Enhancing 3D printed pieces

I made a 3D printed Cotton Pad and Swab holder for a friend.

It was a pretty long print, and I had a failed start on the lid. I used extra glue stick to get better adhesion. I noticed that it left a check of plastic missing from the lid. I tried sanding, but it was too deep. (bottom left)

So rather than wasting 5 hours and more filament. I fixed it with the glowforge in minutes, with some veneer.

But how did I get a perfect shape to cut it out? No tracing required. I imported the stl file for the lid into tinkercad.

Just export the file as a SVG.

I just opened the SVG into illustrator and deleted the inner wall and smoothed the path a bit.

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Nice use of your tool combo and skills.

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First off, clever use is the stl. Nice trick.

Of course a stacked layer cut design on the Glowforge would probably take 10 mins or less to cut but the glue drying would put it beyond 5 hours :slight_smile:

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I am a big fan of veneer and 3D prints. Nice job.

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Nice to know Tinkercad can do that!

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Nice save! Great job!

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