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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 selection

Naturally, Blender is capable of selecting more than one object at a time. Blender has many tools to help when selecting objects. With multiple objects, the transformation commands work on all the selected objects at once. This is a powerful way of controlling transformations while keeping objects in relative positions to each other.


To practice selection, there need to be multiple objects to select. Create a scene, add an object, and then use the duplicate (Shift + D) command to create many objects from the one. Spread them around the scene so that they can be selected with the following tools.

Shift select

One way to select multiple objects at once is to hold down the Shift key while clicking on the desired objects one at a time. To deselect an object, it must first be made active. The active object is highlighted in a different color. Then it can be clicked again while holding the Shift key, and it will be removed from the selection.

Border select

Another way to easily...