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Intro to 3D Printing and Modeling

This workshop is going to be led by Steph Shaltes and she will be teaching OpenSCAD, which is a script based modeling tool. Joey Moriguchi and Mike Jasswoski (who presented his 3D Printers at Hack Night) will also present/assist with the workshop. We will go from software model to printed object during the workshop, detailing the general process to turn ideas into real world 3D printed objects.

Steph has an extensive background in 3D Printing hardware and software. I'll add more details on the program within the next week. Please stay tuned! : )

UPDATE 3/28: As a bonus, all attendees who create a model will receive a 3D Printed version of their work at a near-future Meetup.

For more info and to download the tool, please visit: http://www.openscad.org/index.html


UPDATE 04/08: Hi All - Just to be clear, for those attending, please make sure to bring your laptop and pre-load the OpenScad software ahead of time as we are going to be tight on lab time. Our hands-on time is going to be limited. Based on response to the workshop, we may hold another one in the near future that will focus more on lab 3D modeling work.



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  • Michael J.

    @Balaji: check out t-glase (PETT) at taulman3d.com, as well as translucent ABS. I have not yet seen a flexible clear material (like nylon). One of the purposes I'm adding a second nozzle for is to be able to print transparent sections on my designs, as well as light pipes (for cases and electronics enclosures).

    April 24, 2014

  • Balaji

    Glass Door: Having a transparent glass like thread can help in creating models. Nylon material which gives the transparency will be good.

    April 24, 2014

  • Neil H.

    Super information, the only problem was it ended to soon. We could easily have gone another hour. learned a lot about OpenScad and got good insights into how a 3d model is processed for the printer.

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Joey M.

      Thanks for attending, Neil. We were limited in time to a 6-8pm time slot, and it was our first workshop so next time we will try to condense the info down some to manage time better. If enough people are interested and we can find a venue, maybe a 3D Printing/Modeling Hackathon may be in the near future! : )

      1 · April 23, 2014

    • Neil H.

      Joey, Thanks I learned a lot about the modeling process. it was good. A hackathon sounds like a great idea. I would love to talk with you about Blender. I have it on my computer but always fall back on my CAD system to work on stuff. CAD is great for machine parts but two rigid for more organic shapes.

      April 24, 2014

  • Balaji

    A crazy idea of 3D printer use in this Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W1MYnKl0mA

    April 23, 2014

  • rojer

    Could have benefited from an additional 30 min. or so (leave'em wanting more?).

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Michael J.

    The files from the meeting are under "More -> Files" in the menu items above, just under the red Folsom Makers banner.

    April 23, 2014

  • Donald J.

    I am looking for the files of last night's presentation, but can't find them.
    Don Jassowski

    April 23, 2014

  • Tonna B.

    My first event, I really enjoyed all the detailed information which was explained very well. Looking forward to the the demo event.

    April 23, 2014

  • Ludwig H.

    I have never used a 3D printer and I am only familiar with CNC cad programs up to now. Looking forward to it.

    April 5, 2014

    • Joey M.

      Hi Ludwig. Mike J. has experience in both so that may be to your advantage. Looking forward to seeing your perspective coming from the CNC world.

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • Joey M.

    Hi Rojer,

    Well, I was originally going to go with Blender, but many Makers give me this look like "Blender??? I thought that's more for animation and artsy stuff and I hear that it's hard." So, to make it less intimidating, Steph has volunteered to teach OpenSCAD, and I am going to assist her. FreeCAD and OpenSCAD are more engineering CAD based open source software programs that are pretty popular.

    The main difference is that OpenSCAD is not an interactive 3D modeler but more like a procedural 3D modeler which uses code to create objects. I find this very interesting and hoping that we can use it to create procedural modeling scripts which are all the rage right now. Hope that clears things up more. If people want Blender which is very hands on and allows for more creative and sculptural models, let me know and I can teach that in a future workshop.

    Here's a link for more info:

    http://www.openscad.org/about.html

    Thanks,

    Joey

    March 26, 2014

    • rojer

      OpenSCad, that sounds interesting. I may have downloaded it, but certainly haven't tried it yet. Blender does seems intimidating but so does FreeCAD. I'll have to see if I can make it. I am interested. I've been successful with Tinkercad and Bonzai3D. So OpenSCad is something I should at least look at. Thanks for the info. Hopefully I will see you there.

      March 28, 2014

  • rojer

    I would love to attend. However, my Tuesdays are already taken by a different meeting. It might be more compelling (convincing me to skip one) if I knew more about which software you intend on using as an example of your workflow. However, I realize that spouting off several names of programs an absolute beginner wouldn't likely be familiar with might be overwhelming or at least somewhat off-putting.

    March 26, 2014

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