Questions tagged [3d-design]

3D design (or modelling) is the process of creating a three dimensional digital representation of some object that, for instance, can be 3D printed.

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Tips for making parts that push/snap together

I would like to make some parts that will fit together. Specifically, I'm making an array of holders for small glass vials, which will stack together vertically to make a kind of extensible spice rack,...
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

My goal is to 3D print a 5 liter miniature barrel with a side stand, similar to this wooden one on Amazon. I want it to have a removable top so that a boxed wine bladder may be put inside, and there ...
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What special considerations must be taken when designing parts for 3D printing?

What are the 'headline' basic design rules for FDM? Which topics for design principles do you recommend to someone who has purchased an FDM machine and wants to understand what is practical? In ...
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Designing clips that won't break

As my first project, I'm trying to design a holder for glass vials, for a scientific application. The photo below shows the latest design iteration, and also shows the problem with it: As you can see,...
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What is the best length of the melting zone in the hotend?

There are many hot end designs out thee and one difference is the length of the melting zone. The melting zone is that part of the hotend where the pushed in filament is heated up and therefore ...
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Will 3D Printed Dice Be Fair?

Is there anything to the process of 3D printing that might make the dice unfair/land on a specific side more frequently? Or will any imperfections be negligible, thus making the dice fair? I'm more ...
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How to decide print orientation?

Please Note: This question is not about the design. It's about deciding print orientation after the design. I have a small, but complex piece which I need to print. Here are two images of different ...
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Are self intersecting meshes dirty from a 3D printing perspective?

I have never much cared about self intersecting meshes when slicing with Cura. Geometry like the one below are often practical. I for instance add lots of rivets that self intersect with the base ...
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Printing Object in multiple parts

Is there any software/methods to automatically splice objects into multiple pieces sort of like a jig saw puzzle so that I can combine them together and bypass the build plate size limit? As an ...
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Problem in 3D printing of an empty model

I'm new to 3D printing. I modeled an empty bird in Blender (the stl file of model is presented). I tested the model in Blender (using 3D printing tool) and also the Netfabb software. They don't show ...
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Are there any “best” or at least “common” practices to handle allowances in OpenSCAD code?

I'm designing a few mechanisms with OpenSCAD, and one of the parameters that need adjustment between printers/filaments is allowances between pieces that need to be assembled together (for example, if ...
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FDM layer bonding strength

I'm looking for some advice, rules of thumb, or models for how to design parts for layer bonding strength. As an example part, lets assume a circular beam in bending (tall cylinder). Depending on how ...