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Re: 3D Printing & Model Making Resources

Postby Fleafa » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:09 pm

Half the price of FXD, but one third of the vertical resolution... Stick to FXD.
That being said, it would be interesting to see a side-by-side comparison with the same part, both primed grey :)
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Re: 3D Printing & Model Making Resources

Postby Malika » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:28 am

I wonder how hard the material is. I know FXD is a total [female dog] to sand clean. If this stuff is a bit easier to work with the lesser resolution might not be a problem.

But yeah, most likely we'll still have to stick with other services, but slowly Shapeways is on its way to become the cheaper alternative.
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Re: 3D Printing & Model Making Resources

Postby 3dtech » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:51 pm

Here are some of the top websites that offer 3D printable models to get you started:

Thingiverse: With nearly a half-million 3D models available to print for free, Thingiverse is the biggest online repository for 3D printable content (free).
YouMagine: Although it’s not as big as Thingiverse, the YouMagine community more than makes up for their smaller size with a steady stream of high-quality 3D printable content (free).
Cults3D: While the Thingiverse and YouMagine platforms allow anybody to upload their designs, the team at Cults3D prefers to curate collections consisting of the best uploaded models – many of which are created by professional designers (free + paid).

Other excellent resources for sourcing downloadable 3D models or creating step-by-step 3D printing projects can be found at Pinshape, 3DShook, Sketchfab, Turbosquid or Wevolver.
3D Design Tools to Create Your Own Models

Of course, the magic thing about 3D printing is that you can create something from scratch that’s never existed before. While 3D design tools have a reputation for being difficult to learn and expensive, there are also plenty of free or low-cost offerings that are surprisingly powerful and easy to get started with. Below are some of the most powerful programs for beginning on the path of 3D modeling. 3d printing service anand ahmedabad vadodara surat rajkot gujarat

3D Model Creation for Beginners

These tools are very easy and intuitive to use, but are actually incredibly powerful when you learn how to take advantage of all their features.

Autodesk 123D Suite: A collection of 3D modeling tools designed for new users to create, explore, and manufacture their 3D models (Windows/Mac/iOS | Free)
TinkerCAD: Easy to use online app to get started with the basics of 3D modeling (Online | Free)
SketchUp: A simple tool with a focus on drawing applications including those for architectural, interior design and engineering purposes. (Windows/Mac | Free)
Sculptris: A digital sculpting application designed to help beginners learn the fundamentals of working with “virtual clay.” (Windows/Mac | Free)
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