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SimonBrown

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Adding thickness to model
« on: September 04, 2015, 10:51:53 AM »
We are now printing in plastic the first 3D models of underwater artefacts and shipwreck remains, and the exported STL files from Photoscan are coming out very well indeed.

But the actual printing process can struggle with models with a greater level of texture/detail, and its necessary to build a printed frame around the model to help it build. Here's an example:-

https://www.facebook.com/theshipwreckproject/photos/a.128279717253739.33108.127175257364185/885165258231844/?type=1&theater

And the model itself:-
https://sketchfab.com/models/9d3ff4db7fca4471a2cd5e50ce4ee237

So ideally what I would like to do is add thickness to the surface in one direction only (the seabed side in this case) that will help the model build.

Has anyone found a tool or application that will add thickness to a surface? This is more in the realm of 3D CAD perhaps, but hoping someone here might be able to help?
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Re: Adding thickness to model
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2015, 05:00:11 PM »
Want to put the 3d model somewhere where it can be available? I'd say this type of scan it would be easy to grab the edges and extrude down, then cap off the whole thing. Might need to do a bit of patching to the surface to make sure it's all water tight. I know this can be done in 3dsmax - maybe in something free like Blender it would also be possible.

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Re: Adding thickness to model
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2015, 03:59:15 PM »
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Re: Adding thickness to model
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2015, 10:49:31 AM »
Thanks to all who replied on & off the forum.

Model is now thickened and printing...meshmixer did the job.

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Re: Adding thickness to model
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2015, 05:10:56 PM »