Close
Flash Forge Inventor II Spring Promotion



Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1

    Learning to design in 3D

    I have Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch up which I really haven't used but I need to learn HOW to design things in 3D. Can anyone recommend a good starting point for designs for the M3D printer?

  2. #2
    Designing in 3D does take some getting use to but if you are going to use Sketch Up here are some great tutorial sites:

    http://designerhacks.com/sketchup-tutorials/
    http://www.sketchup.com/learn/videos/58
    https://www.youtube.com/user/4sketchupgo2school/videos

    If you are just looking for designs then I would recommend thingiverse.com its a great place to go and find just about anything.

    Hope this help.

  3. #3
    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    5,883
    I'd recommend openscad - easy to learn, no drawing involved and every single design can simply be exported to your slicer without any need for post processing with netfabb etc.
    Plus versions available for android as well as mac.

  4. #4
    Technologist 3dex ltd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    149
    Follow 3dex ltd On Twitter Add 3dex ltd on Facebook
    There are so many pieces of design software available so it can be really hard to decide on one and then learn it. However, luckily there is the glorious depths of Youtube that make learning easy.

    For example, there are thousands of tutorials on Blender 3D on youtube. It makes learning the software much easier!

  5. #5
    Engineer-in-Training iDig3Dprinting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    288
    Follow iDig3Dprinting On Twitter Add iDig3Dprinting on Facebook Add iDig3Dprinting on Google+ Add iDig3Dprinting on Thingiverse
    Quote Originally Posted by chaotic1 View Post
    I have Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch up which I really haven't used but I need to learn HOW to design things in 3D. Can anyone recommend a good starting point for designs for the M3D printer?
    The only way to learn it is just to get in there and start designing something. Start simple and build on each model. It helps to think of designing things in a very modular way.

  6. #6
    Thanks for the responses. I have picked up a few designs on Thingverse so I can get a better idea of what can be done with the little M3D printer. I printed a miniature chair (for a 1:48 scale house) and it worked a treat! I am finding that different colors and materials seem to work differently. Glad there is a forum available to ask questions.

  7. #7
    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    5,883
    the best cad for 3d printing is openscad.
    mainly because everything you export is automatically manifold anf ready to print with no other messing about.

    Looks a bit intimidating at first, but you'll be surprised at just how quick you pick it up and you'll be making your own designs in no time :-)

  8. #8
    Super Moderator Geoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    NSW, Australia
    Posts
    1,826
    Add Geoff on Thingiverse
    Quote Originally Posted by chaotic1 View Post
    I have Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch up which I really haven't used but I need to learn HOW to design things in 3D. Can anyone recommend a good starting point for designs for the M3D printer?
    If you can't get the hang of openscad (i'll be honest, it was a little too much for me, and turned what is generally a visual experience for me into a mathematical brain meltdown) I got into Blender years ago and never looked back. Free, completely free and can handle metrics just as well as any cad program, it's pretty much all I use these days.

    www.blender.org
    Hex3D - 3D Printing and Design http://www.hex3d.com

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •