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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)

Incremental saving

It is always a good idea to save your work frequently. To save your work in Blender, choose File | Save from the info panel or press Ctrl + S. Then, navigate to a chosen folder or directory, give the file a name, and click on the Save As Blender File button or press the Enter key.

It is recommended that each Blender project gets its own folder and that all projects be saved in a location that will be easy to find later.

It is also a good idea, while learning especially, to give each version of the file you save a slightly different name. This way, there is a history of the work done and it's easy to go back in the case of a mistake that isn't discovered immediately. This is called incremental saving and is simple to do in Blender. Simply choose File | Save As or press Ctrl + Shift + S to get to the save menu. If the project has been saved previously, it should already have a name. Next to the filename, there are plus and minus buttons:

By clicking on those buttons, the filename...