Our Japanese office has recently hosted a small 3D printing challenge, where the designers were asked to design a futuristic robot model. The challenge proved to be very exciting and a lot of great designs were submitted to the challenge. We have already 3D printed some of the models and here is the video of one of the entries:
MiniMagics can help you in making your model 3D print ready when you have a model in STL format.
A summary of the features of MiniMagics is available at the download site.
But especially 1 feature can allow you to save precious time.
A model has to be ”watertight” before we can 3D print it.
Watertight means that all edges of the triangles of which your model consists of need to have a mutual edge with another triangle.
When the model is not watertight, our i.materialise service might not be showing a price online.
Our server tries to ”fix” the uploaded model and make it watertight automatically but when the gaps between 2 edges of triangles is too big, the fixing process might fill up the hole in a way that it effects the geometry of the model too much. So we limit the fixing within the boundaries that it is safe to fix.
Why don’t we show prices for models that are not watertight ?
Models with bad edges or holes will produce incorrect price parameters and hence inco
This is something I want to share with you because it fascinates me. Never dreamt I would be able to see the real face of pharaoh Tutankhamun ( King Tut). Hi tech scanning and 3d printing technology (stereolithography) made this possible. See how we brought him to live or read more information here.
Last week, we have closed our World of Houses challenge for SketchUp users.
First of all, congratulations to all participants – the overall quality of your designs was very high and you made great use of our plugin.
Our jury members (Aidan Chopra, Mike Lucey and Fried Vancraen) found it very hard to make a selection :,,).
I am happy to announce our new challenge for everyone who enjoys design. We have already conducted a similar challenge with Blender community and are now thrilled to announce a bookend challenge hosted on our website. In this challenge we are asking you to design your own bookend. (more…)
How the EyjafjallajokÃ¼ll eruption resulted in a great video on the future of 3D modeling & 3D printing.Â
We have just materialized the bookends from our most recent Blender Bookend challenge. Here are the pictures:
Do you know ‘The Tripods’? Well, Martin – one of our German customers – surely does. As a long time fan of the BBC science fiction series, broadcasted in the 1980s, he has just printed his childhood dream through i.materialise. That dream was owning a model of a Tripod.(more…)