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 Topic: Antique appearance in rings
Antique appearance in rings [message #105792] Sun, 21 December 2014 17:17 UTC
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I want to ask help on how to use the custom ring app here on shapeways to print a ring with a particular feature.

In the following link you can see that the stainless steel dice has black colour in the carvings as opposed to the steely colour of the external surface.
Also, the external surface has a smoother appearance.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/2870500/ring-die20.html?li=mo re-from-shop&materialId=23

I want to make a ring with words on it. The space between the letters should have the black, slightly rough appearance that the carvings of the dice have.

The ring will have this appearance: a band of steel, with rising (major thickness) borders (both superior and inferior) and rising letters in the middle.

The attached file is the one I intend to use to print the ring. Is the background messy and rough enough to give the black appearance in the ring?
How can I give it if not by creating small thickness changes in the backgrund (given by small changes in colour)?

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 Topic: Colored Sandstone Printing - Not All Colors Printing Properly
Colored Sandstone Printing - Not All Colors Printing Properly [message #104544] Mon, 08 December 2014 21:13 UTC
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I've uploaded a .dae of my sculpture, and I see a full color preview. I then ordered a printing in color sandstone.

My sculpture contains the following colors: Red, Yellow, Light Blue, and Grey.

All areas printed as shown in the full color preview except the Red area. It basically printed as a "Dark Grey".

I submitted a support request a week again, and still haven't heard back - I see that experts are responding here rather quickly, so I'm coming to you all for help.

FYI - sculpture produced in Blender.

Thanks in advance!

[Updated on: Mon, 08 December 2014 21:16 UTC]

 Topic: Choosing where metal casting "channels" can go.
Choosing where metal casting "channels" can go. [message #104405] Fri, 05 December 2014 18:58 UTC
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I have only printed one model in bronze ( Kosmoceratops, David Krentz Dinosaurs) and I was a little distraught at where the caster chose to place the pour channel -plug- or whatever you want to call it. It was put right in the middle of the model and when polished off it left a giant shiny bald spot which obliterated all the details. I've done lots of bronze casting before, so I understand the reasons for choosing a large area like that, but I would like to at least suggest another spot on the model where it wouldn't be so visible! Is there a wAy to communicate that? Could I just model a channel myself? Would it be ignored?
 Topic: Designing an unusual 3D print
Designing an unusual 3D print [message #104160] Tue, 02 December 2014 16:07 UTC
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Dear all, I'm a university student in charge of developing a biochemical device (reactor) for the depuration of leather factory wastewaters, this is an european project leaded by Ambiental Engineering University of Florence. Part of this device should be colonized with fungi in order to purify water, and they (the fungi) need a biodegradable material with a certain porosity to grow. I am currently developing a tester sample and I'm going to 3D print it in PLA. The tester should be as similar as it can be to a small cube of "low density polyurethane foam" ( http://www.modulor.de/out/pictures/generated/product/1/800_6 00_85/241590_1_pu-filterschaum-schwarz.jpg).
I was thinking about using some algorythm like voronoi, but I'm not sure it is the best option.
What do you think? How would you make the 3D model?

Ps: I'm quite used to nurbs modeling, but not so much in poly. I guess the latter method is more suitable, am I wrong?
 Topic: Applying fix thin walls doesnt work
Applying fix thin walls doesnt work [message #104065] Mon, 01 December 2014 14:12 UTC
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Hey everyone,

after uploading my model I saw that my walls are too thin. I fixed this by pressing on the button, I can see the fixed model, with a new price. But when I press on the save changes button, my model appears with the old price and is indicated with thinn walls.

Could you please tell me what is wrong with my model?

Thanks for your help!



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 Topic: Course fully dedicated to 3D design and 3D printing
Course fully dedicated to 3D design and 3D printing [message #103864] Thu, 27 November 2014 15:02 UTC
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[Updated on: Fri, 28 November 2014 11:14 UTC]

 Topic: Cleaning WRL
Cleaning WRL [message #103366] Fri, 21 November 2014 12:22 UTC
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Hi I have a group of objects with textures that I need to e,port as a wrl. However I cant send a wrl to netfabb. Is there a way to clean the wrl without losing the textures?
 Topic: fit pieces inside others
fit pieces inside others [message #102233] Mon, 03 November 2014 11:50 UTC
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I have allready ordered two pieces trhough shapeways and I don't want to mess up again. I need to fit the black piece inside the 3d printed white piece. I need to get as close as possible, so I would like to know wich is the tollerance of the 3d printing with the white, strong and flexible material. So how much space would you let bewttwen the 3d printing piece and my other piece that I already have?

Thankyou very much!


 Topic: Professional Instruction Available
Professional Instruction Available [message #100927] Thu, 09 October 2014 21:17 UTC
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I am a mechanical engineer with over 15 years experience in new product design and development. I am an expert with 3D CAD design (Solidworks), 3D printing and manufacturing. I can assist with questions regarding the specifics of design or any issue you may be having at any stage of the process.

I can also log you into my system remotely allowing you to view my screen as I work in order to better guide you and help you understand how to solve any problems you may be facing.

Feel free to reach out with any questions whatsoever.



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[Updated on: Thu, 09 October 2014 21:18 UTC]

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 Topic: Custom ring app not loading
Custom ring app not loading [message #99020] Sun, 21 September 2014 22:53 UTC
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to Shapeways and 3D printing and very excited!

After signing up a week days ago, I created my first ring using the custom ring app. Everything worked fine.
For the past few days I've been wanting to create another design but the default ring doesn't load, ending with the message:


"Oops! Something went wrong with the ring creator 3D preview. Please try again."

I've tried in different browser (chrome, firefox, IE), on other computer, on windows 8 and linux (ubuntu). Nothing does it!

A few random times, the loading would stop but nothing would be on the screen and the only way to see the ring is to do a 3D printing check, if the ring has errors, it some how finds the ring and zooms in on it from very far away.

Has anyone else experienced the same problem?
Anyone have solutions?

Thank you!
 Topic: What material I should use?
What material I should use? [message #97684] Wed, 03 September 2014 11:58 UTC
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I'm making weaponry for a specific line of artist which are BJD hobbiests.

Now i've made this with high detail.

Dimensions should be 230 mm height, 43 mm width, 12 mm depth.

I want to keep the detail high. But the price low. And the material should be paintable. Any tips?

 Topic: Friction fit pieces in FD and FUD
Friction fit pieces in FD and FUD [message #97225] Wed, 27 August 2014 22:57 UTC
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I'm trying to determine how much clearance to leave between parts intended for friction or interference fit in Frosted Detail and Frosted Ultra Detail. I see some information here in the forums, but some of it is conflicting and rarely mentioned are the size of the parts to be fitted together.

My intended design is a post approximately 2 mm in diameter fitting into a hole. The parts will be printed separately, so fusing is not an issue. Think of the connection pegs on injection-molded model kits (or better yet Snap-Tite kits). The fit should be snug enough to hold by itself but I can also apply glue if needed.

I've seen info here suggesting clearances of 0.1 mm all the way up to 0.4 mm. Those values seem a bit large to me considering the printing tolerances in FD and FUD. I'd love to hear from others who have printed pieces like this with success.
 Topic: Belt Buckle Template / Measurements?
Belt Buckle Template / Measurements? [message #96979] Mon, 25 August 2014 01:31 UTC
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Hi all,

I'm looking into starting to design some belt buckles for 3D printing, and would be interested in seeing if there are any templates with the correct measurements of the 'pin' and 'slot' on the back, or at the very least some measurements I could grab (I tried Googling but just wound up with a bunch of pages about measuring your belt size). I could resort to good old-fashioned trial and error, but I'd rather cut that down as much as possible.

Thanks in advance!
 Topic: Need Help with textures for 3D Printing
Need Help with textures for 3D Printing [message #96736] Fri, 22 August 2014 02:33 UTC
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I've been trying to print out a 3D full color model, but I have now just one issue with it. I'm able to make the model itself a .x3d file and put it into a zip like the guidelines suggest, but I'm unable to change the texture of it to a png gif or jpg because file is always looking for a .tga image. Does anyone know how to fix this? If needed I can link the files i have right now
 Topic: Does 0.8 mm thickness hold my Samsung Note 2?
Does 0.8 mm thickness hold my Samsung Note 2? [message #95854] Mon, 11 August 2014 11:46 UTC
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index.php?t=getfile&id=67882&private=0I have quickly modeled this Samnsung Note 2 car mount holder for myself. Not a fancy design, just for the need.

My question is: Is 0.8 mm thickness enough to hold it properly? Or can it break? Whay would you suggest?

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 Topic: Someone got some clean medium plugs template ?
Someone got some clean medium plugs template ? [message #93534] Mon, 07 July 2014 11:41 UTC
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I don`t know anyone that has this type of earrings I only have some design ideas. So if someone got some measures so I can make a base so I attach my sculpted design to it will be very helpful.

I have searched in some local shops they are not so popular in my country!

My guess it is they are 5 mm diameter / 11 mm long ? Or like flared to 6 mm / mid 5 mm / long 11 mm ?


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 Topic: 3D Modeling Help and Tips
3D Modeling Help and Tips [message #93105] Tue, 01 July 2014 01:34 UTC
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Hello everyone, I am a basic 3D Modeler who is just getting used to Cinema 4D and would like to learn modeling and use those lessons and strategies to then model and print some Scratch-Built Articulated Figures for Transformers Stop Motion's and would simply like to get some beginners advice and maybe some tactics or even links to tutorials on modeling. Such Help will be greatly appreciated
 Topic: Is this Cufflinks size ok ?
Is this Cufflinks size ok ? [message #88646] Mon, 28 April 2014 01:50 UTC
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I don`t have any shirt with cufflinks holes ... had one but looks it is vanished! o.O

I have a ring with same design but I have to redesign it , ring band to flimsy


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 Topic: my first 3d design, a school bus, how well will it print?
my first 3d design, a school bus, how well will it print? [message #88457] Fri, 25 April 2014 02:09 UTC
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this is the first time uploading my own model to shapeways and its my first time doing 3d modeling on anything, the model passes the wall thickness check for white and flexible so i want to print it with that material, can someone please tell me if it will print well? i want things to be as strong and unflexible as possible, but i know there are some relativly thin parts, can someone help me check my model? i have attached the dae file and the sketchup file
https://www.shapeways.com/model/1883608/blue-bird-mini-bird- school-bus-body.html?li=search-results&materialId=91

 Topic: Clearance between buckle pieces?
Clearance between buckle pieces? [message #87973] Wed, 16 April 2014 18:14 UTC
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I am making a very simple buckle mechanism to hold two pieces interlocked with each other, after you push and snap them together.
Those two pieces are printed apart so there is no fear of bonding during printing.

These are very small pieces, a couple of mm wide.
My question is what is the clearance that I should allow between the male and female parts of the buckle, so that one can squeeze through the other parts opening, and stay in place.

I would hate to keep printing this with different widths. I was hopping someone has done it before and knows some clearance numbers.

Any suggestion is appreciated.


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 Topic: Material for lamp
Material for lamp [message #84698] Mon, 10 February 2014 22:10 UTC
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Hi all,
Which material is best suitable for a night lamp design (transparent enough and heat resistant)?
Is there a material that can be in color?

 Topic: question about hollowing model
question about hollowing model [message #84445] Thu, 06 February 2014 13:44 UTC
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I have model in shape of hourglass. 2 bigger areas with smaller "tube" that connects it (just to as example to explain myself).

I know that if i want it hollow i need at least two hole on each end. For now i have one 4mm hole on one side and 3mm hole in other.
My question is if, in middle, i can have small tube connecting those 2 bigger area that is under 2mm?

Now that tube is 3x1,7mm. (inside)

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 Topic: Modeling a Webber Side Draft manifold for SBC 1/16 scale model engine
Modeling a Webber Side Draft manifold for SBC 1/16 scale model engine [message #83999] Tue, 28 January 2014 20:39 UTC
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I'm considering an attempt to create a 3D Printable model of a Webber Side Draft manifold for SBC 1/16 scale...My thought are to photograph the Shapeways down draft version in proper scale...then go online to find an actual real manifold Webber cross ram tube manifold for SBC and in Photoshop size the upper tube formation to fit on the Shapeways manifold design...I should be able to copy the carb base flange pattern for down draft and use it for side draft application because I think the bolt hole patterns align though the two carbs are not identical in layout shape or spacing,,, but think the bolt hole pattern was retained.
Since carbs will be mounted the tubes don't require a very thin wall (strength improvement) and by using a to scale part photo adding the tube formation should maintain the scale sizing close enough to pass design of a real life size manifold. All that said here is what could be another problem... I may not be able to find images with proper perspective layout to show various views i.e. top, bottom, front, and back views. To the community how will this affect attempts to make a functional model and what is preferred in the real world for such models to make 3D printed parts? L3
 Topic: Help making this printable
Help making this printable [message #83723] Thu, 23 January 2014 19:20 UTC
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I have a file that I was looking at purchasing from another designer, but I am not sure how to get it print ready or to scale. I'd like it to be as accurately detailed and scaled to 1/64 as possible. Any help is appreciated. Below is a link to the file. Thank you.
http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/car/heavy-suv/ford-f450-su per-duty-2013
 Topic: Special design and packing with unique ID on our 3d filament
Special design and packing with unique ID on our 3d filament [message #83272] Thu, 16 January 2014 11:08 UTC
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 Topic: Asking experienced users: Ball-joint, clearance, and pegs.
Asking experienced users: Ball-joint, clearance, and pegs. [message #83248] Wed, 15 January 2014 21:29 UTC
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Hello all, first post on SW btw :)

The following might seem a bit long, but it's just to try and explain properly. I speak French btw, so my English might not be perfect.

First: Yes, I already searched the forum ;) (and still am). I'm making a post about it because I couldn't find a definite answer so far.
For reference: I've never ordered anything on SW yet, as I own a small 1rst gen Makerbot Replicator, but I have come to a point where "layer printing" and "gravity" won't cut it anymore. I need powder-type printing at this point. Also, i use Blender, although that shouldn't matter for this post.

The project is an heavily articulated human figure, and most of my problems could be sum-up in one word: clearance. . .but there are different types of clearances.

So that you know what I'm talking about, the fig will be in 1:6 scale, and I'm looking for near life-like poseability, (kinda like an s.f.b.t-3 doll, if you know what that is). For now, I've already got quite a few ball-joint, and will probably be needing a few pegs as well (not sure about that word, a tube that you push inside another, tight enough to hold by itself, but not too tight so that you can take it out again and switch it with another)

Here are the questions I'd like to ear you guys opinion on:

1) Material: I was thinking of going with WSF, but do you think it would be okay for some of my smaller ball-joint (4mm diameter), or would one of the "detail" materials be better (are they even flexible?)?

2) Ball-joint: I was planing on using mainly (a lot of) ball-joint, but I have a serious problem: most of them will be a 6mm ball with a 2mm peg (tube coming out of the ball for linking), however I need a few in 4 mm diameter: would a 4mm ball joint be viable? or even a 6mm one? or even 2mm pegs?

3) Ball Clearance and sockets: what clearance would I need between the ball and the socket for a tight fit that you can move and pose, but that will retain the pose? I've started with 0.0mm clearance, and sockets with an X shape cut out in the middle for fitting and inter-changing parts.
Also on that subject: the sockets are 2mm thick (so for a 6mm ball, the outside diameter of the socket would be 10mm). could I reduce the sockets thickness to 1mm or would that make them too fragile ? I need them strong since I'm planning on interchangeable parts.
Also right now I have "X" sockets which gives me about 60degrees rotation in all axis, but latter on I will have sockets with only "sides holding" for bigger rotation in 2 out of 3 axis. anything I should know about those?

4) Clearance for pegs, hinges, boxes, etc: what would you say the clearance for an hinge would be for tight fitting (moves but stays when placed) and loose (moves freely). And while I'm at it, would the clearance remains the same weither it's a round inside a round (peg inside another peg) or square inside square (I'm thinking a square box)? Lastly, what would the clearance need to be between 2 pieces next to each other (for exemple, if you want to make a 2x2cm cube out of 8 smaller cubes, the smaller cubes can't be 1x1cm, they'd have to be 0.?x0.? cm (clearance?)

I think that's it, hopefully I haven't forgotten anything :D

Constructive answers would be great, as so far the forum as only provided small and sparse information bits.
Thanks in any case!
 Topic: How to design a 3D packaging box with handholds(tutorial)
How to design a 3D packaging box with handholds(tutorial) [message #82050] Thu, 26 December 2013 00:44 UTC
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I am not very good at Shapeways, but I am trying. I want to be a active member in this forum. I can design a packaging box with 3D renderings, and how to print that. Packaging is very important for our daily goods. Here I am going to design a packaging gift box with handholds.

1 Open Packmage CAD drawing tool, draw your structure, before you start drawing, you should have a basic idea of the structure, just draw the basic structure. OR you can tear a toothpaste box, food box for inspiration.


add handholds

2 Check your structure with two ways, quick 3D and 3D blank sample:



3 Design the way you want your box to fold.


4 Import the artwork or images and view the 3D color sample



5 Smart step and repeat


6 Print your structure, and output PDF


[Updated on: Thu, 26 December 2013 00:45 UTC]

 Topic: Huawei Ascend P6 Phone case (3DS max) - need some help
Huawei Ascend P6 Phone case (3DS max) - need some help [message #81132] Thu, 12 December 2013 17:15 UTC
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Hello there,

At the moment I am trying to make a smartphone case for the Huawei Ascent P6. My thought process on this was:

-Make a sketch (drawing the outlines of the phome) , scan it and then open it as a background in 3DS max
-Make a chamfer box for the rounded edges
-Copy the box, bevel the sides, make a hole in it via compound objects so the phone fits in
-Imprint the design onto the box with compound objects

My question is, is there any way to match the rounded edges perfectly? Via the chamfer box I can make rounded edges but these are not the same as the rounded edges my phone has. A picture for reference:


Also is the way how I want to approach it the right way, or are there any other practical ways that are much easier to do/with better results?

Thanks beforehand

[Updated on: Thu, 12 December 2013 17:16 UTC]

 Topic: Cupcake packaging
Cupcake packaging [message #80703] Sat, 07 December 2013 00:41 UTC
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Hi Peeps :D

My names Joel, Im starting a clothing company built around cakes and all things sweet its called Doughboy. I was going to make a tin packaging and print a cupcake character on it but then i thought to myself, wonder if I could get a 3d printed Character which head came off so i can put my t-shirts inside, Iv attached 2 pictures, one is of my t-shirt from last season which i would like to sproos up and make into the packaging for my t-shirtsm the other is a example of the tin i was making i was wondering is this possible?

p.s im a total 3d printing n00b


 Topic: First attempt at ceramics printing
First attempt at ceramics printing [message #79185] Sun, 17 November 2013 14:31 UTC
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Hi I'm considering my first attempt at 3D printing in ceramics.

This is my design thus far



The idea was to make something in between an essential oil heater and a massage oil heater, the hole is slightly larger than a tea-light, and the idea is to have one such in there to heat the oil.

However I'm not sure if the "bowl" part is too heavy for it. any thoughts?

 Topic: 3D scannner under €1000
3D scannner under €1000 [message #75707] Sat, 28 September 2013 13:00 UTC
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Which 3D Scanner?[ 1 vote(s) ]
1.Cubik by CADScan 0 / 0%
2.Matterform 3D Scanner 1 / 100%
3.Dimbody (on Indiegogo) 0 / 0%

In the poll I've included some options I'm thinking about. These are all less than €1000. If there are any other options to consider, please let me know.

I'm looking for good, watertight scans with a high resolution and as much detail as I can get. Ease of use and software are also important for my choice.

Please explain to me why you would prefer one above the other..




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 Topic: Thickness/Wall/Distance between objects
icon9.gif  Thickness/Wall/Distance between objects [message #75603] Fri, 27 September 2013 00:37 UTC
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Found the response.

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 Topic: Automatic Wall thickness check
Automatic Wall thickness check [message #75538] Thu, 26 September 2013 12:15 UTC
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I found this software , which is free for the 3d model viewer.

I was looking for an alternative to Netfabb Studio Basic which has an automatic Wall thickness analisys. This software it's quite amazing and I feel it as good as Netfabb for model dimensions informations.

I wanted to share with you my discover and ask you if you already used this viewer tool. I am trying it and I found that the automatic wall thickness analisys it is a bit slow ( many time more than an 1 hr to complete the job) . Is there a way to make it faster?

Did you know a better alternatives?

Many times checking the wall thickness with my eyes it's faster and better , but I feel that an automatic tool will help.

Kindest regards


 Topic: How big must the hole in a neck be?
How big must the hole in a neck be? [message #72718] Tue, 06 August 2013 22:07 UTC
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I'm making a dragon in sandstone. The specifications say that the material escape hole must be 25mm or 4-10mm holes. I'll do that at the base of the dragon. My dragon is standing upright and I want to make the hole down the center of his neck as small as possible so that his neck will be as strong as possible. I'm making his head as thin as possible (2mm walls) to be light, so I know that there will be extra powder that must be shaken out. If I make the hole down the center of the neck between the head and the body about 4mm in diameter, will that be sufficient to empty the extra powder after it's built?

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 Topic: 3D printing competition
3D printing competition [message #71998] Tue, 23 July 2013 14:09 UTC
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cartridgesave.co.uk held their first ever 3D Print Cup http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup recently, attracting entries from some of the top 3D design agencies in the north west of the UK, as well as from USA, Europe and South America.

The winners were selected at a wrap party, with the overall winner winning a Makerbot 2x Replicator.

I've attached all the entries received, as well as the winning design.

Hope you all enjoy.


 Topic: Making a complex object hollow and sandstone
Making a complex object hollow and sandstone [message #71390] Wed, 10 July 2013 20:40 UTC
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I'm in the process of making some 3D bio models. These are created in a program that can generate .stl or .wrl files. I have brought them into Cinema 4D but cannot figure out an easy way to make them hollow. Any suggests?

Also, any advise on whether this model would print in sandstone.

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 Topic: Having trouble with overlapping parts
Having trouble with overlapping parts [message #68402] Tue, 21 May 2013 03:50 UTC
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I'm trying to upload a design that involved multiple tiles that overlap. When I upload it, I get the error, "Uh oh! Seems like your model needs a bit more love before our robots can work their magic." I tried fixing it with netfabb and got the same error. At some points I have up to 12 tiles overlapping. Overall the model is just the union of many simple tiles, but I'm really having trouble with overlap I think.

 Topic: Looking for a website with 3D Food design layouts
Looking for a website with 3D Food design layouts [message #67633] Wed, 08 May 2013 14:58 UTC
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Does anyone know of any website that shows 3D Food design layouts?

When I say 3D Food design layouts, I mean files for printing cookies, chocolate desserts, Pasta, etc.

I've done some research but it seems I only found, http://www.thingiverse.com/, although this site does not have any Food files.

Regards Robert
 Topic: designing models with points
designing models with points [message #67392] Fri, 03 May 2013 13:45 UTC
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Hi all I'm generally modelling a 1/48 sawmill. I need axes and picks and pitch forks etc. Can I get these printed. As they all have fine points. I've seen plenty of axes in the store how do I overcome the edge issues?

 Topic: how to insert a hole into a mesh object using autocad
how to insert a hole into a mesh object using autocad [message #65340] Tue, 02 April 2013 05:59 UTC
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Hi there,

I normally use Revit so am not as skilled with Auto CAD.
I'm trying to insert a 2mm diameter hole into my model (for threading onto a necklace) but can't figure out how to do it in Auto CAD Architecture.
Do I need to be using Auto CAD Inventor??
If someone could help that would be awesome!!!
I also have it as an FBX if that's helpful...


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