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3D Printing Designs: The Sun Puzzle

By : Joe Larson
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3D Printing Designs: The Sun Puzzle

By: Joe Larson

Overview of this book

Jigsaw puzzles derive their name from when they were cut from wood sheets using a hand-woodworking tool called a jig saw back in the 1760s. Have you ever wondered how a model idea for a jigsaw puzzle is articulated, and how it was made with these traditional tools? Through this book, you will master the techniques of designing simple to complex puzzles models for 3D printing. We will quickly introduce you to some simple and effective principles of designing 3D printed objects using Blender. Through the course of the book, you'll explore various robust sculpting methods supported by Blender that allow you to edit objects with actions such as bends or curves, similar to drawing or building up a clay structure of different shapes and sizes. Finally, when the model is sculpted, you'll learn some methods to cut the model and carve out multiple pieces of perfectly-fitting edges of different geometries to complete the puzzle. ------------------------------------------- Note from CM - [Page count: 60] [Price: $9.99 eBook | $19.99 print]
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Chapter 2. Beginning Blender

3D printers need 3D models to print. Those models don't just come out of nowhere. You will need imagination, a little time, and software to create 3D models for the things you want to print. Never have there been more software options for creating 3D models—professional and free options. In this series, the software of choice is called Blender.

This chapter will introduce Blender, how to set it up, and some basic and mid-level functionality. Knowing the content of this chapter will get you over Blender's infamous learning curve and provide the basic knowledge and reference material necessary to follow along with future projects. We'll cover these topics:

  • Why Blender?

  • Downloading and installing Blender

  • The default view

  • The best settings

  • Object creation

  • Navigating the view

  • Transforming

  • Controlling transformations

  • Selecting

  • The edit mode

  • Blender to real life

  • Exporting an STL