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Back of Napkin to Model [message #62356] Tue, 19 February 2013 02:47 UTC Go to next message
avatar McRob  is currently offline McRob
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Okay, I'm sure you've heard this before: I have a dozen "back of a napkin" ideas that I want to prototype in 3D and pitch. How can I get my sketches from the napkin into tangible 3D models?
I'm an older dude with pretty good skills, but far from what you would consider a designer or maker. Although I'm proficient with digital audio and visual media, (I'm a filmmaker) I don't use any design software, but could learn.
Please, your input is valuable, please steer me in the right direction.
Thanks, Rob
Re: Back of Napkin to Model [message #62360 is a reply to message #62356 ] Tue, 19 February 2013 05:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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You might start with something simple like Sketchup http://www.sketchup.com/


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Re: Back of Napkin to Model [message #62464 is a reply to message #62360 ] Wed, 20 February 2013 15:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar AmLachDesigns  is currently offline AmLachDesigns
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If you learn Blender it also has (was actually designed for) tools to create images/movies/animation which might tie in with your background. Like Sketchup it is also FREE!

I don't know Sketchup and how easy it is to get to grips with: Blender is a little intimidating to begin, but you can soon produce something printable if you persevere.

People produce good models with both packages.
Re: Back of Napkin to Model [message #62467 is a reply to message #62356 ] Wed, 20 February 2013 16:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar McRob  is currently offline McRob
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Thanks for these tips. I downloaded Sketchup and am looking at the tutorials. I'll check out Blender too. Other suggestions are welcomed! Thanks - this seems to be a great community.
Re: Back of Napkin to Model [message #62779 is a reply to message #62467 ] Mon, 25 February 2013 19:54 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Tjsolo  is currently offline Tjsolo
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I haven't really used sketchup before .. But have heard good things. I have used a few different programs, Even tho blender is a free software , with its latest few versions I prefer it to some of the other known... You can now do so much more with blender and getting them modeled and print ready . I agree with AmLachDesigns, its a little intimidating .. but there are tons of tutorials on line. and is well worth the learning process


Tj Solo

 
   
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