Blender user intro

Discussion in 'Newcomers Lounge' started by LincolnK, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. LincolnK
    LincolnK New Member
    Hi all,

    I have been chomping at the bit to print some original pieces here since I saw the SW booth at this year's Maker Faire.

    I worked in the CG animation field for 12 years, but stopped many years ago to do other art related things that I found more fulfilling (as in not having a boss makes me happy).

    Since I don't want to use bootleg software, I started learning Blender a few months ago, and am pretty happy with it.

    I would love to know anywhere online to find a lot of info on blender specific use with shapeways.

    It is a real struggle to have to model for 3d printing compared to animation.

  2. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Hey Lincoln,

    here are some Blender related resources on r_3d_printing

    For some general learning information about Blender, I recommend the following free ebook: /

    And of course also the Blender wiki:


    There's a number of Blender users here on the forum, so feel free to ask any questions you may have.

  3. randomhuman
    randomhuman New Member
    There's quite a few tutorials on the shapeways site itself:

    Mostly they focus on the differences between modeling for 3D printing and modeling for regular print (or animation, I guess...). The only differences I'm really aware of are that for 3D printing models must be watertight and manifold, but I don't have 12 years experience in 3D, so I might be missing a few things ;)

    Here's some blender specific tutorials that I found helpful: r_3d_printing
  4. randomhuman
    randomhuman New Member
    Oops, sorry for the redundant post! That'll teach me not to start a reply at lunch time and press submit when I get home from work!
  5. LincolnK
    LincolnK New Member
    Thanks for the info guys!

    Hopefully I will have some pieces figured out and ordered soon so I can have a better understanding of the whole process.