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3D printing comes to lynda.com

3D Printing with Maya and Shapeways

Explore 3D printing at lynda.com.

We’re proud to announce our very first 3D printing course: Ryan Kittleson’s 3D Printing on Shapeways Using Maya. 3D printing allows you to take almost any 3D object file and print it out in materials such as plastic, ceramic, and metal for use as prototypes, products, jewelry, or works of art. This technology has really caught on in the past few years, thanks to inexpensive 3D printers and online printing services.

Author Ryan Kittleson is an expert in 3D printing and his work has been featured in publications such as Boing Boing, Time, and others. His course covers the basic workflow needed to print 3D objects using the Shapeways online printing service, which can print objects in a variety of materials and colors. Using a 3D printing service is a great way to get your feet wet by creating a few models without the cost of buying a 3D printer.

The course, however, is not limited to models printed by Shapeways. Most of the techniques apply to all types of 3D printing; Ryan covers topics such as preparing a 3D model for printing, getting the scale right, figuring out the proper thicknesses, and texturing models for full-color printing.

This is a great course for anyone who’s interested in 3D printing and wants to get some real-world results.

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