Previously I posted some pictures of the 3D printed version of the spider bot from my book, Blender Master Class. In my original post I promised I’d put together a post detailing some of the process of altering the model for 3D printing, as a guide for others wishing to 3D print their own models. The book itself describes the modeling of the original model so I wont go into that, but I’ll cover the most important changes I made.
This guy just arrived at the office. I think he’s looking pretty cool. If you haven’t seen him before, he’s one of the projects in my book, Blender Master Class. The book covers making him in blender, through the processes of modeling, sculpting, and texturing, then creating materials and rendering with the cycles render engine.
With the book finished I thought I’d get him 3D printed as a bit of a momento. I made some modifications to the model to make it more suitable for 3D printing, and sent the model files off to Shapeways to be printed. I’ll document the process soon in another post, but for now I just wanted to put up a few pictures. Also, if you want one of your own, you can find it on the Gecko Shapeways store.
Edit: Reavenk pointed out in the comments that it would be good to see it next to an everyday object to get a sense of scale. Here he is along side his digital counterpart, perched atop the book.
Blender Master class will begin shipping next week, and for a week starting today you can get the book (Print or E-Book edition) for 40% off at Nostarch.com. Just use the coupon code WILLITBLEND at the checkout.
For more about the book, check out this post.
— Ton Roosendaal (@tonroosendaal) February 15, 2013
You can now buy my book, Blender Master Class on the Blender.org E-Store, it’s roughly the same price as ordering anywhere else, and you’ll also be supporting the Blender Foundation.