3D Printing Designs: Octopus Pencil Holder

Learn to design and 3D print organic and functional designs using Blender

3D Printing Designs: Octopus Pencil Holder

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Joe Larson

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Learn to design and 3D print organic and functional designs using Blender
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ISBN 139781785885174
Paperback74 pages

Book Description

This book will cover the very basic but essential techniques you need to model an organic and functional object for 3D printing using Blender.

Starting with pen and paper and then moving on to the computer, you will create your first project in Blender, add basic geometric shapes, and use techniques such as extruding and subdividing to transform these shapes into complex meshes. You will learn how modifiers can automatically refine the shape further and combine multiple shapes into a single 3D printable model.

By the end of the book, you will have gained enough practical hands-on experience to be able to create a 3D printable object of your choice, which in this case is a 3D print-ready octopus pencil holder.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 3D Printing Basics
What is 3D printing?
What to design for?
How do FFF printers work?
The anatomy of a print
FFF design considerations
Summary
Chapter 2: Beginning Blender
Why Blender?
Downloading and installing Blender
The default view
The best settings
Object creation
Navigating the view
Transforming the object
Controlling transformations
Duplicating objects
Object selection
The Edit mode
Incremental saving
Blender to real life
Exporting an STL
Summary
Chapter 3: The Octopus Pencil Holder
Planning the project
The first basic shape
Smoothing the mesh with modifiers
Bending the tentacles
Flattening the bottom
Renaming objects
Adding a pencil cup
Adding a face
Finishing touches
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Get to know the guiding principles required to create 3D printer-friendly models
  • Understand material characteristics, printing specifications, tolerances, and design tips
  • Master the art of modifying basic shapes with Blender's powerful editing tools: extrude, loop cuts, and other transformations
  • Learn techniques of editing complex meshes, smoothing, combining shapes, and exporting them into STL files for printing

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 3D Printing Basics
What is 3D printing?
What to design for?
How do FFF printers work?
The anatomy of a print
FFF design considerations
Summary
Chapter 2: Beginning Blender
Why Blender?
Downloading and installing Blender
The default view
The best settings
Object creation
Navigating the view
Transforming the object
Controlling transformations
Duplicating objects
Object selection
The Edit mode
Incremental saving
Blender to real life
Exporting an STL
Summary
Chapter 3: The Octopus Pencil Holder
Planning the project
The first basic shape
Smoothing the mesh with modifiers
Bending the tentacles
Flattening the bottom
Renaming objects
Adding a pencil cup
Adding a face
Finishing touches
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781785885174
Paperback74 pages
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