# 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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### 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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### Mesh Analysis - Why the thickness is uneven on sphere?

Any reason why are colors of thickness distributed unevenly since it is sphere shape? I would expect one color.
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### How to smooth a mesh for 3D printing (subdivide introduces ugly ripples and kinks)

so I've done a few days of research and tried a bunch of things and I'm at a loss. I'm trying to fix up this mesh for 3D printing: In Blender, the highlighted mesh on her body looks smooth. But once ...
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### I want to close gaps in a model to make it printable

I'm trying to learn Blender through a project: preparing a model for 3d printing. This particular model has a big problem: it's non-manifold. In a big way!: As you can see, as the model was created ...
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### How do I “bake” the displacement of an procedural material (with the right orientation) to the mesh?

I have a question for you guys! Recently I was searching for a way to better present my digital sketches and bought the realistic clay shaders by jama jurabaev. https://gumroad.com/l/KqHnv Here are ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Set Blender's UI Guides to match 3D Printer

For some reason, this origin question (here) was marked as a duplicate of a question about setting the grid floor size. Really strange, because this question isn't just about the floor, or about grids....
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### How to import a .xyz file as a manifold surface?

I am trying to 3D print a colored molecule by importing a .xyz file and exporting the geometry as a .x3d file, however no matter how I import the .xyz file (as a NURB, mesh, or metaballs) 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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### How to make afro (solid)

I want to make an afro like in the picture. Unlike the ones you can see the fine strands of hair since this will be 3d printed. Is there a nice way to do it that isn’t sculpting mode and grabbing at ...
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### Waterproof manifold solids

I need your support to build a waterproof manifold solid in Blender 3D. I have attached a .stl file showing outer and inner surfaces of a gear, developed and exported by a 3rd Party software. The ...
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### When to (not) use normal maps

Learning to model and I've got a question about what I've surmised about normals mapping so far (correct me if I make a mistake): We create a normal map from a high poly model, in order to export the ...
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### Missing portion when 3D printing (even if the 3D print tab seems OK), I need help to figure out what's happening

I tried different approach and redid the model a couple of times and I always and up with the missing parts you see on the picture. I just don't understand why it's doing that. I've printed a lot of ...
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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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### Tilting a specific section of non-uniform curve

I'm new to Blender and am trying to model a bracket for 3d printing. I need to bend the highlighted section of the model. The lowest point of the bend should remain fixed and the elements connected to ...
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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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### How to create a mesh imprint of one object onto another?

I have a mesh of an ocean wave which I am trying to create as a base for a model ship so I tried using the Boolean modifier to bisect the shape of the ship's hull from the ocean base. It seems to work ...
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### Create Printing View for 3D Printing

I do not really know how to start off, I am just introducing myself to Blender because of a personal project. I wanted to combine the 3D Printing with Blender. I am not actually trying to write a ...
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### How do I bend a scanned .stl object with several complex features

I'm trying to make a cylinder out of this textured slab. One side is flat while the other side is textured with an intricate pattern.There are several triangles and vertices. I would like to ...
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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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### How can I transfer details from a texture or normal map to a mesh (for 3d printing a model)

I'm working on printing a 3D model (a rifle from Overwatch), but there are some details that are only present in the texture/normal maps and not the model. I've been trying to find a way to transfer ...
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### Breaking object into parts

I have a model of piano that I would like to 3D print. The model comes as one part like in a picture below: I would like to print it in different parts like this: Is there a way in Blender (plugin ...
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### Creating a cone that has depth with spherical dimples that are on the inside mesh only

How can a create a cone with recessed spherical dimples on the inside mesh only (dimples similar to a golf ball). I can create a cone with depth using the solidify modifier but how can I create ...
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### Zero faces problem with model for 3d print

I created a model in parts to print using sculptris and blender, i enabled the 3d print tollbox addon, and when i click in check all, my model has only two problems that i coudln't find a solution ...
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### when is it necessary to have a continuous mesh over separate pieces?

Everywhere I look people say that animated models need to be one continuous mesh with quads. A lot of tutorials of people who are doing hard surface modeling via poly modeling vs sculpting often model ...
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### How to eliminate holes/bubble inside the volume of an object with blender [duplicate]

I’m a beginner and I obtained my object, a mandible, from the CT-scan of a patient. The problem is that inside of the bone tissue there are areas denser than others. To obtain the .stl file I have to ...
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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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I am new to blender and trying to create a cookie cutter, which I can then print using my Tevo Michelangelo printer. What I have tried so far - I created 2 svgs using Sketch as follows Then I ...
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### Do materials on an object stay when 3d printing?

I am doing some research for Blender 3D Printing but i haven't seen this question asked so I will be asking it. I am making a few meshes in blender and i need them to be a certain color. I want to ...
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### Vertices that seems to be aligned, are not?

Hi all and good to be here. I'm new to the forum and fairly new to Blender. I did some tutorials and simple drawings, but now I want to 3D print my designs. I've created a rim (1/24 meant to be used ...
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### Verify if model is ok for 3D Printing?

I have made a model for 3d printing, I knowthere are some checks I need to do in order to have a good print, but I cant find a place where to see all the bullet points to check. Is there a page or ...
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### 3D Printing Causing Issues

I have only recently started using Blender and have spent free time following the donut tutorial by Blender Guru. I’ve created my first model, a box to hold our remote controls It all looked ok until ...
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### Vertices alignment in a straight line

Currently working on a project where I am sculpting a statue of a dead king holding a sword. The statue was composed of many objects which I now successfully remeshed together. Remesh went very well ...
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### When importing stl models for 3d printing the pieces are all scattered, Is there a way to re assemble everything?

This is the result of the imported model. Is the software? Or it comes this way and there is no other solution than manually fixing? Thanks a lot!
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### Voronoi structure for printing without big overhang

I would like to make a "Voronoi" of a mesh and then 3d print it. So I need to have overhangs with less than 45 degree to be able to print it without supports. Does anyone know how can I make it? So ...
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### Cut mesh along a set of 20 planes

I am trying to cut a mesh along a set of 20 planes. Goal is to make this 3d printable without support and in a larger format than my printer volume. See screenshot for the 3d model and the intended ...
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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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### Pile up objects and attach them for mass 3D printing

I'm completely new to Blender. Because of Covid-19, my dad got a 3D printer and we are printing protective visors for hospital workers here in France. We have been given a 3D model that we can simply ...
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### Joining faces in a model

I recently started dabbling into 3d printing. I extracted a model from a old game, but I noticed that the faces of the model are not 'glued' to each other, they are basically standalone faces near ...
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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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### How to calculate illuminated surface area (not whole) of a mesh that has light shining on it?

I want to represent a 3D mesh object which is cylindrical and has pores of different sizes on/in it. One or more lamps are shining on it. What I want to find out is the surface area that is ...
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### How can I turn this math formula into a 3d model?

how can i turn a 3d model made in surfer into a 3d file that i can print
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### How do I remove parts from my 3d printing file?

I have purchased a 3d model online in the form of stl files. It all printed really well apart from one part. The hook shaped part at the front of the image. I can't work out how to delete the other ...
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### How can faces be added to a manifold mesh without losing the manifold property?

The space marked by the selected vertices should be solid, but when faces are added the mesh becomes non-manifold. The manifold property is important for printing. The faces should be here: and also ...
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### I can't make nonmanifold wings mesh manifold for 3d print [closed]

I pulled all of oldschool runescape's meshes so I can 3d print them. They made models with just faces so it's required a lot of work to get some to print but this one eludes me. Currently I'm working ...