Make 2015 3D Printer Shoot Out Test Models

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Make Magazines third annual 3D Printing Shootout was conducted using these files, created byAndreas Bastianto benchmark performance of desktop 3D printers. You can read all 26 machine reviews inMake:s Annual Guide to 3D Printing 2015(Volume 42).

These test geometries are designed to evaluate specific performance characteristics and motion systems in common low-cost FDM/FFF machines. Traditionally, layer height has been used as a proxy for resolution or quality, but it is a bit of an oversimplification of what is often termed print quality.

Learn how to evaluate the test geometries at:

Please use the I Made One button on your file sharing site of choice to share your results! Make sure to include the following information with your photo(s) of your completed test prints:

Slicer and slicing settings (layer height, number of shells, print temperature, extrusion multipliers, speeds)

Print time – start with a room temperature extruder and platform. Begin timing when you start the print, and include the preheat sequence. Keep timing through any post-print sequence, like the extruder or platform returning to a homing position.

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Hi. I have Creality CR-10. My print didnt come out as planned. What settings should I change and to what exactly.

These are clearly printer test, not calibration pieces. Chamfers and texts do cause problems unrelated to the tested feature.

Thanks for the link. Im definitely looking for a new printer so hopefully itll be some comprehensive results.

Is the Negative Space Test radial or diametral? I.e. – does 0.2 refer to the difference in diameter of the pin and hole (in which case, the precision would be down to 0.1), or difference in radius (in which it would just be 0.2)?

I did the negative hold test. 6 – 4 came out off the bed. 3 needed a little push. But 2 is stuck in there.

What do i need to do to be able to get my printer printing that.

Working link to the evaluation instructions:

are theese things supposed to be printed without any support or with them?

Where can I find the actual test prints by the printers tested by Make?

What type infill would you recommend for printing these tests? Hollow or a light infill?

10%-20% is pretty standard. Most of these should be printed with the machines medium or standard settings so we are relying on the settings the vendor recommends.

Instructions link (Learn how to evaluate the test geometries at: heads to locked file? Is there anything more than on the web? ( I want to compare my test prints (including robot with joints) from MakerBot Replicator with those from the last 3D printers roundup. But if I will use partly different methodology, it will be hit and miss procedure. :o)

I will look into that and see what happened to the link.

The abbreviated link is still leading to a private wordpress site. However, I was able to open the link that tomulinek provided in his comment.

These calibration prints are almost completely useless without some way of correcting the errors. Any fool can hit print and rate the print but how are we supposed to improve the prints?

These probes are just to compare the machines in a more scientific fashion. We were not looking for a way to tell you how to tune your machine.

The problem with giving recommendations for fixes is that this may be different for every printer. Some things can be fixed in the slicing profiles, if the user has access to those. Other issues are inherent to the hardware of the machine and would take a manufacturer (or user created) upgrade. I suggest looking for super users of your machine on forums dedicated to that machine for details on how to get better prints from your particular printer.

True! I wish they had a guide on how to fix it…

For the accuracy/backlash test, I suggest that people report the measured length of the diameter in the X direction and the Y direction so that there will be a clear picture of where different peoples results differ.

Including the print time is important because slower printing may increase the quality of a print.

The how to evaluate document linked on the instructions page could be better. The document only details scoring in seven categories, while the magazine scores are broken into ten. It would also be very helpful and scores people come up with would be more consistent if pictures of prints and the scores they would get are provided – some of the scoring descriptions arent all that clear.

I think you should add to the description or the instructions here to include your…

Documentation and Sharing: Please use the I Made One button on your file sharing site of choice to share your results! Make sure to include the following information with your photo(s) of your completed test prints:

2– Slicer and slicing settings (layer height, number of shells, print temperature, extrusion multipliers, speeds)

3– Print time Start with a room temperature extruder and platform. Begin timing when you start the print, and include the preheat sequence. Keep timing through any post-print sequence, like the extruder or platform returning to a homing position.

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A British company is to create model plane and train 3D printing kits for construction at home this autumn

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British model making company I Can Make has announced plans to launch a set of model plane and train kits for construction via 3D printer.

The 12 kits include plans to recreate miniature versions of Stephensons Rocket, a Gloster E28/29 Jet and a Spaceship One, and will go on sale in the autumn.

Customers purchase their desired kit online before downloading the design file, and printing it on a 3D printer. Each design can be printed multiple times in a colour of the creators choice.

I Can Make team member and former CTO of Moshi Monsters Chris Thorpe has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist in Virgin Media Pioneers Pitch to Rich competition, and hopes to use the prize money to visit the real Spaceship One and laser scan it in order to create a more accurate model plan.

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The Best Downloadable Star Wars 3D Printer Models

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Star Wars:The Force Awakenswas just released in theaters and the excitement is high! If you own a 3d printer or are enthusiastic enough to buy one of thebest 3d printersso you can3d print your own Star Wars modelsthen here is a list of the best models we could find!

Most all are free. There are a couple VERY serious models in our list with over 75 parts to print. So check the details on each before you download!

One thing is for sure,theres a VERY good chance some or all of these modelswill disappear before long. Surely Lucas Arts will get excited about trademark infringement very soon. Use your best judgement andhave fun printing while you can!

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9 Free 3D Design Programs to Get You Started with 3D Printing

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Finding the right 3D modeling software for 3D printing is tough. Thats why we want to give you a complete overview about the best and most popular free 3D modeling software in this blog post.

Classifying and benchmarking different 3D design program is a very complicated matter as everyone has different preferences and applications for 3D printing in mind. Our 3D modeling & 3D printing community here ati.materialiseuses tons of different software to get the job done: from free online 3D design apps to high-end professional software.

There are several reasons why its so difficult to find the best 3D modeling software:

There are tons of 3D modeling programs out there. It isnt a case of one software dominating the market, which can make choosing the right one quite complicated and confusing.

3D modeling software works in very different ways. One software might be quite intuitive for some people, but really complicated for others. There is no one-sizes-fits-all-approach.

Users typically have very strong opinions that the software they are using is the best one. So everyone seems to have a different opinion on which software is the most suitable for creating a 3D file.

Professional 3D modeling software often comes at a high price. Many people dont want to take the risk of purchasing high-end software without having tried free software first.

But were going to take it step by step here. I will briefly describe the most popular free programs out there. I will also try to point out how you can progress to more sophisticated programs later.

I have tried to put them into different categories based onthe style of 3D modelingthat is predominant for each software. While you have to sculpt in some, you merge geometric elements in others.

If you are just starting and have never created a 3D model before,TinkerCADis absolutely indispensable. Its an easy beginner-friendly app with a LEGO-approach. Basically you will combine different geometrical shapes together, in order to create new objects. TinkerCAD is great if you like geometrical designs and a geometrical way of thinking. Its very hard to create organic objects with the interface, however (like people, animals, etc.).

We have a tutorial about how to create your first 3D print in TinkerCadhere. Take a look at it to get a better feel for this software.

This saw wrench was designed by Pekka Salokannel in Tinkercad.

If you reach the limits of TinkerCAD and you like the logic behind this app, you can continue to more sophisticated software likeFusion 360. Fusion 360 was also developed by Autodesk, the company behind TinkerCAD. This powerful program is now available for free for students, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and startups. It combines the professional capabilities of a high-end CAD program with an user-friendly interface and workflow. Thats why Fusion 360 is such a popular program among industrial designers.

Parametric 3D modeling software allows you to easily navigate and modify your 3D model by browsing back into the model history and changing its individual elements. Typically this software is at its most powerful if you want to focus on precision. However, you wont have much free-style design freedom.

FreeCADis a free software that allows you to create precise geometric designs, such as technical parts, replacement parts, gadgets, cases, scale models etc. You can learn the basics in ourbeginner-friendly FreeCAD tutorial.

Typical workflow in FreeCAD: From a rough sketch to a precise 3D model.

If you would rather like to code your 3D model,OpenSCADmight be for you. This software uses programming language to create 3D objects. If you want to learn how to code your design, take a look atour OpenSCAD tutorial.

A screenshot of free 3D modeling software, OpenSCAD.

If you enjoy FreeCAD you might want to switch to the professional 3D modeling programsAutodesk 3DS MaxorAutodesk Mayain the future.

Digital sculpting is the way to go if you want to create organic designs: people, animals or creatures. This is where your mouse movements matter the most, and mechanical precision matters the least.

Meshmixeris a powerful, free software that lets you sculpt digitally and mash different 3D models together. Mold and refine surfaces in real-time like virtual clay! Once again, we have theright tutorial for you to get started.

The Piguin by Bert De Niel was created in Meshmixer and 3D printed in our multicolor material.

Sculptrisprovides an excellent gateway into the exciting world of 3D sculpting. Its features are easy to learn, even for someone with no experience in digital art. Yet the 3D sculpting software is robust enough to create base models that can then be refined in other, more sophisticated applications later.

If this kind of modeling is your cup of tea, you will probably want to switch to the professional premium softwareZBrushlater on.

Goat Skull by Jody Garrett was created in ZBrush, the professional version of free sculpting software Sculptris

In Polygon Modeling, your 3D object is basically a mesh based on vertices, edges, and faces. This allows for precisely editing parts of your object. By changing the coordinates of one or several vertices, you can change the shape of the model. That makes this way of modeling very powerful but also more difficult to start with.

The most popular free software in this section is calledBlender. However, its also the most difficult program mentioned in this blog post. The power of design freedom comes with a steep learning curve. Thats why we published video tutorials onhow to get startedas well as onhow to turn your Blender model into a 3D print.

Ax earrings by Blender expert Chris Plush.

A premium software that is somewhat similar to Blender isModo, which also comes in a free 30-day trial version.

This is the process where models are based on drawing lines or curves in a 3D space. By joining these lines or curves together you will define the surface of your object. This manual way of designing allows designers to create precise objects.

SketchUpis a software that architects, interior designers, and scale modelers love. SketchUp is mainly based on lines 3D models will be edgy as a result. The first steps are fairly easy, but making a printable model can be challenging sometimes. Take a look at our tutorials tolearn how to create your first SketchUp 3D modelandhow to make it 3D printable.

Once you master this program, you might switch from SketchUp Make (free version) to the premium SketchUp Pro version.

Scale Modeler Guido Mandorf creates his tram models mostly in SketchUp.

For curve modelingMoment of InspirationandRhinoceros (Rhino 3D)are popular choices. Unlike SketchUp, you dont focus on lines but rather on curves. This allows for great round shapes in product designs. You can check outour video tutorialto get a better understanding of Rhino. While Rhino doesnt come for free, it offers a free 90-day trial. Enough time to test it.

Moment of Inspiration offers a 30-day trial. If you want to try a similar free software to start with, you might want to try free modeling programK-3D.

The Love Lamps by Sandro Lominashvili were designed in Rhino.

Now its time for you to visit the websites of these 3D modeling programs, take a look around, and download the free or trial versions. If youre new to the world of 3D modeling,this interview about how to get started with 3D designingis probably of interest to you as well. You should also make sure toavoid these 5 common mistakes when turning a 3D model into a 3D print.

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Excellent info, thanks! Ive been struggling with SketchUp, Ill see if TinkerCAD or FreeCAD works for my needs better.

Youve missed to name one more player in the team of free, respectively cheap 3D software: ViaCAD from PunchCAD. In my humble opinion one of the best apps. You can get your trial copy at

I am yousing a program call AC3D may be you should look in to this also.

Ive heard SketchUp and Blender (and Maya and 3DS Max and others) are not-so-great for making 3D printable objects, as theyre surface modelers, not solid modelers. Its possible to do so, but you have to be careful that your model is watertight, vs. a solid modeler such as TinkerCAD, 123D Design, etc.

This is true, unless you have Magics or any other software that can help you stitch meshes together with ease.

123D Design, 123D Catch, 123D Sculpt+

What about Fusion 360? I find it much more powerful than Rhino and its free if you are a hobbyist or startup earning less than $100,000.

Theres also EQUINOX-3D. Its free and Ive been using it to design all the complex parts for our humanoid robot.

Its much more user-friendly than Blender and it has a fully integrated, interactive ray-tracer. You can directly edit your model on a ray-traced view.

Nice !!! Very Interesting.. Thanks For Excellent Information

No mention of, totally free 3D modeling and rendering in your browser?

What about 3D Builder!? Everyone who has windows 10 has it already installed!

True! Thanks for pointing this out. We are working on a new tutorial and we will add 3D Builder to this list then!

DeleD Designer is an online 3D modeling app. Very suitable for beginner 3D modelers. It can be found at

Im seeing Fusion 360 being used more and more. Its still free for hobbyists and startups. of this CAD program is that it can also handle freeform and its possible to convert STLs to models you can manipulate in Fusion.

I mostly use Creo Elements since that is what Im used to. This is also free to use:

Ive been using OpenSCAD for a while now to make 3D modeling for both printing and for 3D rendering of art. It is a great tool if youre into programming. But the challenge I have is not just to create a 3D model but also to provide it additional texture maps for my 3D renders and for printing in colored sandstones.

So what are good, free tools to create textures for my own models?

With the help of 3d printing we can create anything which we want to. and the images which you have posted above are just few example of 3d printed models, there many more than this. If anyone want to see some more 3d printed model then they can click on this following link :

Hi Zerdath, dont struggle any more, Selfcad 3D modeling application is here with us and its just perfect and ideal for the beginnners and also the experts who wants to create advanced models.

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