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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Blender model won't produce valid stl for printing

I have a relatively simple model to which I've added a lot of modifiers in blender. When I export to an STL the result has several solid layers that aren't visible in blender. I It also thinks that ...
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How to fix self-intersecting geometry for 3D Printing?

My professor wants to do 3D printing, and here is the model he made and each individual even intersect its mesh I can't make links cause every mesh is at 0.0.0 location. He demanded me to do a clean ...
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What is the best way to put an array pattern onto a flat surface? [duplicate]

For the past couple of weeks I've bene trying to place a repeating hexagon pattern onto the top of a cylinder. I've watch multiple tutorials on using boolean modifiers, but I always get a few tiles ...
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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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How to calculate volume of a mesh object

With the 3D print addon. Under Rigid Body -> Mass i have put the value of 5Kg. And Under object -> Rigid Body -> Calculate mass with a custom i have change value to 7200 (cast iron) as ...
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Is it possible to apply a texture of an image to a mesh/sculpt for 3d printing?

I'm new to blender(about 1 day in), and I don't exactly know how to word my question properly. I am using blender to sculpt stuff to resin print. I'm currently trying to make something with a burlap ...
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How to extrude/bloat one mesh until it touches another mesh?

I am trying to graft a mesh of my face onto an octopus and then 3D print the result. I was able to do this in Meshmixer by setting my face as the target and using the "attract brush" on the ...
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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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Interpolating between SVGs

I am very new to Blender. I am trying to create a mesh model to eventually 3D print. I have imported 3 different SVG files, each one is a frame from a video of a running horse. I want to connect the ...
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How can I create a 3D model of the CIELAB color space? [duplicate]

My professor and I are trying to create and print a 3D model of the CIELAB color space for one of my Master's studies. He has provided me with a CSV of the color space's data points (which you can ...
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Combining two manifold objects creates a non-manifold with issues

I'm trying to combine these objects to be non-manifold for 3D printing but I'm not sure why it keeps saying the edge loop has issues. Both objects are non-manifold and were joined to make one object. ...
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My blender file will not print; any suggestions?

I have a 3D printer and after learning of blender (and rebuilding my computer to handle it properly) I delved into 3D design for table top mini's. I'm using Blender 2.90 currently. The object in ...
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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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Adding geometry detail from textures to a low-poly model for 3D printing

As the title says I'm trying to take some models from a video game and use them for 3D printing. The models are (understandably) low-poly but they do have textures with a fair amount of detail. My ...
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3D Print Toolbox Intersection Check Problems

The intersection checking function in 3D Print Toolbox seems to give a lot of false positives at the moment. An easily replicable example (assuming it's a broad problem with the add-on, and not just ...
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Retaining mesh shape when subdividing

I'm trying to decipher what another member did to solve my problem of the shape of my mesh being altered when I subdivide it. Here is a link to Steamy_Steve original post, and I have also copy and ...
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Fix non-manifold object

Does anyone have any guides or tips to fix non-manifold objects? This is my object I need to print for someone but its non manifold, tried using netfabb but it ruins the whole mesh. Is there any way ...
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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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Print3D Volume changes when object is moved

Whenever I change the position of any model it changes the volume. It's usually very minor but is there some way to fix this?
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Merging objects

I’m trying to create a nose for a toy figure I’m working on but I can’t figure out how to move objects in front of each other in order to merge them? Like when I create a new shape it appears either ...
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how to extrude an svg on surface of cylinder

I want the fish that sits on the cylinder to extrude out off the smooth surface Much like a fish stamp but on a curved surface. I can get the fish curved on the surface but cannot get it to extrude I ...
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What is causing this deformation while using Boolean Union on all objects?

So I want to prepare my 3d model for printing but when I try to merge it with boolean it all gets pretty messy. I'm beginner and I really don't know how to fix this problem. Here are some images: ...
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Joining SVG curves into one object loses faces [duplicate]

when joining SVG curves into one object I am losing faces. How do I avoid or add the face back in
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How to fix sharp edge in 3d mesh object

I'm just trying to add numbers on to a basic shape. Most of my numbers turned out fine except my #3 which has this sharp edge on the right side. Is this a basic fix? I'd really like some help to know ...
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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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3D printer not printing anything

It's probably a very noob thing to ask but here goes nothing. I recently bought an Elegoo Mars 3D printer, which led me into the world of Blender. Now I'm still learning, but I recently decided to &...
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Two manifold objects becoming non-manifold when joining them how can I fix this

When I do a check manifold both objects have 0 non-manifold edges but when I combine them it becomes non-manifold and when I try and fix this it covers the hole which will have the screw in it. How ...
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Export to .STL Format In Correct Scale - Inches

I've tried and tried to 3D print models that I have created, and I need them in .stl format. When modeling in Blender, I change the units in Blender to Imperial - Inches. However, whenever I try ...
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How to create variable wall thickness with Solidify Modifier?

I am using Blender 2.83 and I need to 3D print a hollow vertical cylinder that is 40x40x40mm with a front wall thickness of 2mm and a back wall thickness of 4mm. Can this be modeled in Blender? I have ...
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Understanding (and fixing) non-manifold geometry

I'm trying to understand Blender constructs and manifold vs non-manifold geometry. I do a lot of modeling for 3D printing, so really need to get this right. I've looked at a number of tutorials on ...

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