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Blender 3D Printing Essentials by Gordon C. Fisher

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Exporting your 3D object

There are two kinds of files for exporting Blender objects to be printed in 3D; STL files and X3D files. A few 3D printer companies offer plugins that export Blender files to their website as well. STL files do not carry any color information. Your color comes from the color material that is chosen as I mentioned in Chapter 1, Designing Objects for 3D Printing. The pencil cup is an example of this. No material was ever specified. It takes its red color from the plastic chosen for printing. X3D files are really interactive 3D file formats; they carry color information and 3D printing bureaus accept them for printing.

When I am getting ready to export an STL or X3D file for 3D printing, I like to put the object(s) to be printed ...

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