IoT Wiki

3D Printing

Printing Workflow

The basic workflow for 3D printing is made of the following steps:

  1. Modelling (or capturing) - is the process of creating a 3D render of a shape using a CAD software or making the 3D reder out from a set of photos of the object
  2. Fixup - smooth parts that cannot be printed
  3. Slice - your 3D render need to be sliced in order to be printed, that require to transform your model into a .stl file the printer can recognize
  4. Print!

For more information read this article

Tools for Modelling

  • Tinekedcad - Basic 3D design, easy to use. Best choice so far
  • 123D Design - Autodesk's free and cross-platform (web/desktop/mobile) app for creating 3d renders. It's oriented to 3D printing (can produce .stl files). A bit more complex than Tinkercad
  • Google Sketchup - Free modeling tool, huge community. It needs a plugin in order to create the .stl file required for printing Good for complex projects
  • 3DSlash Not tried yet

*  List of other softwares

Tools for Slicing

  • ReplicatorG - Tool for optimizing and direct printing of .stl files, works with popular printers
  • Makerware - Tool for printing of .stl files with Makerbot printers

Guides and tutorials

Communities, templates, models

Services for fabrication