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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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Is there anyway to make a bezier curve into a mesh object?

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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Textured STL Export

I am using blender for 3D printing, and was hoping there was an easy way to export a mesh with a cycles/node texture displacement. Right now, I’m either confined to Blender’s original (limited) ...
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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 ...
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What is the easiest way to merge a lot of objects and then get only the outer shell?

So for 3D print of my character, I need to merge all the parts together. And there is a lot of them. There is a sword, mechanical parts, body, clothes, hair... What is the easiest way to merge all ...
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How to create two objects that screw into one another

I am trying to create two objects that screw into each other, very much like nuts and bolts, for 3d printing purposes. I started with two very simple shapes: I am applying screw to them separately ...
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Machining/3d Printing Animation from Gcode

I am trying to animate and render a 3d printer with Blender so that I can produce realistic videos from which we will have the possibility to see the printing evolution and axis motion. I've found a ...
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Intersection of beveled curve object

I am just trying to create a simple outlined heart for a 3d print job. So I modeled a curve for the heart and added a circle as bevel object. The result looks like I want it to have.. But switching ...
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Blender 2.79 problems adding Gear Addon on Mac

I have been going through tutorials online that seem simple enough but for some reason my 'add_mesh_gear.py' addon will not install. I have tried the text editor method in blender and the straight ...
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Connecting two separate objects physically without moving them

I want to connect the cylinder to the half-sphere without changing their positions (they are separate objects with space between them). In reality the half-sphere and cylinder have a lot more faces ...
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Boolean modifier not working with hiccup

Newbie to blender here, I've done quite a bit of searching through the rest of the forum for this answer but I'm sorry if it's already been asked. I work in a medical office and we might possibly be ...
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hole or not hole in prepared mesh for 3d printing?

I´m looking at many tutorials on preparing things to send as .STL to a printer, but I keep on having the same doubt: All the tutorials say that, in order to save money, you have to make a hole in the ...
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When 3D printing, should I worry about small overhang areas on my model?

I'm trying to grasp the simple concept of gravity and apply it to my files before trying to print them out. For example: A humanoid model: the feet are structured on a firm base and the mesh in itself ...
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Dual extrusion model setup

Please bear in mind I am a relative noob to Blender and artistic design :) I have a (purposely) low poly model I have built in Blender. I originally did a UV paint job (2 colour - grey and black) and ...
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How to export object with its texture for 3d printing?

hopefully, this is a simple noob issue. Yes I have seen that it's been asked again and again and again, and I have tried lots of the solutions but I'm still stuck. I have a model that I have applied ...
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How can I approximately copy a UV map?

Background: I wanted to try 3D-printing models from video games. So when I had some spare time I googled a bit, and managed to extract the model I wanted from the game. Unfortunately, it still had ...
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What does 'Distortion' in the 'Mesh Analysis' panel do?

I have a few questions in regards to some of the options in the Mesh Analysis panel in the Properties panel in the 3D View. I pretty much understand all the different categories except for "Distortion"...
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How to make material from multiple objects appear as one. Ignore interior faces?

I'm struggling with a what seems like a simple task, both in an animation sense and a 3D printing sense. I'm attempting to create a model similar to what I'm showing here that would allow me to take a ...
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3D printing “be like the 3D view”

I'm a newbie learning to use Blender to produce 3D printable objects, since it is the most flexible software tool on the planet for 3D printing. However, in doing so I realise that I am using only a ...
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Avoid converting to tris when preparing file to 3D print

I created a low poly alien in blender and wanted to print it exactly the way I created it. It's modeled in quads which are converted to tris when exporting the stl. I know stl works with tris but it ...
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Print3D volume changes based on position of object

I am creating a house and measuring the volume of each of my objects for a project. I have created a ridge tile, although this is not relevant to my problem. Under the Print3D addon, the volume ...
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Too big (in memory size) STL exports

I recently exported one of the Dota 2 characters after applying all the displacement masks to give all the skin and scale textures to the character. The whole character was divided into 6 parts and ...
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Where is the source code of the mesh analyzer?

I tryed to search it in Blender source code, but I'm don't know where to look...
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How to make a thin sphere with a hole?

I've spent last three days trying to create a model of a planet for 3D printing with a displacement applied to its external surface and one of the polar caps removed so to create a something like a ...
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What do people buy 3D models for? [closed]

I am just wondering why people or companies purchase 3D models in the first place despite their cost. I have been planning on making 3D models for sale and I have browsed through websites selling ...