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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)


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...