I recently did a review on the E3D 3D Printer and I used Suzanne as the First Print. Having used Blender for quite some time now I think it's only right that every Blender User has their own Suzanne ;).
I realized, we Create loads of cool Models all the time and once we have rendered out a "Still" or Animation they usually get forgotten in a dusty unopened Blend File. Having a physical copy of the Digital Model you created is super cool and I can't wait to print out more stuff.
Anyway, I was asked how I prepared the Model for printing so I thought I would share with you guys how I did that.
To prepare the Model, we need to make the Mesh a single object. We start by joining the eyes to the Head mesh and then add a platform to act as a base.
Using the Boolean Modifier we join the base and the Head Mesh together. Finally add a Sub Surf Modifier before Exporting it as an STL File.
Then using Cura, we prepare the Model to be sliced. Once the G-code has been added we are ready to print.
This was my first ever print and I must say I am really happy with the result even though it still needs cleaning and painting.