A recent poll of online social sites about 3D printing showed Blender was the most popular choice for creating models for 3D printing. The reason is obvious, taking into account Blender's vast functionality. However, it could just as well be that more people were talking about Blender because of its challenging learning curve.
Blender is capable of creating simple primitive shapes, viewing them from any angle, transforming them with precision, and manipulating their individual vertices, edges, and faces in the powerful editing mode. The model can then be exported to a file, ready to be 3D printed.
Blender has many functions not even covered in this chapter, such as sculpting, skeletal manipulation, and how to use individual modifiers to achieve specific results. As these functions become important for individual projects, they will be covered.
Hopefully, this chapter served to introduce how powerful and comprehensive Blender is. However, Blender's comprehensive nature comes at the cost...