Discussion in 'Newcomers Lounge' started by wedge, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. wedge
    wedge New Member

    > What bring you to Shapeways?
    Private interest in 3D-Prining

    >Where are you from?
    Rostock, Germany

    > What are your interests or hobbies that you plan on using Shapeways for?
    I am playing Tabletop, so personalizing my army with 3D-printet parts. Also wont to create some individual gifts for family and friends.

    >Your software (Don't have one? Look here for a list of known compatible software!)
    various, depends on ... still on testing what is the best for me

    >Your experience level
    not very experienced.

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  2. bartv
    bartv New Member
  3. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    For your software, seeing you're doing tabletop, you may want to use a combination of software. You want your parts to be organic looking most likely. A lot of programs are good at mechanical drawings (you want to draw a square no problem), but most are not good at organic stuff (you want to draw a dude with large muscles, veins, and a beard). For that I'd recommend Blender, or Sculptris. Both free. Blender, is much more complicated. It can do the mechanical, the organic, even animation. So it's a lot to learn. I use Sculptris myself. You start with a ball of clay, and you pull it, pinch it, twist it, till it looks the way you want. Then you can paint it right in the software if you're doing sandstone prints. The down fall with Sculptris is it doesn't do scale, and it only exports OBJ (fine if you're not doing color as shapeways doesn't yet offer color for OBJ). So you'd still need a software like Blender to make sure you have the size right, and to export any color models.