I have been seeing a lot of 3d printed images and decided to make my own but in 2 colors. This is pretty easy to do. I have only tried a couple images so far and the method seems to work well.
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Step 1: What You Will Need
- Simplify3d or other software that can convert image to 3d
- An image
- 2 color 3d printer (1 color will work if you pause and swap filament)
Step 2: Make the Single Color 3d Image
I used simplify3d
But there are others methods
- Go to add ins
- Click convert image to 3D
- Choose image
- you may or may not need to invert it (this one isn't)
- Save it
Step 3: Design
- Go to Tinkercad editor
- Upload the stl you made
- You will need to scale it down and then stretch it up
- Make the piece that will be under it
- Duplicate that
- Convert duplicate to hole
- Align hole and image(not up/down)
- Group hole with image
- align the remaining 2 shapes(not up/down)
Step 4: Printing
Save file as obj then use slicing software to make it 2 colors
Do not save as .stl tinkercad is only multicolor on obj.
in some software you might need to hit separate connected surfaces or something like that
In mine I just drag and drop colors but in other ones there is a dual extrusion mode where you select what head does what
This is different depending on what software you use.