I had these printed because I wanted to show you a comparison of our three printing options (Cream Robust, White Detail and Transparent Detail). They came out really nice - they're only 6cm tall and the amount of detail is great - you can even see their belly buttons!
The transparent detail material will really stand out when you make it wet - applying an acrylic lacquer finish should make it permanently shiny.
I didn't take proper care of balancing my objects - they keel over backwards.. It's a bit tricky to get this right, but I'm working on a method involving Blender's real-time physics engine. More about that in another post!
If you want to print small objects, use the 'Detail' materials. The Robust will create stronger objects, but at the cost of a somewhat lower resolution.
That's it for today - I now have to take care of my monkey babies!
TopMod3d is a free, open source, topological mesh modeling system that allows users to create high genus 2-manifold (watertight) meshes. It runs on Windows and OSX.
To me, topological modeling feels weird, but after playing around with it for a little I managed to get some nice results. As an added bonus most models will be readily printable by Shapeways (after conversion to X3D/Collada, still).
Over the last few weeks I found that everyone (including me!) is curious about our printing process. How fast is it? What do the machines look like? How many models can it print at once? Are the models ready to use after printing?
To answer all this, I went to the printing facility with a videocamera and created a short report. It covers everything from preparing the design up to the point where I'm solving my little puzzle like a madman
Okay, I know, while technically true,
perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit. But I'm simply very happy to
announce that after a small delay we can offer you now a choice:
between 2 very relevant but also very different materials.
On top of the White, very strong
material we've offered so far, we've now made available a Transparent
material with a very high resolution (meaning it will look very nice
& smooth). Obviously, there are other differences too: for
example the transparent material is less suitable to resist
temperatures ahead of 50 degrees Centigrade. This temperature perhaps
sounds far fetched but e.g. a car standing in the sun could reach
Anyway, this announcement suddenly
offers you a choice between function and form. While the costs are
similar. We'll continue expanding as we go, if you have any specific
requests just don't hesitate to tell me in the comments.