Embedded printing

Some time ago I made a short Instructable on some basics of integrating other things with a 3D print job.I found some more uses that are not always conventional so to say.For example using an acrylic plate as the "bottom" layer and printing the rest around and on top of it, like a box with a clear bottom.Another nice thing I found is that quite often overhanging parts like hook type hinges can be avoided.Especially if said part needs to be really sturdy one could print it turned by 90° and with some support like an undercut add it to the print.Works really nice too is you want to have movable parts within your printed creation.I might have to do some print jobs next month and was wondering if I should add some more for another Instructable with proper instructions and examples?Anyone done some embedded printing based on my last Ible about it?

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3D Printing Fails.

I'm not exactly sure why, but the BBC collected a bunch of 3D printing failures. I couldn't resist sharing the screenshots and captions, especially in light of Fungus' recent topic. Enjoy.

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3D Printing Competition

Hi everyone, Hope you're all well? cartridgesave.co.uk recently held their first ever 3D Print Cup - A challenge issued to 3D artists to design an original 3D character, which they'd then print off (for free!) using a 3D Printer. The designers were all allowed to finish off their creations, and awards were given out at the wrap party, with the best overall design winning a Makerbot 2x Replicator. We had some amazing entries, from all over the UK and even the USA, South America and Europe. A gallery of the all the entrants has been uploaded at www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup Hopefully there will be another 3D Print Cup next year, so keep your eyes peeled on the site.

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3d Printing aluminum? Answered

I was thinking about 3d printing aluminum and was wondering if you could do something like this. You have a stainless steel air tight cylinder, surrounded with some refreactory, then nichrome wire, then insulating refreactory. The first layer of refractory is to prevent an electric short between the wire and the stainless steel cylinder. Stainless steel so it will take longer to oxidize. You would fill the cylinder with aluminum, close it, turn on the heater, t would heat up the stainelss steel and aluminum and melt the aluminum. Temperature could be regulated. Air would go to a hole in the top of it, the air would be regulated by a solenoid valve and a a pressure release valve. A needle with come out of the bottom, however it would be bent into a upside down U shape and one side would poke out the bottom, this would preven the aluminum from running out when there wasn't pressure. When the solenoid is open, aluminum comes out, when the solenoid is closed the release valve is opened to get rid of any excess pressure and stop the aluminum flow. This would be put in the place of the the traditional extruder, would this work?

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3d Modeling and Printing

Registration for The Cooper Union's Certificate in Digital Representation and Fabrication is now open. Check the website at cooperunion.augusoft.net

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3d printed PCB

I was wondering if you could make 3d printed circuit boards using an arc welder of electroplating method by connecting a copper "welding stick" to the extruder and a ground clip to the board.

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3D Printing - Metal

Is it true that there are 3d printers that print in metal? If so what kind of 3D Printer is this and about how much do they cost? Oh also how exactly does that work when 3D Printing is supposed to be additive manufacturing and metal isnt a liquid or even flexible at solid states?

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My 3D print

It has been a few weeks since I received my 3d print but I still wanted to put this on. I really like the way it turned out!!!!! For some reason, the uploader turns my pictures :S

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3D Printing Tool

I myself don't own a 3D printer, but for those lucky fellows out there that do, I think sculptris could be a great tool for 3D printers. It's basically a virtual clay sculpting program. You can also paint your sculpture. Here is the link to download it. Happy printing! (just watch out for nargles)

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Painting 3D prints

Those of you who may have had the occasion to paint a 3D print I'm curious what products and techniques you may have used. I've used one of the Customizer Things to make some name tags and I'd like to paint the raised letters to help them stand out. Any suggestions or methods that work on ABS? Curt

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Shirt design printing? Answered

Im currently going to start making some t-shirts and have a few questions -can i put the t-shirt on a flat piece of plywood and use a iron to put the t-shirt transfer on? -will the iron burn the t-shirt transfer? -and can i print out a design on the transfer with regular computer ink?

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3D Printing in the Glass Medium

I've only used plastics when 3D printing so it's pretty cool to see a movement into the glass medium. Besides the practical application, the video of the printer creating glasswork is quite pretty.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/08/25/why-being-able-to-3d-print-glass-objects-is-such-a-big-deal/

Topic by PlasticPanama 


3D Printing layers separating

Hi! I have a project going with a 3D printer. Is a 4" X 4" X 10"  square enclosure used for holding electronics in an ROV. Whats happening is that the plies are separating. Not a good thing for an underwater vehicle. Has anyone experienced this with a larger 3D printed object? Will upload a pic when I get to my home computer.

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Need information on 3D printing

So I am looking to make decorative phone cases using a 3D printer. But I have no experience with them. Essentially what I am hoping to do is make snap on or slide on covers. What kind of 3D printer would be able to do this? What sort of designs/colours would I be able to do? Anything I have to take into consideration?

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3D Printing Business Question

From reading https://www.instructables.com/community/What-3D-printers-can-do-and-what-they-cant/, this article. It seems as the sky is the limit as long as I have a good artist, a proper 3D modeller and the correct material.  However, I want to start a business whose main focus is 3D printing. What are things, I really can't make? Besides hiring an artist and 3d modeler. What printer would you recommend for the business idea? How many would you recommend as starting point for a small business with an expansive focus? Is there some multiple materials printer that includes glass, plastic, resin, wood, etc.?

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Any ideas for a printer that can print onto a bound notebook's pages?

Hi, I've been wondering about this for a while. I would like some sort of machine that can print onto the pages of a book that is already bound. For example: If I have a leather notebook and I want to print a poem or some such onto a page I would then load the book into the printer and the printhead would move around the page to print the required text (as opposed to the page being moved in a normal printer). I was wondering if anybody knew of an existing tutorial, product hack that might allow me to do this? What I have found is the following: -Axidraw - this is probably the closest to what I want but it is quite expensive. -Handibot - this does what I had in mind but for cutting. My ideal would be something like this that prints. -Printer modification - another step in the right direction but this only works if the material being printed on is of a fixed height. The constraints I foresee is the fact that the pages in the book need to be kept flat and that the height of what is being printed on can vary. If there is a solution out there I haven't been able to come up with the search terms to find it. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Marcu

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questionnaire

Hi everyone, i am currently writing my dissertation on 3D printing technology and would like you all to help fill my questionnaire. will take less than 5 minutes.  thank you.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10xEaoMJXKd3OvriW0_ZEn_icPc1IZ0SDclcZ-qp6Pm4/viewform

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A 3d model idea

This is an idea that I had for the Make it real challenge. Though I didn't end up taking this path I would love to see it be completed. It goes as follows. >> Make a spherically shaped skull with all of the innards of an actual skull. >> 3d Print it using medial grade materials (Realism) >> Skull baseball :D

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Choosing my 1st 3d printer

So I have been considering to purchaser my own home 3d printer for a while now, but I am not sure which go for as I am happy to spend around about 500Euros or so on a 3D printer but I would prefer one that can use at least 2 colours. I would mainly be using it to create still like little figurines and statues. I have enough skills in 3d modeling that I don't need a store or 3d model assets but that would be nice. tho I am use you can use any 3d model files that you can download online. I came across this one for $100 http://www.peachyprinter.com/#!methods/cjg9 I was using this website to look for affordable 3d printers http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/affordable-3d-printer/ But I guess what I also want to ask isn't just what are peoples suggest 3d printer to choose from but also what things should I look out for when buying one such as maybe special filament used or poor quality 3d prints noise problems or slow speed?? so any suggestions what ones to go for or what ones to stay away from Many thanks.

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3D printing something totally Round?

Hi everyone.  I have ordered my 3D printer and in the mean time, I am building my files I will be printing.  1 of them is rounded and has no flat surface.  How do I go about printing this?  Do I need to create a base to print it on or will the product I use to make the bas sticky be enough?  Any help to this beginer would be appreciated. K

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Does 3D printing require a release agent?

we are interested in 3d printing. so we want to know, i 3d printing process, do we need mold release agent?

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Idle daydreaming about 3d printing

I love the idea of 3d printing, and would love to make it a hobby at home.  I can afford the machinery, I have the space, but I don't have the time to gain the required expertise. I have a laser cutter, but most of what I make is effectively two dimensional - design takes a while, but not an age.  For more complex shapes, there are online generators for boxes and gears, which I can use as starting points to my finished objects. What I would *like* to see is a combination of existing technologies - image and motion-sensing devices with virtual and augmented reality - to allow a kind of digital sculpting. My hands would be monitored by cameras (say, a Kinect), and in my Google Cardboard I'd be watching a "solid" object being sculpted. Like 2d drawing software, there would be a library of shape-drawing tools - discs, cuboids, spheres, rods and planes - as well as the ability to manipulate a lump of virtual clay, or draw surfaces and edges in space and have the software fill them in. I would then be able to save those sculptures and 3d print them, or slice them up, or reduce them to to surfaces to laser cut. Since I'm dreaming, I'd like to be able to take hold of a curved surface in my model, and flatten it out to be cut, with the computer automatically drawing in one of a selection of living-hinge cuts to make it possible to curve the surface in the real world. Just putting the idea out there.  Maybe somebody with the skills will pick it up and head over to Kickstarter...

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Looking for a Gear Set for 3D printing

A little over a decade ago I spent a large amount of time playing with lego technics. These mechanical legos had a set of gears with them that you could arrange in infinite variations and I loved them (still do.) What I would really like is file with a standard set of small gears that I could easily place into a 3D model and design around just like building something out of technics. The difference being that I get to design the parts connecting the gears instead of using lego bricks. These gears would ideally range in size from 5mm to 30mm diameter and would ultimately be used to make 8 inch or smaller robot things. Now, the obvious solution is to just make them, Inventor has a generator and they can be drawn in almost any program. The thing is that, well, it is over my head. I've used a lot of Sketchup, but am just getting into Inventor and 123D. Also, it turns out gears are incredibly complicated. I've looked at the diagrams and between the pitch diameters and diameter pitches and pressure angles I get lost, I'm not even sure where to start. On top of that, in my research I haven't found any kind of standard like there are with screws and electrical components; one can't just call the robot store and say "gimme some A5 gears good sir." So my questions are: 1. Is there a simple standard for gears? Specifically small plastic gears like those found in toys and clocks. 2. Do you have any advice on how I could go about creating my own "standard" set of small gears, like most important factors or common pitfalls, a magic button? 3. Am I going about this in a weird, round-about, wrong way? I'm learning as I go with 3D modeling/printing and I often fall down rabbit holes, this may be one. How would a professional engineer who is designing a toy go about choosing or creating his gears? Thanks in advance for any insight you can lend. These are the lego technic gears that are so dear to my heart

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Modeling Mathematical Objects for 3D Print in 3dsmax or Blender3d

Hello, everyone.  I'm making my first post here to share some techniques and tips for getting started with polygonal modeling of interesting mathematical shapes, which could be used in 3d printing.  Math objects are quite popular in the 3d printing community due to their seemingly complex visual appearance, and overall unique aesthetic for creation of jewelry and other useful printed objects.  These tutorials are for use primarily with the modeling and animation software, Autodesk 3dsmax, or the free open-sourse Blender 3d.  However, the basic principals of these techniques can be translated to almost any capable polygonal modeling software. 3D Tutorial | Modeling Triply Twisted Torus With Holes | 3dsmax 3D Tutorial | Model A Mobius Strip Pendant | 3dsmax Modeling a Mobius Strip Pendant In Blender 2.73 3D Tutorial | Model a Scherk-Collins Saddle Surface Ring | 3dsmax 3d Tutorial | Voronoi Style Bracelet | 3dsmax Model A Voronoi Style Bracelet In Blender 2.74 These are but an example of nearly a dozen different mathematical and abstract models at my channel.  All tutorials are 100% free, of course, and I'd be happy to help you with any issues you may face along the way.  Keep in mind, in order to follow along with these videos, you will need to use the Autodesk 3dsmax software, or the free Blender 3d software, and have at least some intermediate  experience in polygonal modeling in general. These tutorials are not intended for total beginners to 3d modeling, unfortunately. Enjoy, and I hope you find something useful.

Topic by Luxxeon 


Wheres the best 3d service?

Hi everyone, I was wondering what people are using for printing services out there, and which ones they prefer. I was thinking about entering the make it real challenge if i have enough free time and needed somewhere to get the idea printed, preferably the service would be one that uses the Objet 3d printer. Thanks for your time.

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Confused Crocodile

I'm a confused crocodile...I wanted to compete in the 3d money clip challenge and will still design something for it :) . After numerous times of trying to make the software work it just didn't so I'm going to try to use some other CADs that I have. With that being said here lies my confusion about this contest.The prize(s) for the 3d money clip contest is a $100.00 credit for five winners. I went to the website and there's a membership fee and if you aren't a member then the cost of services is higher. Plus, there's an hourly charge for the services and I'm basically confused as to the benefit of a $100.00 voucher/credit. Would that be enough to make a 3d print of the 3d model for the winners of the contest?

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Aluminum Casting with 3D Prints

Is there any reliant and consist way to create high RPM gears using 3D prints? What I had planned to do is 3D print some gears out, make silicon molds out of them and then pouring wax in the silicon molds. I then would put the wax into sand and then pour molten aluminum into it. To me, it sounds good in theory but I thought somebody else might have tried making PLA 3D prints into metal.

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3-D Printing Contest

I saw this 3-D Printing Contest announcement in WIRED Magazine, Feb 2013 Issue. go to this link for details, wired.com/design and look fo "THE WIRED 3-D PRINT-OFF" banner.

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3D Printing Vinyl Record

I'm trying to make 10 3d printed vinyl records, does anyone know a place that can make these form me? -Mike

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any ideas for 3d printing

Has anyone got ideas of what would be a cool thing to 3d print? perhaps something with moving parts, any ideas would be appreciated thanks.

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My first Free3D print

Three months ago I submitted instructables into one of the challenges, and was selected to received Free 3D print. I chose to have my 3x3x3" 3D print instead of a famous 3D instructable robot. Two weeks ago, my 3D print got delivered in the 123D box, to my door. Also included in the box are an instructables patch and stickers. My 3D print is the case for my RevIO, an Arduino compatible board. A prototype that I'm made recently. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-The-RevIO-Arduino-Clone-My-Way/) Thank you very much for the Free3D Print program and everyone behide this program, otherwise I won't be able to see my project moving forward to this point. Thanks sath02

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3D Printing Open Survey

Hi everyone! I am a huge 3d printing enthusiast from Poland (Europe). I run personalfactory.tumblr.com - news aggregator/blog concerning 3d printing, fablabs, open-source hardware and related. If you have some spare time please fill in my 3D Printing Open Survey - If you could make almost anything, what would it be ? Updated results are publicly available after completing questionnaire (Please press "Wyślij" - Send button and "Wyniki ankiety" - Results button at the end). This survey will be used to evaluate demand for 3d printing services globally. It consist of 30 questions about: - open-source 3d printers - future of additive manufacturing - 3d printing services - ecology in 3d printing - copyright issues and 3d printing Three example questions: 2. Which of the following 3d printing applications is the most interesting? * - Things personalization - Printing food - Attempts to print structures resembles in functioning living tissues or blood vessels - Creating impossible or difficult to create by using conventional technology things - Printing rooms or buildings on earth/moon - Printing chemical compounds (for example drugs) - Using in renewable energy sources - Printing parts and/or mechanical vehicles 3 . Have you ever heard about cheap DIY 3D Printers (for example RepRap, PrintrBot, MakiBox A6) ? * DIY - Do It Yourself - Yes - No 4 . When 3D Printers will become one of the typical household appliances ? * - After 5 years - After 10 years - After 15 years - After 20 years or later - Never - I don't know Feel free to ask questions! :)

Topic by dziarski 


Formula1 Parts 3D-Printed

Interesting story, they have family printers too http://www.corriere.it/english/13_maggio_14/formula-one_70300362-bc81-11e2-996b-28ba8ed4f514.shtml

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Print a cast for pewter molding

I have a 3D model that I would like to have printed so I can use it as a cast for a pewter mold. It is a simple pin that I designed in 3DSMax.. Would the cast have to be metal, or is there some plastic/poly that would take the heat of molten pewter?  I don't want to have to pay a jeweler to do this, I already have the model in 3D, it seems like it should be easy to print a cast so I can make them myself..

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0.3mm nozzle printing speeds?

I am currently finetuning my homemade hotend and was wondering what you guys have in the speed settings for 0.3mm nozzles printing ABS? I started with the aim of reaching 120mm/s but after some hours of finetuning I am currently trying to breach the 200mm/s barrier. As I am only using a very old Mendel Prusa I am actually quite happy that I got that far. What speeds are possible with the current printer models? (not the statements on the website, real life)

Topic by Downunder35m 


3D Print Workshop at a library

We've had a 3D printer at our library for about 6 months now. We would love to offer workshops on how to use software like Tinkercad or 123D to create your own designs. We are currently looking for someone to lead the workshop. Any ideas where we could connect with someone? We are located in Marin County, right next to San Francisco: http://www.beltiblibrary.org/ Many thanks for any suggestions on forums, people to reach out to or even workshop ideas.

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Paleontologist prints fossils in 3D

French palaeontologist Paul Tafforeau has been using 3D lithography to make microscopic fossils, hidden in opaque blocks of amber, vsible for detailed study.Using intense light from a synchrotron (a kind of particle accelerator), he illuminates the amber, revealing, so far, over 350 specimens of trapped insects in 2kg amber. Some of the species are new to science.3D images are built up with micro-tomography, and these digital images are used to recreate millimetre-scale insects as plastic models at a scale that allows easy handling and visual study without needing microscopes.BBC Story (included iPlayer video, which may not be viewable outside UK)

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Are printing press letters suitable for embossing?

I'd like to emboss the cover of my Moleskine notebook with some printing press letters I bought recently. Would they be suitable for the task, and if so, what method should I use for embossing the notebook?

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Printrbot

I have really been wanting a 3D printer, but since I'm 14, the $600 price-tag doesn't work. When i was surfing Kickstarter.com yesterday, I came across the Printrbot.  I am really interested, but am not sure about how to build it. I know that you need 3D-printed parts to make it, along with hardware and some motors, but where can I get some of these things?

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Thoughts for a fan for venting a homemade 3D printer enclosure?

Hello all, I'm in the early stages of building my own enclosure for my 3D printer. I'm going the route of building it using Ikea Lack tables. I'd very much like to put in a fan to vent the fumes from printing out the window via a hose. Originally, I was going to use a USB fan, but I'm starting to wonder if that will move enough air to make any difference. I was going to go with USB because I have no electrical work skills. I'm curious if any of you have thoughts, or have already come up with solutions for this. I'd be interested to hear any suggestions or advice anyone has. Thanks!

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fixed view 3d room posters

I want a 3d scenic view in my room from a fixed position. To be more clear, i sit at a particular place in my room. From there i need a view (3d), say , as if im on the banks of a river. Is there a software which asks for the variables and transforms the picture or will i have to do it manually on picture editing softwares?

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Going to buy one soon but what do I need?

Things that im wondering: 1. Do I use AutoCad or 3d studio max or something else? (At the moment im not 100% on what im making but so far i think ill be building things like Strandbeest or bookmakrs nothing huge but interesting projects. Ultimately I want to find the thing i love making). 2. Robo R1 "ABS+PLA Model" for now seems like the best model for the price (ultimately when im good at it I want to buy a Form 1 "formlabs" for jewelry) 3. Should I grab any 3d model I see and hoard it like a winter squirrel? 4. instructables has always been a great site (Home improvement projects) I just never had a reason to build a profile, are there other sites that would have info on 3d printing? Any help would be great :)

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UK Based Online 3D Printing Agency/Bureau?

First post here can anyone recommend an online 3D Printing Agent or Bureau that is UK based? The type where you can upload your designs and they print & post you your items? All the ones I have found so far have been in the US or in Europe. If they have a store which allows you to sell your designs through their site that would be a bonus but not essential. Many Thanks  Alan

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Autodesk Spark 3D printer models

Yesterday we announced Spark, a new platform for 3D printing, and that we were going to build a 3D printer.  We've decided to share some more details about the printer here on the Instructables forums. Here are two images of prints made with the prototype printer. Things are very exciting here! We'll have more to share over the coming weeks.

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Can Hardwood Shred ABS?

I am thinking of making a prototype plastic crusher/shredder out of a hardwood instead of steel. Do you think that a hardwood would be able to grind a plastic such as abs into small pellets? If so what kind of wood would be best? What if I made a plywood out of hardwood to strengthen the grain? What if I just use nice plywood?

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Electroplate tech used for 3D printing

Obviously it wouldn't work for large scale objects, but could high current, localized "plating" be used to deposit large, controlled amounts of metal to sculpt an object??

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Is there a good start program for 3D printing?

Hi, I don't have a 3D printed but I would like to post instructions on making something in 3D, does anyone know what program I can use to write the file in? I need to be able to write a file compatible with most 3D printers so users can download, plug in and use straight away. Thanks for the help in advance.

Topic by JM1999   |  last reply


Didn't receive my 3D prints :(

Hi,I had emailed the required stl files 2 months ago but didn't any shipment confirmation message :(

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