Make 3D Printed Items From a SVG File

Make 3D Printed Items From A SVG File

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files are the gateway to crafting mesmerizing 3D-printable designs. But how can we harness their potential? Let’s explore the steps to make your imagination leap off the screen and into reality.

Creating 3D-Printable SVG Files: A Step-by-Step Guide

Embark on your creative voyage by crafting SVG files tailored for 3D printing. Here’s a simplified guide:

Step 1: Crafting Your SVG File with Inkscape

Step 1 Crafting Your SVG File with Inkscap

Before diving into FreeCAD, let’s create a captivating SVG file using Inkscape. We’ll use the iconic Rebel Alliance logo from Star Wars as our example. Follow these steps:

  • Download the logo’s PNG file and open it in Inkscape.
  • Utilize the vector tool to trace over the shape, refining it with the node selection tool.
  • Delete the base PNG shape, set the fill color, and save the file as SVG.

Feel free to experiment or download a ready-made SVG file here if you’re just starting out.

Step 2: Importing SVG to FreeCAD

Step 2 Importing SVG to FreeCAD

Now, let’s bring your SVG creation into the 3D realm with FreeCAD. If you haven’t already, download the FreeCAD project file from our previous tutorial or use your own.

  • Open the pen holder source file in FreeCAD
  • Choose “SVG as Geometry (ImportSVG)” when prompted to import your SVG.
  • Switch to the “Draft” workbench, upgrading the shape with the “Upgrade Shape” tool.
  • Transform the path into a sketch using the “Draft to Sketch” tool.

Create a new body, move the sketch to it, and use the “Pad” tool to turn the sketch into a solid shape. Your unique design is now 3D-printable!

Step 3: Adjusting Position and Size

Step 3 Adjusting Position and Size

To seamlessly integrate your design, adjust its position and size to fit the external wall of the pen holder.

  • Manually configure placement using the “Placement” dialog for precise orientation adjustments.
  • Resize the shape in the Draft workbench using the “Resize” tool, generating a clone for further operations.
  • Visually reposition using the “Transform” tool for a more intuitive adjustment.

Combine these methods to achieve the perfect fit for your design within the existing structure.

Step 4: Fusing Shapes in the Part Workbench

Step 4 Fusing Shapes in the Part Workbench

Now, let’s bring it all together. Fuse your pen holder base and the resized logo using the “Union” operation in the Part workbench.

  • Go to the “Part” workbench.
  • Select the pen holder base and the cloned logo.
  • Click “Union” to merge the shapes into a cohesive design.
  • Your model is now ready for the final steps.

Your model is now ready for the final steps. As your SVG files take shape, it’s time to witness the magic of 3D printing unfolding your SVG creations into captivating 3D-printed objects.

Final Step: Printing the Model

Export your finished model to STL for 3D printing. Select the fused object, navigate to “File -> Export,” choose STL, and save the file. Open the STL file in your preferred slicing software, configure your print settings, and witness your unique creation come to life.

Final Step

Now, fire up your 3D printer, and watch as your custom design materializes into a tangible work of art.



The fusion of SVG files and 3D printing opens the door to a world where imagination knows no bounds. By understanding the intricacies of SVG file creation and optimization, you pave the way for crafting awe-inspiring 3D-printable wonders. Let your creativity soar, and watch as your visions materialize into tangible masterpieces through the magic of SVG and 3D printing. Happy crafting!

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