Hello from Iowa

Discussion in 'Newcomers Lounge' started by tousey, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. tousey
    tousey New Member
    Hey guys i am completely new to the world of 3d printing. Does anyone know if a simple cylinder can be 3d printed? i am doing a DIY project and i need a 6.5 inch diameter cylinder and i thought maybe 3d printing would be a way of doing it. Thanks for the answer.
  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    To be literal and specific, no, you can't make a cylinder. You are completely limited to making triangles.
    But, if you make those triangles thin enough or small enough, you likely won't be able to distinguish the difference.

    There are a couple of pictures here http://stonysmith.com/wired/scaling.asp that may help.

    How tall of an object are you wanting to make? At 6.5 inch diameter, it could get expensive fast.