Beginners Guide to 3D Printing and 3D Modelling

Everything you need to know about 3D modelling and 3D Printing

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[24/01/2020]

What is a 3D model?

A 3D model is a mathematical representation of a three-dimensional object. 3D models are used to show real-world and ideal graphics for art, entertainment, production and craft and are fundamental to many different industries. A 3D file like this is necessary as input for a 3D printer.

Making your 3D model is an exciting process. For 3D printing, the most used file format is STL. STL is an abbreviation for “Standard Triangle Language” or “stereolithography”. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD attributes. This file format is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing. If you want to make a 3D model, a good place to start is with this guide on using Tinker CAD , A very simple 3D modelling software.

If you want to print with Sklptor.com, just export your 3D model is OBJ, STL or 3DS. Not sure what that means? see this guide on 3D Printing definitions.

Professional 3D Designer A simple solution for getting a printable 3D model is to hire a professional 3D designer. You can get in touch with a professional 3D modeler, show them your sketches or ask them to sketch what you have in mind, and let them create a 3D model from it.

While they will take care of the actual 3D modeling and making sure that your file is printable in the material of your choice, you will, of course, own the design.

3D Modeling Software


Learn how to do it your own way by using a 3D modeling software. Use a 3D modeling software to develop a mathematical representation of an object in three dimensions. Learn how to draft and plan on your computer in a practical three-dimensional space. This 3D modeling software are used to produce 3D models.

Sklptor.com uses different software to get the job done. Each one of us have different liking and requisition for 3D printing so prototyping different 3D design is a very intricate matter.

3D Scanning


Create your own 3D model by 3D scanning an object. 3D scanning is the used to capture the appearance of an object using a 3D scanner. The outcome is a 3D file of the object that can be saved, edited, and 3D printed. Many different 3D scanning technologies exist to 3D scan objects, environments, and people. Each 3D scanning automation comes with its own limits, advantages, and costs. 3D scanners are powerful machines for professionals in different industries. These machines can range from $500 to $25,000. The industrial ones are usually on the higher end of that range.

Luckily for you, SKLPTOR has the latests 3D Scanners in house! Contact us and we will arrange a pick up, 3D scan, 3D print and delivery over a span of 3 days!

3D Printing a 3D Model


Not all 3D models were created with 3D printing in mind. When models are created for animation, they require careful construction because the polygon layout can create issues in unusual deformations. The models also require the building of a frame and the drawing of weights, which define the texture and shape deformation of the model under movement.

Check out this video guide on how to download free 3D models.

After creating your 3D model it’s time to send it to a 3D printer.
To get 3D printing, you can upload your file here at Sklptor.com and choose from different 3D printing materials, technology and finishes to get a live quote.

Edited By: Aaish Kanjer

Aaish Kanjer is the Co-founder and CEO of SKLPTOR. He is the one responsible for day to day operations at KOL. Amongst his hobbies are reading, football and evidently editing blog posts.

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