3D Modeling Program?

I have some ideas for a project I want to build, but I'd let to sketch it out in 3D form and create a model. Are there programs that can do this? I'd prefer free ones, but I guess I can shell out a few bucks if needed. I basically just need somewhere to put my thoughts into a 3D design so I can view what I'm actually building.

Topic by freethetech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


3D Computer Modeling Answered

I would like to make a short video with some basic CGI in it. Basically I just want to overlay a moving 3D model (Possibly a flying creature) onto some prerecorded video.  Can anyone recommend an easy program I can use to make a moving 3D model? I tried Blender but it is too complicated, so if you could recommend a simple editor that would be great.  

Question by physics_dude 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


A 3d model idea

This is an idea that I had for the Make it real challenge. Though I didn't end up taking this path I would love to see it be completed. It goes as follows. >> Make a spherically shaped skull with all of the innards of an actual skull. >> 3d Print it using medial grade materials (Realism) >> Skull baseball :D

Topic by The Cartographer 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


3d Modeling and Printing

Registration for The Cooper Union's Certificate in Digital Representation and Fabrication is now open. Check the website at cooperunion.augusoft.net

Topic by shoestring12 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


cardboard 3d models

First, you'd have to be very careful not to cut yourself (a leather glove to hold the piece helps). If you print the pieces for a cardboard model, instead of cutting, it'll look better if the pieces are sliced. These are the steps that I take: 1. After printing the models, I cut the pieces leaving 1/8 to 1/4 white space along the edges. 2 I use 12/24 pack cardboard from soft drinks (the cardboard from hot pockets works also, but its harder to cut) 3. use a glue stick to transfer the pieces to your cardboard and roll any round object to remove any bubbles. 4. when dry use a pair of scissors to cut the pieces. 5. lay the template face down on your material and use a pen to trace the outline. if using cardboard, use a box cutter blade and slice the parts out, slicing to the line of adjacent pieces. For slots, cut the width thru the cardboard, and slice the required length. Use an exact-o knife to cut the ends, flip over and trim. I've built over a dozen models and my three grandchildren love them.

Topic by yauco 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


VECTOR then To STL. Then to model

Behind on a project. Loooking for someone expireinced to turn a photo into a STL. File for 3D model. three sizes 2.5" , 1.5" and .75" Seems simple and straightforward but you'll have to see the image DUSTY dustflame415@gmail.com

Topic by DustyB 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Embed 3D models with SketchUp

If you want to share a 3D view of your SketchUp model, you can now use embed code to place it into a webpage. First the model needs to be in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, but once it's there you scroll to the bottom and select Include > 3D View to get the code.Here's one of Saint Basil's Cathedral.

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


3D Model Maker (CNC)

I don' t have the technical or computer skills to make this happen, but I'll bet someone out there does. I've heard of and read about these polymer 3d model makers and I understand that a few colleges have them. I know that one in my area does, as it was reported in the local newspaper. I also understand that they are quite expensive. I've seen the Instructables for some 2D routing tables, and even a couple for 3D work, using a hot glue gun or some other flexible material for building the model. Crude results, comparatively speaking, but impressive from the standpoint of the home hobbyist.  I've recently learned of a product called Solarez, which is a UV curing resin for fiberglass work. No limits on the working time of the resin, no gelling up in the middle of a job, it seems like a dream for complex fiberglass projects. Put it in the sun and three minutes later, it's fully cured. There are videos on YouTube for the fiberglassing aspect of things. They are not as exciting as the Instructables, but they are instructional. I plan to use Solarez in my future fiberglass projects, but I have a quart of very expensive epoxy resin to use up first. I figure if you fill an aquarium with Solarez and put a Z-axis table at the bottom, and a 2D UV laser on the top, you've got exactly the same thing for which others are paying thousands of dollars. I don't know how strong the Solarez would be in a stand-alone construction and I doubt that the manufacturer of Solarez intended it to be used in this manner, nor do I know how the stuff would react to a UV laser, and if it is practical from an elapsed time frame of reference. Again, I don't have the tech skills, nor even the need for such a device, but I think it's within the skill set of some of the more talented Instructable builders here. Just some random thoughts...

Topic by fred_dot_u 8 years ago


Making a 3D DNA model

Hi, I was thinking about trying to make one of those 3D DNA models you see in schools, showing all the atoms in the molecules joined together and climbing up in that beautiful double helix shape.Trouble is, I don't have the money to spend on one of those several-hundred-dollar kits, and I can't figure out exactly how a single nucleotide should look, let alone how to make several dozen nucleotides and joining them all together.I've searched google without much success, so any pointers/helpful guide images would be very much appreciated. Thanks

Topic by schazer 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can i just extract a 3d model file from lets say tf2 and use a 3d printer to make it?

I'm dying for a Shortstop on my desk. Anything else I need to do? Or can I just buy one.

Question by N00B5L4Y3R 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Did someone know how to make a 3d character in sketch up??

Did someone know how to make a 3d character in sketch up?? Because I want to make some draw that I did but I want to make it papercraft ,so Thats why I needed

Question by fettfan 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


3-d modeling? Answered

Hey everybody some of you might know i like paper craft and i saw this one http://visualspicer.com/v1/freedom-gundam/ gundam model out of paper and i was wondering if its possable to take picture or something and then make it into a 3d model and then put it to a pdo file

Question by knexsuperbuilderfreak 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


any ideas for 3d printing

Has anyone got ideas of what would be a cool thing to 3d print? perhaps something with moving parts, any ideas would be appreciated thanks.

Topic by resistanceisfutileiflessthan1ohm 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago



3d Tutorial: Model A Sacred Merkaba For 3D Printing

In this quick tutorial, we model what is known as a Sacred Merkaba for 3d printing or digital asset design.  Symbolic of ancient spirituality and mysticism, this shape has been part of religious iconography for thousands of years.  Geometers and mathematicians recognize it as a Stellated Octahedron, or Star Tetrahedron.  I'm using 3dsmax 2012 for this example, but the techniques can be translated to any capable polygonal modeling package. 3dsmax: Blender 3D:

Topic by JohnM440 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


pricing model for 3D printed artifacts

What would be the factors affecting the pricing of 3D printed artifacts obviously - material used, time taken to print, any post processing steps should be considered. Any other things pop in to your mind. Please let me know.

Topic by 3dgeek 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


3D interpretation of the Instructable Robot

Here is available for download a 3D interpretation of the Instructable Robot.It's available for free and it's "open-source".(Update : I also added a 360 video, and several other pictures)http://www.terminajones.com/share/irobot/How to open/view it :For the .WRL, you could use OpenVRML or FreeWRL or Wj3D or InstantPlayer.For the .3DS you could use whatever 3D modeler/editor/viewer compatible with this format (but this format does not contains colors).For the .wings, you could use Wings3D (which is free and opensource). That's what I used to model it._(Note : the license below is just an official mean to recognize I'm not the author of the "instructable robot", and to state that the material I provide is a simple 3D interpretation of an original work that is not mine.)LICENSE :If you download, use and/or keep the material describedin this license, you must accept this license. If you don't accept this license, you are not authorizedto use and/or keep the material described here.The "instructable robot" is the intellectual property of his/her/their author(s) at Instructables.comThe material about which you must accept this licenseif you want to use and keep it, is a 3D interpretation of the "instructable robot", which has been created by the owner of Terminajones.comExcepted the copyright of this 3D interpretation, the "instructable robot" remains the entire intellectual property of his/her/their author(s) at Instructables.comYou are free to keep and use the 3D interpretationfor your personal use as long as :- it does not infringe this license- it does not infringe copyrights and intellectual properties of their authorsIf you want to use the "instructable robot" for commercial purpose, you need an official authorization from Instructables.com If you want to use this 3D interpretation of the "instructable robot" for commercial purpose, youneed an official authorization from Instructables.comand an other one from Terminajones.comIf you release a work based on this "3D interpretation"you must provide a copy of this license and of theoriginal material, AND/OR a link to this license and to the material you based you work on.http://www.terminajones.com/share/irobothttp://www.terminajones.comYG2F, 20080214

Topic by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Best program for creating 3D models

Ok I want to make a 3D model for printing, what is the best program to use.  I have Maya 2013 (DEMO) , and 3DSMax 2013 (DEMO), and sculptris 6.  What program is the best to create and convert for 3D printing.  I want to enter in the new 3D Printing contest and if I make something 3D I want it to work on someones printer for them to print.  Plus if the software can make it fool proof, I don't want to make a model that won't print, and don't really know what is possible and what is not. Any help would be great.  Biggest concern it converting it over to 3D printing format, and making a model that would be able to be printed (with lets say makerbot, or the most common 3D Printer able to be printed by anyone). Thank you in advance.

Topic by spyder2021 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Possible 3d scanner project

An idea just popped in my head, just an idea.. take a scanner apart, and in stead of the scanner moving, have the "object" do a 360 while its scanned. so im thinking take the stepper motor our and build some sort of rotation device so when its suppose to "scan" the object is rotated and the scanner piece is at a fixed vertical position what do you guys think? please send suggestions, sketches. any input will greatly be appreciated =) thanx Brett

Topic by B.oom 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Model Maker Needed ....

My company is looking for a creative model maker for our model shop department. My company is based in Winston-Salem, NC and specialize in Point of Purchase displays for a variety of different companies. We have in-house engineering, project management, design, and model making departments.  We work with our clients on design renderings and build the physical model to review and approve. The model/prototype can incorporate the following materials: metal, plastic fabrication, electronics, plastic thermoforming, and 3D printing.   If you are interested in making 3D physical models for a Point of Purchase display company, please contact me. I would be happy to go over any questions you have. Joaquin Reyes jreyes@imageworksdisplay.com company website: http://custom.imageworksdisplay.com/ Thanks!

Topic by IWDMGJR 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Software for slicing 3d model into layers for printing, cutting and assembly from card, layer by layer

I've been looking for software to slice up some 3d models I've made in 3ds max, and i know there are Pepakura model unfolders but the shapes are quite curved and a pepakura model wouldn't shape up right. So I'm looking for software that can cut a 3d model into variable layer height for printing on card and assembling like a 3d sculpture ( see Darth Vader - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciberdoc/3895118480/ ). Any ideas?

Topic by Pink_wolf 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


3D printing test? Answered

Hi, I haven't got a 3D printer but I do have a model I would like to be test-printed. I have a model designed in sketchup and I was wondering if anyone out there could test it for me to make sure it worked before  posted an instructable on it. Thanks.

Question by JM1999 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Instructables Robot modeled in 3d with Sketchup

I made the Instructables Robot in SketchUp.I uploaded a SlideShow that also has links to the robot so you can download him and to SketchUp.Robot SlideShow and LinksSketchUp is free from Google.Links to everything are in the Slideshow.

Topic by SFHandyman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Autodesk Spark 3D printer models

Yesterday we announced Spark, a new platform for 3D printing, and that we were going to build a 3D printer.  We've decided to share some more details about the printer here on the Instructables forums. Here are two images of prints made with the prototype printer. Things are very exciting here! We'll have more to share over the coming weeks.

Topic by ewilhelm 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Which 3d modeling and engineering program

Hello all, I am new to 3d modeling and printing. Before I go and buy or build a 3d printer I would like to start 3d modeling. Out there is chaos. I mean there are over 15 programs that do 3d modeling. Each  friend I ask he uses a different one. So I need some help. Here are the requirements: 1)Software must be good for 3d printing 2)I don't care if it is hard to learn (if the results are good and the possibilities are endless) 3)Must be  also engineering  compatible (e.g I would like to build a suspension, or apply heat to a model and see what happens,  or apply pressure at a specific  point and see what happens) 4)Cost is not a problem,because my boss is paying 5)I have windows 7 64bit 4GB ram Thank you all

Topic by DJman230 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Using Google Earth's elevations of terrains to create a 3D model

Does anyone know of a way to pull the elevations of terrains off of Google Earth and Import them into a program that will run a CNC machine?For example, is there a way to make a 3D model of the land that I live on using Google Earths elevations?  I am looking for an relativity exact model of my land including all hills, canyons, and so forth. Thanks in advance

Topic by armynavy17 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Updated 3D Model of the Instructables Robot!

Hey Everyone!Happy Friday!This week I uploaded our latest 3D model of the Instructables Robot to Thingiverse, in case you were looking for some inspiration for the Remix Contest ;) It's exciting to see how many people have already downloaded the model! Click here to grab the model, and be sure to tag us on Twitter and Instagram once you're ready to show off how you used this 3D model of our beloved robot mascot!Have a great weekend!best,audreyObscura

Topic by audreyobscura 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


What is a good, cheap, 3D part modeling program? Answered

I need a program to design 3D parts, if I had a few thousands of dollars budget, I would of purchased Inventor or Solidworks but they are much too expensive. Searching the web I only found all kinds of open source programs that are not "professional" enough. I am looking for something cheaper than 100$. Anybody knows about one? Thanks.

Question by yonch 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


The "View in 3D" button opens the wrong model

In my instructable Blind Music Player when I click on "View in 3D" next to the "buttons.stl" file I see some other model. Maybe it's called "buttons.stl" too but that's not my model. Tested with Google Chrome Version 61.0.3163.79 (Official Build) (64-bit) and Firefox 52.3.0 (64-bit). Debian Stretch 64 bit.

Topic by Philip Ashmore 1 year ago



Modeling Mathematical Objects for 3D Print in 3dsmax or Blender3d

Hello, everyone.  I'm making my first post here to share some techniques and tips for getting started with polygonal modeling of interesting mathematical shapes, which could be used in 3d printing.  Math objects are quite popular in the 3d printing community due to their seemingly complex visual appearance, and overall unique aesthetic for creation of jewelry and other useful printed objects.  These tutorials are for use primarily with the modeling and animation software, Autodesk 3dsmax, or the free open-sourse Blender 3d.  However, the basic principals of these techniques can be translated to almost any capable polygonal modeling software. 3D Tutorial | Modeling Triply Twisted Torus With Holes | 3dsmax 3D Tutorial | Model A Mobius Strip Pendant | 3dsmax Modeling a Mobius Strip Pendant In Blender 2.73 3D Tutorial | Model a Scherk-Collins Saddle Surface Ring | 3dsmax 3d Tutorial | Voronoi Style Bracelet | 3dsmax Model A Voronoi Style Bracelet In Blender 2.74 These are but an example of nearly a dozen different mathematical and abstract models at my channel.  All tutorials are 100% free, of course, and I'd be happy to help you with any issues you may face along the way.  Keep in mind, in order to follow along with these videos, you will need to use the Autodesk 3dsmax software, or the free Blender 3d software, and have at least some intermediate  experience in polygonal modeling in general. These tutorials are not intended for total beginners to 3d modeling, unfortunately. Enjoy, and I hope you find something useful.

Topic by Luxxeon 3 years ago


Blender modelling question? Answered

Hello, I have two objects on the screen. When I select one and press G, a large circle appears which alters both objects when I grab; this has not happened before. I know that I must have pressed a shortcut by mistake but I cannot seem to find an answer on the Googles. I've even gone through the process of pressing each key. Could someone tell me how to return to normal.  Thanks EDIT; When I say normal , I mean, I need to get the Grab cursor back to normal( at the moment when I try to use it, it is a big circle, that effects everything it touches, rather than just the object that i want to move).

Question by FriendOfHumanity 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I can make 3D model from photo of a part, technical drawing or your drawing. (starting from 4$))

Hello everyone! What I want to offer you is my skills in 3D modeling. I can make a 3D model of your idea just from a photo of simple drawing, technical drawing. It can be anything that will give me the thought of the shape. If you need a custom part for your quadcopter just draw it and put some measurments on any holes, or just draw it, and i will tell you what measurments I need. Any model can be done for 4$ and if it is more complex, or time consuming to build the cost may be quite higher.   Simple models can be done even in the same day I get drawing!  I can also send you some renders of finished model. Just contact me here at instructables, send me a link to drawing/photo and I will tell you the cost. Remember! You pay only for ready model. I will not charge you until the model is finished. I accept only Paypal. Below you can see some of my work.

Topic by kondzio29 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Is anyone working on a front wheel drive car? I need pictures. Answered

Is anyone here working on the front end of a front wheel drive car? I'm working on a 3d model and i need the front wheel system, (eg: the brakes, drive axle, everything in the wheel well, except for the wheel) i have tried google images but no luck, all of the pictures are just from the outside of the car and i need pictures of everything so i can model it. im just hoping someone is taking their front end apart as im writing this! any pictures are appreciated.

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


3d ? How do I create a 3d fashion model from a photo?

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Question by Crystalflute 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Printing 3d models/ prototypes affordably? Is there a cheap place to get my cad file printed by a 3d printer? Answered

So I am working on a futuristic design of a ferris wheel and am having trouble finding a company or manufacturer that could make an affordable prototype. My 3d model has the dimensions 100mm x 100mm x 75mm max size with the volume of 5 cubic inches. The school I go to does not have a 3d printer but I was fortunate to find one of my teachers came from a school who had one and she was going to try and see if they would print my model for me. It's been over a month since I heard of that option and I am assuming that option is no longer on the table. So, I am looking for an affordable option to print my 3d model. My budget is under $50. Had I been able to use the school's 3d printer it would have only cost me $4 per cubic inch, resulting in $20 cost to make. Doing a google search for 3d prototyping companies I found a few commercial options yet the quotes end up costing around $375 - $725. I know the Makerbot is one of the most affordable 3d printers out there yet $1000 is not in my price rang.

Question by mcguyverzboss 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


New software traces 3D models from video footage (yow!)

VideoTrace is a pretty sick new bit of software in the prototype phase that's being developed by folks in Australia. By placing and fine-tuning points on video footage, the software can create a 3D model with textures. Now that I know about it I wish they would hurry up and release it.In their words:VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video models that might be inserted into a video game, a simulation environment, or another video sequence. The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modelled over one or more frames of the video. By interpreting the sketch drawn by the user in light of 3D information obtained from computer vision techniques, a small number of simple 2D interactions can be used to generate a realistic 3D model. Each of the sketching operations in VideoTrace provides an intuitive and powerful means of modelling shape from video, and executes quickly enough to be used interactively. Immediate feedback allows the user to model rapidly those parts of the scene which are of interest and to the level of detail required. The combination of automated and manual reconstruction allows VideoTrace to model parts of the scene not visible, and to succeed in cases where purely automated approaches would fail.Check out the video at VideoTrace's site. It has one of the coolest uses of copy-and-paste ever.via boingboing

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago


Obtaining helical slices from a 3D model

Hey guys, I've begun to work on a volumetric display for a school project like the one in the link at the bottom of this post but I can't figure out a good way to obtain helical slices of the 3D model which I intend to project. I could do it manually by subtracting the "negative" of the helical screen from my model in Solidworks and then take a screen shot, but this would be pretty time intensive since I would need 360 shots(360 2D images from below the model with the screen negative rotated one degree each time). Is there any program out there or add-on for solidworks which could automate this process? Or even a functionality in solidworks that I haven't thought of? Would appreciate any advice you have on this subject. Link To Helical Volumetric Display Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihZ_mJ04U3c

Topic by Pyrowuzzup 3 years ago


How many pieces does a 3D printer produce a 5cmX5cm model in 12 hours?

Hi all I plan to use a 3D printer to produce boxes for my circuit boards in small production.say 30-50 would be OK per day to keep profit.but I heard the 3D printer is a low efficient tool.so i want to hear people's opinion.

Question by gada888 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Cruise Ship 3d print

I recently went on the Disney Cruise and I thought it would be nice if I got a small model of the ship for my mom.  Turns out the model costs 50 bucks and I don't know how to design a 3d print.  Can somebody please post an instructable on how to make this ship and I will help with any details needed.  Thanks!

Topic by DoctorDv 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


When will the Money clip 3d modelling contest winner announcement be?

Anyone know what's happened to the money clip contest. It has said winners will be announced for about a week now?

Topic by Mr_o_uk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Schauberger Repulsine 3D files?

I am trying to design a model of Schauberger's Repulsine in Sketchup, maybe even try to print it once complete. For this project  collected all sorts of images and dcuments from the web to get at least most components covered, although it is impossible to get it all... I found the two "wave" disks on Thingiverse, which is already quite a good thing, so everything else will be scaled around these models. My problems so far: Top top cone contains a series of pipes shaped like the horn of a Kudu and on top of that following the shape of inverted egg. There are images to be found on the web but I have a hard time creating this in Sketchup. It is like two twisted spirals that are on top of each other so both ends are wide, the middle is thin. Ok, I give up, have a look instead: https://www.flickr.com/photos/esaruoho/4934537252/ If you know where to find a 3D model lke this or how to create these shapes in Skechtup please let me know.

Question by Downunder35m 3 years ago



Call for pre-made parts!

We're rolling out some new parts for the Kits in 123D Design.  That means you'll soon have some real-world models at your disposal in the Design app, and I wanted to see if there were some specific requests out there for parts that you might use on the regular. I've put in for some tools and hardware - like metric and SAE wrenches and hex bolts - but is there anything that you'd like to see as a part or a template?   M4 screws for an Arduino enclosure? 4" 2-way gate hinges? Eye-Hooks? Light bulbs? Threaded rod? Phone cases?

Topic by andrewt 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


3D Printer Help

I am considering buying a 3d Printer, but I need something cheap and easy. I found a model that a like, it's the FDM 3D printer. The problem is, science I'm new to 3d printing, I have no idea what to look for. This particular printer has a low cost with a decent print size.                     Link to Website  ~~~~~> http://www.amazon.com/printer-printing-PLAfilament-applicable-Pieces/dp/B00ON2TG6U/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid;=1425238313&sr;=8-15&keywords;=3d+printer

Topic by MASH567 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how to make an electric meter model?

I have to make a 3D model of an electric meter and explain what each part is.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Method for "extrapolating" a skull from a 3d model of a head?

Forensics teams can "estimate"/"extrapolate" a face from a skull, so what my question is would it be possible to do this in reverse? I have been playing around with the 123D apps and i was already planning on making a 3D model of my head with 123D Catch for both the purposes of having a nice 3D model of my head and also so that i might be able to create a "form" , probably with 123D Make , that could be used to create masks that actually "fit" my face, so i was thinking, with the 3D model of my head could i "extract" even a basic model of my skull from it? And if so , does anyone have any ideas on how i might go about doing so?

Topic by shabaki 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Topic by trebledroid 6 years ago


volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Topic by trebledroid 6 years ago


how to rip 3D models from an emulator ROM?

I have seen stuff like that online, where people have stuff from N64 emulators in editing programs, i would like to know how that works, and/or how to do it.

Question by ashannon1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago