3 Tricks to Optimize STL Designs for 3D Printing 3D modeling for printing can be hard-work, especially when one does not know all the tricks of the modeling software and cannot put them in application to ensure a shorter printing time of the model. There is the general belief that a high-detailed model in printable file format, with accurate and clean-printed outer shell, must take a lot of time to design, weigh much and print forever and a day. However, this is not the case. In this article we will focus on 3 modeling tricks which contribute to the 3D model’s optimization for 3D printing and cut down modeling time, without affecting the quality of the final 3D printed model. These New 3D Models Put the Smithsonian’s Most Renowned Items in Your Hands The Wright Flyer, the legendary aircraft built by the Wright Brothers and sent skyward over Kitty Hawk in 1903, was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1948. Since then, it’s been on public display nearly continuously. Of course, visitors aren’t allowed to touch the plane, and educators teaching lessons on the Flyer have had to use models to give students the chance to handle it and see it from different positions. Engineers and historians have faced similar limitations, unable to climb inside to examine its inner machinery or take out a tape measure to assess its specs.
15 truly useful things you can 3D print for your home Feb 19, 2016 | By Tess, Kira We’ve said time and again that desktop 3D printers are for much more than just making cheap plastic tchotchkes and trinkets. Beyond the ornaments, the paperweights, and the 3D printed coasters are tons of truly useful 3D printed household goods that could make your daily life easier than you’ve ever imagined, often while being cheaper or more practical than comparable store-bought products. Don't know where to start? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most practical, useful, and ingeniously simple 3D printed objects that you can make at home for your home, regardless of your 3D printing skill level. And the best part is, you can download all of the STL files for free, today.
Getting Started Learn about the fascinating features of the new Smithsonian X 3D Explorer and how to navigate, explore and manipulate 3D collection objects. This page gets you started and explains the functionality of the explorer in detail. The Smithsonian X 3D Explorer is beta software. If you find bugs or want to share ideas for improving the software and website, we'd be happy to hear from you. Please send your comments to email@example.com. Getting started Top 20 Biggest 3D Printers in 2016 Feb 10, 2016 | By Kira We know that bigger doesn’t always mean better, but when it comes to 3D printing, the ever-growing list of absolutely massive, large size 3D printing ventures is hard to ignore. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top 20 biggest 3D printers right now, and the various large-format 3D printing projects they are capable of. Though you’d need a pretty powerful microscope to see the tiniest color picture ever 3D printed (small enough to fit inside a human hair), there’s no way you could miss the giant 3D printed airplane parts, 3D printed furniture, 3D printed cars and yes, even 3D printed buildings coming out of these colossal 3D printers. Our list of the top 20 biggest 3D printers covers everything from industrial metal 3D printers, to record-breaking construction 3D printers, to low-cost 3D printers you could potentially keep at home.
3D Modeling for 3D Printing Tutorial for Beginners This beginner's class on 3D modeling and 3D printing is series of six tutorials that will help you turn your idea into reality. You'll start with a hand drawing, extrude into a 3D model, and modify and prepare your 3D model to 3D print. Taught by Lauren Slowik, Designer Evangelist for Education at Shapeways, all the tools used are free and easily accessible. The course will teach you the basics of 3D modeling and printing, converting images to 3D models, and critical basic concepts in computer aided design (CAD), including extrusion, scaling, mesh, water tight, and even interlocking parts. What You'll Learn The course will uncover the core processes behind 3D printing and reveal one of the most powerful capabilities of the 3D printing revolution—that it’s accessible to anyone, and that companies like Shapeways make the process easier than ever through online 3D printing.
3-D Recycling: Grind, melt, print! Three-dimensional, or 3-D, printers make it possible to “print” almost any object with a computer. The machines produce items by laying down tiny drops, or pixels, of material one layer at a time. That material can be made from plastic, metal or even human cells. But just as the ink for standard computer printers can be expensive, 3-D printer “ink” can be quite pricey too. Free 3D Modeling Software To Create, Mash 3D Models: Autodesk Meshmixer Autodesk Meshmixer (or simply Meshmixer) is free 3D modeling software. It lets you easily create, mash, and sculpt 3D designs. You can generate your own 3D model by using dozens of tools and shapes. You will also be able to refine the surfaces of the object and mold it, like you are using a virtual clay. This free 3D modeling software also provides different shaders, brushes, editing tools, etc. to generate a beautiful 3D model that you can use in your project or wherever you want to.
33 Best Sites for Free STL Files & 3D Printer Models Looking for STL file downloads for your 3D printer? Here are the 34 best sites and search engines for free 3D printer files and 3D printer models. Don’t miss: This is a selection of the best 3D printing websites, content repositories, marketplaces and search engines for free 3D printer files to download. Each lets you browse a large choice of 3D printing designs — and provides free STL files and 3D printer models — to print at home. FormFutura Releases Food-Safe Transparent HDglass 3D Printing Filament – Sample it Today for $2.12 It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago there were only a handful of 3D printing material and color options, and in such a short amount of time the market now boasts hundreds of 3D printing filament and material options. While PLA and to a lesser degree ABS still rule the roost, one of the materials growing extremely rapidly in popularity are the various PET materials. PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is a polymer that is derived from polyester and is one of the more prolific thermoplastic materials in use today.
So You're a Teacher with a 3D Printer... Now What? So, you’ve purchased a 3D printer for your school and you are on your way. Yet, although you’ve successfully supplied your school with all the key chains, name tags, and Yoda heads they will ever need, and you have begun to incorporate 3D printing into some of your existing units, something still feels like it is missing. At Brookwood School in Manchester, Massachusetts, we have taken some exciting steps toward leveraging students’ interest in 3D printing to unlock their potential to become empowered problem solvers while realizing some of the possibilities that this exciting technology offers. Solving a Problem with a “Problem Bank” In July of 2014, we pioneered an initiative that mobilizes individuals throughout our school to create opportunities for our students to engage in authentic and meaningful problem solving. A solution born from the Problem Bank
3D Print Your Own Tactile Measuring Tools for the Visually Impaired In partnership with the Missouri School for the Blind, the D’Arcy Lab in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis creates exciting didactic tools for visually impaired students. A particular focus is put on measurement and spatial orientation – finalized designs include both a Braille measurement board and a Braille caliper (which are available to download). We seek to further the scope of our project by creating more complex objects which will help students understand the fundamentals of symmetry, a concept vital to chemistry, mathematics, fine arts, and more.