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.
https://www.tinkercad.com/ hosts a free online 3D modelling package intended for 3D printing by Autodesk.
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
3D printed armatures
We have been experimenting with the Modibot for Jamie’s upcoming Party Tricks animation armatures
Modibot adaptors to add Lego/Megablox bricks: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2735596
areas to develop on this page:
thingiverse, pinshape, yeggi
Having Problems? Online mesh repair:
https://service.netfabb.com/login.phprequires Autodesk account
https://tools3d.azurewebsites.net/ requires MS account
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: