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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Padded Sketch comprises too many solids (FreeCAD)

Under FreeCAD, I sketched on the face of a solid as follows : My problem is, when I use "Pad a selected sketch", the solid created comprises also the original solid. It prevents me, for instance, to ...
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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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Mesh/Geometry quality

tried searching but couldn't find anything. I do not have a 3d printer so can't really experiment on my own, which means that when I am going to order a 3d print I want to get it as good as possible. ...
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Opening .STL to scale in Print Studio (Dremel)

New to 3D printing so sorry if this is a simple/basic question. I've done a ton of Googling but can't seem to find the answer... When I download a .STL file and open it in Print Studio, it opens as ...
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How can I learn to create models for 3D printing? [duplicate]

I've recently bought a 3D printer and waiting for it to be delivered I've given quite a lot of time to looking things up on Thingiverse. I see people create incredible models with gears, screws, lids ...
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Converting Injection Molded STLs to printable STLs [closed]

I bought a 3D printer kit a few years ago, and it's been working pretty well, the kit was made with injection molded parts. -- It's similar to a Huxley, and through the years, it's started to turn ...
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Printing a non-self-aligning caged deep-groove ball bearing

I've recently designed a non-self-aligning caged deep-groove ball bearing. Now I'd love to get one 3D printed. However, assembling those can be tricky and I highly doubt it's even plausible to print ...
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How to add tolerances/gaps in 123d Design?

When I design parts that must fit in each other, I usually keep in mind that prints are 0.2-0.5 mm wider than expected (depending on material) and I size the parts accordingly. However, sometimes I ...
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Slicing software and Sidewall

I am new to FDM RP. I've done a lot of work on ZCorp and Connex. The question is can vectors curve drive an extrusion nozzle? Within a 3D volume I can generate curves that I want the print nozzle ...
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Simulation tool software for 4D Printing

In 4D printing technology or by means usage of Shape-memory alloy (non-metal, iron based, copper based or NiTi material) for 3D printing. Is there any software simulation tool which I can use to ...
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3D printer with a cartridge [closed]

What are the possibilities of building a 3D printer which uses a cartridge-style material filling rather than the conventional extruder setup? The idea of the cartridge is to eliminate the necessity ...
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Is it possible to make a hermetic sealed 3D Printed case?

I am wondering if making an hermetic box is feasible using 3D printer. The box would be a cube with a front face removable, with screw and sealing joint to close it. I searched for different materials,...
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3D printing forum community [closed]

Is there any forum where expert designers can help beginners like me? I am starting to design a panel for my car, and I am having some difficulties with finding a modeling program and using it.
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Will this printer be good enough to make prototyping models? [closed]

I'm new to the 3D printing world, but I've been doing some research over the past couple weeks. I need a printer that is decent enough to make prototypes using simple 3D software (I use Blender for ...
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What is needed to create dwg from drawing?

Does anyone know of an accurate method for building a dwg file from a scan of a scaled drawing or plan. The dwg files will also be referenced for or made into 3d models so pulling the information ...
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What is a good software for designing car parts [closed]

I am an absolute beginner when it comes to 3d printing. I want to get into the hobby by designing aero automotive parts such as fender flares, custom gauge and switch pods, lips etc. I've never taken ...
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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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Bridging islands in my stencil

I am using the MatterHackers MatterControl software. MatterControl has an option to convert an image into a 3d object. The image converter converts any image into an STL. I was wondering what program ...
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How to add internal supports/localized infill, preferably in Cura?

I'm currently designing a very large and complicated model, because it's large and should be strong enough completely hollow I want to print it with no infill to save material. However, there are ...
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File Input data types

I'm a newb and don't know much about 3D printers. In visual basic I can create vector data of 3d objects,that can be loaded into a binary or text file. Can files like this be used with a 3d printer? ...
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How to create tappered thread in OpenSCAD?

Is there any simple way of creating tappered thread in OpenSCAD? I need something like 10 mm in diameter at the end, 9 at the top and the height of 10 mm.
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What is the easiest way to modify/resize an object inside a STL file?

I have this GoPro mount for a quadcopter as STL file. It looks as follows. How do I modify it so that it is wider and longer by a few millimeters but the screw holes stay the exact same size? ...
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How to 3D Print 5-pointed star object that doesn't have flat bottom and hole in the middle?

I'm new to 3D Printing. I've created this star from Blender3d. As far as I know, most printers require a flat bottom. As you can see (blue line is Z-axis, red line is X-axis, green line Y-axis), the ...
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3D printing with blender

I have an object that I want to print in 3D. But I have a few questions about it. What are the things that I have to watch out for when 3D printing? I know how to change the metric size etc. Some ...
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Car Body shop Printers

What type of printer would one recommend to print and cast car body parts fast on a large scale? Also if I were to print parts for restoration would I need licences from the manufactures?
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Is inconsistent vertex density a bad thing?

Will an inconsistent vertex density likely introduce artifacts in a print? Or is it OK as long as it's a smooth surface?
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Is this model feasible to print?

I have a 3D model that I'd like to print. This is my first project, so I'm trying to decide if I'm getting in over my head. Here's the model rendered with Blender: If I throw it at a commercial ...
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Open Source 3D scanning

I am trying to make a structured light 3D scanner using single camera, light projector and a turntable. After days on Google I did not find any reliable open source project which I can get to work. ...
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Are there any services that offer 3D scanning?

So, have a plastic car part I want to duplicate because the driver side part is broken (I have the passenger side part) and It isn't sold anymore. It's a small piece that would be an excellent ...
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Preview 3d printing process

Is there any type of software in which you can animate the way the .stl object will be printed? I'm not talking about what the end result looks like. I'm talking about a tool which acts like it's ...
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Ball valve to be prototyped

Hey so theres a product we have been prototyping. We cant do FDM. The item has a ball valve. and the ball ~ 1.6-1.9mm I cant seem to prototype it. I have tried SLS, SLA, Polyjet. Anybody knows ...
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Pushing Text into surface - Google Sketchup [closed]

In Google Sketchup, I have text on a surface that I'd like to push / pull so that the text is etched into, rather than placed upon the surface. I can't seem to figure this out, the text disappears ...
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Functional object in low poly - program and tutorial

I'm losing my mind, it all started out with the idea of a project where I want an abstract shape (I'm going to call it a stretched cube with an angle), now I know a bit of Vectorworks - a 3D/...
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Which properties of real organs do 3D printed organs have? [closed]

I've heard of 3D printed ears, limbs, and muscles. I assume if you were to attach one of these ears to a person, it wouldn't have a sense of touch and other properties that a real ear would have. So ...
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Seamless prints?

Is there a way to make all your prints seamless?? I know there was this program that printed a vase constantly changing the z axis making it seamless. Why cant this be done with regular prints?
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Why are the STL files for the Ultrascope telescope at 45 degree angle?

I began printing the parts for the Ultrascope DIY telescope designed by the Open Space Agency. See http://www.openspaceagency.com/ultrascope. All of the STL files for the 3D printable parts are ...
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Printing multiple prints stacked on top of each other

Suppose I want to to print several copies of a large, flat object, such as a hollow frame. If I make an STL file consisting of several copies floating just above each other then my 3D printer's ...
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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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Triangulation adapted to curvature

I don't know whether this belongs here (where most of the questions appear to be about hardware) or on Math or on Blender (though I've never used Blender). All of the designs that I've published so ...
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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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Is 3D printing feasible for a coaxial rotational joint?

In a design that I need to prototype, I have a coaxial, rotational joint between 2 cylinders connected to another coaxial rotational joint between 2 cylinders by a hinge. I have attached the ...
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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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Printing a CV joint

Fair warning: I am a complete novice in 3-D printing. This will, hopefully, be the first thing I've ever printed. I want to make a Constant Velocity Joint for a camera stabilizer I'm making. I've ...
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Comparative design methods for joints that will be joined together

I want to 3D-print some parts that will be later joined together along a seam. When modeling these separate parts, what are some methods that work well with 3D-printed pieces? For example, if I were ...

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