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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)

Adding the nose and eyes

To add the details of the nose and eyes, we'll use the Inflate tool. We'll also explore a few more keyboard shortcuts to simplify the process. The steps are as follows:

  1. On the keyboard, type I to switch to the Inflate tool.

  2. Use the F key to size the brush for drawing the nose.

  3. Size the brush and click to complete the action:


    Strength is another setting that can effect sculpting tools. You may have noticed it under the Radius setting. Setting Strength closer to 1 makes the effect of the tool stronger, while setting it closer to 0 makes it weaker, with 0.5 being a happy medium setting between them. For drawing the nose, a dramatic change by setting the Strength to 1 will save time and effort and, fortunately, there is a keyboard shortcut for doing that.

  4. Press Shift + F on the keyboard to change the Strength setting of the tool.

  5. Move the mouse pointer toward the middle of the Radial tool to increase the strength to 1.00.

  6. Click to set the strength.

  7. Draw little circles around...