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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.

Tips for 3D Print File Prep in Rhino

There are some unique considerations to keep in mind when preparing 3D print files specifically in Rhino, so for this post, we’re going to go into more detail on how to export your CAD models here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

rhino/3dprinting.txt · Last modified: 2022/06/28 by vanessa