How to Make Low Poly 3D Models for 3D Printing

Dive into the world of crafting your own 3D designs for 3D printing, an art that’s taking the tech world by storm. I’m Carolina, your tech enthusiast, and today I’m here to take you on a journey through creating your own low poly models for 3D printing. So, strap in as we explore some nifty techniques to craft models swiftly and a unique tool to transform STL files into low poly designs.


Crafting Low Poly 3D Models for 3D Printing: A Glimpse

– Box Shaping
– Edge Designing
– Image Referencing

And for those using the fabulous, free tool, Blender, let’s break down the methods.

Crafting Low Poly 3D Designs with Blender: A Visual Treat

1. Box Shaping: A popular method for creating stellar low-poly 3D designs.

– Start with basic shapes by pressing SHIFT + A > Mesh. Choose your shape.
– Reduce vertices for shapes, such as cylinders or spheres, in the properties panel for that low-poly magic.
– Enter edit mode (Tab) and utilize loop cuts and insets. Extrude faces, scale, or adjust subsections for detailed design.
– Finally, export your masterpiece to STL for 3D printing via File > Export > STL. Voilà!

2. Edge Designing: For those seeking detailed control.

– Kick off by establishing points which will serve as the vertices.
– Use E to extrude, connect, and shape your design.
– Add the Skin Modifier, scale it, apply, and integrate other shapes to amplify the model.
– And of course, don’t forget to export via File > Export > STL.

3. Using Reference Images: An artistic route to bring your vision to life.

– Import your reference image.
– Align camera views and create a plane to sync with your image.
– Shape and modify the plane using loop cuts, extrusions, and more to trace your image.
– Once satisfied, save your design in STL format via File > Export > STL.

Transforming STL to a Low Poly Design

Now, if you already have an STL file and wish to give it that low-poly allure, here are your options:

– Decimate Modifier: Simplify STL files by applying the decimate modifier in Blender.
– Import your STL file.
– Apply the decimate modifier.
– Adjust the modifier ratio and optimize the design for printing.
– Seal the deal by saving it in STL format.

– Meshmixer: Another terrific tool to refine your STL files.
– Import, fill gaps, and decimate your model.
– Export your rejuvenated model in STL format. Simple!

– Low Poly Generator: Meet LowPoly3D, a gem for STL transformations.
– Import your STL.
– Adjust decimation levels.
– Refresh and export in STL format. It’s that easy!

Stay tuned, tech lovers, as we journey further into the realms of 3D printing. Whether you’re scaling miniatures, diving into the best 3D prints on Thingiverse, or exploring new frontiers with D&D models, there’s always more to discover. Passionate about tech? So am I. Let’s keep exploring together!