Posts Tagged ‘3D Printing’

Mijail Pikmann and Pablo Goldin

3d printers are a tool that allow to create objects with millimeter precision that can be used as tools or finished products. The only required element to use them is a 3d model that can be create in numerous softwares and must be saved as a “stl.”

For this exercise we designed some simple moduar geometries that can be interlocked in order to understand the possibilities of the machine and have some elements to make abstract models.

Rhino model

In order to use the 3d model it is necessary to transform the solids into meshes.

Mesh creation

And save it as a stl. file

Every 3d printer machine has a different software to transform the stl. file into a gcode that can processed by the machine and also uses different materials that allow specific physical achievements therefore it is recommended to choose the machine before even designing.

In a class with Nadia Kutyreva a 3d printing professional she provided us some material to help us to make the proper choose of the material and the machines according to our design. We provide the contact in case our readers want to explore more on this technique and two diagrams she gave us. instagram

Useful links:

Knowledge base from
Design rules:
FDM and Supports:
Design to print without supports:
Printing process Trouble shooting:
Cleaning the model:

In the laboratory, the machine we chose to use is the Ultimaker 2 Go

The software the machine uses is cura It can be downloaded from the company website

Class: Technology, 3d printing Software: Autocad 2018, 3ds max, Ultimaker Cura Materials: pla 3mm Challenges:
  • project model for laser 3d printing
  • learn how to work with 3d printer and software for it
  • create part for fixing main model for city project class


I needed main axis of rotation for model at city project class. This axis had to be very small size, less then inner diametr of bearing, insight which I put my axis – 5 mm. 3D printer was the only appropriate machine for such task.

Design project

First of all 3d model in 3ds max was created. Then I put this model into Ultimaker Cura and set preferences for printing.  There is option in Ultimaker Cura  to use support or not to use ( but you can’t tune support) and to set the print density.



The project of Smart Cube started from the form exploration.

Materials: 3mm PLA Software: Archicad+ Ultimaker Cura Machine used: Ultimaker 2Go Technics: 3D printing

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