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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

Chapter 3. Face Illusion Vase

There is an old illusion where the silhouette of two faces are shown towards each other with their noses close together, but if you look at the space between the faces, the image shifts in your eyes and appears to be of a single ornate vase. With 3D printing, it is possible to make this illusion a reality. More than just a reality, it is possible to use a real face to make the illusion.

In the previous chapter, a number of topics including manipulating the view, and creating and manipulating objects were introduced. Also, the habit of making frequent saves and using incremental saves were taught, practiced, and enforced. In this chapter and in all the following chapters, saving will be left to you. It's generally a good idea to make an incremental save at every major section marked by a heading, and doing smaller saves as much as possible.

This chapter will focus on importing an image to help guide modeling, the tools that can be used to trace that image with...