3D Printing Designs: The Sun Puzzle

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3D Printing Designs: The Sun Puzzle

Joe Larson

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Create a fascinating 3D printing-ready puzzle in no time!

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ISBN 139781785888892
Paperback118 pages

Book Description

Jigsaw puzzles derive their name from when they were cut from wood sheets using a hand-woodworking tool called a jig saw back in the 1760s. Have you ever wondered how a model idea for a jigsaw puzzle is articulated, and how it was made with these traditional tools?

Through this book, you will master the techniques of designing simple to complex puzzles models for 3D printing. We will quickly introduce you to some simple and effective principles of designing 3D printed objects using Blender. Through the course of the book, you'll explore various robust sculpting methods supported by Blender that allow you to edit objects with actions such as bends or curves, similar to drawing or building up a clay structure of different shapes and sizes.

Finally, when the model is sculpted, you'll learn some methods to cut the model and carve out multiple pieces of perfectly-fitting edges of different geometries to complete the puzzle.

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
Rotating 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: Sculpting the Face of the Sun
Creating the base object
Setting up sculpt
Drawing the face
Smoothing the edges
Adding the nose and eyes
Pulling out the rays
Sharpening the details
Summary
Chapter 4: Cutting a 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Resizing the model
Building a puzzle piece
Putting it all together
Exporting and printing
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Design, manipulate, and export 3D models for 3D printing with Blender
  • Master the art from creating meshes, scaling, subdivision, and adding detail with the Boolean modifier to sculpting a custom shape
  • Cut a model into small pieces and learn to design complex interlocking joints

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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
Rotating 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: Sculpting the Face of the Sun
Creating the base object
Setting up sculpt
Drawing the face
Smoothing the edges
Adding the nose and eyes
Pulling out the rays
Sharpening the details
Summary
Chapter 4: Cutting a 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Resizing the model
Building a puzzle piece
Putting it all together
Exporting and printing
Summary

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ISBN 139781785888892
Paperback118 pages
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