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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Wrong stl export

I have a problem in the stl's exported from my Blender file: the origin point is connected as vertex to the mesh. How do I export without this connection?
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How do I rescale an object to be a specified cm in length and have the rest of the object scale to accommodate?

I just want to scale the entire object proportionally down to 120mm in length. I have already set the units in the scene to be mm. I see Object Mode > Transform > Dimensions but I don't see how to ...
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Blender 2.8: Why doesn't my grase pencil stroke have enough dots/vertex?

I am using blender 2.8 and I have an Wacom intuos pro tablet. Recently I just start using the grease pencil on blender, I draw things pretty fast so when I do strokes, it will always look like this. I ...
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unknown problem with my file, not possible to 3dprint in DXF or STL

So, i need to make a 3d print of my project in blender, but they're is some kind of problem in my file that i don't understand, i asked somebody in a 3d printing store in my city but even him could ...
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Adding details to low poly model for 3d printing

I am trying to add details to a model in order to 3d print it. The model itself is a WoW character, but the problem is the low poly count and the lack of details for the armor. Please, keep in mind ...
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How can I make grooves deeper on a scanned 3d model?

I have an 3d Scanned Object and I want to print it out but the grooves are too small for the 3d printer how can I make them deeper without having to sculpt every groove by myself? The mesh is a chaos ...
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Fixing Non-manifold edges for 3D printing

This is my first model for 3D printing, and I'm trying to fix non manifold edges. I included a screenshot, there are 6 non manifold edges. Things I already tried: - recalculate normals - remove ...
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Is there a way to exclude an axis from the solidify effect?

Lets say I have this object: and I want to solidify it to 3d print it. I would like to have a constant thickness on the XY plane. I mean: I want that every 3d printed level has the same thickness. ...
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Shrinkwrap a mesh without “squishing it” for 3d printing, blender 2.8

questions similar to this have been asked on here, but either it was prior versions of Blender and buttons are missing now, or it didn't exactly answer it. What I'm trying to do is apply a "decal" of ...
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Thin faces warning 3Dprint tools

I am using an industrial grade 3d printer, it has a voxel acuracy of 23 micron. Although i cannot show my model here, its about 1000 times larger then the default suzan, as i export it later to STL, ...
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Construct a 3D-model from the real 2D-object with exact dimensions in blender

I have captured multiple images of an object from different views, I want to convert that object(images) into the 3D model with exact dimensions and send that 3D file to 3D-printer. I have an idea: ...
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Alternative to the skin modifier - solid perferated pattern

This is a problem I've encountered several times with blender and I've never found a good way of doing it - am I missing something? I want to design a solid mesh pattern with holes - eg chicken wire, ...
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Object with multiple non manifold edges for 3d printing

**i am currently trying to learn Blender and I was wanting to 3d print this vespa but it looks like it may need a bit of work first. The advice i need is relatiing to the non manifold edges of the ...
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STL surface paint and extrude. How to surface paint in blender?

Further to my post Perfect Adaptation to Surface Where i want to get perfect adaptation to the surface which i failed with blender with shirnkwarap modifier. I used Meshmixer to pain and extrude ...
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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 ...