried to use supplied texture as displacement ...
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Unfold cylindrical object around rotation axis

Good evening! Sometime ago i asked a similar question but i did not get the right answer and the discussion went into a wrong direction. Maybe i did not express myself correctly. That's why i did a ...
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Any way to make this mesh (hair made from curves) manifold without having to manually retopo it?

So I'm working on this character figure that will be 3D printed, and I just finished the hair base, except it looks awful from below because of course it does :P I was wondering if there was a way ...
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How to extrude and wrap around a ring?

I wanted to be able to extrude the flat side of the squiggly mesh to wrap around the ring, without changing the original shape so that the item looks flush. But when I use shrink wrap, Near surface ...
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Is this a bug in the toolbox addon

I created a tooth to print it 3d with this dimension (141,129,265) in mm. I apply the scale and rotation and location. The problem appears in the bottom of the ...
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How to solve thin faces problem to make the model printable

I modeling a dragon to print it 3d now I am preparing it to make it ready for 3d printing, the problem is I don't know how to fix the thin faces problem that gives me the toolbox addon. the following ...
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i have problem when i calculate zero faces by tool box addon

I modeled a dragon and I am preparing it now to be printable : It selects nearly all the mesh, I do "merge by distance" is there a problem or what. This is the method of how I applied the ...
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How to solve sharp edges problem in order to obtain a model for 3d print?

I have run the 3D Print toolbox add-on of Blender. And, I have got that result, which can be seen at screenshot. I donot know what to do about sharp edges problem. How to solve sharp edges problem in ...
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Creating Tiny Splinters In Plastic Using Shaders or Geometry Nodes

I'm trying a 3D printed look. I have the layer lines down so far, but how can I generate these tiny Splinters?
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Converting an image to a mesh

I am a railway modeller, I can design and add basic textures in SketchUp, no problems. I needed to up the texture levels quellenform instructions put me right so now Walls with real life textures are ...
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Procedurally Creating Tiny Imperfections using Shader or Geometry Nodes

I'm working on a project where I'm importing GCODE (that is a file that a 3d printer takes in and prints an object for you) and displaying it on Blender. This is what I have so far. Please understand ...
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Cutting a hole in a wall with displaced texture?

I don't know if this is possible. I have added a displaced texture to a plane mesh to make a wall for 3d printing. I have joined the two items together. I have tried the Boolean method to make a hole ...
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Solidify 3d slice thin walls

I drape the barrels with a subdivided mesh and apply subdivide. All works fine. I solidify with .05 thickness and apply. Most of the draped mesh thickens except the top where it lays across barrels. ...
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Adjust the direction of my 3D texture

I am trying to get a leather texture on my part with the aim of 3d printing it. I am totally new to blender. Got a pretty good result already, but the problem is that it does a displacement for the ...
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Does mirror modifier actually create a mesh or is it just a visual effect?

I only made half the model and used mirror modifier. If I 3D print my blend file will it just print the half I created or both sides?
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Normalize an SVG-based object before converting it to a 3D-printable stamp? [duplicate]

I'm trying to convert this logo to a stamp that could be 3D printed. In theory it sounds simple: what I want is to add a "flat" third dimension to the object. I imported it, used "...
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Why Is my Mesh seperating parts when exporting as an stl to 3d print it? (Found A workaround, but question still stands)

Workaround is at the bottom. REMEMBER: NEVER USE A PLANE OR CICLRE AND TAKE ONE VERTICE TO MAKE A MESH. JUST USE CTRL+RIGHT-MOUSE-BUTTON! So basicly, I am using Blender to make a figure and print it. ...
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