CHAPTER 5Making the Model 3D-Printable

SO FAR OUR MODELS have only lived in the computer. To become physical reality they must meet certain requirements. In this chapter we’ll discuss what those requirements are and how to meet them.

Design Considerations

While modeling, you are constantly deciding which features to show and how to show them. When printing that model on your own machine, you have control over the result. However, when you use an online service, assumptions may be made during the automated process resulting in a product that isn’t what you intended. In fact, this can happen on your home machine, too. So always be cognizant of a design’s suitability for printing while modeling it to avoid having unprintable models “fixed” into ...

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