First Foray into 3D Printing

The good thing was it got the basic shape of the Apple Logo correct:

My First 3D Printed Object

The only problem is that this was supposed to be 7 centimeters tall. Pretty clearly we have some scaling issues to work out. Possibly the program outputted the wrong units. I’m a long way off from doing anything useful with this. I also think Blender‘s UI was designed by aliens. I did this with Google SketchUp, which unfortunately doesn’t output directly to STL format for printing.

6 Responses to “First Foray into 3D Printing”

  1. Chris says:

    Would have worked find if it was a Windows logo.

  2. Robb Allen says:

    Wow, I take it you bought one.

    Being married with children, I couldn’t spend the money on a 3D printer, but damn if it isn’t eating me up alive.

  3. Sebastian says:

    I didn’t buy one. It’s my friend’s.

  4. Nate says:

    Blender is truly ridiculous. The developers try to pull the whole, “it’s like UNIX; designed for efficiency!” argument, but I use UNIX all day at my job and let me tell you, Blender’s UI was clearly designed not for efficiency but to keep the program a nice safe clubhouse where you have to know the secret handshake to get in.

  5. IllTemperedCur says:

    You might try the free CAD program from It’s extremely easy to learn, and although it’s intended to be used for customer designed work from their shop, they allow it’s use for other things.

    Among other common CAD formats, it will export in STL (although that function is in beta right now). Can’t vouch for the quality of the export, but’s worth a shot.

  6. Sebastian says:

    Looks like it’s Windows only.