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