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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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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Blender round Edge

im new in Blender so im sorry if this question is just stupid. Im Trying to create a rounded edge for a 3d Model. To round the edge i pressed "strg+shift+B" It worked just fine for edge Number 1. ...
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How to select original geometry from empty space?

Yes, I know, yet another beginner question. I've bought a 3D printer a couple of weeks ago. After working on it and trying to make it work and stable, I've decided to start creating my own STL files ...
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Solidify for 3d printing, but maybe clamp in certain directions?

Long story, bear with me: We're working on a project in my hospital where we will look at patient ct scan's, create a file from the air passage of their nose, and use a fluid dynamics program to ...
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Solidify modifier - undesired results

I get weird shapes when I apply the solidify modifier, and with even thickness checked, it gets worst. What I have tried: -Select all of the mesh and open the Mesh menu, Mesh > Normals > ...
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Chopping excess bits off an imported stl :)

quite a beginner to blender, have rendered a rough 3d model of a battery compartment for a '78 Triumph Bonneville and imported it, but it's got lots of bits I need to slice off and delete. Then I'll ...
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Blender 2.81 hollow model for 3D printing

So I am playing around with Blender and it's wonderful. Great software, very intuitive but complex. Basically, I create a shape, a box, a toroid, a cylinder. I perform some simple deforms, stretch ...
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Can't 3D print my model

After ending the modeling process, I wanted to 3D print my model, I apply the solodify modifier, and whater I solidify or not, the resulting stl won't slice properly. I have 468 non-mainford verts (...
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Weird solidify results

So, after finishing the modeling process, I select all with A, then I solidify in order to 3d print the model, getting those weird results. Edit: Part of my file, where the problem is present How it ...
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Is Blender good to create high precision CAD designs for 3D printing

I'm working on reproducing face-plates that have almost no tolerance for error in details. I need to be able key in precise measurements to faces and edges while in editing mode, I'm not seeing if ...
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How do I change the units to meters or create an object that is X mm wide?

So I want to make a model for 3D-printing and searched for a guide on how to change the units to metric units first of course, but the guides I found were totally outdated, because there seems to have ...
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Why is subdivision surface behaving like this?

I'm wanting to 3D print my object- so I'm looking for a literal way of smoothing.. I want this object physically smooth while maintaining creases and negative space, like this: However, Subdivision ...
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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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