AutoCAD Civil 3D General Discussion

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dla4y4
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3d Printing a site.

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10-08-2012 03:48 PM

I want to print off a site using a makerbot that contains some retaining walls as a present for our client. I was hoping to use 123D to print it off to a makerbot, but I have been unable to load a drawing in it. I am curious if anybody has tried to 3d print a site, and if so what tricks you have used. I am currently trying to make a solid from a surface and see if that will export.

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antoniovinci
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You Re: 3d Printing a site.

10-08-2012 10:36 PM in reply to: dla4y4

You should look for a stereolithography service in your town, then give them a .STL version of that site.

To create a .STL file, you can use the _STLOUT command (it works on solids and watertight surfaces).

If somehow you cannot, try to create the .STL file by means of the italian opensource Meshlab.

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dla4y4
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Re: You Re: 3d Printing a site.

10-09-2012 07:29 AM in reply to: antoniovinci

I am hoping to do this by myself for the most part. I have access to a Fab Lab here in Tulsa, with a few 3D printers and such.

 

What I have now is a surface, as in contours turned into a surface. None of the stuff I have read have been for doing what basically amounts to a site layout. I spent some time last night trying to get it ready to be exported, but nothing worked out too well. I am unsure of how to make a solid of a surface

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AllenJessup
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Re: You Re: 3d Printing a site.

10-09-2012 11:42 AM in reply to: dla4y4
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NathanBee
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Re: You Re: 3d Printing a site.

10-10-2012 01:02 PM in reply to: dla4y4

If you do get it to work, could you please post some images of the finished product here please? :catvery-happy:

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Joe-Bouza
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Re: You Re: 3d Printing a site.

10-10-2012 02:38 PM in reply to: NathanBee

I second that

Thank you

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dla4y4
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Re: You Re: 3d Printing a site.

10-10-2012 02:46 PM in reply to: AllenJessup

This was the step I needed. Was able to turn into a solid. Will take me a while to work on it from there, but it can import into 123D now I think. And I will post an update once I figure this all out.

 

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