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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)

The default view

Blender's interface is made up of many smaller windows called panels. There are many different panels available in Blender. Like most things in Blender, the panels are completely configurable. Panels can be added or removed as needed, and panel layouts can be saved and switched among easily. For simplicity, the default view—the way Blender is presented the first time it loads up—will be used throughout this series. It provides most of the necessary functionality:


For the most part, the screens shown in this book series will look similar to the default Blender screen. The major change will be to the background color of the 3D View, a choice made to make the illustrations more compatible with printing.

Here's an explanations of the different panels in the default view:

  • The Info panel: Located across the top of the window, the Info panel has many of the menu options in most programs, such as File, Window, and Help. It also has Layout settings, Scene settings, and Renderer...