3D printers build up objects from scratch, we call this process “additive manufacturing” and it is done one layer at a time (see Fig. 1).
Some 3D printers can print in full color in plastic, others can print in metal or a flexible material similar to rubber. To print in these materials and more check out our 3D printing partners below.
If you have a 3D printer of your own, you will be interested in the Autodesk 3D Print Utility.
This piece of software seamlessly connects the 123D family of design software with a number of popular 3D printers, including Makerbots.
It installs automatically when you install any of the 123D family, or choose the 3D print at home option from the online applications.
Seamless printing is not the whole story: the Autodesk 3D Print Utility will analyze your file and suggest changes to improve print quality, such as changing the orientation or thickening thin parts.
Autodesk and MakerBot Industries are working together to make it easier for you to print your Autodesk 123D designs directly to a MakerBot Replicator. Learn more
3D printing is a great way to create quick, inexpensive limited-run prototypes or one of a kind objects. Here’s a few ideas to help you get started with 3D printing.
3D printing is widely used to present ideas and working concepts, while minimizing production costs and iteration time.
3D printing has countless uses in your day-to-day life, like replacing broken parts that are no longer produced.
Ordering 3D prints is easy! Just follow the steps below:
Upload an STL file -OR- choose a model in My Corner. Choose the scale of your model.
All of our 3D printing partners offer a wide selection of materials and excellent customer service. Follow the printing partner’s instructions to select material and finish options.
The printing provider will ship your 3D print directly to you.
Enjoy a wide selection of materials and excellent customer service!
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