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3D Printing Designs: Design an SD Card Holder by Joe Larson

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Chapter 3. Measuring Basics

3D printing makes virtual things real. Sometimes those things need to match back up with an object in the real world after they are made, such as a lid for a can or a joint between two poles. Sometimes you're printing a replacement for a broken part. So it is often very important that, when planning, accurate measurements are made and applied to the modeling of a 3D object.

Some measuring tools you may already have around your house. Some may require you to buy special tools you don't have but should probably consider getting.

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Measuring with a ruler
  • Measuring with calipers
  • Grid paper trace method
  • 3D scanning

Measuring with a ruler

Most homes have a ruler on hand that can, in many cases, provide ...

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