The Printable 3D Design Checklist: Common Design Flaws and How to Fix Them

Fernando Ribeiro

As many as 50% of online 3D designs posted online are unprintable. Is yours one of them?

Thankfully, reliable printing services (including our team at i.materialise) do not charge users for rejections. If your service does, they might be overcharging you.

To fix an unprintable 3D design, you can hire an expert or fix it yourself. Fixing your own design saves money, and can be surprisingly simple. Read on for our handy “Printable 3D Design Checklist, which features detailed information about the most common 3D printed design flaws— and how to fix them.

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How To Make a 3D Printed Object from a Photo in 5 Easy Steps


Looking to get your feet wet on your first 3D printing project?  You can by taking ordinary photos of everyday objects and turning them into extraordinary 3D models.  Turning 2D into 3D has never been easier as this project requires no coding experience and runs 100% on free software. You don’t have to buy a 3D printer and you can do it all without leaving your house.  Let’s get started!

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Reduced Lead Times for Silver: Get Your Silver Faster than Ever!

Silver Promotion Banner for Faster Lead Times. Featuring the PEPITA collection.

Good news for fans of sterling silver, the lustrous metal with the moon-like white glow: our fastest silver lead time is now only 6 business days!*

That means you can place an order for our Silver (Gloss) material on Monday, you could get the tracking number as early as next Monday.* To see an estimated arrival date, start by uploading your design here for free.

This special 6-10 business day lead time is for our Silver (Gloss) material only. But our Silver (High Gloss) also has a faster lead time, by two whole days! Compared to industry averages of 10-14 days, our premium grade sterling silver is among the fastest 3D printed metals to ship. Read on for more information…

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Creating Highly Detail Detailed, Asymmetrical 3D Printed Fantasy Designs: Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration!

Noveau Skull by Jody Garett, featured on the i.materialise blog

The world of 3D printed fantasy design is unlike any other: it not only imagines another world, it makes it real!

If you’ve ever struggled with symmetry, shaky hands, or poor eyesight, then designing and 3D printing your designs could give you abilities you never knew you had. Zooming can make up for blurry vision, symmetry options and “undo” buttons make up for unsteady hands,  and you can create or render nearly any lighting condition (including ones that cannot exist in the real world.)

Feeling inspired? There’s free software here, if you scroll down. Now go check out the beautiful 3D print designs created by some of our favorite fantasy artists, along with tips about joint design, color 3D printing, and hand-painting your design!

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3D Printing With SketchUp: An Easy Introduction

Tutorial Thursday Banner for SketchUp

Formerly owned by Google, Trimble Navigation‘s SketchUp is a free beginner-friendly Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software that can create highly detailed, 3D printable architecture (i.e. houses), furniture (i.e. cabinets), and mechanical parts (i.e. drone propeller blades.) Its internal measurement system is precise and easy to use, making it a good choice for creating tightly fitted pieces (such as wheels, lids, hinges, swivel ball joints, and some types of action figure jointing.)

SketchUp also has useful 2D capabilities, such as creating blueprints from multiple angles and creating photo-realistic preview renders of your designs.

Read on for i.materialise’s official guide (lovingly put together by your Community Manager), featuring beginner-friendly tips on how to download and use SketchUp.

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Jack Meyer Tells us How He Teaches Students to Design and Print Award Winning 3D Printed Metal Jewelry

Jack Meyer

From a career in computer science to one of London’s foremost experts on 3D printed jewelry, it can be said that Jack Meyer’s true passion found him.

Presently, Jack is a familiar face at major 3D printing events such as the London 3D Printshow. As the Senior CAD and Technology instructor for Holts Academy in London, and owner of CAD Jewellery Skills, Jack’s whirlwind discovery of 3D printed art and jewelry lead to launching his own manufacturing company, and then to teaching a new generation of award-winning fine jewellers.

Jack’s students increasingly use “made to order” services such as i.materialise’s 3D Print Lab to create prototypes, and Jack’s agreed to answer some questions and share tips for creating timeless, old-fashioned 3D printed jewelry. Read on!
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Jacqueline Baselier Shares Her Tips and Advice for Molding a Realistic and Asymmetrical 3D Printed Sculpture

3D Print Artist Jacqueline Baselier

Dutch artist, sculptor, and special effects make-up artist Jacqueline Baselier is on a tireless search for new tools capable of creating fine art. She experiments with various techniques, which increasingly include 3D printing. 

As a fine art and design teacher for Kellebeek College, Jacqueline Baselier has been hard at work on a special project: the implementation of 3D Printing in vocational education.

Read on for some of the digital sculpting tips and tricks she shares with students!

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Redesigning the Bike Frame: James Novak’s Experiment with 3D Printing


It’s a bike frame like no other: mesh texture, custom-fit, the designer’s name incorporated into the structure, and 3D Printed! The man that brought this stunning product into world is Australia-based industrial designer, university lecturer, student, researcher, and 3D Printing enthusiast James Novak. Here’s the story of his journey (on a bike!) through the world of 3D Printing.
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Soft-Hued Transparent Resin is Here to Stay


In a blog entry in May, we asked for your help in deciding on the color density of our transparent resin. We polled our community’s preferences on the blog, at meet-ups, and events and came to a decision: the transparent resin colors will stay in their current shades. Thank you all for your feedback! Read more…

10 MUST SEE Speakers and Exhibits at the 2014 London 3D Printshow

Come join i.materialise at the 2014 3D Printshow in London!

The 2014 London 3D Printshow is approaching, fast! Starting on September 4th, it promises to be one of the biggest 3D Printing events of the year.

i.materialise will join exhibitors that include Adobe, Autodesk, and 3Doodler directly in the heart of London, deep inside the vaulted, Victorian halls of the historic Old Billingsgate building (click here for directions.) We hope to connect with you there! Our outreach team will be on hand to answer your 3D printing questions.

We are also giving two of our very own presentations on:

  • Friday 05, 2014 at the Open Stage
  • Saturday 06, 2014 at the Open Stage

(click here for information.)

Read on for other worthwhile events and speakers!

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