How can I get started making 3D models for printing?

How can I get started making 3D models for printing?

Postby allanonmage » 2013-Jun-Wed-10-Jun

How can I get started making my own models suitable for 3D printing? I know there is CAD software, Google has an in-browser 3D modeler of some kind (not sure if it's CAD or not), and I can only imagine that there are some expensive software packages out there too.

I've heard of Google sketchup, and I think GrabCAD has some sort of in-browser 3D modeler as well. I've heard of TinkerCAD and maybe a few others.

What are some other names of products out there? Are there different types? Are some better than others?

I don't have much for a budget, so eventually when I get to trying out the software, I'd prefer a free software I can download and run locally on a machine. In-browser is great for cross-platform and all, but the always-required connection is a big turn off for me, even though i suspect it will not cause a problem. That and Firefox memory usage usually swells on me so I'd rather not add more fuel to that fire.

If you can get me started, I can google the details, but I didn't get very far googling on my own.
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Started with a Printrbot LC Kit; now it's a monster as big as a mid size fridge!
Single ATX Power supply, 650 watts, relay controlled heat bed
extra Z height (3+ ft) via longer rods, but I don't use it. Yet. To reduce wobble, I'm using thing:46082 under the Printrbot.
Dual heated beds, 1 currently working; space for a 3rd
Purple gluestick on glass seems to be sticky enough to get adhesion
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This was supposed to be a tool, not a series of projects... grrrrr......
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Re: How can I get started making 3D models for printing?

Postby RetireeJay » 2013-Jun-Wed-10-Jun

Did you try this thread? viewtopic.php?f=26&t=150
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Printrbot Plus operational January 2013
Brass threaded rods (5/16" X 18) & nuts for Z axis
GT2 belts & pulleys
Cable chain to reduce probability of fatigue failure in wires
E3D V5 Hot End, 0.4mm nozzle, also 0.8 and 0.25 in use occasionally
PB fan mount + 40mm fan -- using printed mount adapter, not the E3D supplied fan
Injection molded extruder gears
Optical Z "endstop" (custom designed and built)
Have used many pounds of T-Glase filament. Now also doing some work with Ninjaflex SemiFlex
Print on glass with Scotch Craft Stick or other glue stick
"My next printer is..." Prusa i3 MK3, upgraded to MK3S
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Re: How can I get started making 3D models for printing?

Postby allanonmage » 2013-Jun-Wed-14-Jun

That should get me started!
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Started with a Printrbot LC Kit; now it's a monster as big as a mid size fridge!
Single ATX Power supply, 650 watts, relay controlled heat bed
extra Z height (3+ ft) via longer rods, but I don't use it. Yet. To reduce wobble, I'm using thing:46082 under the Printrbot.
Dual heated beds, 1 currently working; space for a 3rd
Purple gluestick on glass seems to be sticky enough to get adhesion
FB album with pics: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... ec287e8726

This was supposed to be a tool, not a series of projects... grrrrr......
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