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If you are intimidated by the thought of via a 3D turn it into program to turn it into an object for a 3D printing device, don’t be.

by • February 18, 2016 • No Comments

One of the largest
challenges new 3D printing users face is getting effortless with the yett of 3D turn it into. To many
individuals, via a 3D CAD (computer-aided turn it into) program appears completely out of requite. But, as it turns out, there are a lot of showcases
in 3D turn it into that
are much like
to those in a thing approximately all of us have had to use: PowerPoint.

In the above video, I made a effortless guideline with two open windows, one in PowerPoint and one in the 3D turn it into program I’ve been via, the free Autodesk tool 123D Design. By switching back and forth between the two programs, you can see how they parallel equite other, actually yet the user interfaces are substantially various.

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Now, preceding I go on, let’s talk of
3D turn it into programs. There are a ton of them, that include
a bunch of great ones that
are free. For this DIY-IT discoquite series on 3D printing, I’ve settled on 123D Design for the reason
it is both free, and was utilized
in a whole bunch of YouTube videos that
inspired me to explore this topic. You’re welcome to use other 3D turn it into programs and you’ll find that
the much like
ities I discuss are common across many of them.

For example, when turn it intoing slides in PowerPoint, you frequently have to turn it into basic shapes like squares and circles. You prefer of an Insert Shapes menu and select of on the market shapes. In 123D Design, you can in addition
insert shapes, both three-dimensional and flat. In the demo, I made a square and a circle in PowerPoint and and so a cube and a cylinder in 123D Design.

One other
much like
function many of us are acquainted
with is grouping. You can treat a set of objects like one object with the PowerPoint grouping tools — and the same sort of thing exists in 123D Design. In PowerPoint, I grouped a circle and square and moved them around, and in 123D Design, I grouped the cube and the cylinder.

When you want to manufacture objects line up, the alignment tool comes in quite handy. Almany all graphics programs have an alignment tool. In PowerPoint, I demonstrated aligning the centers of the square and the circle, and and so, in 123D Design, I pressed the ‘A’ key and aligned the cube and the cylinder.

PowerPoint has a quite powerful menu in its Shape Format tab, that allows for you to combine and break apart shapes. The Union command combines two separate shapes into one, that manufactures all of the shape fashion impacts work across what becomes a new outline. In 123D Design, there’s a merge function that
does the same thing.

PowerPoint, in the same menu, has a subtract function, that allows for you to subtract one shape of another. Whilst it is powerful in PowerPoint, it is a go-to tool in 123D Design for the reason
you can use it to remove material of 3D objects. Watch the video for a demonstration of
how I use subtract to effectively nibble away at portions of a 3D object to get the final shape I want.

One other
showcase is one we all take for granted in PowerPoint, but frequently don’t ponder
of
in 3D turn it into: filling an object with a color. It’s effortless to do in PowerPoint and it is only as effortless to do in 123D Design. Whilst you are not most likely to 3D print objects in two colors (unless you have a printing device with dual extruders), via color in a 3D turn it into can be quite helpful to know how pieces fit together or for any other organizational approach.

There are a lot of other great
showcases
in a 3D turn it into program and we’ve showcased a few of them in other videos. But one that
‘s not in PowerPoint and is quite rad is the aptitude to hollow out the within
of a shape by effectively turning it into a shell. With only a few clicks, I turned a cylinder into a effortless cup. You’ll see that
when you watch the video as well.

Overall, the message I want you to get of this article and the accompanying video is right in the title: if you can do PowerPoint, you can do 3D turn it into. I ponder
I’ve shown that
, for at very least a bunch of showcases
, that
‘s quite
true.

So go out there and manufacture great
stuff. Stay tuned. We have got additional projects coming.

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