3D Printed Paddle Boat

I printed this cool little paddle boat over the weekend. It was simple to print and just needs an elastic band to power it.

The model was made by user swtchrwr  on Thingiverse.

Click here for a link to the model and the settings I used to print it. I printed the hull at 5% infill to make it nice and light.

Because the boat at full scale was too big for my printer I printed it at 60%. The pegs and paddle were too big for the hull so I printed the paddle at 50% and the pegs at 60% with a few mm taken off the width and depth.

Hopefully I will be looking at printing a steam powered boat next.

Poseable 3D Models & First Blender Creations Printed

I decided to have a go at making a basic 3D humanoid in blender. After a little research I gave it ago and I am rather pleased with my initial results.

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Here I am using a mirror modifier Continue reading Poseable 3D Models & First Blender Creations Printed

3D Modelling Making Tracks

I decided to attempt to add some tracks to my tank model I am working on in blender. From what I have read making good tank tracks is a kind of rights of passage in 3D Modelling. The detail some people have gone into is Continue reading 3D Modelling Making Tracks

3D Modelling

I recently been playing around more and more with 3D modelling.

There are two reasons for this.

Firstly as you may have seen from my previous posts I am building a 3D printer. Secondly I have been prototyping different computer game ideas in Unity for a while now and decided to switch to 3D for some of my ideas.

Here is a couple of images of a tank model I am working on. It does not really have a dedicated purpose yet but I thought if I made any models for use in games they could be simplified for printing purposes.

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The weapon of choice for my 3D modelling is Blender. This is because it is a free open source application with plenty of tutorials on itself and integration with Unity.

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It looks like 3D printing will pose its own challenges where things like over hanging parts will be a challenge. This does give me the idea of printing a model over several runs in kit form though which would be cool.