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Prepping for 3D Printing

So What’s this about? I was asked about the steps necessary to take a CAD drawing to getting your hands on a 3D printed object. I am by NO MEANS an expert on this .. but .. I have successfully … Continue reading

Grouping for 3D Printing

Making use of MeshLab, Sketchup and Blender The author states the following: In this three part tutorial, I show you how to easily create a group of models joined together on a frame so that you can order multiple copies … Continue reading

Combine Meshes

The Cost .. When you have something printed at Shapeways you get charged for the material (cm3), the shipping (in the US is a flat-rate $6.50) and a ‘handling charge’ that varies. For FUD it is $5. The problem is … Continue reading

Formlabs Form 1+

Formlabs Form1+ Formlabs Form1+ : $3299 1 liter Resin : $149 – Clear, White, Gray and Black. Material properties : ABS-like Acrylate Photopolymer Resin Build Volume : 125 x 125 x165 mm / 4.9 x 4.9 x 6.5 in. Layer … Continue reading

Meshes for 3D printing

I wanted to write this to talk about the process in some detail. Not the creation of the mesh itself which is something different but the steps that help smooth that creation. I am going to address the service and … Continue reading


Favorites Sculptris is a virtual sculpting software program, with a primary focus on the concept of modeling clay. It has been actively developed since early December 2009. Users can pull, push, pinch, and twist virtual clay. It is geared toward … Continue reading

Hollowing a model

3d print service providers typically charge by model volume, eventually in combination with bounding box, surface area and other factors. To minimize cost, it is often important to hollow a model, thus reducing the overall volume. This guide describes the … Continue reading

DAE export error

Sketchup model. Length Units Decimal Inches Created a cube 25.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 : cube25p4onside.skp Exported as a .date : cube25p4onside.dae Imported the mesh into MeshLab MeshLab: Filters » Cleaning and Repairing » Remove Duplicated Vertex — Results were … Continue reading

Pseudo Millimeter modeling

— History —Sketchup was created by @Last Software with version 1 released in 2000 as a modeling tool for “Architects, designers, and filmmakers”. The part about ‘Architects’ may have something to do with a couple of the problematic issues with … Continue reading

Polygon Reduction with Meshlab

using Polygon Reduction with Meshlab – Quadratic Edge Collapse Decimation. Polygon Reduction with Meshlab … Continue reading

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