Printing a 3D figure

Before I can print my model I will need to prep the file. Because Sculpturis doesn’t use the file format I need (.stl) I will need another program to convert the file format. I found this helpful tutorial on how to do that.

I downloaded and installed Meshlab and opened the .obj file of my model. I than exported the model into a .stl file.

Some 3D models will require supports. I know that pudgy cat’s tail has no supporting material on the bottom to keep his tail up well it prints the layers.  If I want only his tail supported I would have to go back into my 3D file and add them myself. I chose to use the premade supports in Repetiers Slic3r to see how it would turn out.

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Here is a halfway view and a finished view of how it was printed with supports.

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This was all the support material that printed, I feel like it was a bit much since he is a pretty solid figure. I mostly took it off by hand and some force with a file. You can see in the picture on the right that the bottom support was a bit rough coming off. I will go over this with a file and sand paper later.

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Heres a good side view and the details that printed on the back. It didn’t actually print out the whiskers but the rest of the detail seemed to turn out nice. I will have to go back on my model and define details better next time.

IMG_5034Heres a shot of pudgy chilling with his new friend on my desk. I plan on painting him next to see how painting on PLA works out.

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