Do you have a 3D model?
In order to create a 3D print, we first need a 3D model. That is to say a virtual one that can be put through the neccessary programs and turned in to something a 3D printer can understand.
What file type?
There are many types of 3D files we can use but the standard ones are as follows:
.STL ( This is the most common )
Where can I get a 3D model if I don't have one already?
Obtaining a usable 3D model is very easy nowadays. There are 3 Methods:
1. Create one yourself:
There are a number of great programs to use to create models. If you have zero experience but would like to try, there is a great, free website called Tinkercad which is an online based CAD program. Very easy to use and aimed at complete beginners. For more experienced users, programs like Fusion360, Solidworks , ZBrush or Meshmixer are great tools to create printable models.
2. Hire a designer:
You can hire a designer by searching for one in your area, via your favourite search engine or you can go to a freelance website such as fiverr.com and searching for 3D modelers. Here you can hire a freelancer for very competitive prices.
3. Find a pre-made model online:
There are a wealth of websites where you can obtain 3D models. The most popular, free one is called Thingiverse. There are many amazing models on this site, all free to download. They do come with licences however so please check what you are allowed to do with them.
I have a model, what now?
If you have a model, then there is only one thing left to do...... Give us a shout! and get your 3D print made!