Here’s How To Create These Mesmerizing Patterns In Your 3D Prints

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Here’s How To Create These Mesmerizing Patterns In Your 3D Prints

We’ve seen a few examples of interesting designs and patterns as the first layer of a 3d print, and finally Billie has stepped up to deliver a tutorial on how to pull this off.

If you haven’t seen it in person, it can be somewhat hard to explain, but the first layer of a 3d print can be embued with a pattern based on the way it is printed. These patterns can look 3 dimensional, like the example Billie Ruben shares or they can just be cool looking.

Here’s how she pulled it off.

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Of course, if you don’t need custom shapes but just want to add a touch of excitement to your first layer, there’s always that nifty holographic build plate trick people are doing. It is much easier, but again, you can’t customize the shapes.


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