3D Printing from Zero to Hero in Blender - 3D Design
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3D Printing from Zero to Hero in Blender - 3D Design

Learn 3D modeling & 3D Printing with the free software Blender 3D - Start 3D printing your imagination in Blender 3D!
3.9 (190 ratings)
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Created by Thomas McDonald
Last updated 9/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create unique 3D models for 3D Printing in Blender
  • Turn your ideas into something real by having them 3D printed
  • Create 3D models fast and efficiently inside the free software Blender
  • Export your 3D models to Shapeways for 3D printing.
Requirements
  • A basic understanding of computers
  • Download and install the free software Blender
Description

Do you want to learn how to create 3D models for 3D printing in Blender? Do you want to design and 3D model your own unique projects inside this amazing Free software? 

By the end of this course you will be able to use the methods and techniques demonstrated in this course to design, model and export your own unique 3D models for 3D printing.

The course is designed for practical learning and will walk you step by step through the process of creating 3D models for and exporting them for 3D printing. When you complete this course you will be able to use Blender as the complete design and creation package. With the latest release of Blender there has never been a better time to get your creativity flowing.

Blender is an amazing program that enables your creative side while constantly challenging you to improve. By simply following this course you will be learning the basics of Blender and after completing these models you will be capable of modelling anything, from 3D printed gifts, assets for games and models for animation. 

The lessons are taught with practical examples and aimed at completing each section before moving forward.. Learning Blender doesn't need to be difficult and you should enjoy the journey as you create some amazing 3D models. This 3D printing course will take you step by step through each critical stage and help you develop your skills along the way.

Learn how to design in this amazingly powerful 3D production suite and start designing architectural 3D models, design for 3D games, design unique 3D assets, design for 3D printed objects, or create amazing art work.

This introduction to 3D printing course is designed to provide students with the necessary skill set required to model their designs in a free 3D program and export to a 3D print service. This course will guide the student step by step through every process involved in bringing their idea or drawing into the physical form. 3D printing is changing the way we design and buy our products. Unleash your creative side with this incredible process and stay ahead of the curve by seeing your products quickly without the huge investment. 

The course includes a simple model of a smart phone to help with the design stage of the mobile phone stand. This course is structured so students gain an understanding of the processes involved early on and by the end should be competent to begin their very own creations.

Learn the basic concepts, discover the amazing tools and efficient processes to design 3D models in the free software Blender.

This course is a practical approach and will allow you to develop the skills of 3D modelling while also seeing the result of our progress in real time. Learn the process of manipulating Blender to get the results you require and solve any tasks quickly and easily. The course takes you step by step through the process of modelling, checking for flaws, and exporting for 3D printing.


Unleash your Creative side

Open Blender and be amazed at the possibilities. Discover a new world of creativity. Blender is free, and constantly improving to deliver industry standard tools. It has a strong online community just waiting to be discovered.

More industries than ever are starting to use Blender with more and more small production houses releasing work created using this amazing and user focused software. This will increase greatly over

So jump in and start creating today!




Who this course is for:
  • Students who want to learn a free design package for their own professional use
  • Anyone who wants to start 3D printing
  • Students of Design
  • 3D print hobbyist
Course content
Expand all 52 lectures 03:44:47
+ Setting Up Blender for Effective Workflow
5 lectures 16:20
Short cut PDF for download
00:19

In this lecture we begin the most important part of the process. This step involves setting up the Blender interface by enabling add-ons. These add-ons are effectively switches for some of the many useful functions available within Blender that speed up the user’s workflow.

Download your free blender software here: https://www.blender.org/


Preview 07:11
Overview
00:10

In this lecture we setup the unit of measurement. It is important to gain an understanding of the units you will use within Blender to ensure your model exports exactly the way you desire. Taking the time initially to set this up correctly will be worthwhile.

Unit of Measurement
06:12
+ Introduction to the Blender Interface
9 lectures 24:31
The 3D View
03:19
The Outliner
01:13
Mesh Selection Methods
03:00

In this lecture we quickly go over some of the short cut keys within Blender. These shortcut keys are a fantastic feature and increase the speed of a user’s workflow expediently. Learning these keys at an early stage will help you with future projects as they can be used in every area of Blender.

Preview 04:38
+ Modelling
5 lectures 24:10
Blender Basics
02:04
Test Your knowledge
1 question

In this lecture we append a profile of the grip I prepared earlier from another Blender file. Appending is a very useful feature and one you will use time and time again. The profile allows us to quickly model the shape of the grip. Please note that background images can also be added and used as guides for modelling. 

Adding a Mesh
06:35

In this tutorial we continue to model the grip by following the profile appended in the previous lecture.

Let the Modelling Commence
04:32

In this lecture we begin to close the model on the bottom. The idea is to leave an opening for a small threaded insert to be slipped up as to attach to the drawer.

Closing it off
05:48

In this lecture we add some modifiers. The first on is a subdivision surface and it increases the amount of division on a mesh. It helps to smooth an object but has the side affect of slowing down the performance of a computer, so keeping the sub divisions view as low as possible can be a good idea. 

Adding some Modifiers
05:11
Test Your knowledge
2 questions
+ Do the important checks
1 lecture 05:39

In this lecture we check the model for any irregularities within the model. These can include extra vertices or faces. The model needs to be manifold to print. 

Make it Manifold
05:39
+ Export for 3D Printing
2 lectures 06:14

In this lecture we export our model in a stl format. This is just one format available for export within Blender and was chosen because most 3D print services will accept it and because it suited the project.

Exporting
02:25

In this tutorial we quickly take a look at the simple upload process to Shapeways and the options within it. You will need to set up an account to use the service. If you do not wish to use this service there are plenty of 3D print services available that will be happy to quote a price for your 3D model in stl format.

ShapeWays
03:49
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:35

In this lecture we begin the most important part of the process. This step involves setting up the Blender interface by enabling add-ons. These add-ons are effectively switches for some of the many useful functions available within Blender that speed up the user’s workflow.

Preview 01:35
+ Modelling
3 lectures 07:13

In this lecture we add a bolt mesh using an add-on enabled in the user preferences.


Preview 02:04

In this lecture we continue to modify the mesh to the shape we desire.

Using loop tools in Blender
02:39

In this lecture we check the model for any irregularities within the model. These can include extra vertices or faces. The model needs to be manifold to print.

Make it Manifold
02:30
+ Exporting and Uploading
2 lectures 03:21

In this lecture we export our model in a stl format. This is just one format available for export within Blender and was chosen because most 3D print services will accept it and because it suited the project.

Exporting
01:27

In this tutorial we quickly take a look at the simple upload process to Shapeways and the options within it. You will need to set up an account to use the service. If you do not wish to use this service there are plenty of 3D print services available that will be happy to quote a price for your 3D model in stl format.

ShapeWays
01:54
+ Introduction to Phone stand
2 lectures 05:29

In this lecture we set up the unit of measurement within the scene and adjust the size of the default cube.

Setting up The Cube
03:26

In this tutorial we append the model of the mobile phone from another .blend file. This is a very useful feature within Blender and one you will use time and time again.

Appending the Phone
02:03
+ Modelling the Stand
2 lectures 08:57

In this tutorial we continue to model the phone using the appended phone as a guide. Having models drawn to scale is very useful in designing products. 

Begin the Modelling Process
04:00
3D Modelling
04:57