View Full Version : PROJECT: Scanning, Editing & 3-D Printing

08-29-2015, 11:53 PM
Hi folks. Would very much like some informed input on a project I'm considering.

I'm a DIY'er and hobbyist, and I'm also retired, so costs are important. To keep costs down I realise I'm going to have to learn to do certain things myself.

The project I'm contemplating at the moment is to clone certain automotive interior trim parts. The vehicle is 30+ years old so replacements for damaged parts are not that easy to come by.

My plan is to remove the parts from the car, get them scanned by a 3-D service bureau, edit the resulting image to correct the damage, then have it 3-D printed. Finally the item can be painted or covered, though at the moment I'm leaning towards flocking.

So a few questions:

1. Is it a feasible plan overall?

2. I understand that the scanning will provide me with a .STL file. What simple (and preferably free) application can I use to display the STL file and to edit the image to correct any damaged areas?

Thanks for your assistance.

08-30-2015, 12:50 PM
There are autorepair tools that fill the gaps for faulty scans but if you go to dedicated scan services you should get reliable ready to print scan files...

11-07-2015, 01:59 AM
One of the best free tools I've found for viewing STL files (and getting a lot of information - dimensions etc - about them) is 3D-Tool-Free (http://www.3d-tool.com).

(There's a paid version too of course which does even more).