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Blender 3D Printing Essentials by Gordon C. Fisher

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Controlling printing costs

Most printers charge by the cubic centimeter of material made. Some may add a "handling" charge. So you, as a designer, want to minimize the amount of material used. A few things you can do are as follows:

  • Shop around for a printer who charges less.
  • Use a less expensive material.
  • Make your object smaller.
  • Hollow out your object.
  • Remove unneeded material, in the lunar lander, the fuel tank clusters were built as a single hollow object instead of individual tanks. The landing pad is not a solid block; underneath, it's like an upside down soda crate. The rocket motors are not solid.
  • Delete unneeded details.

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