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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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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How to import 3D buildings from OpenStreetMap to Blender

As an OpenStreetMap (OSM) user, but pretty newbie regarding to Blender (I know the basics, but never used in depth because I get lost) or developing, I would like to 3D print some buildings stored in ...
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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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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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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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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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Where did object dimensions go in 2.8? [duplicate]

Anyone seen this panel? Essential for precise modeling.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to deal with a “non manifold edge” high count

I have an object with a high non manifold edge count. Is there a way to resolve them automatically or a way to make it easier to solve them manually? Some of them are edges without a face and others ...
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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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Braille text in blender

I'd like to use blender to add some text in braille to some blender 3D modela in order to print them via 3D printers. Is it possible in an easy way? How?
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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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Any way to “thicken” my model without scaling it?

I've created the model below for 3D printing, but when printed at my desired size, each piece is too thin and flimsy. I was expecting it to be larger when I modeled it. Is there any quick and easy way ...
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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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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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How to evenly distribute same size holes across a stretched surface

I need to make an object for a 3d printing project. The object needs to let water pass but block out bigger things like leaves and small pine cones. I already have the basic shape down, but i am ...
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Creating a geometry from a Python array

I would like to 3D print this image, which I computed in numpy as an array. My hope is to put this into Blender and export as an ...
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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 design a shoe cap

I'm designing my models for shoe soles (3d printing) using blender. I'm a real beginner and so I just used the basic extrude, bevel and proportional editing to reach my goals. But now I would like to ...
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Torus pipe joint 3d printing

I made a specific model of an empty Torus with some cylinders sticking out. I am planning on 3d printing this but all kinds of problems arose with the joint between these 2 objects. I am planning on &...
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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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3-Dimensional Voronoi Mesh

I'm trying to create a 3-dimensional voronoi mesh as packaging for a 3D-printed ceramic part. I want to print it with a rubber like material to absorb against shocks. I imagine a Strukture with a ...
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3D printer file type support

For Blender 2.70, I'm trying to figure out: Which 3D printer file formats Blender natively supports Which 3D printer file formats Blender can support with the use of plugins/extensions/etc. Which 3D ...
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Blender 3D Printing hollow model

I am trying to export an .STL I can actually 3D print with Blender. I have run through all the tutorials, but my model won't print correctly. I believe the problem would be solved if I could just ...
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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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Pattern on Easter Egg for 3D-Printing

I try to produce such handmade carved easter eggs: http://weburbanist.com/2010/05/22/insanely-intricate-eggshell-art-by-franc-grom/. I'm not able to sketch directly on the egg surface. I'm only ...
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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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How do I add lots of holes into the surface of my model?

I am 3d printing a ds9 model from thingiverse, but I would like to add all the holes for the fibre optic threads to my mesh surface. This Commercial kit has over 1000 holes to drill for fibre optics....
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Is blender a good solution for making a PCB enclosure

I want to make a custom PCB enclosure . I was looking at the various alternatives out there and was wondering if Blender is a good choice. Also I was planning on getting it 3d printed. However on my ...
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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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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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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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Removing double edges (reverse edge split) in a script

I have a 2D model of a road that consists of separate rectangles whose ends are approximately lined up. Below an example of a situation where the road turns slightly. There are thousands of ...
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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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Hyperbolic Solids in Blender?

How can I construct hyperbolic solids (hyperbolic cube, tetrahedron, etc.) in Blender? Below is a picture of a hyperbolic cube: Here is some more information on hyperbolic solids. Just to be ...
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Where is mesh debug to be found?

I am working in blender 2.69 and have been following the Blender Tutorials DVD12 on Youtube --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaKYhO-XMFo The video above refers to the "Mesh Debug" options in the ...
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Fixing non-manifold edge for 3d printing

I need to print out a toothed ring but it prints out as a disk, ie with the ring filled in. On checking the stl file in blender it has non-manifold edges and I think these confuse the printer. I can ...
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How to scale dimensions of a model while keeping the other dimensions proportional ??

I want to make my model "4cm" in order to be able to 3D print the model. I've applied the scale of my model, and I am trying to change the dimensions of the Y-AXIS from 11.817 m to 4cm, while the ...
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Models for 3D printing are sliced wrong, can't figure out optimal thickness

I have a 3D printer with 0.3mm and 0.8mm nozzles, and I am trying to figure out the optimal line widths for extruding some line art. Workflow I create the vector graphics in Illustrator, expand ...
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Help with a simple 3d Print

I have a 3d model of a simple object I am trying to print. No matter what i try to do to make it unbroken (ctrl-opt-shift-m) I can not fix it, I checked all of the vertices and put new faces on every ...
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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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Exported STL is empty in Slic3r

I am having trouble exporting meshes as .stl files from blender, when I import the exported mesh into Slic3r nothing shows up. However when I import an already existing model into blender and then ...
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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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Edit STL file and perform a very simple cut

My goal is simple and as I have seen, there are multiple methods to perform a mesh "cut" but most are examples using a simple cube or sphere object. Being brand new to 3d prints, there is an object ...

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