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3D Print Usable Buildings

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

3D Print Usable Buildings

Interesting developments in 3D printing real buildings.

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3D Design HOWTO

August 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Found a helpful 3D Design Guideline recently.  Has some great high-level design guidelines that will take you lots of trial and error if you don’t learn it some other way first.

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Minecraft to 3D Printer

May 23, 2013 Leave a comment

With all the talk about 3D printing and creating STL files, I thought this was a fun link.  Draw things in Minecraft and then print them into real objects!

http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/06/13/converting-your-minecraft-creation-into-an-stl/

MakeVR: Making it Easier to Design 3D

May 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Creating 3D Designs is getting easier!  The topic seems to be getting much more attention now that we can use 3D printers to make objects a reality.  Check this Design News link for a short video on tools to make design easier for everyone; not just CAD jockies.

MakeVR looks like a substantial evolutionary step to make things easier.  The biggest progress may be in the development of new controls.  While getting rid of menus may make the software _sound_ friendlier, the underlying concepts and operations one must learn to do effective 3D design look the same.  Making a gesture with your hand may be quicker, but it doesn’t shorten the learning curve.

There are a lot of options out there for 3D CAD.  Autodesk 123D is free, but feels pretty conventional, big, complicated, and a bit ugly to me.  Sketchup “works”, but is limiting for rounded and organic design, is often time-consuming without the right aftermarket plug-ins, and seems buggy at times.  You get what you pay for when you use it for free.  I definitely don’t see myself paying $500 for the “Pro” version.

I really like MoI for designing 3D parts.  It’s free to try for a month, and reasonably priced to purchase.  It’s intuitive, powerful, and rock solid.  The interface is a bit ugly in my opinion, but it’s very functional and a joy to work with.  Best of all, it works on the Mac and PC.

What tools do you like?