Using SketchUp is child’s play! It is so intuitive that a child who has never seen Google SketchUp before manages to draw a table with a pot in: just 30 minutes ‘training’ included.
When I started using Google SketchUp mid 2009, I found it so easy that I used to say to everyone that my daughter of 9 years old would be able to design something in SketchUp. Last month, somebody asked me : “why can’t she try it ?”
So I took the challenge and …one evening, after supper, I launched Google SketchUp, called my daughter and showed the basic principles.
After 10 minutes she took over the mouse, saying she was going to draw a table. 20 minutes later, she didn”t only have a colored table, but she managed to get a pot on the table as well.
To be honest, I was impressed by the speed she got familiar with the tools and her enthusiasm and fun she had during the modeling -the effect of the push-pull tool on her model made her laugh several times somehow-that I promised to 3D pri
In April 2010 Adobe released the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. One of the new features of that Photoshop version is the Repoussé, a tool that allows you to create 3D objects extruding texts, selections, paths and layers masks. To celebrate the CS5 release, Adobe 3D printed some souvenirs via i.materialise for the team that developed the Repoussé technology. Nikolai Svakhin, one of the Photoshop Developers, wrote a terrific tutorial on how to create 3D printable objects with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended.
Adobe Photoshop is the world’s leading graphics editing program. Its extended version basically adds 3D capabilities to the program. One of those exciting new 3D capabilities is called Repoussé.
“Repoussé is a new research system for the interactive enhancement of 2D art with 3D geometry. Repoussé creates a 3D shape by inflating the surface that interpolates the input curves. By using the mean curvature stored at boundary vertices as a degree of freedom, a user is able to ma
About a month ago, we announced the winners of our bookend design challenge. We loved seeing so many great designs developed in a variety of 3D software packages like ZBrush and Rhino. The winning entries have meanwhile been 3D printed and are ready to be sent out.(more…)
i.materialise recently sponsored the price for the Doga CG robot contest in Japan, by 3D printing the winning design.
Hiro, our Japanese colleague, had the chance to meet the winner, Yuunagi – to give his price and to ask him some questions. You can read his answers below, along with some pictures of his 3d printed robot character.
Yuunagi is a 3d model hobbyist active in Computer graphics since 6 years. He creates amazing renders of robot characters.
Hi Yuunagi, Did you enjoy the contest and the award?
“It was a great challenge, open for everyone to participate, also for beginners. Those challenges are a great chance to sharpen your 3D modeling skills. I will participate in the next one for sure.”
What do you think on your 3D printing model?
“I was surprised and excited to win the challenge. It’s amazing to see how my design came alive as a real model. It’s fun to touch it. I heard 3d printing is used a lot in the industry, but it
We’ve got the winners of our bookend challenge in. We would like to thank everyone for taking part in the challenge and contributing to the competition, thanks guys!
Without further ado here are the 3 winning entries:
The Book Worm by Mary Cherry
Gotcha by mfleuret
The Lettereater by Moni-Poroni (more…)
Our Japanese office has recently hosted a small 3D printing challenge, where the designers were asked to design a futuristic robot model. The challenge proved to be very exciting and a lot of great designs were submitted to the challenge. We have already 3D printed some of the models and here is the video of one of the entries:
MiniMagics can help you in making your model 3D print ready when you have a model in STL format.
A summary of the features of MiniMagics is available at the download site.
But especially 1 feature can allow you to save precious time.
A model has to be ”watertight” before we can 3D print it.
Watertight means that all edges of the triangles of which your model consists of need to have a mutual edge with another triangle.
When the model is not watertight, our i.materialise service might not be showing a price online.
Our server tries to ”fix” the uploaded model and make it watertight automatically but when the gaps between 2 edges of triangles is too big, the fixing process might fill up the hole in a way that it effects the geometry of the model too much. So we limit the fixing within the boundaries that it is safe to fix.
Why don’t we show prices for models that are not watertight ?
Models with bad edges or holes will produce incorrect price parameters and hence inco
This is something I want to share with you because it fascinates me. Never dreamt I would be able to see the real face of pharaoh Tutankhamun ( King Tut). Hi tech scanning and 3d printing technology (stereolithography) made this possible. See how we brought him to live or read more information here.