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How can I have a large 3D printed object?

As Trish states, a print service would appear to be your best bet. Building a printer large enough may work out costing more than the print service, especially if it is only for one print of a proof ...
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How can I have a large 3D printed object?

I do not know about your project, but the size of the final object. Smaller prints glued together Just design smaller parts and glue them together. Take a look on this video, where Joel Telling ...
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In FreeCAD, how do you copy a sketch from one plane to another?

I’m assuming you are working in the Part Design workbench. Select the sketch and click Edit > Duplicate selected object. Make sure that only the sketch is copied (depending on the version, either ...
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Choose infill percentage

I don't believe that slicing engines create any sort of solid model that would be useful for CAD simulation. When a slicing engine slices a 3D model, it's goal is to spit out the preferred machine ...
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What is the difference between STL and OBJ files and which one should I use?

STL is the de facto standard in consumer-grade 3D printing. It is a bare-bone format that describes the shape of the object by defining the coordinates of all the vertices of all triangles that a ...
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What is the point of diminishing returns on the STL refinement level in Fusion 360 on an Ender 3?

I don't know that this can be definitively answered for a specific printer and all arbitrary designs. The refinement level basically determines how smooth a curved surface will turn out. The STL ...
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Can the `render` function be used to speed up rendering?

First a disclaimer: I am far from an expert on the subject, I'm just a regular Joe who happens to use OpenSCAD and have done some experimentation with it. I believe the answer below to be correct, ...
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How to modify 3D model of body?

The correct/good method to achieve this is called "rigging", but it is not an easy feat (as pointed out by others), as it requires plenty of knowledge about the software being used to edit the model, ...
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How to design a worm-gear in FreeCAD?

As far as I know there is not a workbench capable of producing the design you want with a single click "new worm gear". But it is a rather simple affair to create the part you want from scratch. ...
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STL to STP CAD Conversion

a good way to convert a 3D print file like STL to STEP a useable file format for plastic injection molding companies I don't know much about plastic injection molding companies, but I do manipulate a ...
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How to write arcs directly in G-code?

First, convert the given measurements into a sketch... G-code shenanigans we actually have the printer do circles.. let's plot that out... Using that, it's easy to write the G-code using the ...
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File Input data types

Not directly. The most common types of 3D printers build objects in layers. They "draw" a layer, then "draw" another layer slightly above it, repeating until they've "drawn" the entire model. ...
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Can a 3D model of a copyrighted work be rendered legally without infringement?

First, copyright laws are complex and depend heavily on the specific details. IMO, your question is really too broad to answer. An interesting example of how details and interpretation affect ...
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Mesh/Geometry quality

If you're talking about the shape of the end result, rather than the constituent elements of the model - the answer is no, there is no simple geometric restriction. Have a look at 3D benchy for an ...
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Mesh/Geometry quality

Welcome to the site! In regards to quads, vs polygon. People will often reduce the overall detail to make it easier to print. But so long as after you export it to a STL and verify that your Manifold ...
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In Fusion 360 how do I select an entire 3D object, not just its sides or faces?

Selecting the body in the browser will select the entire body. Clicking on the body in the viewer will only get you faces or edges. A long click (click and hold) on the model will give you options ...
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How to add "skin" to a Voronoi shape?

I posted this to an Autodesk forum, and a fellow named "MagWeb" proposed the following solution. I have not tried it yet. A possible workflow depends much on the overall shape of the voronoi ...
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How can I have a large 3D printed object?

YesIf you have the money Either read here or look at the ones I plucked out of that list to show you: First of all, 3D printers on FDM basis can become quite large, if you pay extra. And the price ...
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How can I have a large 3D printed object?

So long as you are not dealing with MortonThiokol issues, there is a simple tradeoff: high-cost printer vs. breaking down your design into smaller parts with assembly features. Many designers ...
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How to write arcs directly in G-code?

Marlin has G2 (clockwise arc) and G3 (counterclockwise arc) commands that could be used to do this. You can find detailed ...
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How to concave a cylinder with Onshape?

As is typical with many CAD type programs, a feature in Onshape known as revolve may be your solution. As you have a clear formula for the cross-section, half of the work is complete. You would ...
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How to modify 3D model of body?

Basically there's no good easy way to do this. At this point you only have the mesh - a list of triangles - the 3D model you have does not contain the concept of joints or moving parts so it can't ...
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In Fusion 360 how do I select an entire 3D object, not just its sides or faces?

Yes, there is a "select" tool in the toolbar next to "make". You can use select filters to select components, bodies and faces.
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Choose infill percentage

Since I am not able to comment on this question yet, I thought I would provide an answer in addition to the already helpful insight provided. If the question in general is regarding infill percentage,...
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STL to STP CAD Conversion

I've been able to manipulate an STL file using the hobbyist version (free) of Fusion 360. There's a series of steps involved that may require some research and experimentation, at least it did in my ...
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STL to STP CAD Conversion

The fact you may be able to produce a STP file is no guarantee the company will be able to injection mold it. You should ask the intended recipient of the file what are the actual requirements they ...
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STL to STP CAD Conversion

It depends very much on the molding company, and how much engineering service you can afford to buy from them. Some will remodel your entire part anyway, to make it suitable for molding. Others will ...
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Hollow wing for rc plane

I am sorry to inform you, that the answer to "How do I fix the thickness" is "Remodel them" - especially in this case as the whole design is... awkward. But you don't necessarily need to resign them ...
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How do I keep the .stl files from being resized while exporting?

.stl Basics The .stl format has no inherent sense of which units you use. items are to scale to an ambiguous 1, which could be 1 meter, one millimeter, one lightyear or one inch. To a .stl, only the ...
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How can I convert STL files into PDF drawings?

I've had good results with using the free web-based program known as Onshape which allows you to import/create 3D models. One of the features built into Onshape is a drawing tab. You can select the ...
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