3D Printing

Cura

Cura is free open source slicing software recommended for many 3D printers including the MonoPrice MiniDelta. It seems particularly good at creating supports automatically and we are happy with our results so far.

TinkerCAD

https://www.tinkercad.com/ hosts a free online 3D modelling package intended for 3D printing by Autodesk.

MeshMixer

Also by Autodesk is MeshMixer, a free utility which can fix and even create models for 3D printing. The screenshot below is of a model created and downloaded from Heroforge which I am cutting up so that I can print it in pieces to remove the need for supports – I want to animate the parts anyway… add Prusa profile to MeshMixer

heroforge.com is a great site for creating miniature figurines suitable for tabletop gaming in the styles of Dungeons & Dragons, Old West and SciFi in a growing range of costumes, themes, and poses. You chose the species, pose, clothing, weapons and base style. Once constructed your model can be 3D printed by Shapeways and posted to you, or downloaded as a .stl for you to scale and print as often as you like on whatever compatible printers you can find.

Excellent guide to different materials for 3D https://www.heroforge.com/DigitalDownload/

and from RigidInk https://rigid.ink/pages/filament-comparison-guide

Mcor

Mcor have some very interesting 3D printers which print in full colour, on paper… sadly in receivership as of March 2019 but with hope of continuing with new finance.

3D printed armatures

We have been experimenting with the Modibot for Jamie’s upcoming Party Tricks animation armatures

https://animatingforfun.tumblr.com/post/160556607504/diy-stop-motion-animation-i-did-for-fun-last-week

https://modibot.com/

https://www.tinkercad.com/things/9X8KFQmfgof

Modibot adaptors to add Lego/Megablox bricks: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2735596

areas to develop on this page:

https://rigid.ink/pages/filament-comparison-guide

goprint3d.co.uk

shapeways.com

thingiverse, pinshape, yeggi

makerbot

ultimaker.com/en/resources

https://all3dp.com/1/best-3d-slicer-software-3d-printer/

all3dp.com collection of free-stl-files-3d-printer-models

Having Problems? Online mesh repair:

http://www.geeetech.com/blog/2016/06/how-to-correctly-export-repair-your-3d-models-in-stl-and-obj-format/

https://service.netfabb.com/login.phprequires Autodesk account´╗┐

https://tools3d.azurewebsites.net/ requires MS account

https://all3dp.com/1/7-free-stl-editors-edit-repair-stl-files/

Laika and other studios using 3D printing

Laika’s stop-motion films include Coraline, Box Trolls, Paranorman, Missing Link and Jed’s favourite, Kubo & The Two Strings:

https://all3dp.com/laika-receives-academy-reward-use-3d-printing-stop-motion-animation/

https://all3dp.com/3d-printed-stop-motion-animated-movies/