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2D to 3D Refresher

by • January 10, 2016 • No Comments

As we talked of last week, the beginning of a new year is the thoughtl
time to learn a new ability. Motivation tends to be high, and it’s nice to distract by yourself
of the realization which
the holidays are officially an entire year away.

While now is a excellent time to begin
learning additional of the different types of
3D modeling software programs out there, we understand
it can feel like too much information to begin
with. But
, one of the best ways to begin
learning is to…simply begin

Luckily for beginners, 3D printing is now accessible to equiteone through easy-to-use 3D modeling tools and creator apps. If you are simply beginning and haven’t begin
ed playing around with any 3D software, try using an image you may aleager
love or a drawing you’ve created and convert it to a 3D model using 2D to 3D. Using an app like this is a excellent way to learn a few of the basics of 3D printing, preceding quite
diving into the specifics.

Check out the video at a lower place to see how 2D to 3D works!

In this post, you’ll learn:

  • What images work best when using 2D to 3D
  • How to upload your image
  • How to scale your design
  • How to pick the thoughtl
    material for your model
  • How to order your product

Let’s get begin

Pick an image:

There are a couple of images you can upload to 2D to 3D. If you want to create a doodle-style design, draw it by yourself
on white paper or a white dry erase board. You can in addition
use an image which
has may aleager
been created, which include fonts, shapes, patterns, “pop art” inspired original photos and additional. For best results you’ll want to use a easy black and white drawing. Either way, create certain
your image follows the following criteria:

  • Simple black and white: The black portions will “pop” and be thickened into your 3D product, while the white represents empty space
  • Cropped to the edges: The viewer meacertain
    s the width of the image you upload, not the design itself, so create certain
    to crop your image preceding uploading

Here’s an example of a drawing which
won’t work. Notice how the letters aren’t connected? If you tried to upload this version, you may obtain your part in pieces as opposed to one solid product:


One other one which
will be hard to create work for the reason
the grey pencil does not stand out adequate
against the white background:


(Note: It is possible to create pencil work, but you’ll require
to create certain
you press firmly and don’t have any gaps in your design.)

Below is the image we utilized
for this post:

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Upload your design:

Once you’ve picked your image, you are
eager to upload! To begin
, go to Shapeways.com and click “Make” in the top navigation bar. You’ll see “Easy Creator Apps” in the drop down menu – click into it and and so find 2D to 3D under “Easy 3D Model Editors.”

When you are
in the app, click “Choose File.”

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You’ll rapidly
see your image come up on the viewer and you’ll be able-bodied to play around with the thickness and width of the product.

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As you change the thickness and width of your design, be certain
to hit “Update View” so which
you can preview your final product. When you are
happy with the design, hit the “Buy Now” button to go to your Model page.

Scale your design and pick your material:

To scale your design, click “Scale”

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Put in your desired meacertain
ments when the new box pops up. Scaling your design will impact the dimensions of your design, as well as the cost depending on the material you choose.

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At this point, you’ll in addition
learn which materials your product can be printed in. The entire Shapeways material portfolio will be listed, and each will be indicated if it can be printed or not.

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With 54 materials to choose of, it can be a little overwhelming to decide what you want your product to be printed in. If you want to test your product and get a basic thought of what your design will look like in 3D, we’d suggest sticking with our White Strong & Flexible Plastic. For a fewthing a little additional fun, choose any one of our dyed plastics or even Metallic Plastic.

If you are
planning on creating a pendant or other type of jewelry, we have a lot of metals to choose of. Try Steel, Plated Brass or even Gold! For this design, we chose to go with Polished Brass.

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Order your product:

When you’ve created
a decision, simply hit “Add to Cart” next to your desired material.

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Your product will and so be in your cart and available-bodied to purchase!


2D to 3D is a excellent way to get begin
ed in the 3D printing world. Once you obtain your quite own 3D printed product which
you created by yourself
, we’re certain
you’ll be hooked. Be certain
to share you designs with us using the hashtag #shapedbyme on Twitter and Instagram.

Now tell us at a lower place – what will you be making with 2D to 3D this month?

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