I wasn't able to go to this meeting, because I didn't know this group existed until yesterday. I am very good at blender, but I have never used it for a 3d print.
Does the mesh have to be all one piece?
Is there a good free alternative to make functional mechanical pieces?
Thank you for your help.
0 · October 10
I would have liked to observe the SolidWorks demo as that's the go-to product for serious work that requires iterative design and modeling.
These days SolidWorks is the King of the hill for a reason and Autodesk Inventor a close second but both remain out of reach for most due to licensing costs. It may be possible to buy a semester of classes at MATC or wherever to get a student ID and then buy the student edition of either product and still have lunch money left over. Thoughts on that strategy?
0 · October 7
Thanks so much to everyone who showed off their software package of choice - I'll be able to make much better recommendations as a result when people ask me "I'd like to 3D print this idea I have, but I don't know how!"
PS - screw you meetup and your silly 1000 character comment limit! :-)
1 · October 5
3) Blender still looks super intimidating, but understanding that it is a mesh modeler makes it look like a great tool if I ever need to do some heavy point cloud manipulation.
4) The Sketchup tape measure feature is a very nice tool for referencing existing geometry - I liked how quickly Mark was able to employ it to fillet an edge, which is generally a tricky thing to accomplish in software not using a solid modeling kernel.
5) Rhino is in beta for the Mac - I'm still kicking myself for not having grabbed a copy many years ago when the original Windows version was in beta and was also free until it hit release. If you have a Mac, I suggest you get the beta - I've seen a lot of competition RC sailplanes created with Rhino, which is a testament to its excellent surfacing capability.
2 · October 5
Superb presentations indeed - we could have completely skipped my presentation on SolidWorks, as Chris did a fantastic presentation on what a parametric/history based CAD system consists of.
In that respect, it was great to see all the other programs - they are each much more wide ranged in their approach, and have far more varied strengths and weaknesses than I anticipated. Some personal highlights for me:
1) The 'hull' capability of OpenSCAD looks like one of the most powerful features of that program, and I never knew it existed!
2) TinkerCAD looks like the sort of thing I had dreamed of many years ago when playing with Pov-Ray (which is quite similar to OpenSCAD in terms of 'write pseudocode, click button to see results'). I signed up for a free account as soon as I got home and am eager to poke around at it.
1 · October 5
I've done SketchUp professionally for 4 years, so if anyone has SketchUp questions, I'd be happy to discuss the software. I haven't applied SU to 3D Printing, but I would like to get into 3D Printing and I look forward to meeting people who do it locally.
I have a personal request for attendees, also. I get really sick around most synthetic fragrances, so if any persons attending this meeting could try to accommodate this medical trigger by avoiding wearing scented products such as body sprays or cologne, I'd really appreciate it, as it would allow me to stay and participate! Thank you so much for consideration in this area of accessibility. I look forward to meeting other makers/learners!
0 · October 3