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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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Non-manifold, bad contig Edges and Sharp Edges on simple basic geometry

I have had issues trying to produce clean geometry for 3D printing for what is simple geometry. I check wether my mesh is clean or not using the 3D printing addon. Here is a step by step simple ...
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How to make a precise bolt hole in a simpler way?

I'm new to blender and using it to create 3d objects for my printer. Part of this is "cutting" holes for bolts very precisely which I managed to do but my way is so long/tedious I must be missing ...
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Difficulty with Exporting Materials

Some background: I am in a 3D printing class and our current project is a Full-color/Multi-Material printing project. So I designed an object, made materials, assigned the materials, the whole ...
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Optimizing for 3D print

I want to print my sculpt, but to do that I gotta bool the 3 meshes together. The problem is: they are all high res and I've tried booling 2 before and Blender crashed on me after 10+ minutes. Now, I ...
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Extrusion for 3D printing

I am trying to make this into a solid object so it could be 3D printed. In other words I am trying to make this into a rectangular prism with the trench engrave in the prism. So I want to extrude the ...
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3d printing and non-manifold edges from bisect

I've been working on 3d printing a model for several weeks now and have made strides in remedying issues with the model, specifically manifold issues. I've encountered an issue I haven't been able to ...
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Non Manifold object ? why hole is not print with 3D Printer?

I don't undestand when why i print my gear (with central hole) the hole (only on the top) is fill and not print. There's problem in my blend project ? Is non manifold ? I hope someone can help me ! ...
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When printing an Object (with Cura) the Hole disappears

I created an object (gear with hole) to print with my 3D printer. I don't know the reason but when I want to print it, the hole of gear disappears. .blend file:
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Adding thickness to 3D Scan of face in Blender

So I have a 3d scan of a face, pictured: And it has no thickness whatsoever, I'd like to add some so that it can be 3D Printable (my printer can handle the vrml/obj format and tons of colors). I've ...
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3D Printing Thickness and Thin Faces Problem

I am new to 3D printing and the printer in mind requires the mesh to have a minimum 2mm thickness. I started off by creating the shape with just a plane and extruding it out by 2.5mm. However the ...
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2.8 Which preferences can I change to make easier to do precise modeling for 3D printing?

2.8 Which preferences can I change to make easier to do precise modeling for 3D printing? So far I have to get an STL file and use for comparison and then manually scale. There has to be a better way.
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Where did object dimensions go in 2.8? [duplicate]

Anyone seen this panel? Essential for precise modeling.
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Trapeze profile for 3D letters, lines

Can somebody please help me? I should make fondant/marzipan stamp. I can make the 3D object - letters, lines (extrude from the svg) but I do not know how to set that profile where the top is narrower ...
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Solidify non manifold (non contiguos)

I tried to solidify a poligon extrusion, but it seems to be more complex than expected. After solidification some edges seems to cross each others, but I believe this should be a real common result ...
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How do I join these two objects without causing non-manifold edges?

I am trying to design an arch shaped fan guard. I created a long "cube" and then used the simple deform>bend to turn it into an arch shape. Then I created a plane, removed the centre, extruded ...
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Slicing an object in 4 parts

I want to cut a model which otherwise would be too big to 3D print in 4 parts . I use the fastcarve add-on and use a plane to slice the model in 2 in the y-axis (|). When I then select a half and use ...
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Degrees (°) not showing up as expected?

I'm trying to measure a corner to see if it measures larger than 45° for 3D printing. I use the measure tool to recreate the corner of my object but the degrees seem off. A 90° angle is displayed as a ...
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Scaling to a specific width

I want to scale a selection of vertices to a specific size (in mm). I have a "beam" which is 1,2mm wide and I want a certain portion to be 1mm. How can I scale it to be exactly 1mm? I can approximate ...
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correct geometry?

I want to create a container for my pen nibs in blender to later 3D print. I was wondering if there are improvements I can make to the model? I have my doubts about the edge loops near the outside ...
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Measureit Measurements Inconsistent After Export

I’ve been using the measureit tool to get the proper dimensions for a 3D printing project I’m working on. The only problem is that after exporting the file and then uploading the STL into my printing ...
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How can I create dynamic brick/tile-like geometry?

I want to create something like this: The key requirements are: Must be actual geometry. I'm going to be 3d printing this, so I don't think using materials will help me here. Would like to be able ...
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how to create a 3d mosaic out of a 2d image

i have a mosaic image and i want to turn it into a plan object that is going to have a 3D bumps.the result is going to be printed with a 3d printer .the idea is to extract the parts of the image so i ...
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3D to 2D (superimpose several flat layers one after another to generate the volume) and laser cut it

I'm looking to make a sculpture from a laser cut. The idea is to superimpose several flat layers one after another to generate the volume (stacking many squares I will have a cube). This is the kind ...
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V2.8 Export scale

In 2.79 with my scene units set to millimeters and Unit Scale set to 0.001 I never had a problem, now with 2.8 I need to change the scale at export to 1000 to get a correct size model after importing ...
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Trying to create a 3D print of a spray paint stencil and I'm having difficulty joining 'islands'. What I'm doing wrong?

I'm trying to create a spray paint stencil in blender and then 3D print it so I can use it for spray painting. I'm having difficulties joining the 'islands' to the rest of the stencil. For example, in ...
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How do I make dynamic 3D-printable hair?

I am trying to make dynamic hair that can be 3D-printed. It needs to be physics-enabled (so some kind of particle system, maybe?) and, through some kind of transformation, needs to end up as a single "...
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apply a wood texture to a circle to make a shield

I am attempting to make a old wooden shield for 3d printing.. and would love to have the wood plank texture applied to it.. similar to this.. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/ue4-shield-pack-...
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STL Export: why is object created via spin filled?

I have created a lid for our teapot in blender, by drawing the conture as a curve, then turning the curve into a mesh and then spining it around 360 degrees. The everything looks good in blender: ...
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Disassemble this math function pseudosphere into circle strips or/and individual cones?

Is there a way to disassemble this math function into circle strips or/and individual cones? Irrespective of section number depicted. The idea is to print on paper and cut-out.
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How can I generate a human arm from a mathematical function?

I'm trying to 3D print my arm by putting in the measurements into a file then import it into a 3d modeling software, and I came across Blender with this mathematical function but I have no experience ...
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modling tube for 3d printing

I'm trying to create a coupling in blender, that I can export to cura slicer program. My problem is the slicer program fills in the center of my tube as if it is a wall. I have tried creating it ...
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How to get the units right when importing and then exporting someone else's STL model

I've edited a model I imported from an STL file, which will be 3D printed, and I'm pretty scared about getting the units wrong as it needs to be accurate. What do I have to do to ensure I'm doing ...
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Want to shape this spiderman lens around the Faceshell so it fits perfectly against the shell [duplicate]

Was wondering if someone can help me. I want ti be able to bend this lens around the spiderman faceshell so that it sits flush with the shell. I have tried shrinkwrap and adding depth after but it ...
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Trouble boolean joining objects. Blender export perceived as separate objects.

I'm working on a ring I am willing to print out. I've sent my stl export to the printing place, but they claim that mesh I've sent consists of 3 separate objects. But when I'm working on blender, ...
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How do you export an STL using proper units?

I want to export an STL file using the units in my scene (millimeters), however, when importing the STL, the model is in fact MUCH smaller than that. The units in blender seem to only be a display ...
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Fill Gaps between Meshes with smooth surface

I've been trying to attempt modeling on my own for my 3D Designs after going through tutorials, but I am having an issue smoothing the gaps between meshes. In the image below I have added to UV ...
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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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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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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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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 ...