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Preparing for 3D Printing

The terms 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping (RP) are terms that cover a variety of processes aimed at quickly creating physical parts from 3D computer models using computer controlled machines. This article concentrates on preparing models for the 3D printing process.

For more information on Rapid Prototyping technologies, go to this page: Rapid Prototyping Information.

Consumer Reviews of 3D Printers

Consumer Reviews of 3D Printers: use this guide to compare the features, pricing, and reviews for many popular 3-D printer brands.

3D Printing with Rhino by Sculpteo

rhino-software-screenshot.jpgOrient your mesh, eliminate holes and singular elements, and properly merge your 3D model’s various component bodies. Modeling for 3D printing requires you to follow a few basic rules. With this tutorial you will learn the best practices to follow to successfully model for 3D printing. You will also find information about how to analyze, correct and export your 3D file.

Preparing Files For 3d Printing With Rhino V5 by D2W

This free Rhino to STL guide has been written by Bart from D2W to explain how to get 3D printable data by using Rhino. D2W is a 3D printing, CAD design, and 3D scanning bureau in central London that uses Rhino extensively in its work flow. Here is a PDF of the guide.

3D Printing & Design Tutorials by Shapeways

Here you can find information and how-tos about everything from using different 3D modeling software tools, creating 3D printable models, to managing your Shapeways shop.

Preparing to 3D Print by Kyle Houchens

meshrepairplay.jpgWhether you are printing your own design, or trying to prepare someone else's model for printing, Kyle's techniques will help you get the model printed as soon as possible. This extensive 9-part series covers issues from model basics to selecting a printing service. Go to video series.

Analyze, Simplify and Rebuild for Rhino 5 for Windows by Mary Fugier

3d printingJoin Rhino Instructor Mary Fugier in a comprehensive, 8-part tutorial on rebuilding and preparing a part for 3D printing. Go to video series.

Analyze, Simplify and Rebuild for Rhino for Mac by Mary Fugier

3d printingJoin Rhino instructor Mary Fugier in a comprehensive, 10-part tutorial on rebuilding and preparing a part for 3D printing. Go to video series.

Rhino to STL -- Best Practices

Fathom PrintingIn order to get the best quality 3D prints from Rhino CAD models it is important to be familiar with the parameters that effect modeling and STL file creation. This PDF document covers those primary factors: wall thickness, mesh settings, and multiple shells/nested parts. This is directly from the experts at Fathom 3D Printing service.

Model Preparation in Rhino by Willamette University

Here are a short set of (PDF) instructions from Willamette University for preparing a 3D part out of Rhino for printing.

Mesh FAQ

Mesh SettingsA very important brief overview of Rhino's custom meshing settings and how they work. Understanding Rhino's mesh settings is important to getting the most out of Rhino.

Understanding the Mesh by Hydraulic Design

Hydraulic Mesh SettingsA fun document on the key concepts for Rhino's render mesh settings.

An Overview of 3D Printing Technology by RedEye

RedeyeOverview of 3D printing technologies invented by RedEye's parent company, Stratasys.

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