Join Ryan Kittleson for an in-depth discussion in this video What is 3D printing through Shapeways all about?, part of Maya: 3D Printing with Shapeways.
It seems everyone is buzzing about 3D printing lately. It's been around for a few decades actually but it's only in the past few years that it's cost and ease of use has fallen within the range of average people and small businesses. This process also known as Additive Manufacturing is allowing designers to create things that were never possible before. It's important to know that 3D printing isn't just one technology, or a type of machine. There are actually many different types of 3D printers.
Each of which uses different materials, procedures, and digital file types. Each technology also has different strengths and weaknesses. For example, some printers allow for intricate interlocking parts, and others do not. One thing they all have in common is that they build up material one layer at a time to create an object that is exactly the same as the 3D model that you send to it. For this course we'll be focusing on 3D printing through a specific service beauro.
Shape ways was has focused on taking high end machines and processes And making them available to the average consumer. They allow you to upload your own designs, get them made in a variety of materials, and even set up a store front where anyone around the world can order a print of your models. Shapeways handles all the financial transactions, printing, and shipping, while you can sit back and design more cool stuff. In this course, we'll be making these three models. First, the bull head. This one is printed with nylon plastic, which is strong and flexible.
I'll be showing you how to manage the object's thicknesses, so that everything prints cost effectively. Next, we'll be preparing this reptile man for full color printing. I'll be going over the steps needed to get the color map to print correctly onto the 3D model. Finally, there's this wire frame skull. I'll show you how to turn an ordinary model into a polygonal mesh that's inexpensive to print, and it looks great. The thing that I love about 3D printing on shapeways is the freedom it gives artists and engineers alike.
The ability to turn their digital designs into real-life objects.
- What is Shapeways?
- Setting up Maya for 3D printing
- Checking model scale
- Understanding why thickness matters
- Adding precise thickness
- Strengthening thin structures
- Fixing common mesh problems
- Exporting models with texture maps
- Making a wireframe model
- Publishing to Shapeways