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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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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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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 ...
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Which kind of geometry is needed for 3D printing (metals)?

Generally I have more or less 3 questions when it comes to 3D printing (metals) and I am not finding the answers using Google. So, I am just asking here as I am using Blender. It's always easy to ...
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Topology for a disk with circular holes?

I'm trying to create the center body of a grinder. I always start of with a cylinder and tried variations of high-low vertices/different fill types in different attempts at the beginning to star off ...
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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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Is there anything like Meshmixer's "Make solid" in Blender?

I have a mesh with a lot of self intersections I got from running the shell modifier and I will later do some Booleans on it and then 3d print it. The trouble is the intersections throw off the ...
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What ways are there to cut object in multiple separate meshes?

I'm a beginner with blender, but I managed to complete my model. Problem is, that I'm making the model so I can print it with a 3d-printer, and the item is so large that I have to cut it in 5 separate ...
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How can I test if a mechanism works well before printing?

I'm not new in Blender but I'm really new in 3d print. I want to do a mechanism with, lets say, two gears and one handle, and I want to test, rotating the handle, if the mechanism works well before ...
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Filling Hole in scanned ct - object

So my problem is that I have an scanned object (CT scan) and there are some "errors". One of them is that there are holes in the object, which I don't want. My first solution was just to put an ...
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3D Builder won't accept meshes made from Particle System in Cycles Render

Basic Background So, I was in very early stages of some modeling I was creating as a favor to a company called "Atomz Lab". I was to create and 3D print their mascot (A young boy wearing an atom T-...
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How to make a complex selection of an image over a cylinder top/bottom face and extrude to make a coin

Right now I'm trying to sculpt a cylinder face that I have made with 200 vertices and a very subdivided triangle fan cap top, but this gets too laggy for my PC and it's still very ugly. I wonder if ...
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Segment bone fractures and reduce them virtually (for 3D printing)

After importing an STL model of DICOM images into Blender, is it possible to select the fractured bones individually (segment each bone) as shown in the attached pictures to then virtually reduce (...
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MakerBot won't slice my model

I need to make a casing for an Arduino device. Since I am new to Blender I am struggling a bit but I successfully managed to make a casing with a lid. I also did some cleanup to prepare for 3D ...
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How can I make the decoration to take the shape of any object

I'm trying to make a design of decoration to be like the shape of " sphere, car, body ... etc " for example I convert an image of decoration to be SVG then I make it like sphere shape . as I used "...
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Creating model of disc with offset hole for 3D printing

For an engineering project I have been requested to 3d print a disc with the following characteristics: 7.5 cm diameter 4.8mm thickness hole with a diameter of 1.27 centimeters through the disc and ...
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2d image to a 3d model [duplicate]

Anyone know any add ons or anything that is robust enough to turn a full body 2d image of a person into a 3d model? If something like that even exists. For an example if I took a full body picture ...
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How to model vertical cross horizontal lines to become look like torus ? 3D printing

I'd like to thank "cegaton" for teach me how to make a texture that looks like a woven strands of metal, https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/80619/39770 Now I wonder if someone can teach me how to ...
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Non-manifold mesh problems after boolean

I have designed my model from the ground up and only used boolean modifier to connect the different parts of the model. Unfortunately after using the 3D Printing Toolbox to make the model manifold it ...
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Remove inner wall on thin shell model with complex geometry

Is there an easy way to remove the interior wall on a model with complex geometry? The model was imported from an STL file for a object which is very large, but has very thin walls. One of the walls ...
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How to add detailed engravings onto a curved surface in Blender for 3D-printing?

In Blender I have a curved surface, only quads. Now I want to "engrave" the surface. See picture as example, but only with curved surface of object instead of flat. Good example of how it should look ...
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Union partially overlapping cubes without boolean modifier

My goal is to generate a model composed of many partially overlapping cubes. But I need to get rid of the parts where they overlap, so I have a single mesh without any intersections. One of the ...
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Converting .3mf to .blend

My friend sent me a .3mf file to modify for him to 3d print. Is there a way i can convert it to a file type, that I can use in blender?
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How to make water tight surface for 3D printing

I´m quite new to Blender and wanted to try out 3D printing. Now I´ve created a form and wanted to add wall thickness. I have already diagnosed it with Netfabb and apart from the fact that it´s not ...
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Solidify Modifier won´t create a solid surface

I´m quite new to Blender and wanted to try out 3D printing. Now I´ve already created a form and wanted to add wall thickness. I have already diagnosed it with Netfabb and apart from the fact that it´...
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Triangles to quad for 3D printing

Is it necessary to convert triangles to quads for 3D printing? thanks Dov
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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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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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Scaling objects with constant wall thickness for 3D printing

I am using blender to create stl files for 3d printing. Let's say I create a shell for a model railroad car. Since 1/87th is the most common scale I make the walls of the shell just thick enough to ...
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What are the Measurement Units

i was doing a project of making drone parts which i want to 3D print but i don't know how the measurements in blender are going to be the same as the ones in real life so can anyone help me
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Bake Mesh Analysis to Texture

I'm guessing this would be pretty difficult, but I was wondering if there was a way to get the mesh analysis data to save as a texture. Specifically the thickness setting. The idea being to "bake" the ...
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When mesh objects are added together in edit mode to create one single 'object', how can the intersections between the mesh be removed? [duplicate]

Is it possible to remove the internal intersections of mesh that have been added together in edit mode to create one 'object' - ideally creating a smooth interior, e.g. for 3D printing? I have tried ...
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How do I create displacement on a hemishere which can be 3D printed

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4v-GkVPDQUQNlJYZTltcmFrMUU/view?usp=sharing I am trying to create a printable height map from a hemisphere shape. The way I know how to do it on a flat plane is to ...
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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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fill in hole following curve

I have made a panel for my car dash to 3d print. The problem is at some point I cut out a large hole with a boolean operation so I could test the part easier and save time and plastic. The file is ...
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Difference operation on Boolean modifier not showing once applied

I have checked normals and removed doubles but still cannot get the Difference operation on Boolean modifier to work properly. The choker object is hollow, however I expected the modifier would still ...
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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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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 Converge Complicated Mesh Points

I am working on creating a funny holiday present for my family since I moved away, I used a smartphone app to create a 3D mesh of myself to create small nightlights with a 3D printed clear plastic. ...
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How to solidify photogrammetry model by filling it from inside?

I struggle with making a photogrammetry model a solid. I tried a Solidify modifier, which works quite well until the thickness value is big enough to intersect trough the outer shell and destroy the ...
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How to trim the jagged edges off of this solid

I am a total newbie to Blender. I'm trying to make a solid model of a piece of terrain, cut into a circle, on a cylindrical base, for 3D printing. Below is what I have so far. I got there by ...
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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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Used boolean modifier for lettering on 3D print. It won't print letters, but shows as working

I am trying to print this piece I made. It looks as though everything is right until I put in in my print program and the lettering doesn't print right. I can't figure out what I did wrong. File ...
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How do I cut text through an object?

I am making scoreboard to 3d print and want the "Player 1 Player 2" to be a window for a light behind it. I tried the knife project and also a boolean with no luck. Can anyone help me out here?I ...
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Blender in 3D printing [closed]

I am starting a business in 3D printing and I would like to ask you about Blender as a software for creating models of houses. Is Blender a good choice for this business? For example: I would get a ...
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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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Join subdivide and un-subdivide objects

I have a problem about joining 2 objects. One of them is subdivided, the other is not... I have to join them together, so I'm able to 3D-print them both in one object, but when I join them together, ...
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blender having trouble a consistent mesh for 3D printing

I imported svg file. Scaled it up. Entered the top ortho view with Numpad 7. Press A twice. In Object mode, on the Toolshelf pressed Geometry to Origin. Applied the scale of the object with Ctrl+A. ...
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Scaling a mesh for 3D printing

I am trying to make a mesh that after 3D printing it will be 15cm on the Z- axis, 8cm in the Y- axis and 13cm on the X-axis in real-life. The following image shows the mesh and on the right there is ...
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Can I convert a heavily triangulated STL file to quads?

I am looking to apply materials on a mesh model output by a 3D scanner, what are the things to keep in mind? The output can be a STL or CAD format. If the STL file is heavily triangulated, can I ...
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How to attach a texture to an imported .stl file

I have a .stl file I created in Freecad and I want to put a stone texture onto it for 3d printing out. I figured out how to attach an image to my part but that doesn't print out the stone texture. Do ...

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