As of 2022, 3D printing has become a lot more common. Owning a 3D printer is a lot more affordable now. And with softwares like SelfCAD, TinkerCAD, Voxedit, etc. even a kid can design and slice a 3D model for 3D printing.
In this article, we will talk about how a Voxel can be prepared for 3D printing. But first, let me brief you on what a Voxel is.
What are Voxels?
In simple words, voxels are 3D pixels. The term voxel is comprised of ‘volume’ & ‘pixels’. Just how a simple 2D drawing can be design in softwares like Photoshop, Ms-Paint, Figma, Canva, etc, a voxel can be designed in softwares like Magica Voxel, Voxedit, etc.
Making or design a voxel almost the same as designing a 3D model. A 3D model (also referred as a 3D CAD model) is basically made/edited/viewed in a 3 dimensional plane. Once a Voxel/ 3D-model is is ready, it can even be used in 3D animation, rendering, motion capture, 3D printing & NFT.
These days, voxels are also referred as assets/ 3D assets/ voxel art, voxel asset, etc.
Can a Voxel Asset be 3D Printed?
One word answer- Yes. As long as a voxel can be exported as slicer-friendly formats (like obj format), it can be easily 3D printed.
Take a look at the video to understand better. The following video shows how I designed a Nyan Cat voxel asset in Sandbox’s Voxedit & then exported its obj file & then simply sliced it in SelfCAD.
The gcode file is then exported and fed to the 3D printer using bluetooth/sd-card & the rest is automatically handled by the printer.
One could use any slicing software of their choice. Some popular slicers are Cura, Prusa Slic3r & SelfCAD’s in-built slicer.