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Love and hate 3D printed word blocks

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Yin and yang, sweet and sour, and love and hate. It's fun to pair up words and let them play off of each other. I always liked the love/hate split myself so I decided to make a 3D printed item to honor it.

Look at this from one side, it's "love." Look at it from the other, it's "hate." Look at it from other angles and it's a bit of a mishmash. Make of that what you will.

I'm not here to talk about philosophy and dichotomy, though. I mostly wanted to play around with shapes and 3D printing and this is a fun test that can be quickly recreated.

 
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Step 1: Create word outlines

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I used Illustrator for the first step of creating the vector paths for the letter outlines. Just type of the words you want, choose a font, and make the outlines. Easy peasy.

Step 2: Extrude words

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The next step is to go into a 3D CAD program. Here I'm using Rhino, but others will work as well. Rhino makes it easy for this step because you can open up the AI files with the outlines and poof! There they are in 3D space.

Extruding the words here is done by choosing Solid > Extrude Planar Curve > Straight. Just choose a decently long extrusion length for each word and you're good.

If you didn't merge the vectors in Illustrator, be sure to merge the letter shapes here by choosing a Boolean Union.

Step 3: Rotate

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Grab one of the words and give it a 90 degree rotation. With that done, move it over so it completely crosses over the other word like in the picture here.

Step 4: Intersecting

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Almost there, now apply a Boolean intersection to the two words and the results will be the spaces where those two words meet. This is exactly what we want.

Now all there is to do is to resize it if needed and export an STL file of it so that it can be 3D printed.
nfk112 years ago
ok that is beast
This is sweet! But i dont have a 3-D printer is there a way i can like send the desgin of the words to someone to print it?
Shapeways and Ponoko both do this
MR.Geo2 years ago
This reminds me a lot of anearlier entry in the competition by ziggalo about a 3d perspective signature model. I do like it though and the images that you have entered of your model give a much nicer face to the final product.
fungus amungus (author)  MR.Geo2 years ago
Oh, nice, I hadn't seen that. It's the same results with a different technique. ziggalo cuts away at the first extrusion with the second and I'm intersecting the 2.

One problem that both of these have, though, is that it can be difficult to line up each view. That's probably worse with ziggalo's since those models are more intricate.

The next test I want to do for this is to create two extrusions and then taper each one in towards the front of the word a little bit. This way, the whole extrusion can line up along with perspective and be easier to read.
fungus amungus (author)  fungus amungus2 years ago
ilpug2 years ago
Oh man... this is trippy!
SHIFT!2 years ago
Hey Ed, on TV Tropes, there's an interesting word I think would fit your print quite nicely. It's called "Tsundere"
I love it ... I think ????
Nicely done !
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
awesome
fungus amungus (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thank you
rimar20002 years ago
Nice!
fungus amungus (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thanks!
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