Questions tagged [3d-printing]

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

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How to bend/create nice angle without warping model

So I am doing some self learning by attempting to copy a phone stand that I have. I am really close but I am not sure I understand how to create that triangle followed by a really nice bevel. I have ...
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I'm trying to create this model for 3d printing. Blender says I have zero faces even though they have area. How do I fix this?

I started off with a plane and applied the solidify modifier to it so that it was 1.5 mm thick. I used plane cut to cut off some corners and now blender says I have zero faces made from those cuts. ...
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Move the poles of a spherical spiral closer to each other without deformation?

I am attempting to move the poles of a thickened spherical spiral closer together while maintaining its spherical shape. I have tried to use the shrinkwrap modifier. Then I used a bend modifier. This ...
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Tutorials for simple objects like Railway wagons etc

Total beginner. I want to create railway items like wagons, etc. For making .stl files only for 3D printing. No rendering, animation, or anything besides modelling needed. Can I change the menu to ...
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I want to make a spiral in a sphere shape that has endpoints which are close together

I am attempting to make a spiral in the shape of a sphere that has endpoints closer together than a default sphere. I followed Gorgious' answer to this thread: How do I make a sphere out of a spiral? ...
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3D scan gives a flat mesh, how do I create a solid from this?

I just 3d-scanned part of my front bumper and after a bit of cleanup this is the result. This is just a flat mesh and thus it's difficult to use in Fusion 360 so my thought was to use Blender to turn ...
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Floral 3D pattern more efficent way

I want to print a ball with flower pattern on it for my niece, like this cylinder I already did. This one, I made in sculting mode by hand, painting some flower patterns on in, but I think, there ...
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How to design a shoe cap

I'm designing my models for shoe soles (3d printing) using blender. I'm a real beginner and so I just used the basic extrude, bevel and proportional editing to reach my goals. But now I would like to ...
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How to use Displace and Solidify modifiers to produce constant thickness

I'm modeling an insect carapace with indentations for 3D printing using the Solidify and Displace modifiers, and am struggling to produce a dented surface with a (nearly) fixed thickness. Indentations ...
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Blender 2.91 Mesh Object to 3D Print STL

I am a Blender newbie. I started on 2.7. Recently upgraded to 2.91. I used blender to create models for 3D printing and I use a Cura as my Slicer. My issue is has to do with creating a “sliceable” STL ...
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Blender API - Creating objects attached to a selected object

This is my first question, so bear with me! I'm trying to create a program that lets you build your own houses and buildings and export the final model as an stl for 3D printing. I'm good at 3D ...
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Make a hollow Minecraft build solid

I have an .STL file of a Minecraft building which I would like to 3D print. The building itself is "hollow", but I understand that in the world of 3D rendering, there is no such concept - ...
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Modeling vs photogrammetry for 3d printing a mechanical part?

I want to automate my blinders with a motor. Image added for the motions required. I somehow need to make the "horn" that attaches the motor to the handle. Have been thinking of a few ...
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Missing Parts When moving from Blender to 3D Print

Since all the good answers up here taught me a lot along my way into modelling, I'm coming back to you with a question: I've been modelling a ring in blender and would like to print it with my Photon. ...
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Can Blender be used to send to a factory to create silicone products (mass production)?

I got started on a project early January. The job was to model silicon baby products using reference images he sent and make them look like they were professionally taken in a studio. I completed the ...
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Joining instead of Cutting with BoolTool Ctrl Shift - Shortcut

I have been using Blender to edit STL files for resin 3d Printing. I have an object that I want to cut and I create the shape I want to cut out of it, but when I give the ⎈ Ctrl+⇧ Shift+ - command, ...
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Boolean modifier applying, making holes in one object to connect it later to another /3d printing/

I have a problem with a Boolean modifier. I’m making a board game asset – stables in Blender v.2.82. The building is made by two parts – fundament And roof Initially there was one only one object. ...
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How do you combine a sculpt mesh with primitives for 3d printing?

I created a crystal mesh 130mm x 120mm x 250mm high for 3d printing using sculpt. Now I want to add a tube within it and add some scaffold primitives to the inside of the mesh joining the tube for ...
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How to make a cylinder smooth without smooth shading?

I want to 3d print a .stl file of a cube with a cylinder coming from it, but blender's default cylinder isn't smooth, and smooth shading is just an optical illusion. I don't know if I should just use ...
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Unable to align extruded text to grid bottom

So I am busy modelling a simple keyring I would like to 3D Print. I add text (Each letter is a separate text object so I can extrude them to different "heights") so that the text alternates ...
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Bending with Curve Modifier doesn't follow curve [duplicate]

I am working on a 3D-printable design and am trying to use Blender to simply "bend" a flat object into the shape I need (basically adding two "rounded" 90-degree bends). I've got: ...
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Export blender file for 3d printing with color

I'm new to blender so bare with me. I have a blender model which I want to export for 3D printing but with colors. I colored my model using Texture Painting and assigned my model (object) a material ...
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Modeling hexagon pinhole lens for 3D printing

I'm trying to model and 3D print pinhole lenses / glasses but I'm having some trouble creating the hexagon shape with array modifiers. The lens shape I'm trying to get is below. I was thinking of ...
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How to repair artifacts in object for 3D print?

I made a model for 3D printing, (you can see what it looks like in the first picture) and I uploaded it to i.materialise.com for 3D printing with titanium metal. When the website "fixes" my ...
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How do I make a round cornered rectangular box with a domed top - for 3D printing

The item I am finding impossible to model is a rectangular box with rounded vertical corners, and a top which is convex in the short direction, flat in the long direction, and which transitions in a ...
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How to draw edges on a sphere to make parts that fit into each other

I am trying to make sphere shaped designs with moving parts like spaceship doors & windows for 3d printing. However, the doors/windows don't always follow the edges on the UV sphere. Is there a ...
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How to use fluid simulation to combine different meshes for 3d printing

I'm trying to 3d print a hollowed version of the bust of a video-game character. The character is very detailed and has meshes for every part of armor and a single eye is composed of 4 different ...
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3D-print friendly joints

I am trying to split a figure, so it will fit in my 3D-printer. For the pieces to fit together after the slice, I plan to make a ball joint or a trapeze joint, and glue them together, just like this: ...
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Odd STL result, but I don't know why

So I drew a threaded cap. This is my first attempt. It looks OK in Blender but when I view the resulting STL file in an STL viewer, it looks very wrong and I don't know where to begin to fix it ...
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Hollow a design to 3D Print

Does anyone know how to make an object hollow in order to cut cost for 3D prints? I want to create and upload to shapeways.com to make metal jewelry. Thank you in advance.
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How to make a Cube that cannot be 3d printed

so recently i started using blender, i watched a tutorial on how to start with blender and the first thing the man did was make a base for his 3d prints in the software, so he just made a cube set the ...
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Increase object quality for 3d print export?

I've created/edited an object and I can't get the 3D object export to have the same settings / apparent face resolution as the edited "version". Please see screenshots. As you can see, the ...
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How can I sculpt multiple objects to fit together?

I am attempting to create a model of the prostate as four different objects that can combine together to form the complete prostate. In the end, this model will be 3D printed and will be disassembled ...
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How to fill base for 3d printing a topographic map

I would like to 3d print a topographic map of the world. I’m starting from the following grayscale PNG. I have previously played with Blender to render this shape using a grid mesh and the displace ...
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how can I reach the result box (label) inside the 3d_print tool box addon

you can see the process of me tring to reach the result box, but they are using it in a script called result.py whic contains ...
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How can I cut a complex Blender object in half?

As the title suggests, I have modeled an object, and I want to cut it perfectly in half, or close to perfectly. But as the object is quite complex, nothing I've found on google worked that well and/...
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Align internal parts of several meshes to the exact same “height”, for 3d printing

My plan is to 3d print a giant scaled up version of the bones of a hand, complete with ligaments, tendons, and magnetic attachments. Lets say I've embedded "holes" for magnets inside of the ...
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Can stippling be used to create a 3D model?

I'm following along this thread: How can stipple shading be replicated in Blender? But the .blender files don't seem to work so I'm creating from scratch. Does anyone know offhand it it is possible ...
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Preparation of mesh for 3D printing

I made a 3D model of a seal using Meshroom and thought I'd have a go at 3D printing it. Is there an easy way in Blender to a. Identify what issues there are with the mesh in terms of 3D printing and ...
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How do I accurately make a 14 tooth gear in Blender?

I want to recreate this gear in Blender. As you can see, there are 14 teeth on this gear. Tracing the shape with vertices is not an option as it needs to be exact. .
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set the context to run dissolve_degenerate from the python shell

I've downloaded some 3d models of a city with a ton of topologic errors. I am trying to fix some iterating through the objects and running dissolve_degenerate. But ...
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what is an overhang face

I was recently getting into some 3D printing, and I was checking out tools in Blender. I didn't quite understand what an overhang face in a 3D model was and what some angle values had to do with it.
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Adding texture detail to a lowpoly model for 3D print

I'm working on constructing 3D printable models from an older game for my brother's birthday. I have the base STL to work with but since this is an older game it's lowpoly and I would like to bring ...
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How to prevent hidden shapes from being exported to .stl file?

I've created a replacement radiator knob in blender to get it 3d printed. I've used array modifiers to replicate shapes mirrored around the center. And I have used a Boolean modifier to create the ...
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Looping a mesh pattern inside and outside of a cone shape

I was trying to create a mesh pattern that loops inside and outside of a cone shape using the tissue add-on but there maybe another way to do this that I just haven't thought of. I'm trying to create ...
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How would I make a boolean made up of the circled shapes work properly on a small, flat, coin-shaped cylinder

What I'm trying to do it 3D print a small coin like thing and make a slight indent in the shape of the 6 triangles and 4 circled circles into the coin shape. I tried it earlier and it did not work and ...
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Determining the optimal suspension location for jewelry

I'm creating jewelry with Blender and I'm wondering about finding/calculating the optimal suspension location. Looking at the image I uploaded, you see a small eyelet. I've used the chain simulation ...
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Is boolean a reliable way of intersecting 3d printed objects?

I am making a character to 3d print. And I want to use boolean to stick the head to the neck in the perfect position. I placed the 2 strips so it will align perfectly. Now the problem is, if i do it ...
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Blender model won't produce valid stl for printing

I have a relatively simple model to which I've added a lot of modifiers in blender. When I export to an STL the result has several solid layers that aren't visible in blender. I It also thinks that ...
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How to fix self-intersecting geometry for 3D Printing?

My professor wants to do 3D printing, and here is the model he made and each individual even intersect its mesh I can't make links cause every mesh is at 0.0.0 location. He demanded me to do a clean ...

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