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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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? [duplicate]

Is it possible to setup Blender guides to match your 3D printer's printable area? It's been a while since I've used Blender, and I used to be pretty knowledgeable about these things. I think I ...
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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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Breaking object into parts

I have a model of piano that I would like to 3D print. The model comes as one part like in a picture below: I would like to print it in different parts like this: Is there a way in Blender (plugin ...
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Simplify unwanted polygons

WARNING: Complete Beginner Question Some unnecessary polygons get generated out of my understanding. In the image I have selected a bunch of polygons that should be straight, but instead divided ...
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Creating a cone that has depth with spherical dimples that are on the inside mesh only

How can a create a cone with recessed spherical dimples on the inside mesh only (dimples similar to a golf ball). I can create a cone with depth using the solidify modifier but how can I create ...
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Zero faces problem with model for 3d print

I created a model in parts to print using sculptris and blender, i enabled the 3d print tollbox addon, and when i click in check all, my model has only two problems that i coudln't find a solution ...
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when is it necessary to have a continuous mesh over separate pieces?

Everywhere I look people say that animated models need to be one continuous mesh with quads. A lot of tutorials of people who are doing hard surface modeling via poly modeling vs sculpting often model ...
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Approximate Surface of intricate object

Cheers everybody, I am trying to create a printable 3D model of a Brain from MRI Images. I have already gone and created an STL file from the images. The file the Software Slicer produces, are ...
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How to eliminate holes/bubble inside the volume of an object with blender [duplicate]

I’m a beginner and I obtained my object, a mandible, from the CT-scan of a patient. The problem is that inside of the bone tissue there are areas denser than others. To obtain the .stl file I have to ...
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Newbie needs help with processing a 3D scanned tree

I'm a marine biologist and I'm currently working on a project to 3D print a 1m^3 replica of mangrove trees for the use of ex situ (offsite/in the laboratory) observation of fish behavior. I've ...
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3d printable cookie cutters

I am new to blender and trying to create a cookie cutter, which I can then print using my Tevo Michelangelo printer. What I have tried so far - I created 2 svgs using Sketch as follows Then I ...
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Best way to make vase for printing

I can't seem to get a solid base for my vase, which Ultimaker Cura identifies as non-manifold. This results in a print without a base. I followed this tutorial (see a brief summary below) then ...
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Do materials on an object stay when 3d printing?

I am doing some research for Blender 3D Printing but i haven't seen this question asked so I will be asking it. I am making a few meshes in blender and i need them to be a certain color. I want to ...
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Does the 3D-Print extension only Clean-Up Distorted?

Blender 2.81.16 I'm making a quite complex model and I'm using 3D-Print to check it over. When I press Check All I can see I have errors. However, the Clean-Up section only displays "Distorted" and "...
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What is the best way to start modelling in “mm”

This is the first question of this newbie..it is probably a stupid question. I want to learn blender for making models that can be 3d printed later. At this moment I'm only interested in designing ...
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Vertices that seems to be aligned, are not?

Hi all and good to be here. I'm new to the forum and fairly new to Blender. I did some tutorials and simple drawings, but now I want to 3D print my designs. I've created a rim (1/24 meant to be used ...
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Verify if model is ok for 3D Printing?

I have made a model for 3d printing, I knowthere are some checks I need to do in order to have a good print, but I cant find a place where to see all the bullet points to check. Is there a page or ...
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3D Printing Causing Issues

I have only recently started using Blender and have spent free time following the donut tutorial by Blender Guru. I’ve created my first model, a box to hold our remote controls It all looked ok until ...
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Vertices alignment in a straight line

Currently working on a project where I am sculpting a statue of a dead king holding a sword. The statue was composed of many objects which I now successfully remeshed together. Remesh went very well ...
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Non-mainfold geometry & 3D printing

I was designing a car body in order to 3D print it. I applied the solidify modifier to print it and exported as stl but is slicing very badly. I analyze my file with the blender 3D printing tools, ...
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When importing stl models for 3d printing the pieces are all scattered, Is there a way to re assemble everything?

This is the result of the imported model. Is the software? Or it comes this way and there is no other solution than manually fixing? Thanks a lot!
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Voronoi structure for printing without big overhang

I would like to make a "Voronoi" of a mesh and then 3d print it. So I need to have overhangs with less than 45 degree to be able to print it without supports. Does anyone know how can I make it? So ...
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Cut mesh along a set of 20 planes

I am trying to cut a mesh along a set of 20 planes. Goal is to make this 3d printable without support and in a larger format than my printer volume. See screenshot for the 3d model and the intended ...
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How can I get the outer shell of a mesh with overlapping loose parts

I have a stl file which I would like to 3D print, but the file is composed of several loose parts that are overlapped to make the full structure. I would like to get the outer shell/shape to print. I ...
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3d printing a basic object

Pretty inexperienced in blender but I make some basic designs to print on my 3d printer. I created 2 puzzle pieces, One with a hole, and one with a male end. I put some text on top of each, extruded ...
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Pile up objects and attach them for mass 3D printing

I'm completely new to Blender. Because of Covid-19, my dad got a 3D printer and we are printing protective visors for hospital workers here in France. We have been given a 3D model that we can simply ...
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Joining faces in a model

I recently started dabbling into 3d printing. I extracted a model from a old game, but I noticed that the faces of the model are not 'glued' to each other, they are basically standalone faces near ...
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Adding thickness to 3d printed topographic map

I am trying to 3d print a topographic map. I have followed a tutorial I found here: https://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&...
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Using Boolean Union and Exporting to STL resulted in unintended hollow parts

I am about to 3D Print this file. I have attempted to join 2 different models together using the boolean union modifier. One model is a knob, the other is the Cat's head. It looks normal on Blender, ...
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How to calculate illuminated surface area (not whole) of a mesh that has light shining on it?

I want to represent a 3D mesh object which is cylindrical and has pores of different sizes on/in it. One or more lamps are shining on it. What I want to find out is the surface area that is ...
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How can I turn this math formula into a 3d model?

how can i turn a 3d model made in surfer into a 3d file that i can print
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Artifacts after doing Boolean with Beveled Text

I'm pretty new to Blender, especially 2.8 I'm trying to model some dice to 3D print and I'm getting some artifacts after doing a boolean modifier with some of the converted text elements. I've given ...
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How do I remove parts from my 3d printing file?

I have purchased a 3d model online in the form of stl files. It all printed really well apart from one part. The hook shaped part at the front of the image. I can't work out how to delete the other ...
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Getting the outside of a multipart object for accurate 3d printing

I'm working with 3d concepts of hardware, which i cannot show here. Think of something like a hairdryer or so. These devices come with lots of parts screws, motors, internal parts etc. I'd like to ...
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How can faces be added to a manifold mesh without losing the manifold property?

The space marked by the selected vertices should be solid, but when faces are added the mesh becomes non-manifold. The manifold property is important for printing. The faces should be here: and also ...
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I can't make nonmanifold wings mesh manifold for 3d print [closed]

I pulled all of oldschool runescape's meshes so I can 3d print them. They made models with just faces so it's required a lot of work to get some to print but this one eludes me. Currently I'm working ...
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Has Anyone Ever Tried Modelling a Battery Cover?

I recently inherited my late great grandmother's Sharp WQ-CD120 boombox from 1995. Everything appears to be fine except it's missing the battery cover. I can't find anyone selling them online so I ...
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Simplify a complicated mesh for export as an STL

ok so basically, I’m trying to make a mesh for the purposes of 3D printing. I started with an imported stl file and then did a bunch of sculpting to shape areas how I wanted. This has made the blender ...

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