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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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Creating a smooth spherical surface

I am designing some parts for 3D printing and I have been banging my head for several days already trying to accomplish the following: I have a "frame" that looks like this: I am trying to create a ...
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Quickly clean up fragmented model for 3D printing

A client wants a scale model of a city in which to showcase a certain project. He has provided us with a 3D model of the city, however the model consists of thousands of loose elements squashed ...
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Efficient way of removing hundreds of inset hexagons

I have a model with a LOT of hexagonal shapes extruded into the main body. My goal is to remove all of those hexagons and be left with a relatively smooth surface so that it will make 3D printing less ...
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Tapering screw threads: are there any alternatives besides writing a python script (screenshots included)?

Hello all, In this stage of my project, I need to "taper" the "endings" of the screw threads, one of which is shown in my screenshot. I intend on doing so by taking that group of vertices 'A' and, ...
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Perfect Adaptation to Surface

I want to model a implant for 3D printing in STL format. I need to adapt only part of my object (implant) to the surface and also maintain the thickness of the object at 1 mm every where. I have ...
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Baking Andrew Price's Donut in order to 3D Print

Long story but I'll try to bullet point it to make it simpler: I have a fancy 3d Printer that can print 500,000 colors. See my question here for a photo example. In that question I brought up that I ...
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3D Printing Obj's with Material from Blender 2.8

So this may be answered elsewhere (I see plenty of questions of 3d printing with Textures exported) but I think this is slightly different as I'm talking about a fancier printer that can do colors. ...
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How to export mesh with normal map applied as OBJ or STL for 3D printing?

Although I do have limited experience with 3D modeling, I'm very new (about 10 days) to using Blender 2.8 I learned how to export character models from Overwatch and import them into Blender. So far ...
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Scale STL to ruler in reference image

I am trying to scale an STL of a potential medical device to custom fit a patient. Is there a simple way to take a measurement over the reference image and tell the system that this measurement is X ...
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How to prepare model for 3D print?

the problem is simple, I often work with models that are prepared for animation. So lots of planes, non closed object and so on. For 3D print I need to close all holes, make planes solid and merge all ...
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Non-manifold edges even after cleaning up (doubles, internal faces, etc.)

I hope all is well. I have a fairly simply 3D design that's been bugging me for the last 3 hours or so (I've attached a hopefully informative picture to this post). The highlighted edges in the ...
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Getting Particles (Hair/fur) and Bump Maps to a 3D Printed Object

I've just started with Blender, and created a character that I want to use as a mini in my D&D game. I used a bump map to create a scale texture on his dragonscale armor, and hair emitters for his ...
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Is there a way to have the measure tool scale up with the object you're measuring and scaling?

Let's say you have a good old cylinder. You want to make sure that its diameter is exactly 50 mm. You can start by adding a cylinder, and then scaling it until the diameter is indeed 50 mm. Is there ...
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Make human to 3d printing

Dears, I imported a human from "make human" and added some accessories like Cap. I tried to 3d print this. But got gaps in layers. I noticed in my slicing software it is trying to also print the ...
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How do I have Intersecting Faces?

I have this problem quite a bit and I can not figure out why. I have looked up many posts in several forums but no one seems to have had this problem (that I can find). This appears to be a bug in the ...
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Boolean: Blender 2.79 - Cannot close up the back end

Just bought this mesh from CG Trader and would like to 3d print it. However, the back end is open. I tried to boolean Carve the Mesh, as well as other boolean combinations, but was unable o seal the ...
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How can I tie a 3D flag to a flagpole? 3D printing preparation

I intend to 3D print a tied up flag, much like in this image I've been following blender guru's tutorial on how to make flags with some success(making a plane, pinning it, and applying the cloth ...
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Blender Export to STL showing very deformed model in Meshmixer

I am fairly new to trying 3D printing. My Blender model is below: As you can see I have used the 3D Printing dialogue to check that there are no non-manifold edges etc. However, when exporting the ...
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3D printing errors

From the looks of it, my blender file to me looks fine. And When I export as an .stl is shows up fine. But when I try to preview the print, it shows up hollowed in some parts. If I do print, will it ...
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Problems editing an STL for 3d printing

I'm very new to blender and 3d modeling in general. I'm mostly using it for 3d printing for lost PLA casting. I don't think I should post any actual files since I paid for the original STL. I think it ...
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Solidify only cup's bottom and handle?

I can't really use the Solidify modifier because I don't want to mess with the entire object. The goal is to print a cup but enforce the handle and the bottom of it. What is the best way to do this?
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Problem with 3D printing my blender mesh [Inverted Print]

So, I have a mesh that I've made in blender 2.8. When I went to print it / send it to the slicing software, it showed up completely inverted. Inverted as in all the hollow spaces printed but nothing ...
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Blender v2.80: 3D Printing Tool: Thickness check gives me Report:Error

I am not new to Blender and this particular project worked properly in previous v2.79b. The 3D Printing Tool is balking at the Thickness check. I have attempted with many different Thickness ...
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merge objects for 3d printing

I have several objects (see the attached picture) I want to merge, so that I finally get one uniformly mesh. In the end I want to 3d print this object but the slicer software for the printer can´t ...
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Does the wierd shading from subdivision surface matter for 3d printing?

Does the wierd shading when using the subdivision surface modifier on a somewhat pointy object matter for 3D printing? Will the print have these "lines" aswell? It will be polished after printing. I ...
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Correcting Non-Manifold Edges in Blender 3D Model for 3D Print

I've built a 3D model of a sampling paddle (used to demonstrate random sampling to students of statistics) in Blender 3D, which I'm planning to use as my first endeavor into 3D printing. During ...
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STL Export from Makehuman Model giving strange results?

I'm trying to make 3D models of characters from my novels, in order to make my own 'figurines' of them via 3D printing. I've done the first one, and there are no non-manifold edges. At this point, ...
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Good way to add a backside to a grid (3D printing)

I want to add a backing to a grid like structure. I'm wondering if what I did is a good way to do that. I first selected the faces that make up the grid and extruded them out 4mm. Then I closed off ...
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Boolean without creating ngons

I have one specific question and one general one, but first, my back story. I am a blender novice and have watched a lot of Lydna vids and youtube vids and decided to cut my teeth by making a robot ...
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Making a printable half sphere with a cutout in it for 3D printing

I made a half sphere which prints nicely. The sphere is to be used as a stencil for marking your golf ball. I used the Knife Project to cutout the F. This however created a lot of non-manifolded ...
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How can i fill an object that consists of 2D panes into a completely solid (water tight) model?

I do apologize in advance as i am very new to blender and this forum. I will completely understand if i have not explained myself the best and encourage people willing to understand to ask further ...
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Convert 2d path to 3d bracelet

I usually use Photoshop to convert a 2d path to 3d object but I am not able to fold it to make it take a bracelet shape like the one in the . I was wondering if Blender can do this and I really ...
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stl exportation issue

I use blender to make model that will be printed with a 3D printer. I'm having a lot of problems exporting models in .stl format. I'll show you: I started from a person's face 3D model. The image you ...
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How can I increase the thickness of this object without breaking it?

I'm attempting prepare this object for 3D printing in VeroClear resin. The two halves of the icospheres have been solidified and have a default thickness of 10mil. The objects themselves are scaled to ...
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Create a “spiral fracture” in a metacarpal stl file I have for printing

I have a few 3d printers and I have access to a digital model of a metacarpal bone that I got from ct scan. The metacarpal was brought into blender as an .stl and looks like this: I'll be printing ...
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3D Printing addon : Intersect Faces after logical union (ctrl-J)

I have a peculiar issue with the 3D Printing addon. I have a perfectly manifold object (check with 3D Printing addon), and when I duplicate this object and reposition it then check with 3D Printing ...
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My imported .obj acts like it has a subsurf modifier applied [duplicate]

I'm a complete beginner at Blender and I'm trying to create models for 3D printing. I imported a .obj model ripped from a Pokemon game, and when I try to edit it to be the way I need for printing, it ...
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Printing a game model that looks rendered

I am a very new user of blender and game modeling as a whole, so forgive me if don't use the correct terminology. I'll try to explain this as best I can. I'm trying to figure out how to 3D-print a ...
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Non-manifold, bad contig Edges and Sharp Edges on simple basic geometry

I have had issues trying to produce clean geometry for 3D printing for what is simple geometry. I check wether my mesh is clean or not using the 3D printing addon. Here is a step by step simple ...
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How to make a precise bolt hole in a simpler way?

I'm new to blender and using it to create 3d objects for my printer. Part of this is "cutting" holes for bolts very precisely which I managed to do but my way is so long/tedious I must be missing ...
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Difficulty with Exporting Materials [duplicate]

Some background: I am in a 3D printing class and our current project is a Full-color/Multi-Material printing project. So I designed an object, made materials, assigned the materials, the whole ...
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Optimizing for 3D print

I want to print my sculpt, but to do that I gotta bool the 3 meshes together. The problem is: they are all high res and I've tried booling 2 before and Blender crashed on me after 10+ minutes. Now, I ...
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Extrusion for 3D printing

I am trying to make this into a solid object so it could be 3D printed. In other words I am trying to make this into a rectangular prism with the trench engrave in the prism. So I want to extrude the ...
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3d printing and non-manifold edges from bisect

I've been working on 3d printing a model for several weeks now and have made strides in remedying issues with the model, specifically manifold issues. I've encountered an issue I haven't been able to ...
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Non Manifold object ? why hole is not print with 3D Printer?

I don't undestand when why i print my gear (with central hole) the hole (only on the top) is fill and not print. There's problem in my blend project ? Is non manifold ? I hope someone can help me ! ...
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When printing an Object (with Cura) the Hole disappears

I created an object (gear with hole) to print with my 3D printer. I don't know the reason but when I want to print it, the hole of gear disappears. .blend file:
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Adding thickness to 3D Scan of face in Blender

So I have a 3d scan of a face, pictured: And it has no thickness whatsoever, I'd like to add some so that it can be 3D Printable (my printer can handle the vrml/obj format and tons of colors). I've ...
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3D Printing Thickness and Thin Faces Problem

I am new to 3D printing and the printer in mind requires the mesh to have a minimum 2mm thickness. I started off by creating the shape with just a plane and extruding it out by 2.5mm. However the ...
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2.8 Which preferences can I change to make easier to do precise modeling for 3D printing?

2.8 Which preferences can I change to make easier to do precise modeling for 3D printing? So far I have to get an STL file and use for comparison and then manually scale. There has to be a better way.
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Where did object dimensions go in 2.8? [duplicate]

Anyone seen this panel? Essential for precise modeling.