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Carving the Material [message #47765] Wed, 02 May 2012 16:48 UTC Go to next message
avatar KurthWorks  is currently offline KurthWorks
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Hello, three questions.

1. Which material can be carved with something like a dremel tool?

2. Can I use Zbrush to upload models?

3. How large can you make one model?
Re: Carving the Material [message #47767 is a reply to message #47765 ] Wed, 02 May 2012 16:53 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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1. Depends on the dremel. I've polished with mine, but never really carved

2. I believe so. It's on the list for exporting OBJ

3. That depends on the material

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Re: Carving the Material [message #47774 is a reply to message #47767 ] Wed, 02 May 2012 18:54 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar BillBedford  is currently offline BillBedford
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I've carved tool steel with, not quite a Dremel, but a pendant motor, so you should be OK with an Dremel with everything that Shapeways offers except stainless steel. Use new sharp burrs, the fastest speed you can and the lightest of touch other wise the plastic will burn.

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Re: Carving the Material [message #48071 is a reply to message #47774 ] Tue, 08 May 2012 19:46 UTC Go to previous message
avatar LincolnK  is currently offline LincolnK
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You can grind away even at the stainless steel. But, I wouldn't call it carving. You can shape quite a bit though it will take an unpleasantly long time.

That last few versions of Zbrush can use a free plugin found on the official zbrush website that allows you to export an stl and some other formats for 3D printing as well. You can even pick the size of the object before exporting.

I still recommend checking your object with the free program "Netfab" before uploading. That way you will know if the wall thickness and other other common issues are going to be able to print.


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