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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Combining two Non-manifold objects creates a manifold with issues

I'm trying to combine these objects to be non-manifold for 3D printing but I'm not sure why it keeps saying the edge loop has issues. Both objects are non-manifold and were joined to make one object. ...
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My blender file will not print; any suggestions?

I have a 3D printer and after learning of blender (and rebuilding my computer to handle it properly) I delved into 3D design for table top mini's. I'm using Blender 2.90 currently. The object in ...
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How to evenly distribute same size holes across a stretched surface

I need to make an object for a 3d printing project. The object needs to let water pass but block out bigger things like leaves and small pine cones. I already have the basic shape down, but i am ...
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Adding geometry detail from textures to a low-poly model for 3D printing

As the title says I'm trying to take some models from a video game and use them for 3D printing. The models are (understandably) low-poly but they do have textures with a fair amount of detail. My ...
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3D Print Toolbox Intersection Check Problems

The intersection checking function in 3D Print Toolbox seems to give a lot of false positives at the moment. An easily replicable example (assuming it's a broad problem with the add-on, and not just ...
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Retaining mesh shape when subdividing

I'm trying to decipher what another member did to solve my problem of the shape of my mesh being altered when I subdivide it. Here is a link to Steamy_Steve original post, and I have also copy and ...
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Fix non-manifold object

Does anyone have any guides or tips to fix non-manifold objects? This is my object I need to print for someone but its non manifold, tried using netfabb but it ruins the whole mesh. Is there any way ...
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How to create manifold threads on cylinder with non-destructive editing?

I'm trying to create a screw with non-destructive editing. After defining screw profile I apply a Screw modifier to it. However, the resulting object is not manifold (closed surface with non-zero ...
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Print3D Volume changes when object is moved

Whenever I change the position of any model it changes the volume. It's usually very minor but is there some way to fix this?
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Merging objects

I’m trying to create a nose for a toy figure I’m working on but I can’t figure out how to move objects in front of each other in order to merge them? Like when I create a new shape it appears either ...
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how to extrude an svg on surface of cylinder

I want the fish that sits on the cylinder to extrude out off the smooth surface Much like a fish stamp but on a curved surface. I can get the fish curved on the surface but cannot get it to extrude I ...
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What is causing this deformation while using Boolean Union on all objects?

So I want to prepare my 3d model for printing but when I try to merge it with boolean it all gets pretty messy. I'm beginner and I really don't know how to fix this problem. Here are some images: ...
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Joining SVG curves into one object loses faces [duplicate]

when joining SVG curves into one object I am losing faces. How do I avoid or add the face back in
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How to fix sharp edge in 3d mesh object

I'm just trying to add numbers on to a basic shape. Most of my numbers turned out fine except my #3 which has this sharp edge on the right side. Is this a basic fix? I'd really like some help to know ...
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Creating 3D printable 3D-texture on faces with nodes?

Newbe with Blender! (v2.9) Want to set up a correct Nodes-chain in the Shader, to perform: a 3D-texture on only one face of, say ,a cube from a jpg image, defining the displacement along the normal ...
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3D printer not printing anything

It's probably a very noob thing to ask but here goes nothing. I recently bought an Elegoo Mars 3D printer, which led me into the world of Blender. Now I'm still learning, but I recently decided to &...
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Two manifold objects becoming non-manifold when joining them how can I fix this

When I do a check manifold both objects have 0 non-manifold edges but when I combine them it becomes non-manifold and when I try and fix this it covers the hole which will have the screw in it. How ...
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How do I modified this model for 3d printing?

I have been asked to prepare a model for 3D printing. How can I check if it is watertight, and that there is no loose or extra geometry before I export? Blend File
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Export to .STL Format In Correct Scale - Inches

I've tried and tried to 3D print models that I have created, and I need them in .stl format. When modeling in Blender, I change the units in Blender to Imperial - Inches. However, whenever I try ...
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How to create variable wall thickness with Solidify Modifier?

I am using Blender 2.83 and I need to 3D print a hollow vertical cylinder that is 40x40x40mm with a front wall thickness of 2mm and a back wall thickness of 4mm. Can this be modeled in Blender? I have ...
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Understanding (and fixing) non-manifold geometry

I'm trying to understand Blender constructs and manifold vs non-manifold geometry. I do a lot of modeling for 3D printing, so really need to get this right. I've looked at a number of tutorials on ...
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Mesh Analysis - Why the thickness is uneven on sphere?

Any reason why are colors of thickness distributed unevenly since it is sphere shape? I would expect one color.
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How to smooth a mesh for 3D printing (subdivide introduces ugly ripples and kinks)

so I've done a few days of research and tried a bunch of things and I'm at a loss. I'm trying to fix up this mesh for 3D printing: In Blender, the highlighted mesh on her body looks smooth. But once ...
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I want to close gaps in a model to make it printable

I'm trying to learn Blender through a project: preparing a model for 3d printing. This particular model has a big problem: it's non-manifold. In a big way!: As you can see, as the model was created ...
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How do I “bake” the displacement of an procedural material (with the right orientation) to the mesh?

I have a question for you guys! Recently I was searching for a way to better present my digital sketches and bought the realistic clay shaders by jama jurabaev. https://gumroad.com/l/KqHnv Here are ...
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Curving text around cone for 3D printing (requires clean geometry)

I'm having difficulty figuring out create text that curves around a cone, and then removing that text mesh from my cone so I can have a cone shape with the text debossed in it for 3D printing. I see ...
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Creating a subdivided plane using projected threads

How can I create a subdivided plane using projected threads. (Part 02 of Converting bottle threads from diagram to 3D model) I'm trying to model the threads of a polar springs 500ml bottle in Blender ...
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Converting bottle threads from diagram to a 3D model

Goal: I'm trying to model the threads of a polar springs 500ml bottle in Blender 2.8x so I can 3D print an adapter for it. Issue: I'm having issues converting what Blender 2.8x calls Screw and what ...
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Any way to “thicken” my model without scaling it?

I've created the model below for 3D printing, but when printed at my desired size, each piece is too thin and flimsy. I was expecting it to be larger when I modeled it. Is there any quick and easy way ...
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Set Blender's UI Guides to match 3D Printer

For some reason, this origin question (here) was marked as a duplicate of a question about setting the grid floor size. Really strange, because this question isn't just about the floor, or about grids....
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How to import a .xyz file as a manifold surface?

I am trying to 3D print a colored molecule by importing a .xyz file and exporting the geometry as a .x3d file, however no matter how I import the .xyz file (as a NURB, mesh, or metaballs) the ...
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How to reduce the thickness of letters

I want to reduce the thickness of a letter but don't know how. The dimensions of my letter are 7 cm x 7cm and the letter is roughly 5mm thick. I want to reduce the thickness to 4mm but I want the ...
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How to make afro (solid)

I want to make an afro like in the picture. Unlike the ones you can see the fine strands of hair since this will be 3d printed. Is there a nice way to do it that isn’t sculpting mode and grabbing at ...
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Waterproof manifold solids

I need your support to build a waterproof manifold solid in Blender 3D. I have attached a .stl file showing outer and inner surfaces of a gear, developed and exported by a 3rd Party software. The ...
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Can I make an object a liquid or soft body and then go and edit the mesh as it is moving?

I am new to blender and was wondering if this kind of project was possible. I want to make a salvador dahli dripping clock and was wondering if this work flow would work for 3D printing. First, I make ...
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When to (not) use normal maps

Learning to model and I've got a question about what I've surmised about normals mapping so far (correct me if I make a mistake): We create a normal map from a high poly model, in order to export the ...
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Missing portion when 3D printing (even if the 3D print tab seems OK), I need help to figure out what's happening

I tried different approach and redid the model a couple of times and I always and up with the missing parts you see on the picture. I just don't understand why it's doing that. I've printed a lot of ...
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How do I make a model solid in order to 3D print it?

I have a 3D model of a house done via drone and photogrammetry to stitch them together. The model is hollow and I'm wondering how to extrude it down from the inside to make the entire model solid. I ...
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Setup Blender's Grid/Floor/Guides to match 3D Printer bed/cube?

Edit: For some reason, this question was marked as a duplicate of a question about setting the grid floor size. Really strange - this question isn't about just the floor or just the bottom grid. Its ...
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Boolean and combining objects for 3D printing

I'm testing some tolerances between Blender 2.83 and a 3D printer I'm trying to combine a nut created with the bolt factory add-on with a cube and have the center be hollow. How can I do this see ...
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Tilting a specific section of non-uniform curve

I'm new to Blender and am trying to model a bracket for 3d printing. I need to bend the highlighted section of the model. The lowest point of the bend should remain fixed and the elements connected to ...
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How to solve 3D Printing Artifacts?

I'm having a trouble with 3D printing. I do not own a printer and I'm sending to someone for printing. So, the problem is, when they open the model to print, it appears like in the image, with lots of ...
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Extrude leads to intersections (prevent or clean up)

I'm currently trying to create a model for 3D-printing. The model itself is nonconvex and built from a curve I traced from a picture. I converted the curve into a mesh, cleaned it up (using limited ...
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How to create a mesh imprint of one object onto another?

I have a mesh of an ocean wave which I am trying to create as a base for a model ship so I tried using the Boolean modifier to bisect the shape of the ship's hull from the ocean base. It seems to work ...
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How to link functionality of external file to Dropdown list in Blender?

I am currently working on a project. I want to “teach” Blender 3D printing. And my approach was to take an existing slicer and run the executable in Blender. I wanted to keep it simple and just want ...
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Create Printing View for 3D Printing

I do not really know how to start off, I am just introducing myself to Blender because of a personal project. I wanted to combine the 3D Printing with Blender. I am not actually trying to write a ...
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How do I bend a scanned .stl object with several complex features

I'm trying to make a cylinder out of this textured slab. One side is flat while the other side is textured with an intricate pattern.There are several triangles and vertices. I would like to ...
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3d Print material 2.7x to 2.8 fix

This shader was a favourite of mine that I can't quite get to work right now, does anyone now to fix it without getting a pink object.
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How can I transfer details from a texture or normal map to a mesh (for 3d printing a model)

I'm working on printing a 3D model (a rifle from Overwatch), but there are some details that are only present in the texture/normal maps and not the model. I've been trying to find a way to transfer ...
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How to convert a multicolor 2D image to 3D 3MF file?

How do I convert a multicolor 2D image to a multilayer 3D file? I am trying to use my Prusa Mk3 to print historic heraldic crests with embedded magnets. To do this I need to assign a layer height ...

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