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Are there thorough tutorials on 3D printing for Mathematica? It seems that being able to export Mathematica files for 3D printing is unfortunately still a novelty, but it's vital for my business plans.

It would be much appreciated to specifically make

 ContourPlot3D[3 Sin[E^x] == (x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^(.5), {x, -1, 1}, {y, -4, 4}, {z, -4, 4}]

3D printable for MakerBot. Mathematica would not allow using Thickness for ContourPlot3D, but did for ParametricPlot3D.

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For some links to example-websites and articles check out this. – Vitaliy Kaurov Jan 24 '14 at 4:09
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There're already some posts about 3D printing in this site, for example this, this, and this.

For your specific question, there's no doubt that Mathematica allow using Thickness for ContourPlot3D, together with ContourStyle:

ContourPlot3D[3 Sin[E^x] == (x^2 + y^2 + z^2)^(.5), {x, -1, 1}, {y, -4, 4}, {z, -4, 4}, 
              ContourStyle -> {Thickness[0.2], Opacity[0.6]}, Mesh -> None]

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Doesn't work with Mathematica 10.2 on OS X. – shrx Oct 25 '15 at 15:54
@shrx Sounds like another bug of v10. (The above code is tested in v9.0.1, and I haven't updated to v10 so far. ) Have you reported this to WRI? – xzczd Oct 25 '15 at 16:22
I found out I can use Extrusion in v10 here: – shrx Oct 25 '15 at 20:42

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