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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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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 ...
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Boolean functions removed faces, is there a relatively quick way to fix this?

I've been working a tube chassis model to 3D print. I used the boolean union function to join the tubes together into one object, hoping it would be watertight and printable without too many issues to ...
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Hollow / Solidify a Mesh (Without Intersecting Faces)

The solidify modifier creates new geometry normal to the surface of a base mesh. This works well in many applications but creates intersecting faces for many geometries beyond a critical thickness. ...
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Filling holes on the bottom of scanned design?

I'm very, very new to Blender, and for an assignment, I've used the Trnio app to create a 3D image of a stuffed animal that I then imported into Blender. This is the result (as you can see, Trnio also ...
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Errors creating .stl file

I am trying to print a small model for a class project. There were errors when I originally tried to export the stl file, which is here. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Xuo7fPLtYH7GmFApBSuaffNCXg-...
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Insetting a non-closed mesh into a solid object

I have a detailed mesh (600k faces) of a hole in the ground, produced from photogrammetry of a volcanic collapse pit in Hawaii. The mesh surface ends just outside the rim of the pit, but doesn't have ...
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3D print tool surface area and volume calculations?

I am currently using Blender to determine surface area and volume of 3D whales. I originally used volume = bm.calc_volume() #volume of whale area = ((sum(f.calc_area() for f in bm.faces))) However, ...
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How can I 'stamp' a fingerprint onto an object's geometry for 3D printing

I need to make a pendant (jewelry) with a fingerprint pressed into it — this will then be 3D printed (see image attached for an example of what I'm looking for). Am I correct in thinking that a ...
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3D Print a solid object

How can I 3D print a solid object? I am trying to create a coin. I have built a model and of course it's just a wire-frame shell. 3D print services tell me that some faces are too thin. I need to ...
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3D extruded Bezier not filling

I Have an object made out of 2 merged Bezier curves (one 2D and one 3D) that I extrude in the Z-Axis and I can't manage to fill the object. I know this is a typical issue but I could not find my way ...
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Small details are lost on 3D printing

I want to make a key chain of a cartoon character,I modeled it but when i exported the model and inserted it in the slicer software i had problems with details like the eyes and the outline of the ...
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solidify modifier is distorting parts of the model

I am completely new to Blender, outside of watching a few tutorials online and messing around for a couple hours trying to solve my problem. I have this model, made by Yokiie on Sketchfab (https://...
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How to export to Milkshape 3D file

I open an existing Blender file in blender and I can't export to Milkshape 3D. The option is there under exports but it is greyed out. Why is this?
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Is there a way to set specific dimensions in inches or an other measurment?

I have imported a model and the size of the hole of a cylinder is too big and I'm wanting to scale it to 2in. across. Is there any way that I can set the scale down to that measurement without having ...
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What's the algorithm used in bm.calc_volume()?

I need to know which algorithm is used in bm.calc_volume() (https://docs.blender.org/api/blender_python_api_2_67_release/bmesh.types.html#bmesh.types.BMesh.calc_volume) or which theorem is based on. ...
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How to add faces to underside of a model

Hi. Attached is an image of just the bottom verts of a model that I have. I have hidden the top section so it can easily be seen. I plan to print the model, so this is the open underside face, I need ...
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Finding if object has more than 1 distinct part for 3D printing

I'm working on some more designs and trying to find where I can make my workflow easier. One problem I have is that I can upload an STL file exported from Blender only to have the site say there are ...
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Is there a way of making the baseline from a complex mesh horizontal keeping it clean?

I want to make the model of a turtle for printing it, and in the process, I found easier to have a clear base, because I thought of printing it apart, but I don´t know how to correctly make all the ...