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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

Your question begins in an inappropriate format for StackExchange, but you've ended it with one more appropriate by asking if Blender would work. If you are willing to take the time to learn Blender, ...
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Tool to measure in STL files

I suggest Blender. It's not the simplest of tools but it is free and learning it will improve your 3D printing skills. :-) (I write this answer also for future viewers of this question so I start ...
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Strange walls/faces when importing self made model from Blender to Cura 3

It is quite common for modelling operations to result in 'non manifold geometry', meaning that some of the faces intersect or are not perfectly joined. Although there is nothing obvious in your model,...
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Problems with STL model in Ultimaker Cura

3D printers cannot print in the air without a prior layer or a support structure supporting the new printed layer. For the picture showing the bottom of the fruit, the red area is the calculated area ...
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Strange walls/faces when importing self made model from Blender to Cura 3

Judging from your second screenshot, I'd say that Cura does not like n-gons very much. An n-gon is any polygon with more than 4 sides. Most software tries to convert these polygons into triangles, ...
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

I recently purchased a 3d printer and have found that freecad suited me really well http://www.freecadweb.org/ and its open source. I believe its very similar to onshape in its a parametric modeller ...
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3D printing with blender

You are correct about the walls. Using a Solidify object modifier is probably your best bet. A low Thickness: value (0.1 is probably good) helps keep the walls thin but strong. You can monitor the ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Here is what I suggest you try. If you have a file that you can view/edit in blender I would export it as both STL and OBJ formats. Then take those files and upload them to Netfabb (https://netfabb....
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Why are my lowest layers not solid?

I printed the thing for some layers to see what the printer actually does: There are clearly too many retractions and unretractions. This can be seen in advance by letting Slic3r show the ...
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Problem in 3D printing of an empty model

You have modeled your bird. So far so good, but you likely only modeled a single surface and not a closed surface body. The crucial step was forgotten, as your pictures 1 and 2 show: you have designed ...
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Set the overhang parameter in Blender 3D printing tool box

You are looking at overhangs in the design tool. What matters are overhangs when printing. When designing the object, the coordinate system is convenient for working with the object. Before slicing,...
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Tool to measure in STL files

As @Gunslinger suggested, I would also recommend Blender for these tasks. Blender comes with the Add-on "MeasureIt", which has to be activated manually in Edit ► Preferences ► Add-ons ► ...
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Why won't makerbot accept an STL file from Blender?

Makerbot will accept obj files also. Is there an error while importing the obj file? Also you can see errors of your imported file in your makerbot It will be marked in black. Please make sure your ...
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

If you have any programming background at all, consider OpenScad. It is a functional type of programming language that lets you do a lot of things quite easily without art skills. OpenScad skills are ...
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Problem in 3D printing of an empty model

after a lot of search, i used the autodesk Meshmixer to add thickness to the model. I used the blender only for modeling and didn't use the solidify modifier to add thickness to the model. Then in ...
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Face where there should be no face

At the intersection of the top and bottom planes of the cross-piece and the cylinder, there are non-manifold edges. Meshmixer is able to identify this problem but cannot repair it. My slicer, ...
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Best practices for handling units for 3D printing with Blender

Make sure to set the scale properly for your use case! In CAD, you define your measurement space in either Inch or in Millimeter units, and that is your grid. In blender, the native unit is the meter. ...
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

You can check out Tinkercad. It is an easy to use, online editor. Even though it is not as powerful as Blender or Rhino3d, for easy 3d models it is more than sufficient.
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

I'm no expert, but have done some research on this question and it seems to me that Fusion 360 is currently your best bet. It's designed to do exactly what you're planning, from start to finish. ...
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

I think Autodesk Meshmixer is the best, as you can easily make parts with boolean operations(if you're more of a cubic thinking guy) or drag-and-sculpt(if you're more of a freeform guy). (And thoses ...
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What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project?

We get this question a lot in the facebook groups I manage. The usual answers do not include blender as it has a stupid hard learning curve. That is overkill for what you are looking to do. Look ...
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File from Blender is different in Shapeways's preview

Double-check that your model is solid (i.e. watertight). Holes in the mesh, or (as other's mentioned in the comments) or problems with thickness can cause those issues. You can use Netfabb's Cloud ...
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Outputting an STL file that contains multiple objects for import into Blender

Blender imports all STL files as if they are a single object. If you have multiple meshes in the object that you want to be separated, you can press tab to enter edit mode, select the parts that need ...
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Strange walls/faces when importing self made model from Blender to Cura 3

Not sure about Blender, but MeshMixer has a "Plane Cut" tool that would allow you to take the source STL file and cut off the parts you don't want. That might save you some pain. But if the final ...
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Set the overhang parameter in Blender 3D printing tool box

I'm a regular user of Blender and the 3D Printing add-on to design and print stuff. It will always consider the bottom of your model as an overhang, and it should pose no problem when you send it to ...
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Scaling objects with constant wall thickness for 3D printing

Your question falls into two different categories, here at 3D Printing SE and there, at Blender SE. I would consider that your objective would best be solved using some form of parametric modeling, ...
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Set the overhang parameter in Blender 3D printing tool box

Overhangs that are substantially greater than 45° to the vertical generally require supports, and overhangs of 90° will definitely require supports, unless they are bridges (supported at both ends). ...
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Cura Filling holes from a model from Blender

Try disabling the "Union Overlapping Volumes" option on Mesh Fixes section. Worked for me.
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Pile up objects and attach them for mass 3D printing

Don't modify the STL to separate the visors with cylinders. The rest of the part is unsupported, so this will give you lots of support structures or, if omitted, a gigant spaghetti print. Josef Prusa ...
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