Creating a Model for 3D Printing on an iPhone/iPod Touch

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There have been many really creative apps iPhone/iPod touch which make it easy for an artist or designer to quickly sketch out ideas and concepts. iTracer is one of these apps. It allows you to create 3D models using basic primitives, revolutions and extrusions. While it is not as powerful as a full 3D modeling package, it is a great way to begin a model or to rapidly visualize an idea.
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Step 1: Create a New File

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To begin, select the File icon located at the top left of the screen and choose the New file option. Next, select the Reflection Sample option which will automatically load a preset model and lighting scheme. Tap the Object button on the bottom to allow you to manipulate the items in the modeling window, then double tap the objects themselves. This will select the objects and allow you to delete them, leaving a blank canvas. You can also choose the Empty Scene option which will give you a blank canvas to work from. Just be sure to add a light to the scene to make it easier to view the object you are about to create. Either way will work just as well as the other.

Step 2: Creating the Object

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Choose the + button next to the File icon and select the Mesh option. Then choose the type of mesh you would like to create. In this example I decided to create a small vase or vessel using the Revolution command. After choosing the type of mesh object, iTracer will give you a grid that you can draw points on to create the profile of the object you would like to revolve. Draw the points and move them to your liking and when finished, tap the Accept button. This will create the revolved object and place it into the modeling scene.

Step 3: Exporting the Model

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Once you are happy with the model, tap the File button and select the Export option. This will open a window that will allow you to email a .3ds file of your object to your recipient of choice.
good job
aadams203 years ago
Can the resolution of the .STL be increased so it appears more circular with less flat "faces" visible?
dscott43 years ago

I would love to see it added to the 3D print group I have just started


sergiuung5 years ago
is this augmented reality?

its 3d design, how is AR even related?!
doktorvortexx (author)  hintss5 years ago
 It isn't AR at all. It would be cool to use the built in camera and use some kind of photogrammetry program to automatically develop 3d models. That kind of process is way out since phones are not powerful enough to handle that kind of processing, but we can dream about the future!
clothbot5 years ago
Thanks for posting this! I've been keeping my eye out for something compact I might be able to use on my iPhone for my MakerBot.
doktorvortexx (author)  clothbot5 years ago
If we could only run the MakerBot from the iPhone it could be the ultimate in portable 3D printing...!