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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)


Sometimes, 3D printing needs to be precise and practical, and sometimes, it just needs to be fun. Like the wood-cut puzzles your grandpa may have made in his garage, 3D printing lets you make similar toys, but with a whole new dimension. Perhaps more than any other tool available, only Blender provides the combination of organic sculpting and robust geometric shape modeling together that makes such projects possible.

You will begin by learning the basics of designing for modern, economic, home 3D printers. Then, you'll learn what you need to know about the 3D modeling and animation tool, Blender, to get you started. Then, we'll start using Blender's sculpting tools to create a shape with actions as simple as drawing. Finally, we'll use Blender's shape-editing tools to make the basic puzzle shape and combine that with the sculpted model to create the final piece.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, 3D Printing Basics, will help you understand 3D printing basics, types of 3D printing, and how FFF printers work.

Chapter 2, Beginning Blender, will introduce Blender, how to set it up, and some basic and mid-level functionality. Knowing the content of this chapter will get you over Blender's famous learning curve and provide the basic knowledge and reference necessary for following along with future projects.

Chapter 3, Sculpting the Face of the Sun, teaches you how to use the sculpting tools in Blender to transform a basic shape into a complicated design.

Chapter 4, Cutting a 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, helps you prepare the model, followed by creating the puzzle space and then applying that to the model to create the individual pieces.

What you need for this book

A computer with at least a 2-GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and, of course, Blender.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone with an interest in home 3D printing and a desire to learn the basics of design along with the tools that can make their ideas a reality.


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