Prepare your model for 3D printing with Blender
This tutorial was made for Blender users with an interest in 3D printing. It covers the essential information for taking your 3D model and turning it into a 3D object using the free CAD software.
Through this tutorial, you will learn some of the best practices for modeling, correcting and exporting a 3D file for 3D printing with Blender 2.7. Specifically this tutorial covers the following points:
- Modeling for a 3D print with Blender
- Optimally exporting and analyzing your file for a 3D print
- Correcting possible modeling problems
Blender is a free 3D modeling software which is optimized for 3D animation and rendering using polygonal modeling techniques. This tutorial is based off of version 2.7 of Blender - the most recent version of the software can be downloaded from the Blender website.
You don't need to be an expert in Blender or 3D modeling in order to understand this tutorial. However, it is important to understand some of the basic functionalities of the program as we will be covering the best practices to take your model from the program into a 3D printer. The basic functionalities of Blender will not be covered in this tutorial.
For more information on the basic functionalities of the program, we invite you to visit the Blender help page. You will also find a great number of Youtube Tutorials which can help you get started in the free program.