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Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #30791] Wed, 13 July 2011 12:53 UTC Go to next message
avatar AnnaMayaHouse  is currently offline AnnaMayaHouse
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Hello there Smile

I've been a member of the website for a while now and I thought it was finally time to say hello.

Someone from the Shapeways staff came to my university a while back and I've been intrigued by 3D printing ever since. I currently make models for the virtual world Second Life, but I would like to start printing some of my work. My aspiration is to have a small business selling jewelry and accessories.

The things I make are all colorful, cute and whimsical. I'm inserting some examples below. (More examples can be found on my Flickr.)


Darla the Bee

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5218/5488819167_f64ddc8c19.jpg


Rezzanite Power Supply

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5092/5501828157_942b43fd79.jpg


Iggy the Snail

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4782984984_b86b3da200.jpg


Second Life is only now rolling out support for polygonal meshes. The models I've uploaded so far were made in Autodesk Maya using deformed NURBS spheres, at a maximum of 16x16 isoparms. Therefore, a lot of my characters consist of several different parts. This was a 3D standard created specifically for SL and since I knew nothing of 3D before joining this virtual world, it's the only standard I know and use. I'm now trying to learn more about polygonal modeling. (My background is in audiovisual arts, not 3D animation specifically.)

I'm hoping that I'll be able to print out at least some of my old work by converting it to polygons. I foresee some issues in doing this however, which is why I thought it'd be wise to introduce myself now. When I run into problems, I'll be sure to ask advice from you savvy forum members Very Happy

But for now... Howdy! Smile
Re: Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #30797 is a reply to message #30791 ] Wed, 13 July 2011 14:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar ana  is currently offline ana
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Hey Anna! Thanks for saying hi.

Which university was it that my coworkers visited you at?

One of the things I often recommend for people who are going from 3D design to 3D printing is to take a close look at the Shapeways design rules. A lot of the time, you have to think about structural integrity in a way that you haven't had to consider in the past. Some materials can handle different types of designs better than others, so if you check things out early on, you'll make a smoother ride for yourself down the line. Wink

Of course, our community is filled with people far more talented than I when it comes to many of these things. It's a wonderful bunch, don't hesitate to ask for help.

See you around!




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Re: Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #30805 is a reply to message #30791 ] Wed, 13 July 2011 15:30 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar aeron203  is currently offline aeron203
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Hello and welcome.

I've heard there is a thriving trade in models in Second Life, but it was their odd "prim" format that prevented me from looking further into it. It is very clever, it's just hard to unlearn the regular polygonal approach.

Your converted models should print just fine since they have very consistent, closed shapes. Hollowing them out to make them cheaper might be a challenge, but with small, color figurines you may want them solid anyway.

I look forward to seeing your results here, and I hope you share them with the Second Life community as well. I'm sure they would be delighted to learn how easily they can bring their Second Life stuff into real life!


Aaron - 40westdesigns.com/blog
Re: Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #30819 is a reply to message #30797 ] Wed, 13 July 2011 20:47 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar AnnaMayaHouse  is currently offline AnnaMayaHouse
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ana wrote on Wed, 13 July 2011 14:22

Which university was it that my coworkers visited you at?


Sint-Lukas Brussels. I've since graduated Smile


aeron203 wrote on Wed, 13 July 2011 15:30

Your converted models should print just fine since they have very consistent, closed shapes. Hollowing them out to make them cheaper might be a challenge, but with small, color figurines you may want them solid anyway.


That's very reassuring to hear. I was mostly concerned that issues would arise from the fact that these models consist of several different loose parts. The one Maya printing tutorial I've read so far only explains the process for a single object (a hand). I'll just have to try it out I suppose and see what happens.

It's true that I'm mostly interested in printing small, full color figurines. I probably won't need to hollow out much for this purpose. (It might not be wise either, as I believe the full color sandstone is quite delicate?)

I've actually visited a Fab Lab in the Netherlands (as part of a school course as well), where I printed out a simple candle holder. (This wasn't a Second Life model though. I'd created it specifically to be printed.) Afterwards we reinforced the sandstone models with glue. It was quite amazing to see designs come to life like that!
Re: Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #31100 is a reply to message #30791 ] Mon, 18 July 2011 20:27 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Dungeon Beast  is currently offline Dungeon Beast
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Hello & welcome.

That's some powerfully cute material have you created there! Nicely done.


If you like my shapeways designs check out some of my other designs at
http://www.BryanJohnson.ca
Re: Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #31219 is a reply to message #31100 ] Wed, 20 July 2011 19:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar AnnaMayaHouse  is currently offline AnnaMayaHouse
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Dungeon Beast wrote on Mon, 18 July 2011 20:27

Hello & welcome.

That's some powerfully cute material have you created there! Nicely done.


Thank you! Very Happy

I love creating cute, whimsical things that make people smile.
Re: Creator of Cute saying hello :) [message #31689 is a reply to message #31219 ] Thu, 28 July 2011 06:05 UTC Go to previous message
avatar webmaster_duann  is currently offline webmaster_duann
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Welcome, looking forward to seeing more 3D printed cuteness..

 
   
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