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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)

Transforming the object

In Blender, transforming an object changes the size, direction, or location of a thing without changing its shape. There are three basic transformation commands that are used frequently: Grab and Move, Rotate, and Scale.

To transform an object, be sure the object is selected, and then, from the 3D View menu:

  • Select Object | Transform | Grab/Move or press G on the keyboard to move the object

  • Select Object | Transform | Scale or press S on the keyboard to scale the object

  • Select Object | Transform | Rotate or press R on the keyboard to rotate the object

Then, move the mouse or use the arrow keys to transform the object. When the transformation has been accomplished, press Enter or the select mouse button to end the operation, or the transformation can be cancelled by pressing the not-select mouse button or the Esc key. The following diagram shows these object transformations:

Transformations can also be undone after they're completed by pressing Ctrl + Z.


Transform the...