Autodesk Fusion 360, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Capture, Cura, Octoprint, and Printrbot
This is a quick tutorial on creating a nice little 3D printed face portrait. Start by taking a picture with Adobe Capture which creates a vector file. From there we can bring it through Adobe Illustrator and Fusion 360 to create a 3D printable file.
Here is a video:
Step 1: Get Fusion 360
Download Fusion 360 here:
After installation create an account to login. Fusion 360 is free for non-commercial use. It will start in a 30-day trial. At the end of the trial you can either purchase a license for $300/year for commercial use or select that you will be using it as a student, hobbyist or startup, which allows you to use it free.
When you launch Fusion you will be in a new design.
Learning the basics
It is recommended that you do some of the basic tutorials before attempting this one.
This tutorial is fairly simple, but assumes the user has a basic knowledge of working in Fusion 360.
Step 2: Adobe Capture
Adobe capture is available on the iTunes app store or Google
Play store. It is a cool little app that makes converting pictures to vector art a simple process.
Select shapes in the top menu
Aim at your subject
Slide the bar left and right to get a nice preview of the vector definition and hit the capture button
Next you will see a preview of the vector file.
If you want to adjust go back and try a different slider position.
I have found this works best against a semi dark background. Too much light and you don’t get the contrast for the vector.
Now save the image to your library.
Step 3: Adobe Illustrator
Open up a new document in Illustrator.
Select on My Library in shapes.
You should see your shapes from Capture
Drag the shape onto the canvas
Rotate or scale o your liking
Double click the vector group to individually delete unwanted shapes
Select File/Document Setup -> Edit art boards
Drag the art board to encompass your shape.
Save as SVG
Step 4: Fusion 360 – Import SVG
Start a new design
Select Insert/Insert SVG
Select the top plane from the graphics area
Open the the svg file
Set the scale to be 1/72 (this is the conversion from Illustrator points => inches)
Select exit sketch
Step 5: Fusion 360 – Create Model
Create a new sketch on the top plane
Draw a rectangle that encompasses the imported shape.
Select exit sketch
** Note you should now have 2 sketches in your model
Select the rectangle
Set the distance to be -.25”
Select all the face profiles (see video for quick tip)
Set the distance to -.125” (this should set it to be cut automatically)
Select Modify/Fillet and add a 1” fillet to the outer corners
Select Modify/Chamfer and add a .125” chamfer to the upper edge
Step 6: Fusion 360 – 3D Print
Select MAKE/3D Print
Select the model
Set the resolution to “high”
Either select your 3D Print utility or uncheck to save an STL file locally.
Step 7: Cura
If you select Cura the file will come into your bed
Set the desired settings
If you want, you can scale the geometry here as well.
Save the g-code or print from here
Step 8: OctoPrint
Connect to your OctoPrint Server
Connect to the printer
Upload the new g-code file
Open the file
Step 9: Results
Here are some pics of the final results.