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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How to add tolerances/gaps in OnShape?

When printing parts that fit together, there's a need to offset them from each other with a slight gap to provide for the printer tolerances. It's possible to take that into account from the very ...
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Is there anyone now permanently living in 3D-printed houses or buildings?

Are the following statements still true, or are they now out of date? [3D printed architecture] The problem is this: No one has been able to successfully take the leap from printing a fancy art ...
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What foundation designs are adequate for a 3D-printed one-floor building larger than 200 square meters?

With the increasing price of lumber and construction materials in the U.S., 3D-printed houses become a more viable way of building houses. Designing the foundations of mini-houses isn't difficult. ...
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How to create a 3D model as mold for a 4-legged animal with parallel legs

I am new to 3D printing, and new to mold design. I played around with a model from Windows Paint 3D library: And I realized that it would not be easy to 3D print a mold out of this. First of all I ...
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How do you adjust for elevation and layers not sticking together?

My printer was working fine two weeks ago, I traveled cross country with it (making sure it was secure while moving) to a place of significantly lower elevation. Nothing has printed well since I got ...
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How to create an air-free design?

I am creating a bottlecap-like design. The design is sealed by rotating the lid. I am adding a chemical to it for an experiment. I would like the inside of the design to have no air circulating to it ...
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Is 3D printing really just 2D printing? Because only 2 motors move per layer

I was wondering the other day why don't all three motors move at the same time? Don't normal paper printers move 2 motors at a time? they're 2D printers. It makes sense if a 3D printer really does ...
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How can we control the airflow in a fan which can be 3D printed?

I am new to 3D Printing and I have taken up a summer project. The project requires a fan 3D Printed, If I use a normal fan the airflow will make my project (i.e. a air-propelled car) go backward. Can ...
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Source of design advice for modeling functional parts [closed]

Where do I go for deeper knowledge about 3D printing functional parts? I want to up my game a bit and design some more functional parts. In particular, I want to do more with boxes, organizers, and ...
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Recommendation for free, intuitive offline 3D modeling software for 3D printing [closed]

I've used TinkerCAD (https://www.tinkercad.com/) and was able to easily model objects for 3D printing, despite having no prior experience in 3D modeling. However it needs to be connected to the ...
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Cura messes up my print. How can I make it print what I see in Blender?

I'm using Cura and it removes my holes and deletes sections of the print and disconnects parts. In Blender it looks as it should be, as I designed it. I know there are a few mishaps inside (not ...
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OpenSCAD render (F6) fails with “ERROR: CGAL error in CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3()”

I built a model and it previewed correctly. When rendering for STL export (F6), I got an assertion error: ERROR: CGAL error in CGAL_Nef_polyhedron3(): CGAL ERROR: assertion violation! Expr: e->...
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Can 3D printer models be used in video game engines and vs versa?

If someone creates a 3D model of a character for 3D printing can I import that model into Unreal engine or Unity 3D for use in a video game? Also is the inverse true? Can I get 3D model of Mario and ...
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File too big to open in Tinkercad. How can I shrink it?

I need to shrink an STL file below the 25 MB threshold, so I can open it in TinkerCad. I don't care about quality, I just need it shrunk. How can I do this?
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How to 3D print a shopping cart

I need to find a way to design and build a real shopping cart for my project. I have not idea where to start from but I'm thinking maybe I can 3D print the shopping cart which will allow me to quickly ...
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How to accurately print a thin piece with a hole pattern

I'm quite new to 3D-printing. I need to build a curved piece with a hole pattern and I was wondering whether it was possible to print such a hole pattern accurately, with such a thin (3 mm) thickness ...
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Which 3D printer to print heat-resistant material?

I need to print a rotor for a DC motor I'm designing. In the process of testing the behaviors of the motor performances, I would need a material that will not deform at a temperature range between 100 ...
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Improving print speed by adding holes

Let's say, I want to print a box for putting game tokens in. It is an empty cube, but the top layer is missing. I do not need full walls. It could have holes in it resulting in a mesh structured wall, ...
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How to create free shapes in tinkercad?

I bought a 3D-printer (I love it!!) and now I'm creating 3D-designs with Tinkercad. I'm (obviously) a beginner and I'm now trying to create the bow of a little boat for which I have a specific shape ...
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Hack IKEA Trofast drawers

I'm looking to hack an IKEA Trofast storage unit. It's 3 drawers high (10 cm for each drawer), I would like to make it 6 drawers high, with thinner drawers (4 cm for each drawer). Which means : ...
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What effects does the non-carthesian coordinate system have on the Part-design process for printing with a belt printer?

Background: What's a Belt Printer's Coordinate system? For "normal" Cartesian (Portal, Cube) or Cylindrical (Delta) coordinate printers, the same Design Consideratons are to be kept in mind. ...
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OpenSCAD not rendering polyhedron

I'm trying to subtract a polyhedron from a cube, but it is not working (the cube remains solid). However, I can see the cut-out poly in preview mode (but not after a full render). Preview -- poly ...
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Water does not flow through 4 mm hole when there is a small amount, how to let water flow through small hole even when there is low pressure?

I have a 3D print where there are 5 holes with a diameter of 4 mm in a cup, and I would like liquid to flow through all 5 holes at once while slowly draining the cup (by slowly I mean: just take a few ...
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Vertical 5 mm diameter hole comes out fine, but diagonal 3 mm holes keep collapsing

I am trying to 3D print an object from Shapeways. Confidentiality prevents me from sharing the actual STL files publicly, but what I can say is that it's a shape about 2 cm tall x 4 cm wide x 4 cm ...
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When 3D printing a hollow box, what is the best course of action?

If I need to 3D print a hollow box that can not have any light permeating into the box, what would be the best course of action? Should I 3D print the hollow box as a whole or print out the 6 sides ...
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Design connection to motor shaft for printed gear

I am currently trying to print a gear with the possibility to connect it to the shaft of a DC motor. The following picture best describes what the shaft of the motor looks like by showing the hole ...
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Vertical vs Horizontal shapes printing

first time here. I recently bought an Anycubic Mega S and I'm venturing in the 3D world. Lots to learn for sure. I have printed a few items so far and all went pretty well. My question is about ...
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Converting / measuring bottle threads for creating an adapter to it

I'm trying to model the threads of a "Poland Spring" 500 ml bottle so I can 3D print an adapter for it. But I can't find information about it. I emailed them but they said they didn't have ...
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How does this multiple-curve-beam flexural pivot work?

I found this in Handbook of Compliant Mechanisms (2013), page 162, or at the start of "Chapter 11, Elements of Mechanisms," subsection 11.1.2 Revolute I don't understand how it's supposed to ...
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Ready to use objects instead of 3D-printing them [closed]

I hope this kind of questions are tolerated here. Otherwise, please tell me in the comment and I will delete the question - no needs to downvote. For a new job I need to create a lot of objects like ...
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Eliminating unwanted internal surfaces

One of the biggest challenges with 3D-drawings is internal surfaces unintentionally formed that cause slicing not to work properly. This is using SketchUp Pro, slicing with Slic3r, and printing with a ...
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OpenSCAD / FreeCAD splitting, hollowing and threading model

I had a thought the other day that it's 100 % waste to have either a solid or hollow 3D-printed model in relation to utilizing the space inside of it for different modules, e.g. secret compartments, ...
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3D printing source material and superglue

I've seen there are several different types of source material for 3D printing. My question is: Which of those would hold up under regular Loctite superglue or plastic model glue? I'm asking because I ...
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My 3D model is printing with missing parts when sliced in Ultimaker Cura

I have been working hard the last year on the model below. I am new to everything 3D that is modeling and especially 3D printing. I have however successfully concluded quite a good number of 3D prints ...
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Best/Simplest/Easiest way to secure a lid

This is a part I designed, a kind of a frame: Into the frame I want to be able to place a flat object of variable (but uniform) thickness - like paper, glass, sheet metal, etc. The inserted object ...
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Can model used for 3D printing be later used for mold mass production?

I am working on a project that requires an enclosure that I am thinking to prototype using a 3D printer (which is pretty easy and overall awesome). My question is simply whether this same model can ...
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Is 3D printing useful for making everyday objects or is it more for special hobbies?

Have people been using 3D printing to genuinely create a number of needed objects in their homes, and if so, what? Or is 3D printing better for special niche interests like art projects, home ...
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Is there a spiral lid mechanism

I want to put a spiral lid on top of a container. When the lid opens, then the spiral mechanism will rotate into the container. Is there a name for this mechanism? If not, would something like this be ...
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creating support for a surface

I created an stl file of bathymetry using Matlab and the results can be seen in the two pictures below in Blender. The problem I have is that it is very thin with overhangs. I would like to add some ...
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Print copy of real life object, starting with .mpo file or files

I want to make a 3D printed copy of a real object. I have access to a Nintendo 3DS which is capable of making 3D .mpo files. Is there a straight-forward method to convert these into a 3D printable ...
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Help needed to design 3D printer part

I am attempting to build a 3D printer using the Bear Upgrade for guidance. However, I want to modify some of the parts. I am basing the modified parts on the original designs. I would like to ...
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Efficient way to create a “mold” of a solid object in Meshmixer?

Currently I have a model of a fingertip finished in my project, however, I would like to create some sort of "cap" that if printed would fit on top of that finger. Is there a good way to achieve this ...
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How can I convert STL files into PDF drawings?

Does anyone know of an easy and free way to convert my STL models to a PDF drawing for CAD and metal CNC machining? I've created some great designs that are all STL files and want to somehow send ...
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Convert ball-stick model to STL from the command line

I regularly have 3D models that consist of a Boolean union of balls and cylinders (molecule models, star maps, mathematical designs), that I then want to convert to a STL model for printing at ...
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In Fusion360, how do I align components according to their a midplane?

In Fusion360, how do I align components according to their a midplane? I have 2 complex objects. They have no midpoint defined (is that even possible). How do I align them according to their mid ...
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Attach handle on a loose screw

The handle of a micro wave oven broke. I can't just order a replacement part because I can't even attach the new one. The problem is that the screw heads are somewhere on the interior side of the ...
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How can I become a certified Fusion 360 user?

I heard about the certification program from autodesk website. How can I prepare and write this certification exam as a student? I already started using fusion 360 about a month.
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Creating “pie slice” in OpenSCAD?

When making a cylinder, sometimes I need to only take a pie slice. I'm currently using this neat trick to make pie slices for angles under 90 degrees. However, I have need of a few angles over 90 but ...
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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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Bevel gears 3D model

Goal : create a pair of bevel gears for 90 degrees angle axles. Context : the gears are designed with an OpenSCAD library (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1604369, function 'pfeilkegelradpaar'), ...