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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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Can Blender be used to send to a factory to create silicone products (mass production)?

I got started on a project early January. The job was to model silicon baby products using reference images he sent and make them look like they were professionally taken in a studio. I completed the ...
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Joining instead of Cutting with BoolTool Ctrl Shift - Shortcut

I have been using Blender to edit STL files for resin 3d Printing. I have an object that I want to cut and I create the shape I want to cut out of it, but when I give the ⎈ Ctrl+⇧ Shift+ - command, ...
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Boolean modifier applying, making holes in one object to connect it later to another /3d printing/

I have a problem with a Boolean modifier. I’m making a board game asset – stables in Blender v.2.82. The building is made by two parts – fundament And roof Initially there was one only one object. ...
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How do you combine a sculpt mesh with primitives for 3d printing?

I created a crystal mesh 130mm x 120mm x 250mm high for 3d printing using sculpt. Now I want to add a tube within it and add some scaffold primitives to the inside of the mesh joining the tube for ...
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How to make a cylinder smooth without smooth shading?

I want to 3d print a .stl file of a cube with a cylinder coming from it, but blender's default cylinder isn't smooth, and smooth shading is just an optical illusion. I don't know if I should just use ...
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Unable to align extruded text to grid bottom

So I am busy modelling a simple keyring I would like to 3D Print. I add text (Each letter is a separate text object so I can extrude them to different "heights") so that the text alternates ...
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Bending with Curve Modifier doesn't follow curve [duplicate]

I am working on a 3D-printable design and am trying to use Blender to simply "bend" a flat object into the shape I need (basically adding two "rounded" 90-degree bends). I've got: ...
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How to reduce vertex count on a mesh [duplicate]

I need a way to fix this mesh. It has way too many faces and when I import the .stl file to other programs it gives me a ...
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Export blender file for 3d printing with color

I'm new to blender so bare with me. I have a blender model which I want to export for 3D printing but with colors. I colored my model using Texture Painting and assigned my model (object) a material ...
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Modeling hexagon pinhole lens for 3D printing

I'm trying to model and 3D print pinhole lenses / glasses but I'm having some trouble creating the hexagon shape with array modifiers. The lens shape I'm trying to get is below. I was thinking of ...
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How do I make a round cornered rectangular box with a domed top - for 3D printing

The item I am finding impossible to model is a rectangular box with rounded vertical corners, and a top which is convex in the short direction, flat in the long direction, and which transitions in a ...
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How to repair artifacts in object for 3D print?

I made a model for 3D printing, (you can see what it looks like in the first picture) and I uploaded it to i.materialise.com for 3D printing with titanium metal. When the website "fixes" my ...
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How to draw edges on a sphere to make parts that fit into each other

I am trying to make sphere shaped designs with moving parts like spaceship doors & windows for 3d printing. However, the doors/windows don't always follow the edges on the UV sphere. Is there a ...
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Boolean or cuts without creating ngons

I have one specific question and one general one. The specific question: Is there a way to boolean in a shape without creating a bunch of ngons? I want to cut a hole in the visor as seen in figure 1 ...
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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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How to use fluid simulation to combine different meshes for 3d printing

I'm trying to 3d print a hollowed version of the bust of a video-game character. The character is very detailed and has meshes for every part of armor and a single eye is composed of 4 different ...
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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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3D-print friendly joints

I am trying to split a figure, so it will fit in my 3D-printer. For the pieces to fit together after the slice, I plan to make a ball joint or a trapeze joint, and glue them together, just like this: ...
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Odd STL result, but I don't know why

So I drew a threaded cap. This is my first attempt. It looks OK in Blender but when I view the resulting STL file in an STL viewer, it looks very wrong and I don't know where to begin to fix it ...
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Hollow a design to 3D Print

Does anyone know how to make an object hollow in order to cut cost for 3D prints? I want to create and upload to shapeways.com to make metal jewelry. Thank you in advance.
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Remove inset area / Fill embossed text

I have a model that has some text embossed into it. I need to remove them. (We're still making it in the USA, but it is not legible when 3D printed.) Unfortunately this file was exported from ...
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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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How to make a Cube that cannot be 3d printed

so recently i started using blender, i watched a tutorial on how to start with blender and the first thing the man did was make a base for his 3d prints in the software, so he just made a cube set the ...
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How can I sculpt multiple objects to fit together?

I am attempting to create a model of the prostate as four different objects that can combine together to form the complete prostate. In the end, this model will be 3D printed and will be disassembled ...
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Increase object quality for 3d print export?

I've created/edited an object and I can't get the 3D object export to have the same settings / apparent face resolution as the edited "version". Please see screenshots. As you can see, the ...
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How can I cut a complex Blender object in half?

As the title suggests, I have modeled an object, and I want to cut it perfectly in half, or close to perfectly. But as the object is quite complex, nothing I've found on google worked that well and/...
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How to fill base for 3d printing a topographic map

I would like to 3d print a topographic map of the world. I’m starting from the following grayscale PNG. I have previously played with Blender to render this shape using a grid mesh and the displace ...
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how can I reach the result box (label) inside the 3d_print tool box addon

you can see the process of me tring to reach the result box, but they are using it in a script called result.py whic contains ...
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what is an overhang face

I was recently getting into some 3D printing, and I was checking out tools in Blender. I didn't quite understand what an overhang face in a 3D model was and what some angle values had to do with it.
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Align internal parts of several meshes to the exact same “height”, for 3d printing

My plan is to 3d print a giant scaled up version of the bones of a hand, complete with ligaments, tendons, and magnetic attachments. Lets say I've embedded "holes" for magnets inside of the ...
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set the context to run dissolve_degenerate from the python shell

I've downloaded some 3d models of a city with a ton of topologic errors. I am trying to fix some iterating through the objects and running dissolve_degenerate. But ...
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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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Can stippling be used to create a 3D model?

I'm following along this thread: How can stipple shading be replicated in Blender? But the .blender files don't seem to work so I'm creating from scratch. Does anyone know offhand it it is possible ...
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Preparation of mesh for 3D printing

I made a 3D model of a seal using Meshroom and thought I'd have a go at 3D printing it. Is there an easy way in Blender to a. Identify what issues there are with the mesh in terms of 3D printing and ...
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How to make joints for 3D printing?

I have a hand that I want to make movable. I don't really understand how to make joints with blender. This is for 3D printing so they need to be outside not just armatures. I think I may need to cut ...
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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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How do I export stl without the origin point being connected as vertex to the mesh?

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 accurately make a 14 tooth gear in Blender?

I want to recreate this gear in Blender. As you can see, there are 14 teeth on this gear. Tracing the shape with vertices is not an option as it needs to be exact. .
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STL Export from Makehuman Model giving strange results?

I'm trying to make 3D models of characters from my novels, in order to make my own 'figurines' of them via 3D printing. I've done the first one, and there are no non-manifold edges. At this point, ...
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Adding texture detail to a lowpoly model for 3D print

I'm working on constructing 3D printable models from an older game for my brother's birthday. I have the base STL to work with but since this is an older game it's lowpoly and I would like to bring ...
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How to prevent hidden shapes from being exported to .stl file?

I've created a replacement radiator knob in blender to get it 3d printed. I've used array modifiers to replicate shapes mirrored around the center. And I have used a Boolean modifier to create the ...
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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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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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Looping a mesh pattern inside and outside of a cone shape

I was trying to create a mesh pattern that loops inside and outside of a cone shape using the tissue add-on but there maybe another way to do this that I just haven't thought of. I'm trying to create ...
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How would I make a boolean made up of the circled shapes work properly on a small, flat, coin-shaped cylinder

What I'm trying to do it 3D print a small coin like thing and make a slight indent in the shape of the 6 triangles and 4 circled circles into the coin shape. I tried it earlier and it did not work and ...
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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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Determining the optimal suspension location for jewelry

I'm creating jewelry with Blender and I'm wondering about finding/calculating the optimal suspension location. Looking at the image I uploaded, you see a small eyelet. I've used the chain simulation ...
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Is boolean a reliable way of intersecting 3d printed objects?

I am making a character to 3d print. And I want to use boolean to stick the head to the neck in the perfect position. I placed the 2 strips so it will align perfectly. Now the problem is, if i do it ...
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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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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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