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Hello from Toronto [message #47259] Fri, 20 April 2012 15:45 UTC Go to next message
avatar john_  is currently offline john_
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Hi there,

I'm handy with 2D graphics, but 3D sculpting and printing is a total mystery to me; it looks like what's possible here is pretty exciting.

I got on to this whole thing last Christmas when I was looking for a place in Toronto that could laser-cut designs out of sheet metal to make a necklace for my girlfriend on a university student budget. And... no.

I've looked at other sites like Ponoko, and just today I discovered 123D, so I'm wondering if anyone has an idea if one service maybe suited better to someone like me given that I am:

1. Most likely to do one-off, small designs in 2D and 3D
2. In Canada
3. Cost-conscience
4. Happy to take a bunch of time learning any kind of software if it expands my options creatively or lowers the cost of printing.

Thanks for your time!
Re: Hello from Toronto [message #47264 is a reply to message #47259 ] Fri, 20 April 2012 17:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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Welcome John,

Feel free to upload files to both sites and see which works best for you. From my experience, Shapeways will usually be cheaper. But we don't have the laser cutting. Also Shapeways offers many more methods of uploading and again in my experience is a lot easier to use.


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Re: Hello from Toronto [message #47434 is a reply to message #47264 ] Tue, 24 April 2012 20:42 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar john_  is currently offline john_
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Thanks for the help. I ran some samples through and the shipping on here is much more affordable than I was expecting, so I'll definitely be trying this out after all.

I have another question and I don't know if it really belongs here, but maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

I would like to create a 3D model and replica of my house before it's torn down within the next couple months. I've experimented with Microsoft's Photosynth and figure that I could theoretically extract 3D information from a point cloud and then reconstruct the shapes, but I'm wondering if there's a better or more effective way to do this. I'd like to be able to do sort of a virtual tour of the model, and also be able to print it.
Re: Hello from Toronto [message #47470 is a reply to message #47259 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 12:40 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You may want to check out the Modeler Needed section. With a combination of some photos and dimensions, someone could be able to help you out. Also check out 123D Catch. Looks a little easier to use than Photosynth.


I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me. -Maya Angelou
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Re: Hello from Toronto [message #47497 is a reply to message #47470 ] Wed, 25 April 2012 21:11 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar GWMT  is currently offline GWMT
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FYI john_;

UPS is going to hit you up for a $10 brokerage fee plus 13% HST on the print, shipping and brokerage fee. Depending on how the item is described you'll probably get hit with duty (around 7%) on the print, too.
Re: Hello from Toronto [message #47664 is a reply to message #47259 ] Mon, 30 April 2012 11:23 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar michaelsteven  is currently offline michaelsteven
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Hello everyone......welcome to this nice forum
Re: Hello from Toronto [message #48284 is a reply to message #47259 ] Fri, 11 May 2012 20:31 UTC Go to previous message
avatar CharGyse  is currently offline CharGyse
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Hello! I found out about Shapeways through 123D, and the 123D Beta has been my weapon of choice. I've found it's fairly easy to use if you go through the three Hands On tutorials first:

http://www.123dapp.com/123D/learn

I've found that if you can draw it with a compass and rule on paper, then you can draw it with the 123D Beta. I haven't quite tried any sculpting (like with clay) with it though.

The only issue I have with it at the moment is that I need to be patient and make sure I save it often. Being in Beta, it freezes occasionally and crashes sometimes.

That said, there has been an update to the software since I first got it, but I haven't installed the new version yet...


Enjoys spending 98 hours a week learning, making and designing stuff. The picture of me as a kid is... pretty much what you're dealing with.

 
   
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