Introduction: Ambassador Edition: How to 3D Sculpt, Print, and Paint a Strawberry in SelfCAD!

About: I am Sammy, passionate in 3D Modeling.

    With the launch of the SelfCAD Ambassador program in March 2018, we are happy to introduce Brian, who will we will feature as SelfCAD's first blog post on a design from one of our 2018, official, SelfCAD Ambassadors. Congratulations Brian!

    You can watch more of Brian's videos on his Youtube Channel or follow him on Instagram. Below, we broke down the steps he took in creating his 3D printed Strawberry. Want to become a SelfCAD Ambassador? Email Sanny at

    Step 1: Overview

      In this step-by-step article and I am going to teach you how to model in CAD and 3D print a realistic Strawberry using SelfCAD. Brian focused on our famous Sculpting tool, so likewise, we will too.I recommend you launch the editor before you begin.If you haven't sign up for SelfCAD, start your free 30 day trial now by going to

      Step 2: Requirements

      • SelfCAD.- For designing the model. To access it, visit
      • MonoPrice Maker Select V2 3D

        printer- For printing the model once it's ready. Any 3d printer can be able to print the model.

      • Red 3D Printer Filament
      • Green paint- For painting the model after printing to form the leaves.

      Step 3: Start Modeling

      • Select the Sphere from the basic shapes section.
      • Select the Sculpting tool from the tools section and select Flatten brush.
      • Set the size and intensity to 30 and 20 respectively and begin sculpting the model. Begin sculpting from the bottom section, and reduce the intensity to 10 as you go on top.
      • Make sure you save your model as you go to the next step.
      • Check the video above to learn how to sculpt the object.

      Step 4: Creating the Leaves

      • Select the Move Brush from the Sculpting tool and set the size and intensity to 20 and begin to move the polygons as shown in the first image above.
      • Select the Standard brush optionof the sculpting tool and set the Size and Intensity to 10 and make sure that the + option is selected. Use this brush to create the node of the middle leaf in the middle section.
      • Select the Move brush and set the size and intensity to 20 and move the node vertically a little bit.
      • Select the Polygon selection tool from the Selection region and use it to select the top section of the node.
      • After selecting all the polygons, select the Extrusion tool from the Tools section and set the length to 14.09 then click Apply.
      • Select the flatten brush and set the intensity to 73 and use it to flatten the leaf. Use the Move brush to reshape the leaf so that can be similar to the third above.

      Step 5: Finalizing the Model

      • Select the Masking brush (S+K) from the sculpting tool section and set the Size and Intensity to 59 and 20 respectively and use it to mask the entire model except areas surrounding the leaves and ensure that the - option is selected.
      • Select the Inflate Brush (S+I) from the Sculpting tool option. Set the size and intensity to 3 and 79 respectively and ensure that the - option is selected and use this to create dots around the model.

      Step 6: Printing

      • After modeling, it's time now to print it.
      • Select 3D Print (ALT + P) from the File section and choose a 3D Printer of your choice.
      • After choosing your printer generate the G-Code and print your model.
      • To learn more on how to use various tools when designing, check the above video.

      Step 7: Painting the Leaves

      • After printing the Strawberry model, take the green paint and paint around the leaves section to make it look exactly like real leaves.
      • Give the paint some minutes to stick on the leaves and you can then be able to use it.
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