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My pal Diego and I wanted to make something cool for our artist collective called "OUR HOUSE". He came up with this super sweet logo for our project, and I wanted to 3D print it as an ornament. I think it could be made in to jewelry too, and I hope to make a mold from this model. (Next Instructable!)

He sent me his Adobe Illustrator logo file, so I started hacking away at it to create some models that we could print :D
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Step 1: Export your vector.

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I received a set of grouped paths in a vector file, which I opened in Adobe Illustrator.

To open this vector in a modeling program like Tinkercad, I had to export it to a .SVG file.

To do this, I selected my vector, and went to File>SAVE AS.

I selected the .SVG filetype and then hit OK.

Step 2: Tinkercad

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My user experience in Tinkercad was awesome. I felt like I was a 3D modelling pro (this is far from the truth). I was able to make something I really like very quickly.

Setting up an account was a breeze, and I was able to start mushing models together quickly.


I knew I wanted to incorporate additional models of homes in to my existing vector-based model, and looked to Thingiverse to find many adorable and awesome models to load into Tinkercad

Thingiverse is a place for you to share your digital designs with others, and appropriate others designs into your own under the Attribution rules of Creative Commons.


Step 4: Arrange models in Tinkercad

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I was able to import both .svg files, as well as the .stl files from Thingiverse to my Tinkercad workspace. From there, I started smooshing them together, adjusting the z-depth and dimensions of my figures until I was happy about how the model looked. My last step was to group all the models together, to create one continuous model.

I did this by dragging the marquee over the entire workspace, then hitting the "Group" button in the upper right hand corner of the Tinkercad browser.
Edgar2 years ago
Voted, and going to the Blog, today.
Inventables have some neat Materials for Molding, the usual stuff, I bought a 2 product molding kit, and it works ok, and now, lotsa Smoothon products.
I'd use one of these for a Mold, and Sugru for outdoors, Oogoo for indors, but that's just me.
Tomdf2 years ago
Sweet, this is going to be super useful!
dworley2 years ago
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Awesome Audrey!!! I love it!!