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how do I import a rigged model into thingiverse so other users

by bfkron

how do I import a rigged model into thingiverse so other users can pose it before printing

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Auto CAD MD6

by hkohn

I have used this software for over 20 years and designed many 3D machines and parts. When I started in On 3D Printers using Cura 3.6, I found that I could not print my designs because they all have an ending of DWG. Cura works on STL. I don't know how to convert DWG to STL. Does anyone know how to convert DWG to STL? If you do I'd like to here from you.

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Maker's lighting survey

by ConnorMLP

I'm a Spanish product designer and I'm currently working on a solution for lighting our workshops. This data is very important for the project so thank you very much for expending your time for filling out the survey

Surbey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdk_kRItxqcFqsjV-glNq3D47xCwEwrJn9C_UAvSf6-giSZA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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by Megawillbot

I'm trying to get a model that's in colour up on Shapeways, but they only accept VRML and X3D files. My model's in 3d builder, do you know what file I can export it as that can be converted to one of the shapeways-approved formats? Thanks!

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How 2 git gud at sculpting?

by Megawillbot

I'm pretty skilled at the mechanical aspects of 3d design, but my sculpting skills are very lacking. What's a good place to learn how to sculpt models well?

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by AnaErwin




A graphic designer who accidentally fell in love with 3D printing.


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Agustin Flowalistik, and I’m a product designer and teacher specializing in digital fabrication. I was born in Argentina, but I moved to Spain when I was a kid.

Fully 3D Printed Designer Lamp

What got you into 3D printing?

I’ve been a maker since I was a kid. I grew up drawing, building impossible robots with LegoS, and disassembling broken things to find out how they worked. One of my favorite movies as a kid was Small Soldiers, and the characters were 3D printed! When studying graphic design I discovered that 3D printers were finally a real thing, and in 2013 I got my first printer. Since then, my life has completely changed, and my inner child is very happy with that!

Fully 3D Printed Self-Watering Planter

Which printer do you use?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great 3D printing companies during the last years. However, the Ultimaker 3 and BCN3D Sigma are the machines I use the most. I also have an Ultimaker 2+ that has been printing 12 hours a day for the last 3 years!

What makes your designs unique?

I still remember how frustrating it was removing the support material from my first print back in 2013. I spent 6 months trying different design styles, and I just fell in love with the low-poly style. The low-poly style allows me to design support-free models that can be printed with almost any 3D printer in the market. The idea of pushing a button and getting an object actually works with my designs! Apart from my low-poly designs, I’ve developed many products, all of them taking into account printability and ease of use.

Low-Poly Plane

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

Childhood memories are the best kind of inspiration. Remembering those summers playing video games and watching movies as a kid inspired me to design many of my low-poly models. For other designs, inspiration always come when I face a problem or need that I want to solve using 3D printing. Challenges that involve 3D printing are always great!

Which do you think is your best design and why?

All my designs are special for different reasons, but if I had to choose one of my designs, it would be the low-poly Golden Retriever. Even though it wasn’t my first low-poly design, it was a very special challenge. It was a gift for my illustrator friend Maria Suarez-Inclan, and I really had to get out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t sure if she was going to like it! In the end, she loved it, and this design changed the way I face challenges.

Low Poly Golden Retriever

What advice do you have for other aspiring designers?

Think, make, and share. The maker community is one of the best communities I’ve ever been in. Don’t be afraid to share your designs, ask for feedback, and improve. Ask questions, and be sure no one starts being the best at something. Try, fail, improve, and 3D print it again!

Animal Ring Collection - Dual extrusion version





Lampe - Fully 3D Printed Designer Lamp
Campbell Planter - Fully 3D Printed Self-Watering Planter
Stoyries - Low-Poly Plane
Low Poly Golden Retriever - Beto
Animal Ring Collection - Dual extrusion version
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by AnaErwin





Tell us a little about yourself.

I teach technology integration to kindergarten through sixth grade students at Basha Elementary School. Our diverse student population also provides me with the opportunity to service exceptional learners in our self-contained classes (ADEPTS/CASE).

In my free time I tear through YA fiction novels, play board games with my family and train for terrain races like the ToughMudder and most recently the Mogollon Monster Mudder in Payson, Arizona. My favorite food is salsa.

How do you integrate 3D printing into your curriculum?

We have had our MakerBot Replicator Plus and MakerBot Replicator Mini Plus for five months. In that short time, Basha students have learned important safety features and basic 3D print concepts at every grade level. Before spring break, the second grade teachers and I teamed up to print geometric shapes for a math unit. Working with the Special Education Department, I designed a mouse overlay and raised keyboard letters. These strategic modifications help students with vision and fine motor challenges access technology lessons successfully.

MakerBot Printers

Student printed items and learning tools created from the MakerBot Certified Curriculum Developer coursework.


I also started the “Creative Filament 3D Printing Club.” Students printed from Thingiverse, practiced CAD concepts using online tutorials and created original designs. The curriculum focus has been to build a strong foundation of understanding and lots of enthusiastic engagement by facilitating open-ended discussion and keeping students involved in all parts of the build process; from loading filament to seeing the end-result in action!

In 2018, I plan to work with the music teacher for a project about beats and rhythm and with the kindergarten team on a science project that will focus on adaptation to environments. Additionally, each year the fifth grade completes a project on the solar system, and our team has already discussed ways to use the MakerBots to construct to-scale models of planets for each classroom.

How has MakerBot Certification helped you in integrating 3D printing into your curriculum?

The pit in my stomach when I pushed “print” used to be the size of a baseball. Setting up the printers correctly, the hardware and software compatibility, a slough of settings and open-sourced prints gave me anxiety. I’d heard from other schools that printers turn into very expensive paperweights if you’re terrified to use them! And who wouldn’t be a little apprehensive; they are precise, expensive and advanced machines.

I knew for us to really integrate 3D printing into our curriculum, I was going to have to get over the mental hill of being afraid to break them. Initially, I spent a lot of time searching video tutorials online, but it was always disorganized and segmented information, and I never felt like I’d found just what I’d been searching for. When I received the email from MakerBot about the Certification Program I jumped at the opportunity.

Even after a few online lessons I felt much more confident because I knew for sure the extruder wasn’t going to fall off as I had feared and my PLA was loaded facing the right direction. As the MakerBot classes progressed into more advanced settings, and my students started to get into CAD design, it wasn’t hesitation I felt when I pushed print, it was excitement for my students! My nerves about the print button have disappeared, and we are working with the printers in every grade level on a daily basis thanks to the certification program.


When a teacher asks if “anyone has geometric solids” and you can print some before her math lesson in the afternoon!


What was it like going through MakerBot Certification? Do you feel it’s worth it to go through the courses?

The “I don’t want to use it, because I don’t want to break it” feeling I got after unboxing my beautiful hardware evaporated after becoming a MakerBot Certified Operator. I was satisfied that my skills were calibrated to the specific needs of my printers based on the company’s suggested training program, not YouTube bloggers with the best of intentions. After that initial course, I felt prepared and confident.

Being an elementary educator, the Curriculum Developer Certification opened doors to standards based creativity. During this second class, you will create tools to share with your students on supports, angle failures, print quality and infill density; important terms to know for more complicated assignments. When I first began, I weeded through millions of prefabricated ideas at random. This course will guide your searching, provide real-world examples and focus your print jobs on standards based outcomes.

Now I see potential everywhere! Yesterday, my seven and eight year old were playing at the pool, dumping water on eachother with buckets. Suddenly I was struck with an lesson on capacity and challenging fifth grade students to print shapes with similar volume in varying sizes. The Curriculum Developer Certification will not only help you find other educator’s fail-safe projects, it will encourage your own ability to work in tandem with your hardware to create suitable tasks for the students in your classroom.

I would tell every classroom teacher with a MakerBot to become certified in these two courses. The timeline expectations for completion are realistic - allowing you to focus on your job and professional development in balance - you won’t be stressed about the due date of your next MakerBot task! The material is well organized, starting from simplistic and building to more challenging concepts. And lastly, the projects you complete as part of the coursework are beneficial later and it’s well worth the investment.


Keyboard overlay project


What has been the best part of 3D printing in the classroom?


Students who have an idea, and bring it to life in 3D, are all smiles. “You are an innovator!” I say with every design. They beam. They show their friends. They display their things at home on shelves. And they dream of their next idea and then beg me to print again. I absolutely love that. It’s a testament to the fun and rewarding experience that MakerBot brings to students that they want to learn and practice more!


The coolest projects my students have done was their Thingiverse “Print Your Passion” project would probably be a favorite. They brainstormed lists of their hobbies, passions and interests and then used these phrases as keywords to search through Thingiverse. Students mastered the workflow of 3D printing in our lab using this simple technique, but they were very meaningful to each child and sharing their treasures with their classmates was special.

The number of skills they acquired in a short time was astonishing and inspired my own professional development as I learned alongside them. They cannot get enough of 3D printing -- and yours won’t be able to either.

What has been the most challenging part of 3D printing in the classroom?

I see the tangible project-based outcomes of student learning so vividly after our school purchased MakerBots. The integration ideas are endless, powerful and FUN! My challenge is the same as most of my colleagues in this profession; there’s never enough time. Because I am a specialist, my moving target is to enact a plan that best uses the 40 minutes students come to TechLab on a six-day rotation. Our school is still working on a balance of district-required curriculum based on governing board directives and using the MakerBots to their full potential as a tie-in to dive deeper into ISTE standards.



What advice do you have for other 3D printing educators?

My advice is two-fold.

Enroll in MakerBot University to become a Certified MakerBot Operator and a Certified Makerbot Curriculum Developer. The classes are very well-organized. Furthermore, they provide hands-on learning that will provide tools for instruction as you work with your students.

Secondly, pace yourself. There are endless creative and instructional possibilities, but there is not an endless supply of time or filament. Be realistic with budgeting both your time and PLA.


Teacher - “I am sorry the Command hooks are coming off. They are losing their sticky, and I’ll have to replace them soon.”
Student - “Why don’t you just 3D print some? Then they wouldn’t have to stick anywhere.”


Equal Volume Solids Set + MakerEd Project
Raised Keyboard Letters - Elementary School
Headphone Hanger for HP Compaq LA2206x
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by AnaErwin


Stian Ervik Wahlvaag is a 3D designer, multimedia developer, and father of two.



Surprise Egg #5 - Tiny Fire Truck


Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a self-taught 3d designer from Norway that started tinkering with 3D modeling fourteen years ago. Currently, I work full-time as a 3D designer providing content for a shipping bridge simulator company that delivers solutions for maritime simulations.

When I get home from work, I like to spend time with my girlfriend and two kids. Then, after the kids have gone to bed, I retreat to my man cave to work on my personal 3D modeling and printing projects.



What made you start printing?

As a 3D designer, the idea of getting a physical object out of what I draw on screen is fascinating. I remember feeling awestruck reading articles about the MakerBot Cupcake and the RepRap project, and became determined to get my own. I ordered the Thing-O-Matic as soon as it launched and spent the weekend occupying the dinner table putting the kit together. It was a fun learning experience in how a printer works!

What printer do you use?

I print with a MakerBot Replicator 2. Even though it’s five years old, the print quality still competes with those of newer models.


Human Scale Lego Mug design in front of the Makerbot Replicator 2.


Tell us more about your YouTube channel. Why did you start it?

I started my channel in YouTube's early days as a place to upload my 3D animations and modeling renders. It wasn't until about a year ago that I rebooted the channel to document my creative process more closely. I also find the filming and editing of videos to be really fun!



Where do you get inspiration for your designs and what makes them unique?

Many of my designs have a touch of childhood nostalgia combined with my interest in everyday mechanical objects.

I spend a lot of time in slicing, making sure that the proportions and thickness add up with the number of perimeters. I enjoy testing the limits of my MakerBot Replicator 2 by making tiny yet articulated models. I hope that my Surprise Egg series appeals to both adults and kids. All the work is worth it when people inspect them closely trying to figure out how they were made.

Which do you think is your best design and why?

My favourite design is the first Surprise Egg. I grew up buying a Kinder Egg every Saturday evening with my pocket money. After eating the chocolate, I would assemble the toy while watching children’s television. Invoking this childhood nostalgia makes this project fun to design and iterate.


Surprise Egg #1 - Tiny Haul Truck


Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

Designing for 3D printing is often very time-consuming, but instead of getting demotivated by the amount of work, embrace the iterative process. Collect all the test prints and iterations, line them up and enjoy seeing how a project evolves and comes to life over time.



Surprise Egg #6 - Tiny Jet Fighter


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Surprise Egg #5 - Tiny Fire Truck
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Human Scale LEGO Mug
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Surprise Egg #1 - Tiny Haul Truck
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Surprise Egg #6 - Tiny Jet Fighter
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by AnaErwin




Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Tino. I am the father of a challenging child and work at a small software company fulfilling multiple roles. My busy schedule makes it all the more important to have an outlet to be creative and relax.

What made get you into 3D printing?

I’ve always loved creating and tinkering -- I built many models as a child. Initially, I modeled with cardboard and plastic but then developed to functional model-making.

When 3D printing was first introduced, I was immediately struck with its endless possibilities. Because the cost of a personal 3D printer was so high that time, I subscribed to printing services. But when prices fell, I purchased a Fabrikator Mini. Despite its quality, being able to immediately print out all my ideas was priceless!

What printer do you use?

A short time after purchasing the Fabrikator Mini I got the Wanhao i3, which is a great printer. I was finally able to print in a usable size. A while later Prusa launched its first multicolour printer, and that was super amazing. Although the MMU1 sells at a much higher price point than my first two printers, the purchase was more than worthwhile and the prints came out like a dream. Finally, I purchased the Enders 2 and 3 because I could not resist the prices!

What makes your designs unique?

I have to split my designs into two camps. In one camp are my bathtub boats, which I try to keep quite simple, so they are both printable and floatable. These designs aren’t necessarily unique, and often it doesn't take that long to design, but I hope that they give pleasure to both adults and children.


Leo the Little Fishing Boat


In the other camp is my 1:1000 line. Here I try to draw objects relatively close to the original on a scale of 1:1000 and then make them printable. I do hope that people find this camp to be rather unique. I don't think anyone’s been crazy enough to take the Prusa MMU so far to its limits.


Collection of to-scale boats

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

It all started when my son wanted a boat to play with in the bathtub. I searched online and in toy shops but couldn’t find any good candidates as they were either too big or not aesthetically pleasing. Neither could I find a suitable template for 3D printing. So I decided to draw one for my son. I let myself be inspired by ship pictures, which one sees here and there.

When my son discovered my Titanic books, he was desperate to have a Titanic for himself, so I started to draw a simpler version. Soon, however, he started to compare the size of the boats which gave me the idea to redraw the Titanic again to correct scale. My son enjoyed this activity because he was better able to understand the sizes of the various ships by comparing them. For example, it is fascinating to see how small the explorer fleet that discovered America was compared to the Titanic.


Bathtub Boat



RMS Titanic


Which do you think is your best design and why?

That's not an easy question to answer. I personally think that my design JUN has become very beautiful. My goal was simply to draw a ship, which exudes an adventurous flair, which i think it does.


June, the Jungle Queen


Of my to-scale ships, I personally find the RMS Mauretania the most successful. Here I tried for the first time to include the windows in the model and to print them out. The result fascinates me again and again.


In the end, however, it is less important which design I personally like best. I would love to know which model Thingiverse likes the most so check out my design collection!


What advice do you have for other aspiring designers?

I think advice is always an individual matter. You can take advice from others your whole life, but unless you follow your own path, you will never find yourself. For example, I would never have thought that I could make others happy with my boats, and in the end, it makes me happy and inspires me to keep creating. My advice is simply to keep experimenting and have fun! But do remember to have respect for the other designers and don't simply copy them.

All your pictures are fantastic! Could you walk us through the equipment you use and your photography workflow?

Thank you for liking my pictures! To be honest, keep it pretty simple. Most photos are taken with a Nikon D7000 and a 40mm f1.8 lens. Sometimes I use flash, but that is all!

As always, the most important thing is your own feeling for a picture. Find the right environment for your object and wait until the light is optimal.


Ferry, the Little Transport Miracle


If you don't have any natural settings at your disposal, get creative and make your own setting from simple things.


Fin, the Little Trawler


It doesn’t always have to be a big show -- keeping simple can give great results! And, as always, have fun!

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LEO the little fishing boat (visual benchy)
bathtub boat (visual benchy)
RMS TITANIC - scale 1/1000
JUN - the Jungle Queen (visual benchy)
FERRY - the little transport miracle
FIN the little Trawler (visual benchy)
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