Create Computer Models for 3D Printing

The Step by Step course that teaches you how to build a Bobblehead Robot for 3D Printing.
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Instructed by Dave West Design / 3D & Animation
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Unlock the true potential of 3D Printers by learning how to create computer models. We'll go step by step through the free modeling software Blender as we create our first model: a Bobblehead Robot.

You'll start by learning the basics of the Blender program. Then begin building your own Bobblehead Robot. You'll discover how to model to avoid printing problems that can pop up later. We look at how 3D printers work and I'll show you the printing of the Bobblehead Robot. When done you'll see the quick and easy assembly process.

No experience necessary. My videos show you each mouse click and keystroke of the modeling process. I'll explain what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. Use the included illustrated PDF document as a ready reference.

If you have a 3D Printer, have access to one or ever wondered what these amazing machines can do for you, YOU NEED THIS COURSE.

What are the requirements?

  • You'll need to install a copy of Blender (available at You can download it for free.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Model an object in Blender suitable for 3D Printing.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course assumes you have no prior 3D modeling experience. I'll show you each step in the build process.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: An Overview of Blender

An Introduction to Blender, the modeling program we'll use in the build.


This short lesson briefly covers the Blender interface.


Navigating around in Blenders world.


Discover the different camera views.


Object Selection in Blender.


How to move, rotate and scale objects.


Learn how to place the 3D Cursor and what it does.


This lecture is all about the Coordinate System in Blender.


Blenders Modeling Modes.


How to properly save, increment and load files.

Section 2: Building the Robot Upper Body

Setup your Blender scene for the Bobblehead Robot build


Start building the Robot upper body.


Give your Robot a face.


Give your Robot the gift of sight with some eyes.


Your Robot needs a mouth. Give him one.


Give your Robot body some detail with a front grille.


In this lesson you'll start building the Robot shoulder.


Build the arm from the shoulder.


Next we'll add a hand to the arm.


Extend detail from the Hand to make the Fingers.


Add some detail to the shoulder area.


You'll position and attach the Arms to finish the Upper Body.

Section 3: The Bobblehead Lower Body

Start building your Robots Upper Leg.


Build out the Lower Leg.


Extend out the detail that will be the Toes.


We'll add detail to the Leg Assembly to finish it up.

Section 4: Joining the Upper Body and Lower Leg

We make a hole for the pen spring.


We make some final adjustments to the Robot and position him (or her) for printing.

Section 5: 3D Printing Software

We look at netfabb, a mesh analysis and repair program.


This will give you a brief overview of the slicing program, Slic3r.

Section 6: Printing and Assembly
Printing and Assembly

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Instructor Biography

Dave West, Artist, Educator

Dave West, Founder of Teach Me 3D Printing, has been in the Visual Effects field modeling, animating and teaching for over 20 years. He has worked on television series, commercials, video games and feature films. With a lifelong interest in art and technology, gravitating toward 3D printing was inevitable. His teaching experience as well as a passion for technology, make him uniquely qualified to instruct others in this new dicipline.

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