Over the holidays I spent some of my braincation learning more about Blender. The part that I’m most interested in is making things textured, so that they feel really cool. Autodesk Inventor is good for dimensional models, but not so much the artistic detail side.
Here’s the first attempt at making something, it’s a dinosaur head!
It’s on Thingiverse too, check it out.
One of the tricky parts that I was trying to figure out was how many polys would be necessary to create a nice model?
Here are many polys:
Here are not so many polys:
@drandolph was able to take the model and spruce it up a bit, like make it have a flat bottom to be printed, and also lower the poly count. He printed it on his awesome modified Replicator.
I didn’t know he was going to print it that big, the dinosaur head is giant! Can you imagine that sitting on a shelf somewhere? Pretty funny!
I’m not sure how long it took for him to print it, but thanks again for printing it David!
Also, @i_bioloid took a look at it too, this is how long it would have taken him to print it.
Playing around in Blender was fun. This time, I wanted to see if I could take a model from Inventor (like the RoboBrrd models), and then sculpt something onto it. The long-term idea here is that I would be able to eventually have sculpted ‘feathers’ on RoboBrrd’s pieces.
Here is the Tiny Box with a Sculpted Tree on it:
Here’s how I made it:
- Used Autodesk Inventor Fusion for the model of the tiny box (with some nice fillets on the edges too)
- Exported it as stl
- Imported stl into Blender
- Rotated the object around so that it is sitting with the flat part on the bottom
- Turned into Edit mode, selected the faces on one of the sides
- Subdivided the faces all the way to 10, then subdivided some more to around 3
- Went into Sculpt mode and sculpted on the tree
It’s a pretty cool way to add some customization to a model. I just really hope that it will turn out well when printed! It is also on Thingiverse, check it out.
Really looking forward to 3D Printing! Ordered a Makerbot Replicator 1 last week thanks to all of the RoboBrrd Indiegogo Backers!
Will get a laser cutter eventually, there would have been some pretty serious problems with ventilation and exhaust if we did get it right now. (If you’re wondering, no: there are no windows, vents, outside facing walls, etc. Yes: it is weird.) There is the option of an air purifier, but then I have to get a smaller laser cutter because it would cost so much. Also, they are out of stock until end of February, which is a really long time.
Might as well get started on something now, otherwise I would be running around in circles. This is the whole beauty of rapid prototyping. Hopefully none of the backers will be too upset. I think the 3D Printer will be good for making robots!
The Indiegogo pressies are nearing complete. There’s still some more things to do, and I don’t want to jinx it with an incomplete post! More news later!