ZBrush Tip: Best Practices for Preparing ZBrush Models for 3D Printing

June 06, 2024 2 min read

ZBrush Tip: Best Practices for Preparing ZBrush Models for 3D Printing


For enthusiasts and professionals in the digital sculpting community aiming to bring their creations to the tangible world, understanding the best practices for exporting models from ZBrush for 3D printing is essential. Today's tip focuses on ensuring your digital sculptures are print-ready.

  • Check the Mesh Integrity: Before exporting, use Tool > Geometry > Mesh Integrity to check for any issues with your model. Fix any problems to avoid printing errors.
  • Size Matters: Use the 3D Print Hub plugin to set the size of your model. It's important that your model's dimensions match the requirements of your 3D printer or the printing service you'll be using.
  • Optimize Geometry: Simplify your model with ZRemesher or Decimation Master to reduce polygon count without significantly affecting detail, for a more manageable file size and smoother printing process.
  • Watertight Models: Ensure that your model is watertight, meaning it is a completely closed mesh with no holes. This is crucial for a successful print. The Close Holes function can assist with this.
  • Eliminate Non-Manifold Edges: Non-manifold geometry, where an edge is shared by more than two faces, can lead to printing issues. Clean up your model using ZBrush's built-in features to address these areas.
  • Hollowing the Model: If you want to save on printing material, consider hollowing out your model. Use DynaMesh with Subtract (negative) Mesh Insert to create hollow spaces strategically.
  • Exporting the Model: Once your model is ready, export it as an STL or OBJ file using the 3D Print Hub plugin. These formats are widely accepted by 3D printing software.
  • Final Check with Slicing Software: Before printing, import your exported model into your slicing software to ensure that everything looks good and make any necessary slicing adjustments.

Remember, every 3D printer has its own set of capabilities and limitations. Tailoring your export process to match these specifications will help you achieve the best results. For in-depth tutorials and more advanced tools, NOVEDGE offers a wealth of resources for the ZBrush community.


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