Newby here, hope you’re doing well, not sure if this is the right place to ask, if not, I do apologize. So before I do ask, want to give some background about me so it would make it easier to understand what I’m asking.
I have been a 3D artist for a long time now, but have never really gotten into making 3D printable models (though I love the prospect of printing a digital model into a physical object), I have only done 2 models for printing in all my time as being a 3D artist and it feels surreal to hold something in my hands that was ones and zeros just a few days prior. A friend of mine bought herself a 3D printer a while back, and have since been printing all sorts of cool and useful things.
She recently forwarded the competition you guys have to make Octiman a 3D printable, with some creative freedom. In light of that, I have considered in taking part, however I am mostly a digital 3D artist by trade, rendering, 3D modeling etc, so I don’t really know much about how to make a 3D model as widely and universally printable as possible and generally the technical bits and bobs of making a 3D model printable.
I made a character model for shapeways back in 2014/2015, and they provided plenty of requirements to make the model printable for the set material it was being printed in such as: min and max overhang, wall thickness, print resolution etc, which did help a ton to make the model on my end. Even though the print from them came out amazingly well, they never mentioned if there was something I could have done wrong or could have done better to make it easier to print or not. So I generally don’t know if how I did it was actually right or good enough.
So I would love to ask, regarding making these models printable since you guys are way more experienced with this part of 3D than I:
How do you actually go about making a model as universally 3D printable as possible? General rules of thumb for making it work as best as possible. (I’m using Blender if that helps or not. )
Are there any material specific requirements that the model should take into account for the “Octiman” model, such as, scale, wall thickness, print layer sizing, overhang maximums and minimums, print area etc?
I don’t own a printer myself, is there a way one could test to see if a model would be fine for printing before you actually print them?
I asked my friend about the printing and all that, though she isn’t a 3D modeler/artist, so she doesn’t know much regarding actually modelling for 3D printing. I’d be able to do high quality renders, but that is only half of the challenge for the octiman, and not the winning factor all that much, so rendering alone won’t save me here.
Excuse the wall of text.