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Just Introducing Myself [message #233] Sun, 15 June 2008 03:35 UTC Go to next message
avatar AD-Edge  is currently offline AD-Edge
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Hey Everyone

Im known as AD-Edge, you can call me by my real name if youd like - Alex

Ive been using Blender 3D for over 4 years now, for modeling, animations and game designs etc etc.
I only found out about shapeways yesterday, and its a pretty impressive site in my opinion. The ability to change a 3D model into a real model is something which interests me, i saw an article on 3D priters a while ago and wanted one straight away Very Happy

So thats my intro


Ive got one puzzling question atm - how does the printer start printing part of an object which has previously had nothing under it? For example if the arms of a character are outstretched, when the printer gets to the cross section of the arms it would have to start printing them in the air, with nothing underneath to stop the 'material ink' from falling. Im sure the answer is simple Confused

I look forward to seeing this site develop!



Re: Just Introducing Myself [message #239 is a reply to message #233 ] Sun, 15 June 2008 12:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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AD-Edge wrote on Sat, 14 June 2008 23:35

Ive got one puzzling question atm - how does the printer start printing part of an object which has previously had nothing under it? For example if the arms of a character are outstretched, when the printer gets to the cross section of the arms it would have to start printing them in the air, with nothing underneath to stop the 'material ink' from falling. Im sure the answer is simple Confused

I look forward to seeing this site develop!


It depends on the production method, but most often support material is added automatically by the printer. There are a few pictures of that on our blog:

http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/12-A-Visit-to-Our-Pri nting-Facility.html

After printing the support material is either washed away with water or a solvent, or cleaned out with an air gun. You'll receive it all cleaned up.

Cheers,

Bart


Community Manager Europe | Shapeways
Re: Just Introducing Myself [message #241 is a reply to message #239 ] Sun, 15 June 2008 13:15 UTC Go to previous message
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Nice, i see what u mean from the pictures. Thanks for clearing that up. Cool




 
   
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