We got tips and basic help on how to use the 3D modeling software ‘123D design’
We need to keep in mind that it’s a free software, so it’s simple and quick, but complex shaped can’t be designed easily (without the use of CAD [computer aided design] softwares – probably something like Rhino3D). Also, glitches can (and will VERY likely) happen…so save.
Here are the ‘tips’ we learnt and tried out that lesson:
- Primitives = readymade cubes and simple shapes.
- Navigating is special because a 3D space is different from 2D. 3D has pan, and orbit as well as zooming. Right click and move to orbit. Scroll to zoom and cross shaped tool to pan. < this is where a mouse will come in handy
- 3D printer only reads millimetres. Alter size before placing.
- Any 3D shape has sub elements – faces and vertices
- Class demo: import>svg as sketch>open
- lost in space = click on home button < good to remember, happened a lot
- Fillet edge = curves the edge. < I plant to use this effect to smoothen out my blobs.
- EXTRUDE – from illustrator sketches
- Construct – revolve – axis = can revolve about the axis, 360 turns it into a cylinder
- Move tool = move and rotate object
- avoid drawing, sketching objects on software. Use illustrator files
- Materials and colors can be added in software, but it won’t affect the printer.
- Snap two faces together – using magnet looking tool = group
- Ungroup – to ungroup
- Combine, to merge two 3D shapes together