This is my tutorial to show you how I made the prototype to my soap-tile concept.
To make this tutorial you will need;
the 123d catch app
mdf pieces (mine are 4x4 in)
Step 1: Doing the Catch
I had an initial shape in mind for my soap tiles, and I chose to catch a pillow. I took 32 pictures with the 123d Catch app from different angles, checked that the catch was complete, and uploaded it from my phone to the community. I then went on the community webpage with my computer, and downloaded my file.
Step 2: Cleaning up your catch
Import your file into Meshmixer and clean up your file. delete the surfaces you dont need, and fill out the holes your model might have.
Step 3: Make your Catch Smooooth
I wanted my model to be as smooth as possible, so I used the smoothbrush/1 to make any small imperfections go away.
Step 4: Import your File to 123d Make
Import your file to 123d Make and start deciding what your output will be.
Step 5: Decision Time
Go through the instructions on the left side of your screen. Decide on sixe, thickness of material and what I am doing when the photo was taken, deciding on slice direction.
Step 6: Assembly Preview
123d Make also presents you with an assembly guide and preview to clarify how the pieces will fit together
Step 7: Plans
123d Make created the plans that needs to be lasercut. So save the file and move into Illustrator. As you can see, 123d make doesn't place the pieces in a very good way so I always spend a couple minutes rearranging them in Illustrator so that I save as much material as possible.
Step 8: Lasercut Your Pieces
Charge up your laser-ing powers and get those pieces cut!
Step 9: Glue
Glue all your pieces together. I needed a couple of shapes. So I printed two pillow shapes so that I could make four shapes with a flat base, instead of round shapes. In this case I used these mock-up prototypes as a shape exploration. Ill make the next prototype separately.