In this post we explain the different computational calculations which "slice" the object into individual layers to be printed. Since most 3D printers build the object one layer at a time, the object must be translated from a three-dimensional object into a series of stacked two-dimensional objects. This additional step allows for the creator to be able to control what's going on inside the model as well as outside.
One of the novel aspects of 3D printing is the ability to finely control the amount and location of density within the object. This blog post explores ways to do that to create one-of-a-kind models and explains some of our kits which use this unique feature of 3D printing.
This brief tutorial showcases the general steps used to create a simple boat like the ones in the MyStemKits.com Boats Kit. It is not intended as a tutorial for how to use the Blender software, but instead goes over general modeling practices and explores key modeling techniques such as scaling, extruding, and boolean operations.
A comparison of different 3D modeling programs available for free that can be used to help create or prepare models for 3D printing.
So you’ve decided you’d like to tackle 3D modeling for 3D printing? That’s wonderful! Whether you’re planning on building your own designs or letting your students engineer their own creations, we’ve got a few suggestions for how to go about doing so and where to start.
This post explores different types of modeling. See part 2 for comparisons of FREE modeling software!