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3D Printing Blueprints

By : Joe Larson
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3D Printing Blueprints

By: Joe Larson

Overview of this book

A new industrial age is here. Machines designed to build useful and interesting objects have moved from the factory to the home. Whether you have a 3D printer or not, learning how to design your first 3D models is the best way to become part of the 3D printing movement. 3D Printing Blueprints will teach you, step by step, the tools and techniques of using Blender, a free 3D modelling program, to build 3D models for printing with simple and fun hands-on projects.3D Printing Blueprints uses engaging and fun projects that teach Blender modeling for 3D printing through hands-on lessons. First you'll learn basic modeling and make a small simple object. Then each new project brings with it new tools and techniques as well as teaching the rules of 3D printing design. Eventually you'll be building objects designed to repair or replace everyday objects. Finally you'll be able to even tackle other people's models and fix them to be 3D printable. Through the course of doing the blueprints you will custom build one-of-a-kind objects that you can call your own. Starting from a custom vase formed from a picture, lessons will progress to a multi-part modular robot toy. Then simple machines will be designed with custom gears and functions. Eventually you'll learn how to download models from the Internet and make custom objects. Finally you'll be able to build models with near real life specifications and make a print that can be used for small object repair. 3D Printing Blueprints will teach you everything you need to know about building custom 3D models to print successfully on modern home 3D printers.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
3D Printing Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Shaping the body of the mug

Finishing the handle taught many operations and modifiers that will now be applied to the mug body:

  1. Begin by setting another save point (Press F2, then Numpad +, and click on Save As Blender File).

  2. Right-click to select the mug body or choose the mug body in the Outliner panel.

  3. Jump to the front view (Numpad 1) and center and zoom (Numpad .) on the mug body.

The border select operation is another way to quickly select multiple objects or, in this case, points for editing. Like the circle select tool while in wireframe mode, the border select tool selects all vertices that it surrounds, even if they're overlapping other points on the screen. The following are the steps for border select operation:

  1. Enter Edit Mode (Tab).

  2. Clear the selection (A).

  3. Select | Border Select or press B to begin the border select operation.

  4. Hold left-button on mouse and move the pointer to draw a box around the vertices at the top of the mug body.

  5. Release the left-button on mouse to end the box...