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How to Prepare Your Model for 3d Printing

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pavla writes:

4 questions to ask yourself before you start 3d printing...

3D printing your Blender models is one of the most exciting techniques.

What's cooler than magically materializing a digital 3D mesh into a tangible real-life object?

But a digital object needs preparation in order to be suitable for 3D printing.

This article shines a light on preparing a mesh for 3D printing in Blender, divided into a number of checks and options - with Suzanne as our example.

What you'll find in this article:

  • Check 1: Does the mesh have enough polygon detail?
  • Check 2: Does the object need support?
  • Check 3: Is the Blender mesh manifold?
  • Check 4: Are the object's dimensions correct?
  • Option 1: Do you want to paint your 3d model?
  • Option 2: Do you want your 3d printed object to be hollow?
  • The final step: exporting your model for 3D print

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