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Make a 3D Print From a 2D Drawing

Introduction: Make a 3D Print From a 2D Drawing

Using a few open source software tools and very little technical knowledge, its possible to turn a 2D vector drawing into an extruded object for 3D printing.  I used this technique to make a bracelet.

Make an.svg fileof the shape you want to extrude

Convert it toOpenSCADformat using an

Use OpenSCAD to render and generate an

Step 1: Make an .svg File of the Shape You Want to Extrude

First get a shape that you want to extrude.

It needs to be in avector graphicsformat, notbitmap(or raster) format.  Read up if youre not familiar with these terms.

To get a vector graphic you have three options:

You could useGoogle Advanced Image Searchand limit your search to .svg files, a common vector graphics format on the web.  You want to make sure you have permission before you use anyone elses drawings, though.

UseInkscape, Illustrator, CorelDRAW, or any of themany other vector graphics applications.  Drawing vector graphics is its owntopic worthy of many instructables.

If you do have a raster image (bitmap), then you can convert it to a vector graphic withIllustrators live traceorInkscapes tracefeatures, which are fun to play with.  Keep in mind that these features are not magic, and youll have to fiddle around a lot to get the graphic right.

Step 2: Convert the .svg to OpenSCAD FormatOpenSCAD is the software that will extrude the object for us.  However, we first need to convert the .svg to OpenSCAD format in Inkscape using the magic ofthis Thing.

Download thepaths2openscad script at GitHub.

Move the script to nfig/inkscape/extensions folder.

Open Inkscape.File – Opento open the .svg file.Extensions – Generate from Path – Paths to OpenSCADto generate the .scad file.Save the file with the extension .scad

Step 3: Render and Generate an .stl FileNow download and installOpenSCAD.  OpenSCAD is a CAD program that doesnt have an interactive graphical user interface for drawing objects.  Instead it uses its own scripting language.  Fortunately for our purposes here you dont need to learn the language.  But now that you know it exists, youre probably going to want to learn it.  Right?

Getting down to business in OpenSCAD:File – Opento open the .scad file made in the last step.  If you get warnings, just ignore them.

Design – Compile and Renderto build the object.  This might take a while, depending on how complex your object is.

Once the rendering is complete,Design – Export to STLto export the file for printing.

The .stl file should be ready to print!  However, if you first want a better look at your rendered object, you could open it up inSketchUp.

Step 4: Print Your ObjectPrint your object.Here you can see my bracelet being printed on theMakerBot Replicator 2, which Instructables hooked us up with here atAce Monster Toys.

If you dont have a 3D printer,haveShapewaysprint it for you,build a printerbuy one, or better yet, join your localhacker/makerspaceorTechShopand use theirs.

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Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I launched afree SVG to STL conversionweb service. Simple process, upload svg, extrude to given height, download STL, print.

not working, no explanations, refuses to connect (overload?)…

How much would you charge me to take a pic and turn it into a clean useable .stl file I am new to this and its confusing. I would pay $25? Please let me know asap, or call me, .2592

This worked great. Thanks for the article.

The first thing I did was take a photo of the part I wanted to make.

Then I opened it in the Gimp and traced the edge. I filled that space with pure black, deleted the background and saved the result as a PNG.

Then I imported that PNG into InkScape. I used the Inkscapes trace bitmap function to convert the PNG into an SVG. I did have to cleanup the path a bit but InkScape is easy enough.

From there I saved as OpenScad file using the script referenced. I was pleasantly surprised with the way the OpenScad file is created as a module.

I further tweaked the object in OpenScad to make it work for my purposes. Then I printed it out on the 3d printer. It worked great!

Newer versio nof this openSCAD plugin is here:

As far as I know the best and easiest tool for doing this is

Its done only in a single step, without need to download anything and its free

Sure that works, but after a couple freebies you have to pay for it.

I tried the link you provided. It doesnt work.

It does work for 250 users per day. Why are you saying that?

Hi, thanks for the information. I have a problem with the render, I send here a image from the console of openscad. Im hope for a solution. Thank you so much.

Followed all the steps, converted it to Scad file, but when I try and open it I get this:

ERROR: Parser error in line 141: syntax error

I am trying to convert a file but it keeps giving this message.

File paths2openscad.py, line 916, in module

File C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions\inkex.py, line 268, in affect

File paths2openscad.py, line 873, in effect

self.recursivelyTraverseSvg( [self.selected[id]], transform )

File paths2openscad.py, line 786, in recursivelyTraverseSvg

inkex.errormsg( gettext.gettext( Warning: unable to draw bitmap images; +

NameError: global name gettext is not defined

I have tried to install the plugin several time but still not working. Can someone please HELP?

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If you are having problems, please be more specific about what you have tried to do, and how it has failed.

thanks for the nice instructions, really useful to connect vectors with 3d printing! I a newbie and I am on Ubuntu 14.4 LTS and Inkscape 0.48.4. I used the last version of your script (masterversion) , I got all the steps correctly, but doesnt appear any option for saving the file with the extension .scad. I have tried with older version too, but Inkscape crashes. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!

The paths2openscad script is not mine. Please contact the author via his/her details on GitHub. Sorry I cant help more!

Great instructions, thanks! But what about going in reverse? I want to make a 2D drawing from OpenSCAD.

At least, that is the route I am taking to make a user input parameter 2D drawing. Any ideas?

Can you explain a bit more about what youre trying to do?

Without being totally sure about your goals, I would suggest trying out eitherprocessingord3.jsinstead of trying to go from OpenSCAD to 2D.  Both are well supported and have rich documentation and tutorials.  Processing is probably easier to learn if you dont have programming experience, though D3 is better if you want totally flexible web integration.  D3 has a steeper learning curve unless youve done web development in the past.  Im just trying to learn D3 right now myself for data visualization.  Im pretty sure it can make an svg from user-provided parameters.

I cant find this folder ~/.config/inkscape/extensions on my mac .

Without looking in your system myself its hard to tell. Can you do a search for inkscape extensions? Try /usr/share/inkscape?

IDK. If you have Inkscape installed, it should be there somewhere.

while trying to install/open OpenSCAD on my MAC i get :

OpenSCAD cant be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.

Safay – I was wondering would this work with a photo. In stereo viewing a regular print can be viewed in 3D by offsetting a copy of the original thus fooling your brain that its 3D. Could the same be done by merging the two offset pics in the CAD converter?

I was curious about how to do this, thank you.

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SOLIDWORKS 3D Printing

The short answer to this question isyou can use SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing. With SOLIDWORKS you are able to save your Part file as an STL (standard triangulation/tessellation language) file and aprofessional 3D Printerwith its 3D printing software will be able to work with your SOLIDWORKS model in STL format.

In this article well start with the STL file creation process as that is the traditional method of creating files for 3D Printers. But we will also discuss anew method of SOLIDWORKS 3D printing files using new free software called GrabCAD Print.

STL is the standard file type used by most 3D printing systems. An STL file is essential the triangulated language representation of a 3D CAD model and provides instructions for your 3D printing software to build the model, an extract from an STL file is listed below:

To save a SOLIDWORKS part file as an STL file simply selectFileSaveAsand choose STL from the list of file types:

STL files convert your SOLIDWORKS part geometry into triangles which means faceting of the geometry. Depending on the number of facets and the accuracy of your 3D printer will determine the smoothness of your final 3D printed model. When outputting the model from SOLIDWORKS you pick theOptionsbutton and then to decide on the resolution of the model will be.

First as a default you should pickBinaryas the output type, this generates a smaller file size. With ASCII the file will be larger because you will be able to read the STL file code, but you likely wont need to, and your 3D printing software will recognize the binary file.

For the resolution you can control the facet number with the slider bars. If you pick the default setting and choosecoarse, as shown in the example image below, this will produce less triangles resulting in:

Coarse STL File produces larger triangles, rougher finish

With the fine resolution, as shown in the figure below, you can create a smoother printable file and this will produce more triangles resulting in a:

Fine STL file produces a smoother model

You cannot build the model any better or smoother than the STL file produced from SOLIDWORKS, so if the STL is coarse and faceted, that is what you can expect in the final model.Typically you should use the fineoption with models from SOLIDWORKS, but 3D printing a few benchmark SOLIDWORKS models with different STL settings will determine the best settings for your machine.

As I mentioned earlier a new method of 3D printing SOLIDWORKS files is by using GrabCAD Print. Which is a newFREE cloud-based solutionthat brings connectivity and accessibility to 3D printing. GrabCAD Print was only recently released and is still in beta as of writing this article.

The traditional workflow for 3D printing with STL files is fine if you have been using your 3D printer and 3D printing software for a while. But GrabCAD Print has recognized that this 3D printing process can be overly complicated as shown in the diagram below:

GrabCAD Print simplifies the process so you dont need to create an STL file, allowing your team to get quality prints faster.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new software:

The new process is pretty simple,download and activate GrabCAD Print. Then in GrabCAD Print selectFileInsert Fileand choose your SOLIDWORKS part file. No need to save/export an STL file. SOLIDWORKS 3D printing is now much easier.

With GRABCAD Print you can get the 3D printed parts you want, obstacle-free.

: GrabCAD Print allows you to print directly from your favorite professional CAD formats, saving hours of time usually spent converting and fixing STL files.

: Lean on smart default settings, tooltips, and notifications to guide you through a seamless printing process.

: Work with detailed views of your model, tray, and slice preview so you can make necessary adjustments before going to print.

Optimize your resources with a management view of all printers and jobs.

: Maximize print scheduling based on machine availability, estimated job duration, and other key considerations.

: Know how much material remains for each printer so you can plan and budget.

: Notifications let you know when your print is complete (or if an error has occurred) so you can act accordingly.

Let anyone on your team experience the benefits of 3D printing.

: GrabCAD Print is cloud-connected so you can access it directly from any browser on your device of choice.

: Access and print to any supported printer in your company, even if its in a different geographic location.

: A straightforward interface makes professional 3D printing as easy as loading a part and clicking print.

GrabCAD print is currently in beta, but you cansign up for free at the GrabCAD website.

Note that GrabCAD Print currently supports the following Stratasys 3D printers:uPrint SEuPrint SE Plus(bothuPrint machines are on SALEat the moment)Fortus 250mcDimension EliteDimension 1200es(SST & BST), with more coming soon.

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6, we were the fastest in providing the world with a free downloadable iPhone 6 template 3D design. You can simply download the .STL file for the iPhone case from our Thingiverse account.This file is free for all to use edit it, re-design it, and send to the printers!

Downloadour iPhone 6 case .STL file from Thingiverse, and use it to create your very own 3D printable iPhone case. Dries Vandecruys, one of our top design engineers, created this case in record time. Now its up to you to download the 3D file and design it yourself! We look forward to seeing your custom iPhone 6 cases!

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Slic3r is the tool you need toconvert a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.Read more…

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With Bas-Relief you essentially have levels instead of colors. What bas-reliefis a reconstruction of an object in 3D from one or two photos of the object, that requires a totally different sort of program.

(It is interesting to compare bas-relief withlithophanes. Although the process of creating the object is exactly the same, lithophanes are more like the old color photo slide idea, where light shining through the object is changed by the material of the object. In the case of slides the material is celluloid, in the case of modern lithophanes it is usually ABS plastic.)

In order to make a bas-relief using PhotoToMesh you need a simple clear original image. First Ill show you the problem of not following this advice:

The background to the head disturbs the smoothness of the background in the bas-relief.

The fact that one half of the face is in shadow means that all that part of the face is at the same level giving the face a wobbly look!

So even an apparently simple photo like the one shown above can have poor results as a bas-relief (though as alithophaneit is perfect!). The results are even worse if shadows from objects fall across the face.

What sort of images make good bas-reliefs then? Well, apart from simple evenly lit photos with blank backgrounds (not always easy to find!) here is a classic example:

The two color tile (from Westminster Abbey Chapter House) makes an ideal subject for a bas-relief 3D printing.

And if you have some simple illustrations with flat or only slightly shaded colors, then the number of levels in the bas-relief will correspond to the number of different colors in the image. Heres an example:

You can find images like this using Google image search by putting illustration at the end of your search text. For example:

There are many free clipart collections where all you need to do is sign up to get access to the images.

PhotoToMesh lets you put bas-reliefs on other 3D shapes too, for example, cylinders:

Thesescreenshotsgive you more examples about which sort of photos work best with PhotoToMesh.

PhotoToMesh costs$49.99 ($34.99 for V4)and there is a free demo which you can download to try on your own images and machines:

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