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The purpose of this instructable is to teach some who has never used blender before, how to use it. We will go over the basics of modeling and navigating in blender.

First download blender from
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Step 1: Opening

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This is what blender looks like when you open it.
You are faced with a toolbar to the left an right, file operations to the top, timeline on the bottom, and the 3D view in the center.
Blender's default starting mesh is a cube, we will be demonstrating basic functions on this.

Step 2: Basic navigation

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To rotate around in the 3D view, hold down the middle mouse button and move the mouse.
To move up and down or to and fro, hold shift+middle mouse, and and move the mouse.
Use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
To select an object right click, to de-select right click away from the object.
To select multiple objects, hold "SHIFT" and select the objects.
To select everything press "A" or to de-select everything press "A"
Notice that when you select something, it will be highlighted orange.

Step 3: Object Mode and Edit Mode

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The two modes we will be using in this tutorial are:

Object Mode
This lets you select objects and move them around as you please.

Edit Mode
This allows you to select individual vertexes, lines, and planes. you can modify the mesh in this mode.

to switch between these two modes you can either go down to the menu below, or just press TAB.
SamsonK9 months ago

are there competitions hosted for this stuff?

SamsonK9 months ago

men!! this looks cool.

This is brilliant, oh my goodness!! I wish I had seen this tutorial sooner!

astraley10 months ago

thanks bro

tmaboko1 year ago
santhoshh2 years ago
thanq !! but some more depth we need i think!
romanyacik2 years ago
Thank you! I have Linux so blender is the only cad I can use. Until now I had no idea how to use it.
guyvorst2 years ago
It"s FREE. That's the huge advantage.
what are the advantages of blender over other cad programs?
T_T_ (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
honestly, it's just a matter of preference. for me, this is what I know how to use, plus it's free.