How to start?

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How to start?

Postby tokiwadai » Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:40 pm


Newbie in 3D Printing world but wanted to learn and hopefully gain more and more experience in 3D modelling + printing.
I think E-Nable is a good place to start... Let me know how I can help.

I have started learning Blender 3D modelling software and thinking of buying a 3D printer soon.
I checked the website and looks like you are using AutoCAD Fusion 360. So blender won't blend eh? ;-)
Any 3D models I can start poking around using blender?

I'm in Toronto area, BTW. Looks like there's no hub yet in Toronto.
Looking forward to hearing from ya'.


Peregrine Hawthorn
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Re: How to start?

Postby Peregrine Hawthorn » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:20 pm

Hi, tokiwadai!

Blender absolutely does blend. The Talon, Ody and Osprey hands were all made entirely in blender, and the Raptor Classic was made partially in blender. I use it occasionally, myself, as it's the best thing I have for editing .stl files.

I'm learning to use Fusion 360, but I also use blender, TinkerCAD, Solidworks, and OpenSCAD for various odd projects.

There are people using Rhino, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and an assortment of things I can't remember. We're a huge community, made up of Makers from all sorts of backgrounds.
Heavy duty hand user, and co-designer of the Talon.

I break hands and then tell you how I did it.

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Re: How to start?

Postby tokiwadai » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:53 pm

Hi Peregrine

Thanks for your reply. So far, I’ve been browsing the enable website, etc. I found some of the blender files from thingiverse for Talon Hand 3.0 model. They are in .stl format though (not .blend file). I think that should be fine.

So far this is what I got from browsing around the e-nable related website:
Found this youtube vid, on how to scale and adjust the 3D model (in blender) to fit into the recipient hand based on the photograph. Wondering what if you just need to scale the unit not as a whole but only some part; widening the bottom/ upper part only, etc?
BTW, this is a very nice video on how to take the pictures of the recipient,
I also notice that it needs quite a lot of works to assemble and fit various components of the device,

I have already submitted the intake form. I’ll just wait and sit tight then…

Thanks again.

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