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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Scale settings for exporting to STL (for 3d printing)

I've set my Units (in scene properties) to Metric, and the Scene Scale to 0.01 hoping to get the Blender dimensions it mm's. While the (normal) scale is 1 for x,y,z, the standard cube has the ...
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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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Where did object dimensions go in 2.8? [duplicate]

Anyone seen this panel? Essential for precise modeling.
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Align an object to a specific face

I usually face this problem when I cut objects to make them printable in my 3D printer. As you may know, you need your object to have a nice base to be printed. So I usually use bisect to cut an ...
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Removing internal geometry before 3D printing

I am pretty new to Blender but I looked at some tutorials on how to build my own structure etc. I found one Youtube video at about 2:05 minutes, where they select all inner vertices with some clicks ...
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Why is Blender so popular for 3D printing? [closed]

In a recent news by i.materialise I saw that Blender is the most popular 3D modeling software for 3D printing (complete ranking here: http://i.materialise.com/blog/top-25-most-popular-3d-modeling-...
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Repetitive carvings/holes around a sphere

I'm doing a spherical electromagnetic motor and I need to design a main ball fully covered of circular holes (all of the same size) so I put the neodymium magnets inside them. The sphere is going to ...
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Blender units vs metric

I just started getting into 3d printing. At first I scaled my models down to a few cm tall in blender, but found them nearly microscopic at print time. After some fiddling with netfab, it seems like ...
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What exports does blender have for 3d printers?

What exports, if any, does blender have for 3d printers? It may be sort of a list question, but I feel it could be horribly useful.
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How to align an object so one of its faces are axis-aligned? (make an object upright for eg)

I'm considering adding a feature to the 3d-printing tools, or to the Transform menu -- whichever is more appropriate. Background: When 3d printing, one often must rotate an object so some face(s) lie ...
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How to reduce the thickness of letters

I want to reduce the thickness of a letter but don't know how. The dimensions of my letter are 7 cm x 7cm and the letter is roughly 5mm thick. I want to reduce the thickness to 4mm but I want the ...
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Filling Hole in scanned ct - object

So my problem is that I have an scanned object (CT scan) and there are some "errors". One of them is that there are holes in the object, which I don't want. My first solution was just to put an ...
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How do I add a texture when Importing from OBJ scan?

I am rather new to using blender, and I have run into a bit of a problem. My boss has been using a 3D scanner, and I am supposed to import the results of the scans. I am able to import them into ...
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How to merge two sculpted meshes?

Is it possible to merge two sculpted meshes? If you want to make a 3d printable mesh, you want to make it hollow... so you copy the mesh and scale it down, inwards. Then you make faces between those ...
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Export a smoke simulation as a mesh

Please help me.... I am trying to export a smoke simulation as a mesh (I mean the smoke 3D volume) for 3D printing it! I cant find how to do that anywhere, does anyone know? Thanks a lot! Sorry if it ...
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How to bridge edge loops with a twist of .5?

I'm trying to make a 3D model of a twist-cut torus, like this one: https://youtu.be/3_VydFQmtZ8?t=3m39s The current version of the model costs about $50 in Shapeways. I'm trying to get that down by ...
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fill in hole following curve

I have made a panel for my car dash to 3d print. The problem is at some point I cut out a large hole with a boolean operation so I could test the part easier and save time and plastic. The file is ...
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Is it possible/how to separate several “objects” imported from an stl file?

I've imported some a model from an stl file. There are several "objects" (spatially separated), but Blender considers them as one object (due to the algorith of importing, I guess). Is there a simple ...
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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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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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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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Creating an implant for spinal surgery - workflow questions

Pretty new to Blender here and with a pretty specific set of questions. The situation: I'm a vet looking to operate on a dog's spine. I want to put screws in a very specific location to avoid ...
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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 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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What's the best way to do clothing in character modelling?

I'm doing a character mesh for animation, simulation, and posing/3d printing, and was trying to figure out the best way to do clothing. Should I model it as part of the character, and worry about ...
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Scaling a mesh for 3D printing

I am trying to make a mesh that after 3D printing it will be 15cm on the Z- axis, 8cm in the Y- axis and 13cm on the X-axis in real-life. The following image shows the mesh and on the right there is ...
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Can I use blender to create a model and 3D print it for some real device

I want to create a 3D model which can be used in real life. When given some real life dimensions, can we make models in blender with the exact same measurement down to the millimeter? For example I ...
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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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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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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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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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Converting bottle threads from diagram to a 3D model

Goal: I'm trying to model the threads of a polar springs 500ml bottle in Blender 2.8x so I can 3D print an adapter for it. Issue: I'm having issues converting what Blender 2.8x calls Screw and what ...
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Making indented panel lines for 3d printing

I'm quite new to Blender but planning to use it for 3D printing, so I'm looking for a solution which will actually modify the geometry. I have created a couple of aircraft. I need to detail them with ...
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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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Extrude the outside of a cylinder using a grayscale image

I'd like to create model of a ring with a relief for 3D printing. The relief should be a raised, but degrading text (like its very old and used). I'd imagine to create a grayscale image and use 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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Adding Thickness to a 3D Textured Plane in Blender

I created a 3D textured plane in Blender and I want to increase the thickness so that I can 3D print it. So, I just need to basically extrude it so that in stead of a rectangular plane, I will have a ...
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Is there a way to deform a model and then have the mesh stay that way, even without an armature?

I want to 3D print several pawns. I need them to be in different poses, but be the same general character. I can achieve this by re-meshing the posed object with another object, but I would like a ...
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2d image to a 3d model [duplicate]

Anyone know any add ons or anything that is robust enough to turn a full body 2d image of a person into a 3d model? If something like that even exists. For an example if I took a full body picture ...
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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 to solidify photogrammetry model by filling it from inside?

I struggle with making a photogrammetry model a solid. I tried a Solidify modifier, which works quite well until the thickness value is big enough to intersect trough the outer shell and destroy the ...
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How to solidify a complex 2D Render from Pix4D for 3D printing

I have looked everywhere but cannot find exactly what i need help with so hopefully someone can help me. I currently have this file As you can see it is a 2D mesh generated out of a program called ...
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How to add detailed engravings onto a curved surface in Blender for 3D-printing?

In Blender I have a curved surface, only quads. Now I want to "engrave" the surface. See picture as example, but only with curved surface of object instead of flat. Good example of how it should look ...
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Tutorials for simple objects like Railway wagons etc

Total beginner. I want to create railway items like wagons, etc. For making .stl files only for 3D printing. No rendering, animation, or anything besides modelling needed. Can I change the menu to ...
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Winding coil using a conical shape for 3D printing

I'm trying to wind a continues coil around an conical object. I duplicated an edge loop of the conical shape to get the Coil loop size and angle correct and used an array modifier but I'm not sure how ...
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Creating a subdivided plane using projected threads

How can I create a subdivided plane using projected threads. (Part 02 of Converting bottle threads from diagram to 3D model) I'm trying to model the threads of a polar springs 500ml bottle in Blender ...
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Triangles to quad for 3D printing

Is it necessary to convert triangles to quads for 3D printing? thanks Dov
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X3D not including textures in file

I have created a character and textured it for Full Color 3D printing through shapeways. I choose the X3D export option from the 3D print toolbox addon and the export works fine. But when I upload ...
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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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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 ...