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mechanical engineering student with an artistic left hand [message #59203] Tue, 25 December 2012 22:06 UTC Go to next message
avatar wearepeople  is currently offline wearepeople
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Hello fellow 3D fanatics!

I'm. Mechanical engineering student in my senior year. I was introduced to 3D printing and fused deposition modeling last semester in a class called Advanced CADCAM. e had a homework assignment where we were to use Solid works to design anything we wanted using less than 2 in^3 of material. I made a geometric shape of two intersecting tetrahedrons covered in a pattern called the flower of life.

This assignment sparked my interest. I was incredibly excited and spent hours upon hours designing my piece in Solidworks. I used the STL file format for the printing which was done on a Zcorp machine.

I love 3D modeling and printing!!!

A good friend of mine showed me shapeways. I love this website and company! Its Amazing!!!


Anyway, I'm interested in printing in the color sandstone. Could you help point me in the direction of figuring out where to start? Which software works best for color? What file format is used for color printing?

From what I understand about the StL file format, color cannot be used. A St file only saves vertices and the facet normal.


any and all help would be appreciated!


Kind Regards,
wearepeople

Re: mechanical engineering student with an artistic left hand [message #59217 is a reply to message #59203 ] Wed, 26 December 2012 13:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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There are a few ways to print in color. Here is one of our tutorials http://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/exporting_to_vrml_and_x3d _for_color_printing


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Re: mechanical engineering student with an artistic left hand [message #59244 is a reply to message #59217 ] Wed, 26 December 2012 19:51 UTC Go to previous message
avatar wearepeople  is currently offline wearepeople
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Sweet!! Thank you!

 
   
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