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 boolean subtract an object's surface using a extruded plane?

I have an object and a plane as two separate entities like this: I need to somehow invert the selected object onto the cylinder in order to make a boolean subtraction on the surface, so it look like ...
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CSG failed, exception degenerate edge

I have an object made in blender which needs to prepared for 3D printing. It is relatively complex object (114k verts, 228k faces, 228k tris) which contains three separate meshes. I separated the ...
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Why is the scale of the model I try to 3D print so small?

I'm trying to do 3D printing with Blender. When I import the object to the printer, it appears very small, I don't understand why... I tried scaling it to the maximum allowed by the printer software, ...
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Make an extruded circle along a path into a solid object

I'm trying my hand at 3d printing with blender. Right now I want to create an object that has a 3d curve - so it's essentially a horizontally placed cylinder curved around the Y axis on the whole ...
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Solidify issue at sharp bifurcation location

I am trying to solidify a stl file which has a sharp edge at the center. When I try to solidify, there seems to missing faces in the solidified region. Normals seem fine. Any thoughts on it? Sorry if ...
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Is there any significant difference between 2.67 and 2.73 in terms of 3D printing?

Brand new to blender, have not even downloaded the program yet. I am considering ordering the DVD DVD Training 12: Blender for 3D Printing, 2.67 after I download to help learn the program. I'm ...
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How to export Blender models as STL so that they can be printed on a 3D printer

My first experiments exporting a model from Blender resulted in an incomplete looking model when used in Repetier-Host which I use for 3D printing. The model looks OK when imported, but after slicing, ...
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Blender 3D models give incorrect dimensions [duplicate]

When I model something in blender to be 3d-printed, I always get wrong dimensions in stl file, even though I've set scene units to metric, ...
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X3D not including textures in file

I have created a character and textured it for Full Color 3D printing through shapeways. I choose the X3D export option from the 3D print toolbox addon and the export works fine. But when I upload ...
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Modify complex mesh to sotfen hard angles (eventually for 3D printing)

I imported an STL model of a piece of Star Lord's mask (originally from The RPF thread). Here's how a part of the mask looks like in Blender: I intend to use a 3D printer to print this part, and I ...
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How do I extrude out a base on this model?

I have this .obj file in which the model is made from pictures taken from the front (in a semicircle). This results is the model not being an enclosed item, but rather more like a folded sheet of ...
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Is there a way to deform a model and then have the mesh stay that way, even without an armature?

I want to 3D print several pawns. I need them to be in different poses, but be the same general character. I can achieve this by re-meshing the posed object with another object, but I would like a ...
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How to create 3D curved text the right way for boolean operations? [duplicate]

The duplicate question above is different from this question, is I need to boolean the text from a cilinder. And that requires converting it to a mesh, which messes up the text in similar matter shown ...
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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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Construct surface model from atomic force microscope data

I am trying to reproduce in blender the sample surface imaged by atomic force microscope (AFM). I found the link below but cannot get it to work yet. Here is what I did (in windows environment): ...
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3d printing a part from Blender [duplicate]

PROBLEM SOLVED...THANKS PGMATH FOR THE HELP. I'm brand new to using Blender, and I'm trying to teach myself some basics to use in conjunction with 3D printing. To do that I'm trying to 3D print a ...
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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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Uniform wall thickness for a 3D print [duplicate]

I have high quality scans of my leg, I am trying to print a 1/4" thick shell for it. I assumed it would be something with the extrude function, but I cannot figure it out. Anyone have a little walk ...
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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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3D print tools: how can “too thin” warning be only on 1 face?

Using 2.70a on Windows7. Got a nice Ultimaker 3D printer to play with Editing my mesh of a cartoon character to print on the Ultimaker. Blenders 3D print toolbox mesh analysis looks really useful. I'...
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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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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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Most efficient way to remove unwanted vertices in an object with 59,000 points?

I have imported a 3D-scanned .OBJ file from KScan3D, which is 3D scanning software. I am trying to scan a model car, but would like to remove all the unnecessary points for the purposes of 3D printing....
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Software to work with 3D scan and prototyping

I have a beginner Rhino background and now I have to work with 3D scanned objects: I need to modify them and send for prototyping. The main issue I have to start with is that edges are not smooth at ...
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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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Resurfacing Mesh After Spin Operation

I'm using Blender to create models for 3D printing. Right now I'm using the spin tool to revolve a basic 3D shape around a center axis so that it create a set of overlapping identical units. Think ...
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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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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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How do I make a 3D height map from this 2D heat map?

I would like to model this heatmap in 3D as a heigtmap where the brightest green points are the lowest and the brightest pink points are the tallest and black is in the middle. I have the numerical ...
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3D modelling Wired Designs

I came across this 3d printed item on shapeways, I was wondering how to model this wired design on Blender 2.69. I am fairly new in modelling on blender. Kindly give me one or two pointers.
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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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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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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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Nothing happens when using 3DPrint

I have selected my mesh (repetier says it is not manifold) and try to active the 3Dprint analysis. I tap space and type 3DPrint. I have tried using Check all, Check solid and Info area. Nothing ...
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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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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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