Design Guidelines for 3D Printing

Create a 3D design can be a complicated process, but it doesn't have to be and this is why we decided to make a design guide for you!

Designing a 3D file

The design of a 3D file is key to succeed with 3D printing because your model has to be 3D printable. You may be using the best 3D modeling software, and the best design tools, but there can be errors on your 3D model when you want to print it, even if it seems to be correct on your screen.

To ensure that your file is 3D printable, you can have a little help thanks to the tools that we developed for our online 3D printing service. Indeed, at Sculpteo we have great 3D printing tools, such as our Hollowing tool or our Orientation tool for example. The first one allows you to hollow your model, and the second one helps you choose the orientation of the parts.Both of them are very useful to optimize your costs. Moreover, some parts of your 3D object can be too thin and unfortunately, they could break, that's why we also have a tool to let you know that an element has to be thickened. But if you want to avoid all of this repairing work, we are going to show you how to design a 3D file specially for 3D printing.

What you'll learn in this ebook :

  • How to optimize your file for 3D printing

  • The different characteristics of all our 3D printing materials

  • Which format you have to choose to upload your 3D file on our online 3D printing service

  • How our Repairing Tools work

  • Optimize your 3D printing thanks to our cheat-sheet

With our eBook Design Guidelines for 3D Printing, you have all of the information you could need when it comes to designing a model for 3D printing. With the help of our in-house design team and our production experts, this eBook covers everything from design best practices to Sculpteo's online repairing tools, and to the physical limitations of the printing process. This ebook will teach you how to get the perfect 3D file to print your 3D model. The secret of all of the 3D printing experience, is to correctly optimize your file or repair it thanks to our tools.

You'll also discover all the characteristics of the 3D printing materials we're offering here at Sculpteo. Now, you'll know which one will fit your 3D models, and you'll make the most of additive manufacturing.  

3D print your designs thanks to Sculpteo!

Each of Sculpteo's 7 materials are covered individually, with an at-a-glance style reference for you or your company's 3D designers. With that information, you can quickly account for important design factors such as minimum clearances, file size and material strength as you choose the optimal material for your project.

We've also included two 'Bonus' pages which you'll want to keep by your side if you're planning on uploading a file to Sculpteo or completing an FDM print. These bonus pages are a sort of checklist which will ensure that your model is ready for a flawless upload.

If you have any questions about manufacturing your project through the help of 3D printing technology, feel free to contact us - we'll be sure to get back to you with all the help you could ever need.

Otherwise, happy reading from the Sculpteo team, and be sure to check out our other eBooks as well.