Does anyone even care about mini model? I've barley seen any in the entire website! (excluding ) Any way... I need to see more of this kind of stuff!

Topic by elkalpin 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

pics of models

Show off your origami here!

Topic by BuffaloNickel 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Paper Models

This is a forum for paper model enthusiasts. Post you paper crafts pics, ideas, and what your working on here.

Topic by aj01-01 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

scale modeling

This is a simple forum for all of the website users that do scale modeling. I know that not that many website users do, but at least there's somewhere now that the few people can use to talk about painting, techniques, or anything to do with models.

Topic by the poodleo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Model railroading

Anyone interested?

Topic by GaryS25 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Model bridge

Hello,             What is the best way to construct a model bridge out of small wooden icecream sticks  The requirements are as follows: 1) the icecream stick dimensions are 2mm deep 10mm wide by 115mm long 2) the bridge has to be 1 metre long and about 20-30cm wide 3) the only materials are the wooden icecream sticks , wood glue and cardboard to form the deck of the bridge. The idea is to construct the bridge so as to be able to hold the most weight.The most weight achieved so far is 450 kg before breaking

Topic by jamesk891 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Plastic model?

Hi I have a small design that I want to be made out of plastic, its for something that I am working on but have limited artistic talent  just wanted to know if anyone wanted to collaborate on this of course I will pay within reason  please message me if this is something you might be interested in and we can go into more details , its two small designs 

Question by Kagsy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

I need a material semi transparent like gelo ,but time resistant.How can create it?

I need a material semi transparent like gel ,but time resistant. How can create it? I need this material for a ship model and the gel painted blue mast representing the sea

Question by koutourou12 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 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



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

Questions about Sugru

Until finding this site a couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of sugru. Then when I first saw it mentioned here, I think the name put me off - I kept thinking sugar craft / marzipan. Anyway, after looking around the site a bit more thoroughly, I've since discovered that this product looks extremely interesting and something I definitely want to try. Which leads me to a few questions. Is it available in shops, or do I have to order it online - more specifically, if it is available in shops, where in Australia would I get it? One use I saw for it was to take the place (sometimes) of poly clay in my modeling. One method I use is to make a ball out of foil and cover this with polyclay. Then after cooking, I cut a small area out of the clay (usually while it's still warm and not quite completely cured) and pull the foil out. This leaves me with a hollow vessel. So I'm wondering if I use Sugru, would I be able to cut a piece of the model out (maybe before it hardens completely) and will I be able to remove the foil or will the sugru stick to the foil. Another question. I see that the coloured sugru can be combined to create new colours. Has anybody tried successfully using paint or some sort of pigment to colour the sugru? Thanks Norma

Topic by Twinmum 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Hello, i am T.Y. Mech Engg. student. I want to know how software's like PRO/E are made. I mean how do they create the graphics (links of free download available graphics library's would be appreciated). Also how do they connect that(graphics) with their kernel? I know c++ already, which else languages or concepts do i need to know to create such a software? Also i would like to know how FEA is integrated in these software's. Expecting detailed reply's from all the experienced people who have worked on PARASOLID or Granite (PTC) or any other CAD/CAM software!

Question by coepian 7 years ago

Plastics modeling techniques?

Hey im and architecture student and im wanting to experient with a moldable plastic (in model building) to design a sculptural screen wall. To replicate a "nurbs" surface that is digitally modeled, so its all wavey and stuff. If anyone has any suggestions on material or modeling techniques let me know! thanks

Topic by sbolli 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

3-d modeling? Answered

Hey everybody some of you might know i like paper craft and i saw this one 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

models on harnessing energy?


Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

scale modeling papercraft?

I do scale models, and I was wondering; are there any places where you can download free papercraft things like buildings, army vehicles, ships, etc. for free that are in the equivelant scale of most models, suck as 1/48, 1/72, 1/35?

Question by the poodleo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Modeling assistance required? Answered

Does anybody have any suggestions on either making or, as a last resort, buying a scale model of this?

Question by memyselfand1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

signals for Model railways

I made the signal. I will show it soon.

Topic by paul Fast post 3 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago

Interest in Gundam Models

I have been surprised that there isn't a Gundam modeling tutorial on Instructables. If theres an interest in Gundam Models here I could post quite a few in-depth Instructables on the subject(custom painting. custom parts making and assembly). Thanks in advance for any and all comments.(And thanks to DannyChoo for the pic)

Topic by darkmuskrat 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

model sailboat spinnaker

Does anybody here know how to make a spinnaker for a model sailboat, if you do send a link or tell me how. thanks

Topic by DELETED_ryan1993 12 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 company website: Thanks!

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

Model Rocket sabotage

I need a way to sabotage a model rocket,extra points for explosions,house hold objects,undetected,funny,and relyablity

Topic by MajorBromley 8 years 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

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

Model sailboat for teaching?

Hello, I work at a Boy Scout Camp over the summer, and one of the merit badges we teach is Small Boat Sailing.  Most of the merit badge goes smoothly, but kids seem to have a hard time with points of sail.  Our plan is to make a small model to put in a tub of water and use a handheld fan to demonstrate the effect the wind will have on the boat at different angles and sail positions.  Any tips on this?  I tried finding models that were accurate, but they were out of our price range.  I want the sail and mast to be able to rotate smoothly, and the mainsheet to be able to be locked and unlocked.

Question by nlaluzerne 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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

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

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

realistic model water?

I have a model PT boat 109 ( in 1/72 scale) and the propellers are broken. I figure the best way to do this is to just throw the boat in a diorama scene, so it is at the waterline. Can anyone help, because I have no idea how to do the water, and i was wondering if there was any realistic water things that I can make at home, or buy for pretty cheap.

Question by the poodleo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Model rocket parachute??

Does anyone know how to make a durable twelve inch parachute for model rockets? One of mine is hopelessly  tangled up, and the other has a tear in it. I do not want to fix the others but make two new ones instead. Does anyone have any ideas?

Question by pen blade 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

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

Tongue and mouth model.

I work at a speech training center, and I need to illustrate how to make certain sounds. I thought the best way was to use an adjustable tongue and cheek model. Doesn't have to be a real replica of a tongue, just something to illustrate the tongue and cheek positions for different sounds. Needs to be adjustable. Any ideas? Thanks.

Topic by naim 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R artifacts models?

Hi, I'm looking for someone making artifacts from S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. I'm going to make some models of them, so I'm just looking for someone, who tried to make some? Does anybody have any perception? For example, which materials are good, which are not. I'm want it for larp action next year. I tried plastic (polystyrene), but it's so fragile. I wanna try melt PET plastic from bottles. Glass is absolutely unuseable. Some tips for transparent, solid material, which is easy to obtain and work with it? If someone tried to make some models of artifacts, send photo :) Thanks

Question by FireCrier 7 years ago

eiffel tower model?

I need to make a model of the eiffel tower. i prefer to make it out of: #1-cardboard and duct tape #2-paper and duct tape #3-knex i could also use other forms of connection other than duct tape. could you post a link or make one your self and post an instructable? (i will be working on it too)

Question by chopstx 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 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

Model airplane problem

I need help.  My neighbor is dive bombing people on horseback with his model airplane.  He is going to get someone killed.  I've tried to reason with him and have spoken to the police.  I'd like to see if there is a way to ground his plane when it comes on my property while I work on a nuisance/trespass case.  Yesterday he was flying it 6 acres in my property right over people's heads while they tried to ride.  I don't mind him flying it but doing flips etc on my land is unacceptable.  Please help!!!

Topic by Ewindsor 6 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

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

How can I make a light, durrible sculpture that can be hung on a wall?

I want to make a sculpt someting for my wall around 10' x 3'. I want it to be large, so I need something lightweight. I want it to have nooks with little shelves so it needs to be strong and not flake. I also would like something that would not easily deteriorate. I don't mind putting planks or something under the sculpted matterial. I was also thinking I might cover it with plaster or someting to prevent flaking but i'm worried that might make it too heavy. Anyone know anything about this?

Question by WhiteaWakening 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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

does anyone have ideas on how to model a oil derrick?

An oil derrick from the 1900s. thanks

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

Anyone know of a strong, lightweight modeling material?

I am an avid airsoft player and I have always been intrigued and interested in the fancy masks they sell. But honestly, I see no need to pay $89.95 for one with a design if a simple one can be less than $20. I plan on buying one of the cheap masks and sculpting on it the design and pattern I want. The only thing is, I can't think of a good material to sculpt with. Water-based clays dry fairly brittle, and plaster gets heavy.... SO INSTRUCTABLES COMMUNITY, what is a lightweight, yet strong material that i could sculpt with and NOT have shatter or break when shot with airsoft bb's?

Question by generaljuan 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Advice on how to go from 3D model to laser cutting vector file?

Hello,   I've been getting my feet wet in 3D modeling to try to build board game inserts. These are generally a series of boxes and trays that fit together to hold components and fill the space of the box properly. I have access to a 3D printer, but I can't figure out how to go from my model (in tinkercad or sketchup, generally) to the 2D vector files of the components I need for Corel to print them on the laser cutter. I suspect the process is more than someone could explain to me in the confines of this forum, but if someone in the know could give me a push in the right direction to find the resources I need, even that would be great! I've done a lot of research trying to figure this out, and all I have come up with are some Sketchup plugins that no longer seem to work, or websites that will lonely let me build one box at a time with no extra features (like scallops for card draws). Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer. Todd

Topic by JesterPoet 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Alternatives to Blender?

I hate blender, I really do, I hate Python and I hate the interface and most of all I hate wading through their site, does anyone know another good free 3d modeling software, preferably one with .nif capabilities>

Question by Crakur 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Connecting 3D printing with selling

Hi guys, I spent over 2 months recording a course all around 3D printing with more then 4 hours content, how to model and what to produce with 3D printers. So if you are interesting let me know. Learn how to model 3D objects and how to sell them. The course consists of three parts: 1. Creating 3D objects using variety of software products; 2. 3D printing; 3. Selling and promoting. You will discover more than 30 websites, over 60 links, and 4 hours of content. You will find new niches for selling products and you will get everything you need to become an entrepreneur using 3D and marketing skills. You will get everything needed to become entrepreneur using 3D and Marketing skills based on selling in multiply levels. Starting business without investment is possible, learn how! Just let me know you if want to be part of growing community and part of my course!!!!

Topic by kalin.blagov 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Anybody want to model "reflux" in the circulatory system? Physical model or computer pipe model!

My wife just had an amazing success when we went down to Newport Beach, California to get venoplasty to relieve many of  her symptoms following a stroke.  We pay for national medical insurance in Canada and this treatment is not covered.  (Even though it clearly works, )   One road block is that an expert doctor here could not find any evidence of reflux in blood flow to or from the brain.  (Some MS patients have damaged valves in their neck veins).  Now, given that each heart beat raises blood pressure from 1.5 psi to 2.3  psi about once every second and that valves are actuated by the blood flowing backwards, I find the "expert doctor's" results impossible to believe.  I am not totally without knowlege in that area either because I made a low pressure airlift pump this year  that has a much higher lift submergence ratio than the normal ones.  (The airlift in a bucket one). I was told that the maximum  lift to submergence in these things was probably not much more that 10 to 1 but I managed to get over 20 to 1 lift to submergence primarly by reducing reflux.    Also, I observed that the effects of this reflux can extend conciderable distances from the "valve" itself and are different in small tubes than in big tubes.  Therefore it is possible (Likely even) that a damaged valve in a persons jugular will have its primary effect in a capallery somewhere in the brain up to a foot away from the damaged valve.  So if someone made this model, I think it is likely that they can contribute to the rapid advancement of medical science!   Brian White

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

could a simulator game like sim city model a eco friendly community model?

Lyn city is a open source sim city that is configured by text files. Now if someoen went to home power magazine and entered the costs input and output of wind solar housing farming ... and consumption # of peep.. lynn city cold be a simulator for a eco friendly biosphere....

Question by josheeg 10 years ago

Modeling 2D Life-Size Files on the Computer

Hey community! I have a slight dilemma! So say I want to make my own laser cut frame, and I have paper designs, how do I transfer my paper designs to a computer? What (free :) program can I use to make a lifesize model? Like for instance, if I have a 4x4" square in the program when I send it to print after it's printed it's exactly 4x4". Also, do I need to do anything extra for sending it to a laser cutter? Will Adobe Illustrator work? Thanks!

Topic by HavocRC 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 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

Where can I download .123d files?

I was wondering if there was anywhere on the internet where I  can download .123d models for free. I have downloaded them from autodesks website but they have a rather limitted selection. Thanks.

Question by nurdee1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago