Want to bring your idea to life?
Haven’t found anything like it?
Well here’s how you can do it!
Some computer aided design (CAD) programs are free to use, such as Blender. Tutorials are also free in many cases.
If you want a professional modeler to help, we have you covered!
Modeling contractors are independent of Tiger Prints 3D and we hold no responsibility for any associated issues.
Advice on how to design for a successful print
In order to print something you must have an .stl file. This can be downloaded from a website such as Thingiverse, or created yourself. Free design software such as AutoCAD and Blender can be used if you wish to design yourself. Our Design Services will put you in contact with professionals who can help turn your vision into reality, from scratch or through modification.
Dual prints can be designed easily, as you must upload two files that “fit” together, usually done with a Boolean “difference” statement in the CAD programs.
File properties for successful print
Your .stl file must be “closed” or have no openings. The mesh must not have any thin parts. Anything with severe overhangs must use support structures. If the supported structure is delicate, or intricate, the use of PVA is recommended.
What to expect
We guarantee that no part will be shipped with significant damage, tears, strains or imperfections larger than 5mm. Since the printing process is imprecise, it is possible that your part will have small gaps in the outer shells, have small residue from support structure removal, and/or minor blemishes (smaller than 5mm). We attempt to minimize this in our printing and finishing sessions. For further advice, please review the links in the next section.
Repair, finishing, and paint
Helpful tips for repair:
- Super glue can be effectively used parts to create a strong repair bond on most parts.
- The strength and usability will depend on the area and forces/stresses applied.
- Small blemishes can be scraped or sanded off effectively.
- Paint can be applied to change color.