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3D Thursdays: Getting Started with Blender

This week we will finally talk about Blender, the free opensource 3d graphics marvel.

If you want to:

Modify existing models

Make your own models

Clean up noisy scans

Combine small parts, or divide up big ones.

Fix non-manifold meshes

And just about anything else you can imagine in the 3d graphics world

Blender will do it all.  It is the Swiss Army knife of the 3d graphics world.  Not always the best tool, but the one you always have in your pocket.

You could also use it to make your own Star Wars sequel where Jar-Jar Binks comes to a sticky end, but we won't get that far into it.

Blender is free and cross platform so you can download it and come prepared for class with you laptop, or just come to watch and hang out.  I'll show some simple intro stuff to get you oriented and then take questions and give specific help on whatever people are interested in.

As always bring your 3d prints and projects to share.  Bring your triumphs for our admiration, bring your fails for our commiseration (and help if you like).

If you have an interest in a special area of 3d printing we would love to hear about it.  Post a comment and we will put something together.

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  • Roger

    Good to see you

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a question...I am a poet and artist and allways have wanted to do an online non linear artist book using text, image, sound via hyperlinks...and another, live a poetry film/video..... is this the group for learning this type of thing?

    June 25, 2014

  • Daniel I.

    In addition to the Blender intro, you can also stop by to see the latest addition to our collection of 3D printers, a BFB[masked] head printer, about 4 years old. Followers of the industry might recognize it as the predecessor of the Cubify CubeX and later, the Cube Pro, now produced by 3D Systems. It was very dusty, and one of the Y-axis stepper motors is not working, but that should be a fairly easy fix.

    June 23, 2014

    • Daniel I.

      The Y-axis is fixed. It was just a loose set-screw on one of the drive pulleys. I'll be checking the extruders next and with a little luck I can try a test print!

      June 25, 2014

  • Whitney P.

    I forgot to mention that if you want to play along with Blender a 3-button mouse with scroll wheel is a big help. Even if you have to scab one off your workstation it makes navigation in 3d A LOT easier.

    June 24, 2014

  • Whitney P.

    I hope it will be a recurring event. There is way more to Blender than we can cover in one night. Plus I don't know it all. I'd like to see a periodic Blender Users Group (BUG, if you will) meeting. I can get it started, but there is only so far I can take it.

    June 23, 2014

  • Lex R.

    I'm out of town for is, but I'm hoping to invest in a 3D printer for my arts business and this is what I've been waiting for. Can I echo Terry and ask if you may be doing this again?

    June 23, 2014

  • Terry S.

    Ack!! I'm going to be out of town most of the week. I've been after Whitney to do a Blender class for months, and really hate to miss this. Hopefully it's not my last chance. Have fun guys!

    June 21, 2014

  • Alex W.

    Fantastic. Blender is pretty awesome, but it requires a bit of a tour guide.

    June 16, 2014

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