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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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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 ...
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Parametric design for pen adapter for 3D printing [closed]

I have this model I created for a little kid who has problems in their hands (muscular and/or skeletal). I was thinking that it would be awesome to release the design so anyone with this problems can ...
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Is there anyway to make a bezier curve into a mesh object? [duplicate]

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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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 ...