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 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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3d printable cookie cutters

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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Best way to make vase for printing

I can't seem to get a solid base for my vase, which Ultimaker Cura identifies as non-manifold. This results in a print without a base. I followed this tutorial (see a brief summary below) then ...
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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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Does the 3D-Print extension only Clean-Up Distorted?

Blender 2.81.16 I'm making a quite complex model and I'm using 3D-Print to check it over. When I press Check All I can see I have errors. However, the Clean-Up section only displays "Distorted" and "...
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What is the best way to start modelling in “mm”

This is the first question of this newbie..it is probably a stupid question. I want to learn blender for making models that can be 3d printed later. At this moment I'm only interested in designing ...
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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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Non-mainfold geometry & 3D printing

I was designing a car body in order to 3D print it. I applied the solidify modifier to print it and exported as stl but is slicing very badly. I analyze my file with the blender 3D printing tools, ...
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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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How can I get the outer shell of a mesh with overlapping loose parts

I have a stl file which I would like to 3D print, but the file is composed of several loose parts that are overlapped to make the full structure. I would like to get the outer shell/shape to print. I ...
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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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Using Boolean Union and Exporting to STL resulted in unintended hollow parts

I am about to 3D Print this file. I have attempted to join 2 different models together using the boolean union modifier. One model is a knob, the other is the Cat's head. It looks normal on Blender, ...
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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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Artifacts after doing Boolean with Beveled Text

I'm pretty new to Blender, especially 2.8 I'm trying to model some dice to 3D print and I'm getting some artifacts after doing a boolean modifier with some of the converted text elements. I've given ...
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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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Getting the outside of a multipart object for accurate 3d printing

I'm working with 3d concepts of hardware, which i cannot show here. Think of something like a hairdryer or so. These devices come with lots of parts screws, motors, internal parts etc. I'd like to ...
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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 ...
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Has Anyone Ever Tried Modelling a Battery Cover?

I recently inherited my late great grandmother's Sharp WQ-CD120 boombox from 1995. Everything appears to be fine except it's missing the battery cover. I can't find anyone selling them online so I ...
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Simplify a complicated mesh for export as an STL

ok so basically, I’m trying to make a mesh for the purposes of 3D printing. I started with an imported stl file and then did a bunch of sculpting to shape areas how I wanted. This has made the blender ...
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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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Chopping excess bits off an imported stl :)

quite a beginner to blender, have rendered a rough 3d model of a battery compartment for a '78 Triumph Bonneville and imported it, but it's got lots of bits I need to slice off and delete. Then I'll ...
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Blender 2.81 hollow model for 3D printing

So I am playing around with Blender and it's wonderful. Great software, very intuitive but complex. Basically, I create a shape, a box, a toroid, a cylinder. I perform some simple deforms, stretch ...
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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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Weird solidify results

So, after finishing the modeling process, I select all with A, then I solidify in order to 3d print the model, getting those weird results. Edit: Part of my file, where the problem is present How it ...
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How do I change the units to meters or create an object that is X mm wide?

So I want to make a model for 3D-printing and searched for a guide on how to change the units to metric units first of course, but the guides I found were totally outdated, because there seems to have ...
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Why is subdivision surface behaving like this?

I'm wanting to 3D print my object- so I'm looking for a literal way of smoothing.. I want this object physically smooth while maintaining creases and negative space, like this: However, Subdivision ...
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How do I export stl without the origin point being connected as vertex to the mesh?

I have a problem in the stl's exported from my Blender file: the origin point is connected as vertex to the mesh. How do I export without this connection?
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How do I rescale an object to be a specified cm in length and have the rest of the object scale to accommodate?

I just want to scale the entire object proportionally down to 120mm in length. I have already set the units in the scene to be mm. I see Object Mode > Transform > Dimensions but I don't see how to ...
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unknown problem with my file, not possible to 3dprint in DXF or STL

So, i need to make a 3d print of my project in blender, but they're is some kind of problem in my file that i don't understand, i asked somebody in a 3d printing store in my city but even him could ...
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Adding details to low poly model for 3d printing

I am trying to add details to a model in order to 3d print it. The model itself is a WoW character, but the problem is the low poly count and the lack of details for the armor. Please, keep in mind ...
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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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Fixing Non-manifold edges for 3D printing

This is my first model for 3D printing, and I'm trying to fix non manifold edges. I included a screenshot, there are 6 non manifold edges. Things I already tried: - recalculate normals - remove ...
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Is there a way to exclude an axis from the solidify effect?

Lets say I have this object: and I want to solidify it to 3d print it. I would like to have a constant thickness on the XY plane. I mean: I want that every 3d printed level has the same thickness. ...
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Shrinkwrap a mesh without “squishing it” for 3d printing, blender 2.8

questions similar to this have been asked on here, but either it was prior versions of Blender and buttons are missing now, or it didn't exactly answer it. What I'm trying to do is apply a "decal" of ...
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Thin faces warning 3Dprint tools

I am using an industrial grade 3d printer, it has a voxel acuracy of 23 micron. Although i cannot show my model here, its about 1000 times larger then the default suzan, as i export it later to STL, ...
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Construct a 3D-model from the real 2D-object with exact dimensions in blender

I have captured multiple images of an object from different views, I want to convert that object(images) into the 3D model with exact dimensions and send that 3D file to 3D-printer. I have an idea: ...
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Alternative to the skin modifier - solid perferated pattern

This is a problem I've encountered several times with blender and I've never found a good way of doing it - am I missing something? I want to design a solid mesh pattern with holes - eg chicken wire, ...
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Creating a smooth spherical surface

I am designing some parts for 3D printing and I have been banging my head for several days already trying to accomplish the following: I have a "frame" that looks like this: I am trying to create a ...
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Efficient way of removing hundreds of inset hexagons

I have a model with a LOT of hexagonal shapes extruded into the main body. My goal is to remove all of those hexagons and be left with a relatively smooth surface so that it will make 3D printing less ...

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