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3D is a great technology for rapid prototyping and creating personalised items. All you need is a model file and
Making your own STL files
You have a 3D model already and just want to print it. All 3D CAD programs support exporting to STL files now. If you have tried 3D computer animation, those programs can create the same files as well. But what if you just want to play around with designing things for printing and don’t want to spend money on specialist software.
Converting a real world object in to a STL
This the area of the technology is the weakest part right now. Even the cheapest 3D scanners will set you back hundreds of dollars and can be temperamental from what I’ve read. The low/no solution I’ve found is using a decent digital camera and Autodesk’s 123D Capture software. It’s bit fiddly but it can create decent files that you can work on. There’s even integrated apps for your phone.
So this is just a starting point for finding and creating the files you’ll need to explore the world of 3D printing. If you want to know more, or want help finding the right design for the job then give us a call at Copy Express and we will be happy to help.