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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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How to properly create hollow text letter suitable for 3D print?

I am doing this project, where the objective is to print some hollow letters. I get to the following result with the spets that I took, where the objective is to make the letter 5 mm thick, with walls ...
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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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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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map_Kd missing from MTL file

I am trying to add colours to a cube and export them as an OBJ file for use with a 3d printing program. When I do so, the MTL file is created, but the map_Kd file is not noted in the MTL and ...
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What are the best Blender add-ons or plugins to use for 3D printing?

I just started learning Blender and actually still learning. I want to use Blender in order to 3D print my designs. I want to know what are the best add-ons or plugins to have in order to assure that ...
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How can I prevent overlapping when using Solidify Modifier?

I have used the Solidify Modifier tool on my object (choker) which appears to have caused overlapping at the centre. Lowering the thickness has helped but it does not prevent the problem. The image ...
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Sizing a file from Blender to Shapeways

I have designed a model in Blender I want to print through Shapeways. Here are the dimensions of the object in Blender, and the Scene's Units settings: After import in Shapeways, the sizes are wrong:...
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How can I retain original dimensions after adding thickness?

After scaling (3D prep), the clean object (0 NonMan) has the dimensions as expected: When applying solidify modifier with thickness 1mm, the entire object (lid) is scaled up: Original sizing (close ...
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How to create a sawtooth flange?

For connecting parts I am thinking of a sawtooth flange. How could this be done by modifying a face of a cube or a cylinder? Please note there is a fine but important difference between a sawtooth and ...
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Curves and Booleans Woes

The Story I am attempting to make a 3d representation of the following SUPER complicated model in a 3d-printer(.stl) friendly way. (I know it's not great quality, but it's literally the best reference ...
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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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Curving text around cone for 3D printing (requires clean geometry)

I'm having difficulty figuring out create text that curves around a cone, and then removing that text mesh from my cone so I can have a cone shape with the text debossed in it for 3D printing. I see ...
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Can't 3D print my model

After ending the modeling process, I wanted to 3D print my model, I apply the solodify modifier, and whater I solidify or not, the resulting stl won't slice properly. I have 468 non-mainford verts (...
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How do I have Intersecting Faces?

I have this problem quite a bit and I can not figure out why. I have looked up many posts in several forums but no one seems to have had this problem (that I can find). This appears to be a bug in the ...
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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'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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Is there any tutorial specifically for 3D printing mechanical objects?

Can anyone suggest a source for one or more beginner tutorials aimed at the relatively basic task of creating simple mechanical parts (discs with radial holes, Archimedes screws, etc) for 3D printing? ...
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How do you prepare a model for 3D printing?

Ive no idea how to prepare a model for 3D printing. Is the model supposed to be prepared in a specific way? If I want to print a model with meshes that intersect other meshes, would blender be able ...
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How to fix non-manifold boundaries

I am new to 3d modeling, and I have some problems after finishing my project. To preface, my goal was to create a tiger mask. My problem is that when I show my non-manifold elements, I have some non-...
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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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Is there a tool to check if two meshes will fit together?

I need to make a car from several parts. I created the lower body and the upper body. These parts (separated objects) will be 3D printed. I want to check if the objects fit together. I need a tool ...
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Converting textures to mesh

I am experimenting with the idea of converting a noise driven musgrave texture to a mesh. Form what I see musgrave 'blobs' change in 3D space, but applying to a mesh only applies the texture to the ...
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Woven stick style for 3d printing?

anyone got any ideas on how to do 3d models like so... https://www.annaandthewillow.co.uk/gallery but for 3d printing (ie faking it with textures won't really help). Thanks in advance.
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Bake Displacement Map from Tangent Normal mapped object

I have a model from a game that I want to 3D print. The model is not high poly, and a good deal of its surface detail comes from a tangent space normal map. I want to apply this surface detail to the ...
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Missing Parts When moving from Blender to 3D Print

Since all the good answers up here taught me a lot along my way into modelling, I'm coming back to you with a question: I've been modelling a ring in blender and would like to print it with my Photon. ...
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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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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 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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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 do I add a back wall to the front wall, so the object would be more than one layer of vertices?

So, I'm preparing a 3D model in blender for 3D printing and I split it into multiple parts, so I could print them out separately and fit electronics between the parts. However, now I'm at the problem ...
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How to create manifold threads on cylinder with non-destructive editing?

I'm trying to create a screw with non-destructive editing. After defining screw profile I apply a Screw modifier to it. However, the resulting object is not manifold (closed surface with non-zero ...
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Creating 3D printable 3D-texture on faces with nodes?

Newbe with Blender! (v2.9) Want to set up a correct Nodes-chain in the Shader, to perform: a 3D-texture on only one face of, say ,a cube from a jpg image, defining the displacement along the normal ...
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How to solve 3D Printing Artifacts?

I'm having a trouble with 3D printing. I do not own a printer and I'm sending to someone for printing. So, the problem is, when they open the model to print, it appears like in the image, with lots of ...
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3d Print material 2.7x to 2.8 fix

This shader was a favourite of mine that I can't quite get to work right now, does anyone now to fix it without getting a pink object.
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Newbie needs help with processing a 3D scanned tree

I'm a marine biologist and I'm currently working on a project to 3D print a 1m^3 replica of mangrove trees for the use of ex situ (offsite/in the laboratory) observation of fish behavior. I've ...
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3d printing a basic object

Pretty inexperienced in blender but I make some basic designs to print on my 3d printer. I created 2 puzzle pieces, One with a hole, and one with a male end. I put some text on top of each, extruded ...
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How to select original geometry from empty space?

Yes, I know, yet another beginner question. I've bought a 3D printer a couple of weeks ago. After working on it and trying to make it work and stable, I've decided to start creating my own STL files ...
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How can I make grooves deeper on a scanned 3d model?

I have an 3d Scanned Object and I want to print it out but the grooves are too small for the 3d printer how can I make them deeper without having to sculpt every groove by myself? The mesh is a chaos ...
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Perfect Adaptation to Surface

I want to model a implant for 3D printing in STL format. I need to adapt only part of my object (implant) to the surface and also maintain the thickness of the object at 1 mm every where. I have ...
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Scale STL to ruler in reference image

I am trying to scale an STL of a potential medical device to custom fit a patient. Is there a simple way to take a measurement over the reference image and tell the system that this measurement is X ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Cut and separated object don't fit in real life

My problem is with cutting one big irregular pipe in two pieces which are printable in SLA 3d printer. After have it cut with "knife" I merge two edges with "bridge edge loops". The procedure is ...