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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)

Object creation

Most tutorials for Blender start with navigating the 3D View. But in Blender, the default scene is kind of boring for this, just a cube that looks the same from every angle. Instead, let's make something more interesting to look at.

First, let's look at how to clear the default scene:

  1. Select all the objects in the scene by going to the 3D View menu and choosing Select | (De)select all twice or pressing the A key twice. Everything in the scene should have an orange line around it. If not, do it again.

  2. Delete everything by going to the 3D View menu and choosing Object | Delete or pressing the X key.

Your 3D View should now have nothing but the grid, which can be thought of as the floor of the scene.

To create an object, go to 3D View menu, choose Add or press Shift + A.

In the menu that pops up are all the basic objects that can be inserted into the scene. Blender offers many basic shapes that can serve as a starting point for anything you want to create. Sometimes, a basic object...