Monday, August 6, 2012

What's Coming in our August Projects?

Our projects this month include one two-parter and another where you use the very fun Inkscape. You can sign up to subscribe here - the year is still on sale at just $20!


Sky Sphere


Ever wanted to see your model surrounded by nothing but blue sky and some clouds? This project shows you how to make a sphere (more or less) painted with a sky image, that you can use to encompass a model.



Sky Sphere Animation

Part 2 of this project shows how to use the sky sphere model to create an animation of a model (an airplane in this case) flying through the sky.

video


Curvy Text in Inkscape

Text along a curve is tough to do in SketchUp, at least not without a lot of editing work. But it's easy to do in the free 2D drawing program, Inkscape. This project shows how to make a text string like this:


And import it into SketchUp as a graphic with a transparent background.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Free Project: Getting Started in Tinkercad

SketchUp has paved the way for new 3D modeling applications, and one that I've recently run across is Tinkercad.  It's a FREE, web-based application that enables you to quickly model objects that can be produced on a 3D printer.

I recently wrote Getting Started in Tinkercad (PDF), a free project, ready for you to download and use. If you have kids home from camp, this is a great activity to keep their brains firing till school starts!

The project uses my usual-step-step method to work through this cute little boat:


The Tinkercad team has a similar boat printed out (I believe from a MakerBot):


Enjoy!!

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