Hello! I am working in the engineering department for my work, and we just got a Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer. We need to print some relatively precise parts, that can’t handle tolerances more than .05mm or so. In order to 3D model our parts, we have Solidworks. Ive spent years using blender, and I am not used to the modelling-with-solids thing. I also find Solidworks frustrating and stupid, perhaps just because of my lack of familiarity with the program. My job also only has two licenses for solidworks, so only two people can be on at a time, and there are 5+ of us who need to use it throughout the week. My question is:
Is there some way I could export my .blend files to a solidworks part file, or perhaps change blender’s measurement system to show mm, not fractions of meters?
Are they any plugins that could help me with building precise parts for 3D modelling?
Anything else that could be helpful to me to make sure my STL files print accurately and smoothly would be greatly appreciated.
Or should I just go ahead and request the company to buy a few more $8000+ licenses for a program that I kinda hate.