ShapeJS

ShapeJS is an online tool for creating complicated 3D shapes that would be difficult to design manually. These shapes can then be 3D printed by Shapeways or downloaded as a 3D file. The shapes are created with JavaScript programming code. The online tool provides a JavaScript editor and a 3D preview of the shape generated […]

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Hemesh Colorizer

In a previous post I considered using the Processing programming language to design models for 3D printing. I decided to write my own tool in Processing based on HemeshGUI for the HE_Mesh library. I’m calling the tool “Hemesh Colorizer”. The tool will allow me to interactively transform a 3D model and then colorize it for […]

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Processing

I’ve used the Processing programming language in the past for modeling various graphic designs. Processing is a simplified version of Java specifically designed for artists and designers who don’t have a programming background. I especially enjoyed experimenting with the HE_Mesh library for Processing. I thought it would be interesting to see if I can use […]

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AbFab3D

Alan Hudson posted an update about the AbFab3d toolkit on the Shapeways forum. Since I’m a software developer I thought I would take a look to see if I could use this toolkit for making some designs for 3D printing. You need to be a developer with Java experience to be able to use AbFab3D. […]

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Wired Face Design

I was inspired by Gil Bruvel’s metal sculptures. I started with the following face mesh by KungFuMasterPS. I then used Blender’s subsurf modifier on a plane to get the following projected version of the face shape. I then took the horizontal mesh edges and converted them to curves. Each curve was then filled with a […]

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Multi-Colored Airmchair

I was inspired by the bright colors of this armchair posted by design-dautore.com. I have noticed that some printed sandstone colors are very bright, even neon-like. I thought it would be interesting to use those bright sandstone colors for my own armchair design. I started with manipulating a block mesh in Blender to get the […]

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Steampunk Elephant Design

I was inspired by the mechanical elephant at Nantes. I wanted to create my own steampunk styled elephant but I had some different ideas about how to do my own version. I started by using Jeff2207’s African Elephant mode on Blend Swap. I made various changes like making the design manifold (watertight), changing the position […]

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Protecting Sandstone

As Shapeways indicates in their material portfolio, sandstone is brittle and should be kept away from moisture. I have found the final printed sandstone models to be quite strong and solid. However, I wanted to find a way to seal and protect the material. WillLaPuerta in the Shapeways forum recommended using Rust-Oleum Lacquer Spray Paint. […]

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Designing a Detailed Steampunk Android

I recently designed a steampunked Android figure in Blender. I first created a black version and then I also made a brown version. The printed sandstone model came out very nice; I was especially impressed with the details. It seems that the sandstone printer could easily handle more details. I decided to ramp up the […]

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Scaled Fish Design

I’ve been thinking of doing designs that have more rough textures and edges. I want to see how far I can push the sandstone printer that I have been doing my designs with. I came up with the idea of doing a fish and then making the fish scales in different shaped parts. The scales […]

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