I am new to shape ways but not to 3D modeling

Discussion in 'Newcomers Lounge' started by Ben Stanley, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Ben Stanley
    Ben Stanley New Member
    Hello, I am a 3D modeler that is currently looking to get into CAD.

    I have a few questions before hand...

    1. What is needed/Required to get a 3D model ready for printing?
    2. How big can a model be? In both inches and centimeters
    3. I am looking to prototype a miniature line here on shape ways. Would anyone have ANY suggestions on doing that.

    My current 3D program is Blender 3D - does anyone have any suggestions for a easy to use Cad program that is cheap?
  2. MuseumofSmallThings
    MuseumofSmallThings New Member
    Hey buddy,
    Great to hear your keen to get started in 3D printing. I will say one thing to get you started and that is, read all the information that shapeways has to offer as they have thought long and hard about explaining what is required and relevant to make your models 3D print legal. As far as CAD software is concerned, any 3d modeling software is fine as long as you are able to export the geometry in a shapeways supported file format or have it translated in a 3rd party application. As far as i can tell shapeways offers more file formats for uploading geometry than any other 3d printing company.
    All the best,
  3. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Hi Ben,

    Welcome to Shapeways :)

    Most of your questions can be answered via the support pages. Start with the FAQs, then check out the Materials and finally head to the Tutorials. The Materials comparison sheet gives a side-by-side comparison of the materials, the maximum print dimensions and more.

    As long as Blender exports any of the following formats, STL, VRML2/97 (.wrl), COLLADA (.dae), X3D and OBJ files, you can use Blender for your modelling.

    As for prototyping miniatures, probably the best material to go for is Frosted Ultra Detail (aka FUD). Many people use the materials Shapeways offer for their final miniature products.

    One of the most useful peices of software is NetFabb Basic. Netfabb has checking, repairing and measuring tools to help finailise your model before uploading.


  4. ana_xyz
    ana_xyz New Member
    Well that pretty much says it. Thank you guys. :)

    Hey Ben, welcome! stop4stuff and Leigh did a great job of pointing you in the right direction, but if you need any additional help let me know.