How To Make Your Own 3D Print Design

Many people think that to make your own 3D print design you need years of experience and expensive software. However, all you really need is an idea, some time, and a free program for creating 3D graphics. In this article, I’ll show you how to make your own 3D print design and have it printed by Shapeways.

With recent advances, 3D printing technology has been catching the imagination of designers, inventors, and developers, who have started using this novel technology to create objects. If you have an idea for a 3D printable product but don’t understand the technicalities of this process, it may be hard getting your printable idea into form. In this article, you will find out how to make your own 3D print design.

As a 3D designer, I know a lot of people want to create their own design but they are hesitant to jump in. If you do happen to find yourself in that situation – this is the guide made specifically for you. Don※t worry, it will be fun!

How To Make Your Own 3D Print Design
Make Your Own 3D Print Design

Making your own 3D print design is easier than you think!

Download a 3D Modeling Program

3D Print Design is a program that allows you to design and print 3D models.

This program was created by [company name], a company that specializes in 3D printing software and services. The company has been in business since 2006, and it has provided services to businesses of all sizes.

The company was founded by [name], who is an experienced developer and designer. He previously worked for Adobe Systems Incorporated, where he developed tools for Photoshop users to create photorealistic images. He also held other positions at companies like Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corporation, and IBM Corporation.

Open the 3D Modeling Program and Select Your First Action

Let’s start with the basics: you’ll need to open up your 3D modeling program, find the file type you want to work with, and select the action that you want it to perform.

The first thing you’ll see is a list of programs. Choose whichever one you prefer. If you’re not sure which one is best for your needs, we recommend starting with Tinkercad or SketchUp Make. Both are easy to use and have excellent tutorials if you ever get stuck.

Then select an action from the dropdown menu on the left side of your screen. Actions are different than tools because they will tell your program how to do something specific like “Make a cube” or “Export my design as an STL file.” Once again, Tinkercad and SketchUp Make both have great tutorials for learning how each tool works so if you ever get stuck just Google around!

Choose between Solid, Surface, and Mesh Modeling Software

When it comes to 3D modeling software, there are three main types: solid, surface, and mesh. Each of these has its own pros and cons.

Solid modeling software is best for creating objects that have a specific shape and that are made from a single material. This kind of software can be used to create anything from a simple cube to an entire building! Solid modeling software is great for architects and engineers who want to design buildings or parts of a building.

Surface modeling software is also known as “polygonal” or “mesh” modeling. It’s best for objects that have complex shapes, like jewelry or clothing. It’s also good for product designers who want to make prototypes of things like mobile phones or cars.

Mesh modeling is the most versatile type of 3D modeling software because it can create both solids and surfaces without limitations. Mesh modeling is ideal for product designers who need different types of models for different purposes—for example, if you’re designing both jewelry and clothing, then mesh modeling would be perfect for you!

Choose the Right Tool for Your Design

3D Printing is a great tool for designers because it allows them to create models, prototypes, and parts in a short amount of time. It’s also ideal for small batch production. 3D printing is typically used in manufacturing because it allows for mass customization.

The best thing about 3D printing is that it doesn’t require any special training or education to use. It’s relatively low cost compared to other methods of manufacturing and can be used on almost any computer with a 3D design program installed on it. However, there are some disadvantages as well such as the fact that the finished product will never look exactly like what you see on screen or paper no matter how good your modeling skills are!

Learn to Use the Extrude Tool in the CAD Software

If you’ve ever used CAD software to design a 3D model, you’ve probably used the extrude tool. The extrude tool lets you create 3D objects from 2D shapes by extending them in the third dimension. So if you have a circle and want to make it into a cylinder, or if you have a rectangle and want to make it into an oval, then the extrude tool is what you need!

First, select the object that you want to extrude. The easiest way to do this is by first selecting an edge of that object and then pressing Ctrl + E (Command + E on Mac). This will select everything connected to that edge. If there are multiple edges connected together, then press Ctrl + Shift + E (Command + Shift + E on Mac) instead.

Cut up Your Design into Multiple Sections with Booleans

If you’re making a 3D print design, it’s important to understand that you can’t have one large shape. Instead, you have to break your design into multiple sections and combine them using Boolean operations. You’ll need a basic understanding of mathematics like how to find slope with two points in order to do this successfully.

Booleans are mathematical operations that create new shapes from two or more objects. They can be used to combine shapes in different ways and make new shapes out of old ones.

The most common way of combining objects is with solidification. This is where two objects merge together when they touch each other and become one object—but only where they touch.

Save Your File as an STL File

When you’ve finished designing your 3D print and are ready to save it, you’ll want to save your file as an STL file.

STL is a common format used by 3D printers and other 3D-related software. It stands for “Standard Tessellation Language” and is a simple format that describes the surface of a solid object in terms of its triangles—the lines that connect three points in space. The resulting triangular mesh can then be used by 3D printers or other programs to create a physical model of your design.

To save your file as an STL file:

1) Click “File” on the top menu bar, then select “Export As…” from the drop-down menu that appears.

2) Click “Save As” in the next window, which will open a new window with options for saving files from SolidWorks.

3) Select “STL (*.stl)” from the Save as Type drop-down menu at the bottom of this window, then click Save at the top right corner of this window to save your file in STL format!

The possibilities of 3D printing are truly endless! Your imagination is the only limitation of what you can create. You can make everyday household items, monogrammed necklaces, decor and so much more. Once you have the hang of it, design T-shirts, bottles, personalized key chains & nameplates, and even custom toys! Be innovative and come up with your own 3D print design! –


About the author

Jeff is a technology professional and avid writer. As a Product Designer at an AI SaaS startup, he is surrounded by cutting-edge technology. He loves sharing his expertise on graphic design and technology.

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