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Blender and Colored Sandstone Tutorial [message #55417] Tue, 16 October 2012 05:07 UTC Go to next message
avatar Ray716  is currently offline Ray716
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So, I've been messing with blender for about 2 years or so now.. But i still havn't gotten the hang of adding color to my models. Is there anyone out there who is interested in doing a tutorial on adding color to a model in Blender to be printed in Colored Sandstone? Or if there are already some good ones, can i be directed to them?

Thanks for any replies and help! Very Happy

Ray


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Re: Blender and Colored Sandstone Tutorial [message #55463 is a reply to message #55417 ] Tue, 16 October 2012 23:06 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ray,
I have had some luck with it. There are some little things that are hard to find. Biggest one for me was...
Even if you unwrap just the outside of a model...blender still applies the image to all faces. What I had to do was to unwrap the entire model and place white wherever I did NOT want my image to appear. That little bit drove me nut for awhile.
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Re: Blender and Colored Sandstone Tutorial [message #55466 is a reply to message #55463 ] Wed, 17 October 2012 01:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ray: decide on a simple basic model you want printed in Full Color Sandstone, with a rendered pic created in blender for comparison. I will make you a walkthrough. Deal?


Have any questions regarding Blender, and need fast answers, you are always welcome at the IRC Server Freenode, channel #blender. As a bonus, several there have experience in modelling for 3D prints.

Keith
Re: Blender and Colored Sandstone Tutorial [message #55632 is a reply to message #55466 ] Fri, 19 October 2012 01:19 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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For Full Colored sandstone in blender, you can add color 3 ways. UV mapping, texture images, vertex paint and assigning materials(diffuse)
. x3D format is great for an export. Preserves material colors you have assigned to faces, vertex colors in combination with UV mapped image textures.
An added bonus, Blenders bounding box alignment matches Shapeways in this export. So you can regard Blenders Z axis actually pointing up, and the Y axis pointing forward, unlike a stl where in blender Z axis is regarded as forward by shapeways bounding box, and its Y axis is regarded as up. Odd stuff, experiment with Meshlab. That program displays your model as SW does.

And to upload, select the .x3d file plus all texture maps involved. Compress(Zip) all into a file at the same time. When you upload, just select that zip file to upload.


Have any questions regarding Blender, and need fast answers, you are always welcome at the IRC Server Freenode, channel #blender. As a bonus, several there have experience in modelling for 3D prints.

Keith
Re: Blender and Colored Sandstone Tutorial [message #55729 is a reply to message #55632 ] Sat, 20 October 2012 23:07 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Ray716  is currently offline Ray716
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BVR - thanks for that tip.. very useful. Very Happy

Fredd - Thanks for the help... I havn't yet come up with a design yet.. i'm still in lerning stages... So I've not yet thought of what i want to use with color.

BUT thanks for that information, it gives me a nice place to start. Very Happy

Ray


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Re: Blender and Colored Sandstone Tutorial [message #55732 is a reply to message #55729 ] Sun, 21 October 2012 00:16 UTC Go to previous message
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One thing that helps is that you do not have to unwrap the entire model in some cases. Consider if you want to map a texture image on 1 face of a cube. Assign the face you want to to unwrap a white material. Create a new material and assign it to the remaining faces.
Select the face you want to unwrap, unwrap, then in the UV image editor open the texture you want to use for that face.
While that face is still selected, open up a new texture slot for it, in panel to far right. With its material also being selected, open up the same image you did earlier, change its mapping coordinates to UV. Under Map, select UV map. Now that faces material has a UV mapped texture applied to it.
This works with several faces also, as long as these faces have the same white material. Reason to use white is that other diffuse colors will tint your image that color in printing. Interesting point you can have several materials the same diffuse color, which will not tint the uv image textures applied to them.

If you want to hollow out out a model, with no problems from UV's just assign the hollow area a material that has not been UV mapped.


Have any questions regarding Blender, and need fast answers, you are always welcome at the IRC Server Freenode, channel #blender. As a bonus, several there have experience in modelling for 3D prints.

Keith

 
   
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