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Design a 3D Printed Charm

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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6 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Make a 3D Printed Charm!

    • 2. Materials and Supplies

    • 3. 3D Space

    • 4. Designing Your Charm

    • 5. Shapeways

    • 6. Conclusion2

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Learn to design a 3D printed charm using Shapeways.  Graphic designer Susan Hughes will walk you through the process from 2D to 3D.  You can view her work

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1. Make a 3D Printed Charm!: My name is Susan used I'm a graphic designer from Madison. And yes, that star charm with necklace in the photo is an example of a star that I designed and printed Rob Brass. So you could do it to let me show you how in this class I'm going to share my now sign for three. Be using the online service, shake ways back. He will get an introduction to the intern out what to look for. Designing three d You lost. Someone had to shake ways and fast of are you will be prepared to order a three detective of your design in the material of your choice. So jump on board and I will see you. 2. Materials and Supplies: high in the segment. We're gonna talk about materials. You need three basic items. The 1st 1 is a ruler with metric units, the seconds an Internet connection. And third, you need a factor based program that is capable off exporting in J pegs such as a corral draw Adobe Illustrator or Xscape. For purposes of this class, I am using Adobe Illustrator and that's it. So round up your supplies I'll see in the next video. 3. 3D Space: in the segment, we're going to go over the X y and Z Axes, which is the three D space and Illustrator uses the Axe and the Y axis, although that's two dimensional space. Eman. What's different? Three D is Z axis, which gives you depth, and these values will come into play. When we import into shape ways. You'll see values for the X Y and Z axis. So that's important to note. And I just wanted to go over that to make sure you understood what the X Y and Z axis were . Okay, I'll see in the next video. 4. Designing Your Charm: come to class. Okay? We're gonna be designing the charm of this segment. So the first thing I want to do is I open. Illustrator. So open your Baxter program and I'm gonna open a new flat are open a new filing. 238 And you file So file new The first thing you wanna go the units and make sure millimeters is tracked. And them what toe with them. High to the our board should be 30 millimeters by 30 millimeters. The color mode should be RGB and the raster of fact should be 300 peopie. I then click OK and then go to view actual size. So it's tiny, you know, and then go on the illustrator menu and then go to Preferences units and then go to general millimeters on stroke. Said it two millimeters, then click. Ok, Okay. So I'm gonna dry a are, you know, make a star shape. Is that like stars? That's what I'm gonna dio and I'm just gonna draw star. I'm here by holding the shift key down to constrain my abortions. And I am going Teoh Oh, if you're transforming you isn't already outgoing. A window transform and The first thing we want to do is when I sat the width and the height of the star. So I got out my ruler, and I can see in my ruler that I would like my term to be around one centimeter by one son , immune or 10 millimeters by 10 million years. Simon. Enter in 10 millimeters, and I want to make sure the lack is lack to constrain my proportions and that hit enter. So that's about hoping it would be and then go to window appearance right there. And then it's a stroke. I think you should be at least 1.5, maybe larger, maybe two millimeters. And the reason for this is that most things most miles won't print in a wall thickness that is a millimeter or less. So that's why I made it two millimeters. So another way you can double check yourself on your sizing to is to go ahead and print it out and, you know, hold it up to your neck, there to your bracelet and see how that compares. That's a good measuring tool. Is wow. Okay, now let's go to file Export export as and we're gonna Sel AG for the four minute mile for Minjae Peg and I'm gonna name this example. I am going to click export. And then should the RGB for the color model quality should be maximum. And again the resolution should be 300 peopie I and then click. OK, and that should do it to the design portion. I'll see you at the uploading section next. 5. Shapeways: Now it's open your favorite browser. I'm gonna go with Google Chrome, and you want to go to W give you debt shape, ways, shape ways deck, huh? And quit. Go that. Ah, if you haven't already created an account with shape poising to do that and there should be a joint button in the upper right hand corner if you're not already logged in. Okay, Now we want to start uploading in our model, so go to the make my new right here and go to the pendant. Creator under uploaded to design Could kind of blood design. And I'm gonna up with my example. I'll see. Oh, yeah, there it is. And OK, undersize. So this is gonna be the vast politicize this, and I'm gonna take it down to about maybe half. I said I wanted to be one millimeters. I'm gonna do 12 millimeters. I'm not going to change the thickness or the depth, which is Z axis. I'm not gonna change that because that's about the minimum. And one thing I want to mention here is that when you size this, uh, going from 30 millimeters down to about 12 you are dealing with the X and the Y axes and those air constrained proportions so that whatever you made an illustrator or you're drawing program, the proportions are going to stay the same. So just to be clear, I'm at okay and I'm going cooking my penance. Okay, Now quit on your view, model Watson. And then the first thing you wanna do is name your pendant. So I'm just gonna tell this example Number one and then click Update. That's very important to do because it's kind of a metadata thing. But you can get really confused if you start doing a lot of models and you don't get rename them and they're all creator pregnant. Okay, so here we go. We can check her of scale are scale. I said it to 12 millimeters, and this is about 11.26 millimeters. So that's about right. And what? It will automatically tell you what materials you can print in. So we need to wait until that if you want wants for this man information to come up on your screen. But this will tell you what has passed the check, the checks, the automatic checks, and that would and so that you can printed in that material, as you can see, imprinted in some acrylics and plastics stainless steel. It's probably to smile for that, but under precious metal, which to me, that's what I mean. I like jewelry. Impression smile, but you can always do another materials as well. But, I mean, choose any one of these water if it's your budget. I printed a lot of things in Rob Brass as prototypes, because it gives you an indication of how old printing more precious metals such as gold or platinum. So you can go ahead and ab that to your cart and the little dialogue wax will pop up and then check out now. So if you check out, it will take about. You know, if you pay in, a regime will take about two weeks to get to you. So after that, just take a photo and upload it to a project area to your project, and I'd love to see what you create. Okay, see the next video 6. Conclusion2: It has been a pleasure teaching you, and I am totally charmed by having the opportunity to do this class. So I hope he enjoyed it. And please do poster projects. Post your sketches in your front and once you get the charm, I love to see what you create and thank you so much.