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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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Braces against flexing for tall thin parts FFF d3D printed on end

The challenge is to print an aerofoil on end. There are problems with printing aerodynamic surfaces with a face or apex contacting the print bed, so I want to see if I can do it on end. There are no ...
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Reduce a box around cutout

I'm quite a rookie when it comes to Blender. My intention: I have quite complex shapes that I want to print as negative in 3D. I create a cube that completely covers the shape and with the "Bool Tool"...
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Creating a 3D printable 2- part mold which are separable for a curved shell

My Question is about creating a 3D printable negative mold for an irregular concave mesh/object which has an outer convex and inner matching concave surface with irregular outline/edge. I have made a ...
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How to fix non-manifold geometry for 3D printing

I've searched a bunch and found numerous fixes for non-manifold geometry but none of them seem to be working with my design. Can anyone help? The plan is to 3D print this object. Blender File ...
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Can't thicken parts, slicers don't recognize said parts

I'm trying to 3D print a statue of a character that has a thin skirt. Problem comes in when I export and load it into a slicer, both Cura and S3D, it doesn't recognize sections of the skirt and won't ...
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Plane to 3D Object

absolute beginner here, I'm trying to get a 3D printable .obj or .stl file by using a displacement modifier from a greyscale heightmap on a simple plane in blender. In order to be printable, the ...
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Problems with extruded curve and solidify modifier

I'm relatively new to blender and am having issues with a curve that has a solidify modifier applied to it. I'm trying to 3d print cookie cutters and need to take custom curves, extrude them to a ...
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How do I let walls have a minimum width?

I am designing a 3D printable object. From a pure design perspective, many elements are extruded triangles. The problem is that the triangle will be very thin on the sharp edge. For printing the ...
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CubePro gave me an error message after add subdivision surface in blender

I made an object like this in blender. Started with circle and extrude several times to make it like this. To make it smooth, I added some edge loops to all the surfaces and then added subdivision ...
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Problem with creating default cylinders for 3D Printing

I am learning the basics of 3D printing, and so far the Print3D add on is amazing. And I have successfully created a model that was printed. But a problem, that happens all the time, really takes a ...
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Applying a displaced texture to a complex object

I'm referring to the displacement modifier in Blender Render in this case because I want this 3D printed. It's purpose is to mask the layer lines produced from an FDM machine. I'm trying to add a ...
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Work Flow for Rigging a High Poly Mesh for 3D Printing

I'm trying to model and rig a figure for 3D printing. I started with a box modeled base mesh, then I sculpted the high resolution mesh. My problem is I can't use the standard methods of baking a ...
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Iris Mechanism Blades for 3d Printing

I am interested in 3D Printing an iris mechanism but tinkercad doesn't give me the versatility I need, so I am using blender but I am trying to figure out how to split a circle into the iris blades so ...
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Why do colours display differently in texture and solid view? (3D scan)

I did a scan of a face which I want to print. It's 4 scans merged together. When I set my interaction mode to texture paint, and my view mode as texture, I see this... However, When I change my view ...
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Model keeps printing hollow [closed]

Hello! First off, I'm a huge noob to blender, this is my first few months with a new program. I'm having trouble printing my model. It's a fully formed mesh, completely connected. But when I go to ...
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Making edges “square” for 3D printing

I am 3D printing models that I have created in Blender to an exact scale (1:30). Quite often, the edges I have created in Blender are not quite square (not that I would notice in the Blender world), ...
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What is the best way to create chain mail surface?

I already created the model for the shirt but what's a good way to create the chain mail similar to the image. It can't be a texture because I'm planning on 3d printing it. Obviously placing ...
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How do I separate something from off the web

I found a Blender file online . It is a puppet head for atop motion animation to 3d print. images on the page show the head printed out in all its separate pieces. the downloaded file . . . when ...
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Model is solidified but appears full during 3D print

I'm Eric and I've just started my journey with blender. The plan is to provide 3D pictures for our customers. Everything seemed fine (after a number of evenings spent in company of Netflix, Blender &...
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Fast way to remove internal faces for multiple objects at once

I have some blends which have multiple objects and I want to turn them all in to one object with no internal faces for 3D printing. Currently I have been repeatedly applying a boolean modifier but ...
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Unable to export stl

I am a very beginner in Blender so excuse me if I omit something important in my question. I have somehow managed to design something in blender 2.79 and now I want to export it to .stl to 3d print ...
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Parametric design for pen adapter for 3D printing [closed]

I have this model I created for a little kid who has problems in their hands (muscular and/or skeletal). I was thinking that it would be awesome to release the design so anyone with this problems can ...
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Is there anyway to make a bezier curve into a mesh object? [duplicate]

I am looking at this tutorial (How to make tied knots in blender?) and I want to make the curve into a watertight model for 3D printing. Is this possible?
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Looking for equivalent of Fusion 360 Sweep with Path and Guiderail in Blender

I am newbie to Blender and totally loving it. My focus to date has been on modeling and 3D printing. I was using Autodesk Fusion 360 but have moved all my projects to Blender except one. I created ...
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How can I fix these non-manifold edges (boundaries prior to remove doubles, non-contiguous after remove doubles)?

I am trying to create a ring for 3D printing. Part of the requirements for 3D printing is to not have any non-manifold geometry in your model. When checking whether I met this requirement, I found ...
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Make multiple Bezier curves manifold and free of intersections, for 3D printing

I'm trying to model a character to 3D print it. I'm having some trouble with bezier curves: as they are not manifold (and glitches through my mesh) my slicer can't do anything even remotely printable. ...
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Bottle thread answer doubt

I'm trying to follow the following answer from the site: How to model the bottle threads? I could do almost everything, but when I have to do the (spiral) loop cut the program doesn't allow me and I ...
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Achieving both manifold and good sub-div: how is it done?

I have a line of small extruded circles on a surface, representing rivets. I'd like to sub-div the result to make it as presentable as possible, then it will be 3D-printed and so it has to be ...
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stl export failing, error text below

trying to make a 3d print for a wolf, and blender is failing to export it what is this error? EDIT: .blend file at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DMchGNMUrspz8p1WPO67qRL-n38wzoLw
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The Subsurf Modifier Did Something Weird to a Part of My Mesh

I'm modeling a Master Ball from Pokemon that I'm going to 3D Print, but when I applied the subsurf modifier to the M it did something weird to a couple of the corners. I did some research, and I found ...
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How can I thicken the walls of my model for a more sturdy 3D printing?

Good afternoon, I have been trying to print a 3D tile on my XYZ da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1, with Simplify 3D, but every time I try it seems that the lightness of the walls + the complexity of the inner ...
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No non-manifold geometry but Boolean needed for 3d printing still not working

I have been making a figure to be 3d printed. I need to combine it with booleans for the printing software. I have combined all of the model into 2 parts but for some reason I get the error message ...
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How to deal with bad contiguous edges for 3d printing

I was trying to model my object for 3d-printing and faced this problem. I use 3D Printing Toolbox in Blender v2.79. And checking ...
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Delete small structures on a surface

I try to modify an object in Blender which was extracted from a CAD file. It looks like half of a sphere with a solid rim and some distortions (something like you can see in the picture) My problem ...
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Project object on curve face [duplicate]

What is the best way to project this logo on this cup without so much distortions on the and of the logo. I've tried one tip that I saw here that used lattice and shrinkwrap modifier but the result ...
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Adding rivets to an object for 3D printing

I have an object which is going to be 3D printed to which I would like to add lot of small rivets, and to do this without losing its manifoldness. The way I've decided to do this (stupid it may be) ...
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More detiles in displacement of texture

I want to displace a a symbol on this cube but in order to make it look good I need to add a lot of subdivison. I want this symbol to be a part of geometry since it will be used for 3d printing. Do ...
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Getting 0 Volume for object

I am trying to calculate the volume of a 3D scanned object using the 3D Print add on. The object was captured with a structure sensor/ipad and then imported to Blender (version 2.79). The scanned ...
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Incredibly hard time rotating and aligning objects

I'm sorry for the long winded question but I'm at my wits end. I have created this in a 3d printer: (its a nanoparticle superstructure for a chemistry professor here on campus, don't know exactly ...
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What techniques are the best to make a gradually curved surface for the side of a model train? (photo attached)

I would like some advice before I start a new build. I am trying to work out the best way of gradually curving the sides of a train as per the image below. The sides (on most trains these are ...
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Rotate group of objects over an edge

What I am trying to do is similar to what was asked here: Set edge as axis for surface rotation I am hoping to use an object's edge for rotation, but instead of simply the one object rotating around ...
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Move and rotate STL assembly to snap similar faces together

I apologize if this has already been asked, I did a quick search but couldn't find it. If so please link me. I have created an assembly of stl files that when 3d printed look like this: (object in ...
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Generate square “skin” around a line for icon solidifying

I'm quite new to blender/modelling, and though I have made a few successful pieces previously, I'm having an issue in generating an object for 3d printing. I am essentially creating a series icons, ...
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How to convince companies to give me projects to build 3d models for them? (By me I mean the company i work in) [closed]

How do I convince companies to give me projects where we build 3d models as per their requirements whether it be a house, building, street, etc. Our prices are high because we have professionals who ...
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Separate stl into two stl's based on size of chunks-for 3d printing

I always fear that this is a noobie question, I'm sorry if it was. I have an stl file that represents a chemical structure: The small spheres being one type of atom, the larger spheres being a ...
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Can't tell if I am applying Command or Not

Background I am trying to cleanup a mesh for 3D printing. It is not something I can start over. I have 40ish non planar faces and intersecting planes. They are small and in weird spots I don't care ...
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Faces with more than four vertices for 3D printing

When I'm making planar faces with more than 4 vertices I can do this with F or AltF. F will create a single face. AltF will create multiple faces made up of triangles. Which of these is the best? I'...
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Help modeling a spear

I need to model this spear but I'm not able to make the centre part because it's curved and I don't know how can do it. Can someone help me making this object? it is relativity simple to make but I ...
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How to fill/prepare an object for 3D printing

Sorry if this is the n'th repost of the same topic, but couldn't find any working answers after searching numerous topics and playing around the model for days...Yes, I'm a very newbie with Blender ...
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Trying to shape a section of a mesh to insert a 3d printed ball joint

I'm trying to make a ball joint model like this but with my own character. https://www.thingiverse.com/make:489858 I have made the shape I want to cut out of it, but I've used multiple different ...