Showing posts with label 3DPrinting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3DPrinting. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Do your 3D prints look a little like your printing (i.e. a little fugly?) Check out the Microsoft 3D Model Repair Service! - Microsoft 3D Model Repair Service of the problems with making 3D models is that sometimes you get bits of data in there that just don't make sense from a 3D point of view. Elements can intersect in odd ways or you might get tiny holes in meshes. These imperfections can cause all kinds of problems when you try to move from a model to a physical artifact.

Normally you need a person to go through and tidy the model it up, but Microsoft have a free, cloud based, service that will just accept your models and tidy them up for you. It's all free, and very useful. You can find it here.

Microsoft Model Repair Service


Use the Microsoft 3D Model Repair service powered by netfabb to repair STL, OBJ, or 3MF files automatically. Like a spellchecker, this service will save you time by taking care of the many common errors in 3D models that otherwise would require manual repair by a dedicated designer. The service closes holes in the model, fixes face normals, removes self-intersections, and more. You'll be more productive and be on your way to more reliable 3D manufacturing in minutes!

Just upload your STL, OBJ, or 3MF file. We'll check and fix the model and return you a new file, ready to print. Enjoy!


About this service

The Model Repair Service is a solution tailored for the business process of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. It is designed to automate and manage large volumes of 3D-model data to let you focus on the value adding processes and applications of your business.

The Model Repair Service can automatically address a large amount of tasks that normally would be handled manually and will reduce your costs while improving your speed of handling, quality and review of the data.


The Model Repair Service can import and export files on a number of 3D formats including STL, OBJ, 3MF and others. The server software evaluates incoming files for errors and determines main properties of the files.

File analysis:

  • Main dimensions, volume, surface area, outbox volume
  • Number of triangles, border edges, shells and holes
  • Degenerate faces and self-intersections


If desired, Microsoft-netfabb Cloud Services will automatically repair the files with a success rate of >95%.

Repair functions include:

  • Stitching triangles
  • Closing gaps
  • Close holes
  • Repair invalid orientations
  • Remove self-intersections
  • Remove shells with negative volume
  • Remove double triangles
  • Remove tiny shells
  • Triangle reduction

API Connection

The API Connection enables the Model Repair Service to import and export files and file data to and from a user defined database. This is an essential function for production management, pricing, and quoting.

Use for business

Commercial use of the 3D Model Repair service

The Microsoft 3D Model Repair service has a suite of offerings for commercial customers to help you save time and money when preparing digital designs for 3D printing. As a commercial customer you can reserve space on our Azure cloud platform for fast and reliable processing of your 3D models. You can provide your designers and engineers with a web portal for inspecting and preparing their models for 3D printing (e.g. repairing holes, intersections, multiple shells, and more).

API Connection

The API Connection enables the Model Repair Service to import and export files and file data to and from a user defined database. This is an essential function for production management, pricing, and quoting.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more about the commercial offerings of the 3D model repair service, pricing and availability, please send email to — we look forward to hearing from you.


You totally know this is going to be a coming Coding4Fun Hardware Friday post don't you? (You all follow me there too, right?  ;) But until then I thought this more than cool enough to highlight here too... 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creepy 3D Printing Project of the Day: Turn a 3D sonogram into a 3D printed baby at 3D-Babies.Com (I kid you not)

technabob - Your Unborn Baby, Immortalized in a 3D Printed Figure

Technology has made it easier for prospective parents to see what their child looks like, even before he or she is born. There’s ultrasound (to get a rough outline), 3D imaging, and even 4D ultrasound so you can clearly see your unborn baby’s face and physical features in real time.

Now there are 3D printed figures of your unborn baby.



3D Babies

Imagine holding your baby before he or she is born.

New Years Special!

Use the coupon "30-OFF" to get 30% off the price of your

Halfsize (4 inch) or Mini (2 inch) 3D Baby.


Enough said I think...

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

MVA Live Event - Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition [with lead Geeks Pete Brown, Jeff Burtoft], January 21, 2014 9am-5pm PST

Microsoft Virtual Academy - Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition

HTML and XAML developers, are you ready to start having fun with Windows 8.1? Join Microsoft developer experts for a dive deep into the gadget and devices side of Windows 8.1, including USB, Bluetooth, point of sale, and even 3D printing. You’ll find out about some awesome new features in both HTML and XAML and look at some early versions of great toolkits. Build on your core skills and take advantage of everything Windows 8.1 has to offer.

Course Outline

  • Overview of Windows 8.1 Developer Platform
  • What’s New in XAML and HTML Apps
  • Bluetooth, USB, and 3D Printing
  • Speech, Camera, and Mic
  • Web App Template
  • Embedded Scenarios
  • XAML and HTML Performance


Hard to get geekier that these two guys... What's the price? Free! Location? Virtual! Great Content? Almost Guarantied!  :)

(via Ginktage - Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We don't need to buy no stink'n holiday ornaments when we can 3D Print them at 3x's the cost (but 10x's the fun!)

Surface Blog - 3D Printing Holiday Ornaments with Surface

It seems like the availability of 3D printers is starting to take off and more and more home tinkerers are discovering the ability to create 3D models at home. After attending Maker Faire this summer in New York and returning from Autodesk’s CAVe conference in Las Vegas, I believe this is one of the most exciting things happening in the creative space right now. We have been having some fun with 3D printing in the office in the past week and I thought we should share the love.


A couple of weeks ago one of our teams at Microsoft launched the 3D Builder app in the Windows Store.  It is a one stop shop for building 3D models, riffing on any number of templates provided in the app, and printing complete models.  I don’t think there is any easier setup to get started building.  If you already have a printer or are thinking of purchasing one this holiday season head on over to the store and download the free builder app.




If you have the 3D Builder app on your Surface you will see that there is a Seasonal template section with some great holiday models.  But we want to do even better and so our team set out to create some holiday ornaments that you can import into the 3D Builder app, modify in your preferred modeling application, and print at home. Head on over here to download the ornament templates to get started today!


Santa, can I have... Oh yeah, already asked for one. :)



Monday, November 25, 2013

Battling the Console Wars, one mini-3d print job at a time. Add this Mini Xbox One to your arsenal

Dave Nunez's Blog v2.0 - Mini Xbox One

To fight a console war, you need a console army. But at $500 a pop, it’s going to be expensive to draft your Xbox One battalions. Never mind, you can just print a bunch!


The latest in my mini gaming machines series – grab the files to print your own at Thingiverse.

Okay Santa, forget what I said before, a 3D Printer is what I really want... I've been, well, um, not bad this year... mostly. :)

(Via: Mini Xbox One 3D Printed Model: Xbox 0.1)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Putting that new 3D printer to use... printing fossils!

Nextgov - A Database of 3D Fossils, Ready for You to Explore and Print

Fossils are a marvel to behold. Coils of shell, lines of bone, spreading branches of a plant -- these are the records of the lives that once graced our planet, a reminder that our moment is not only the present alone, but an accretion of the years before it.

Beyond their beauty, fossils are also physical objects, with heft and depth, contours and textures. These qualities are not easily conveyed across the Internet, which tends to resolve on screens, brightly colored and flat. 

This shortcoming is being addressed by a new database launched by the British Geological Service, which contains not just thousands of images of fossils held in a host of British collections, but also 3D models of many of those fossils, which can be viewed, rotated, and enlarged in an interactive display case (if your browser supports HTML5) and can additionally be downloaded as .ply and .obj files, for those who would like to try printing out their own version. Here, for example, is a 3D, interactive trilobite for you to play with.


GB3D Type Fossils




It's a shame there's no TRex yet... :P

Friday, September 21, 2012

There's a new Replicator in town... MakerBot Replicator™ 2

MakerBot Replicator™ 2

There’s a new standard in desktop 3D printing. Our fourth generation machine isn’t just our best, it’s the best desktop 3D printer on the market. With a resolution capability of 100 microns and a massive 410 cubic inch build volume, the MakerBot Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer is the easiest, fastest, and most affordable tool for making professional quality models. We set a new standard with our work, so that you can set a new standard with yours. Includes a 1 lb spool of Natural PLA filament.



While 2K is still a little beyond what I can justify to my DFO, it's exciting just how real 3D printing is getting to be. We're still in the early days yet, like when laser printers were first coming out, but the writing is on the wall (or is it that "the model is in the printer..." ;)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Solidoodle - Your own, fully assembled 3D Printer for $499

GeekDad - The Solidoodle: A 3D Printer for Everyone

"There is a revolution upon us in the Maker community. Use of computer-controlled construction methods, such as CNC machines, laser cutters, and 3D printers is on the rise and the cost to build these machines from scratch or from a kit continues to come down towards the point where your average household will soon be able to readily download and print objects the same way we download and print off a document. A major jump in this trend comes from the creator of the Solidoodle.

The Solidoodle is a 3D printer, capable of printing a 6″ x 6″ x 6″ object with a basic price point of $499, and a spool of filament will run you $43. For comparison, there are many high-quality inkjet and laser printers that run for this cost or more on Amazon while the cost of toner cartridges and ink refills run a pretty wide range and can easily cost more than $43. The Solidoodle premiered recently at NY Tech Day and was named the best of NY Tech Day by CNET. I had the chance to sit down and Skype with Solidoodle founder and CEO Sam Cervantes and got some more insight into the printer. He is a very nice guy and talked with me for about 40 minutes so I’ve pulled the highlights below.




Now with a large 6x6x6 build area, starting at just $499.

Welcome to Solidoodle, the next generation of printers that allows you to unleash your creativity in three dimensions — and multiple colors. Turn your imagination into reality — one strand of plastic at a time. Adding layers, the Solidoodle 3D Printer takes your image and transforms it into a real product that you can use. Learn more.

Solidoodle - Solidoodle 3D Printer, 2nd Generation


Now with a bigger 6x6x6" build area!

Clean lines and easy operation - the Solidoodle 3D Printer is the right machine to turn your imagination into reality. Upload a 3D file and watch as the Solidoodle 3D Printer magically creates your part, right before your eyes. This is the printer for people who just want to print, not assemble a machine. The printer comes fully assembled with everything you need to get started - all you need to supply is a computer and power.

As anyone who has assembled a 3D printer from a kit can tell you - the process can be overwhelming... taking weeks and even months before you can even print your first object. At Solidoodle, we take the hassle out of 3D printing by shipping every machine fully assembled and ready to print -- right out of the box.

World Class Engineering

Aside from being fully assembled, what makes Solidoodle great? The Solidoodle 2nd Generation 3D Printer is designed by aerospace engineers to be extremely strong and precise at the same time. The all-steel frame is so strong, in fact, that a 200lb man can literally stand on top of the machine while it's printing. The Solidoodle's moving parts are designed so that they will move smoothly and never bind.

***Now Accepting Pre-Orders***

In order to get you the latest bleeding edge technology at the best price, we're currently accepting pre-orders. When listed as "In-Stock", your printer will ship in approximately 6-8 weeks after you place your order. Your credit card is charged at the time you place your order to reserve your spot in line. We work hard to ship your printer as soon as possible while still maintaining our rigid quality control standards.

Standard Features:

  • Creates plastic parts up to 6" x 6" x 6" - NEW!
  • Uses 1.75mm plastic filament (ABS recommended)
  • 11.5" x 11.75x 11.75" case footprint (LxWxH)
  • Durable metal frame
  • Fully Assembled & Tested



  • The printing software accepts 3D files in STL format - almost all 3D Design Packages can save/export to STL format
  • Open-source software downloadable on our website, see our guide on How To Install Software
  • Simple, intuitive graphical interface
  • Windows, Mac, Linux compatible

What's in the box?

  • Solidoodle 3D Printer, fully assembled & tested
  • Small roll of starter filament
  • Power supply
  • USB Cable



  • The resolution of the printed part is typically determined by the height of each layer
  • Typically we print at a layer height of .3mm, which gives nice surface finish and quick print time
  • It's possible to print hi-resolution parts at a layer height of .1mm, which gives top-notch looking prints
  • Clarification: the precision of the printhead in the horizontal plane (X-Y direction) is about .011mm (about 2300dpi). However, this number is a little superflous because we are extruding ABS plastic through a relatively larger .35mm nozzle, and all ABS plastic oozes a bit. So a more realistic & practical estimate of resolution in the horizontal plane is about .1mm. And to be crystal clear - this creates great prints. Trying to define the resolution more accurately than this is similar to trying to define the position of a garden hose nozzle to within millimeters - it's essentially meaningless since the water is going to expand anyway.


I so want to get my Dad one of these. He spends hours in Google SketchUp building different models and I don't think he ever imagined he could one day print them out as 'real' 3D models. Now that the cost is coming down to good printer range, this is getting more and more attractive. We'll have to see what the costs are like come XMas...

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Free Universal Construction Kit - One kit, infinite connection possibilities? (And another great reason to get a 3D printer?)

Make: - Universal Adapter Set for Construction Toys

"Not a physical product, of course, but a physible one, consisting of almost eighty free 3D models from anonymous designers at the Free Art and Technology collective :


..." - The Free Universal Construction Kit

Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys.

F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.

The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).



The Free Universal Construction Kit 3D models are freely available in .STL format from three locations:

  • Individual adapters from the Free Universal Construction Kit may be downloaded from — the world’s foremost website dedicated to the free sharing and remixing of user-created digital design files.
  • The complete Free Universal Construction Kit can also be downloaded in its entirety*, as a 29MB .zip archive from the F.A.T. Lab web site, here.
  • We expect the Kit to be available shortly from The Pirate Bay, as a torrent in TPB’s new "physibles" (physical downloadables) channel.


So not only is the 3D printable designs free, but they've even provided a poster too.


Really, I think it's getting close to that time where I really need a 3D printer. I mean, who doesn't need or want this kit? :)

NOTE: Do not turn this project title into an acronym. I was going to use it in the post title, but when actually I saw it, I laughed and moved on..."The FU.." oh... um... yeah.  :P

Saturday, January 21, 2012

3D Food Printer (Chocolate!) now available for purchase...

Gizmodo - A 3D Printer That Works With Chocolate? Now You’ve Got My Attention

"Instead of the toxic smell of melted plastics, while the Imagine 3D printer is doing its thing, your workspace will be filled with the aroma of delicious confections. Because its printing head uses syringes that can be filled with chocolate.

I understand that 3D printing is probably the future of manufacturing, but until now I've found it kind of difficult to really get excited about the technology. However, being able to print off a chocolate bunny whenever the craving hits?—even if it's not Easter?—now you're speaking to my needs.


Essential Dynamics

The Imagine 3D Printer:

  1. Comes fully assembled
  2. Prints with a whole host of materials, including food, chocolates, silicone, cheese, epoxy, organics, etc.
  3. It is a syringe based design. If it extrudes, it prints.
  4. Imagine is only $2,995

We have a very long pre-order list, but as a special during CES 2012, we have simultaneously initiated a second order list. If you order during CES 2012, your order will be placed in this batch and processed faster. Order Now!!

We are developing a whole host of products to go with Imagine. Sign-up on our community website to get all the latest details. 3D Printing is about to go personal. Join the Revolution. Sign up here!!


Now marry this up with the Kinect for Windows (to help create the 3D models) and a shopping mall kiosk and we're printing money... :)

I wonder if I can talk my wife into "investing" in one of these? LOL


Related Past Post XRef:
Willy Wonka's factory coming to your home soon? A 3D Chocolate Printer...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

SimCity 3D... as in 3D printed SimCity 2000 tabletop pieces...

Thingiverse - SimCity 2000 Tabletop Play Set by Skimbal


Do you think the Politicians have it all Wrong? Is your Mayor a Bumbling Idiot? Are your local City Planers out to kill you?

Well now you can prove them all wrong! Demonstrate your city building mettle with the Sim City 2000 Tabletop Play Set!

All the Thrills of being a real City Planner, without the boring environmental impact statements.

But Watch Out! Disaster can Strike at any moment! The Devastation of the Spilled Coffee Flood! The Clean-Up Alien from the In-law's House! The Horror Of the Attacking 1000 foot 3-Year-Old!


All these building where modeled in Google Sketch-Up based on my memories of playing Sim City 2000. (Still my favorite computer game of all time)...


OMG... This makes me want to run out and get/build a 3D printer. This is awesome (and something my wife and son will never understand why I think it's awesome... LOL

(via Technabob - Play SimCity in Actual 3D with the DIY Tabletop Play Set via Architizer via Notcot)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Make My Robot! You design it, they 3D print it, you get to play with it

winextra - Robot Nation lets you build your own robot and own it

"Robots, robots, robots, everywhere robots, and even easier now thanks to Robot Nation and their awesomely easy robot creation and ordering site that has gone live after a month long beta.

Using your browser you can design your very own robot from the ground up and then have them actually create it for you using a 3D printing process. One would think that building a robot would be difficult but that is the beauty of what Robot Nation has done here. It is all a matter of dragging and dropping the parts that you want to make your robot from


My Robot Nation

"Fun and easy online creation.
Your unique robot is 3D printed in full color and delivered to your door.


Awesome... It's not a robot that moves or you can move (i.e. not an action figure) but this is still way cool (but not cheap)

The "Oh Oh Your Browser Ain't Going to Work" (aka Oops!) page (because IE9 doesn't do WebGL) made me laugh...






It's fun just playing with this... lol

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Origo - Future 3D Printer for kids (Thing "A dad's perfect excuse to get a 3D printer...")

Tech Crunch - Origo: A 3D Printer For Kids


Origo is a concept product right now but it should be available soon. Clad in purple plastic, the system is a standard extruder-type 3D printer that can make various small objects out of a thin stream of plastic. The founders, Joris Peels and Artur Tchoukanov, are two experienced 3D printing experts. Peels was the community manager for i.materialise and Shapeways. They designed the Origo to have a minimum of moving parts and a simple UI using 3Dtin as a design platform.


The Origo describes itself thusly:

Right now, I am just an idea. I will be as easy to use as an Xbox or Wii. I’ll be as big as three Xbox 360’s and as expensive as 3 Xbox 360’s. I will sit on your desk and quietly build your ideas, drawings and dreams.

There are other 3D printers. But none will be as easy to use as I will. None will be as reliable or work as hard for you. I’m not a kit or an industrial machine. I’m not complicated. I’m an appliance, like a toaster or a microwave. Only I’m purple and make your stuff.

No pricing or availability but Joris expects the device to cost about $800. Sadly, they’re not yet funded...."

Ohhhhh... I want one. "But Honey, it's for the kids!"  :P

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Willy Wonka's factory coming to your home soon? A 3D Chocolate Printer...

Singularity Hub - Make Your Own Chocolates At Home With 3D Chocolate Printer (video)

"Remember how you screwed up your girlfriend’s last birthday gift, when she looked at you like “You’ve got to be kidding me”? Well, I’ve got just the remedy. Those engineering geniuses at the University of Exeter near London have created a printer that prints chocolate in any 3D shape you like. Lead scientist Dr. Liang Hao is simply a stud and has taken it upon himself to make a Staples Easy Button that fixes all of our less-inspired gift giving moments. ...

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That's just awesome...

Wonder if I could build a side business on this. Think a Mall-cart franchise where you watch your custom chocolate being made. Forget the images on caps & cups, we're talking chocolate! Think about the performance aspect, the draw of the aroma, the mark-up... :)