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Can Blender be used for 3D printing puzzles?

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I have used SolidWorks a tiny bit before as an industry standard tool but I would like to work with free software that also runs on many platforms including Linux. Does anyone have experience with Blender enough to say whether it can be used easily for the complexity of 3D printing, compared to SolidWorks? I know Tony Fischer uses SketchUp but I last used it like a decade ago and I'm not interested really in going back.
 
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Depends, also long as the software supports exporting obj files then I think yes, you should be able to import different files into whatever software your printer uses.
 

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Depends, also long as the software supports exporting obj files then I think yes, you should be able to import different files into whatever software your printer uses.
Maybe I should clarify I'm not asking if it's possible, I'm asking if it's a realistic workflow.
 

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After looking online I've found dedicated CAD tools like Fusion 360 or Solidworks to be much better than Blender for measurement-based builds.
I also want to know if anyone here has experience in 3d printing without an engineering background. I've always been interested in mechanical things like building lego robots and the like but I don't have any formal engineering background.
 
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