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:

Posted by JohnM440 2 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

Posted by Twinmum 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

Posted by sbolli 10 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.

Posted by Luxxeon 3 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

Posted by DJman230 3 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

Posted by JesterPoet 1 year 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!!!!

Posted by kalin.blagov 3 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.

Posted by kondzio29 3 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!

Posted by HavocRC 4 years ago

How to make a Three Axis computer inpite device for 3D modeling?

Does anybody know how to, or have they made an input device for 3D modeling that tracks horizontal movement, vertical, and depth?I'm looking to build something similar to this device. Link: www.youtube.com/watch

Posted by jacob5680 9 years ago

Electroplate tech used for 3D printing

Obviously it wouldn't work for large scale objects, but could high current, localized "plating" be used to deposit large, controlled amounts of metal to sculpt an object??

Posted by NumbersAndLetters 6 years ago

How do you make an action figure or a model with plastic?

Http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/games/uploaded_images/BaldBullActionFigure-763214.jpgI and many others have ever wondered how to create those beautiful Third dimensional vessels of imagination without get a crumbly, inanimated or/and flaccid modelling clay and sigh at the creations of others or the lack of imagination of some commercial figures.Why, i in my frustration learned to create Plas-ti-li-ne, clay and paper figures with great detail and now i seek to learn (and im pretty sure im not alone in this) the way to create permanent models just like the one´s we see at toy stores, hobby´s shops and the internet. But some times for one or another reason we are unable to find someone in flesh and bone to teach us as in my case in wich i live in the middle of nowhere.If i just knew the way to create those models i would had a way to give great gifts, to teach others and see my toughts in form but i cant go at trial and error forever, so i beg you to teach how to create an articulated shape! /@_@/ what is the material to make figures?what is the secret to turn a piece of ductil and malleable material into hard beautiful soft feeling piece of plastic?The Pieces of an articulated figure (like a detailed humanoid shape) must be shaped all together and then dismantled ?the experience of shaping is similar of that of modelage?I wish i know!!!

Posted by Plastic-the blue 9 years ago

A good use for old glass jars aka an experiment in drum modeling

This evening, I decided to try something out. As a bassist, it is key that I keep time, and play along with the drum beat. But metronomes are boring, and drum machines are too expensive. So, I set out to discover another way to capture drums beats. At the same time, I was looking at a few empty glass jars I had sitting around. An idea struck me - I would use the jars for my drum modeling machine! But how would I do this? It turns out, it is very simple. I won't give away the secret here, but I will hopefully post an instructable sometime this week that tells you how. I will link the instructable when it is up.

Posted by sugg22 10 years ago

Find out (exactly) where your steak comes from

My friend just forwarded me a link to the Bovine Myology and Muscle Profiling website. It's got a pretty impressive 3D visualizer for all the different layers of the cow flesh, an incredibly thorough how-to style video library useful for breaking down a cow, and is simply neat for anyone interested in biology, animals, or just plain weird stuff like this. via benjaneer

Posted by noahw 9 years ago

pics of models

Show off your origami here!

Posted by BuffaloNickel 10 years ago

Paper Models

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

Posted by aj01-01 9 years ago

Model railroading

Anyone interested?

Posted by GaryS25 3 years ago

signals for Model railways

I made the signal. I will show it soon.

Posted by paul Fast post 2 years ago

what model leatherman is the prize?

Just wondering, what model is it, because it is not specified.

Posted by Spectrace 11 years ago

Steam engine model made entirely with glass!

Here is a beautiful model of a steam engine made with glass.

Posted by blkhawk 4 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.

Posted by the poodleo 7 years ago

Paper model gun preview!

Ok, in this topic, i will post some pictures of the instructable that is coming.. making a paper model gun!IT IS HERE!

Posted by altaria1993 10 years 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)

Posted by darkmuskrat 10 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

Posted by DELETED_ryan1993 11 years ago

Applying modeling clay to porcelain

Hello, I have some porcelain dolls that I would like to embellish with some modeling clay for some Halloween project I am working on. What is the best type of modeling clay that will adhere to porcelain permanently?

Posted by SharBear613 6 months ago

Model Rocket sabotage

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

Posted by MajorBromley 8 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!

Posted by IWDMGJR 1 year ago


Does anyone even care about mini model? I've barley seen any in the entire website! (excluding www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Island-Gaming-Terrain/ ) Any way... I need to see more of this kind of stuff!

Posted by elkalpin 8 years 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?

Posted by Pink_wolf 6 years ago

Pictures of your Paper/cardboard models

Any pictures of all paper creations are allowed in this forum. It can be anything from paper knives to a cardboard guitar.

Posted by Kaiven 9 years ago

first ever BIG BEN mini K`nex model


Posted by Benjoe96 9 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?

Posted by Mr_o_uk 5 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.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Im making a huge Cardboard etched model , which kind off wallhanger should I choose?

I`m making this model out of laser etched carboard, it will be 5 meters in diagonal. https://www.cgtrader.com/3d-print-models/miniatures/figurines/sexy-naked-woman-001 what kind of wallhangers" are the best to put this on the wall and remove it the prettiest??

Posted by DIAGONALLIS 1 year ago

knex shotgun

Please post the best shotgun (which shoots knex) a model 1884 if you could

Posted by ashb1984 8 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

Posted by DustyB 3 years ago

Building Request #1

I need cool space ship model. To submit yours, you need to: 1.Build your model. 2.Take a picture of your model. 3.Submit your picture as a comment with your name and the name of the ship . 4.Monitor your comment to see if it's selected as the best model so far! I'm hoping to get some cool pictures!

Posted by krujh2 9 years ago

Change the size a model in pepakura

HI...i was found a tutorial here about make a Halo costume...but i saw that the size of the same pintted is big how by a adult person...but i need the model in the size to a boy of 12 YO...how i can resize the model to a specific size?...Exist a table of reference about size in pepakura VS size in reality? Thanks

Posted by Jhorbam 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

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

fischertechnik Model Show - NL

Howdy All, Nice slideshow of projects shown at the ftClub NL meeting ( Hoofddorf 13/03/2010,)  http://www.fischertechnikclub.nl/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&page;=slideshow&gid;=27&Itemid;=58⟨=de Thought to share. Richard

Posted by ftking_83702 8 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

Posted by shoestring12 5 years ago

Would a small scale model of your own house fit in the theme the Tiny Home contest?

Question for mods. Sorry if this is the wrong spot.

Posted by DIYJRAY 3 months 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.

Posted by freethetech 7 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.

Posted by Philip Ashmore 1 year ago

Simple 3 Floor Elevator Model

Hello I want to make a simple 3 floor elevator model. The Elevator should have UP and DOWN switches on every floor and should act as all normal elevator.  I need a simple and detailed circuit design and which components should I use for it. Circuit using Arduino Uno R3 is also preferred.  Can someone please help me?  Thanks

Posted by mbmz92 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.

Posted by 3dgeek 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

Posted by armynavy17 7 years ago

Any scale- model makers?

Hi, I am the art director on a very low-budget but so-far amazing movie. I want to make an inexpensive but professional looking model of an observatory. So far, I am thinking of using sculpey. Can anyone please help with some leads? I know I could put this together, but instructables, websites, or comments about materials or construction would help immensely. This website is full of resourceful people. Thanks!

Posted by seditesrawt 10 years ago

Prototype Model Time Machine Mk.43 - With WiFi Retrieval Facility

After constructing several incarnations of model Time Contraption and fed up to the back teeth with the inability to get back my previous prototypes, I have decided to implement a remote 'WiFi Retrieval System' onboard my next model venture. Plans to follow, but here are some of the parts I have assembled so far.

Posted by Captain R Humbly Hartley Wells 4 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?

Posted by shabaki 6 years ago