Blender 3D Printing by Example

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  • Using standard shapes and making custom shapes with Bezier Curves
  • Working with the Boolean, Mirror, and Array Modifiers
  • Practicing Mesh Modeling tools such as Loop Cut and Slide and Extrude
  • Streamlining work with Proportional Editing and Snap During Transform
  • Creating Organic Shapes with the Subdivision Surface Modifier
  • Adding Color with Materials and UV Maps
  • Troubleshooting and Repairing 3D Models
  • Checking your finished model for 3D printability

Blender is an open-source modeling and animation program popular in the 3D printing community. 3D printing brings along different considerations than animation and virtual reality.

This book walks you through four projects to learn using Blender for 3D Printing, giving you information that you need to know to create high-quality 3D printed objects.

The book starts with two jewelry projects-- a pendant of a silhouette and a bracelet with custom text. We then explore architectural modeling as you learn to makes a figurine from photos of a home. The final project, a human hand, illustrates how Blender can be used for organic models and how colors can be added to the design.

You will learn modeling for 3D printing with the help of these projects. Whether you plan to print at-home or use a service bureau, you’ll start by understanding design requirements. The book begins with simple projects to get you started with 3D modeling basics and the tools available in Blender. As the book progresses, you’ll get exposed to more robust mesh modeling techniques, modifiers, and Blender shortcuts. By the time you reach your final project, you’ll be ready for organic modeling and learning how to add colors. In the final section, you’ll learn how to check for and correct common modeling issues to ensure the 3D printer can make your idea a reality!

  • A project based guide that helps you design beautiful 3D printing objects in Blender
  • Use mesh modeling and intersections to make a custom architectural model of a house
  • Create a real world 3D printed prosthetic hand with organic modeling and texturing painting
Page Count 430
Course Length 12 hours 54 minutes
ISBN 9781788390545
Date Of Publication 22 Dec 2017


Vicky Somma

Vicky Somma started 3D printing her Blender designs in 2014, empowered by the 3D Printing Service Bureau, Shapeways, a full year before owning her own 3D printer. In November 2014, she was named one of the winners of the White House 3D Printed Ornament Design Contest. Her ornament, designed in Blender and inspired by the Library of Congress, hung in the East Wing of the White House and is now part of a Smithsonian Collection. For the 2015 and 2016 Holiday Seasons, she had Blender-designed 3D printed ornaments hanging in the Virginia Executive Mansion.

In addition to Blender, Vicky also designs OpenSCAD. She prints on a MakerGear M2 and a Wanhao Duplicator i3 to make a line of designs that she sells at craft shows and Etsy. She teaches TinkerCad and 3D printing classes for local librarians. She maintains a 3D printing blog and makes regular appearances on the Friday 3D Printing Community Hangouts (#F3DPCH).

Vicky's 3D printed Blender designs have been featured on NBC's TODAY, CBSNews, the Washington Post, Michelle Obama's Instagram, and websites such as 3DPrint, 3DPrintingIndustry, and 3Ders. Her designs have been highlighted by Thingiverse, Simplify3D, and Shapeways.