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by dreyfusduke Aug 27, 2015
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Hi. I modified your propeller (thing 2489100). Please could you look over it and let me know whether it looks reasonable. You clearly have a lot better software than I do for 3D modelling. I realise that by raising the design off the print bed there will be issues with supporting material but I decided to ignore that for now in order to get a working design. I can share the working file with you on Tinkercad if that suits?

Hey there I'm doing a project for my tech ed class and we use SOLIDWORKS, but I have no idea how to edit your propeller because it imports it as a STL Graphic.

It takes special software to edit and STL. Solidworks is good for "solid" modeling. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube that will show you how to create your own propeller from scratch using Solidworks.

OK thanks for the help!

Hi, thanks for the awesome design. Just attached it to a threaded shaft and a drill and it made a ton of thrust in the pool! Now I'm looking to print one with a better hole but can't figure out how. When I import it into Fusion360 it won't let me edit the sketch because it's already been exported as a .STL file? What is the best software to edit this file type? Thanks

It would take programs that specialize in reverse engineering to do so. Spaceclaim, Solidworks Premium, NX, etc. It would be relatively easy to draw it from scratch in Fusion 360.

OK, cool. I'll check those out as I often want to make small tweaks to existing files. Any chance you could upload this in a format I could edit directly? Thanks again

I don't have the original file any longer, but I could redraw it up for ya. I use Solidworks, but unsure if 360 would show you the design history tree.

I suppose I should just learn how to do radial paths in fusion. Though if you did want to draw one up that would be awesome. I'm printing it big, around 7.9" in diameter. And I'm using a 8mm/ 5/16" shaft. If the blades could be slightly thicker that would be great too.

Thanks so much

hey, how big is this propeller

Any size you want if you use scale.

ok thanks, looks really nice

can you make it two blade

Sure. Send me the dimensions you want.

Do you have the original model files? I'd like to design something similar with a 4mm shaft and a cylindrical hub instead of this more cone shaped one. Thanks.

I don't, but I can draw you one up if you like.
4mm shaft, what overall diameter?
3 or 4 blade?
Blade pitch?

Don't worry about it. Not sure about the specifics other than that right now. Out of curiosity what software do you use?

I use Solidworks.
A similar software that is free is called OnShape.