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    • September 11, 2017 1:08 AM EDT
      • Reedley, CA
         
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      A 3D BIrthday

      My wife and son surprised me with a 3D printer for my Birthday. I always thought it would be fun to create different things for the hobby and now I can! However I have no clue how to create an object...like a figure to ride in my coaches.... what is a good, user friendly software to create 3D objects? Do I need ac3D scanner? I think my technology learning curve has take a giant leap

      I appreciate any thoughts

      Richard
    • September 11, 2017 2:44 AM EDT
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      Richard, congratulations and happy birthday! No, you do not need a 3D scanner. What I would suggest is to try a free internet-based program called Tinkercad, which you can find at https://www.tinkercad.com. Play around with it and I think you'll be able to get a good start. There are some more complex programs out there (some of which are also free, like SketchUp and Blender) but unless you have prior experience with CAD or graphics software Tinkercad is a good place to start. There are also 3D printing services out there -- probably the most well-known one being Shapeways. Even though you have a 3D printer, it might be nice to compare what you print with that of a professional service.

      There are lots of resources here on LSC. Dig in, play around and enjoy!

      Greg

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    • September 11, 2017 12:37 PM EDT
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      Gregory Hile said:

      ... try a free internet-based program called Tinkercad, which you can find at https://www.tinkercad.com. Play around with it and I think you'll be able to get a good start. ..

      and while you learn, to use your new toy now...

      go to http://www.yeggi.com

      that is a searchmashine, to find printable 3D objects. it refers to objects on thinkercad, thingyverse and many others.

      (you will have to register and log in into these other sites, to download files from there.)

       

      for starters, i would recommend, that you go to yeggi, write "railway" or "railroad", set search option to "free" ... and be lost for the world during the next hours!

      welcome to the club.

      what make is your printer?

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    • September 11, 2017 1:34 PM EDT
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      I like DesignSpark Mechanical and it is a free download.

    • September 11, 2017 2:39 PM EDT
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      Richard Mynderup said:
      My wife and son surprised me with a 3D printer for my Birthday. ...

       

         You lucky cat!

       

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    • September 11, 2017 3:52 PM EDT
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      Too cool.   What kind did you get? I've been looking at them for some time now, but only because I want to push a button and have a part magically appear.   I don't think that they come to that stage yet...

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    • September 11, 2017 7:37 PM EDT
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      Thanks everyone!!  Yes, I was truly surprised by their generosity.  And the fact my ten year old kept a secret is the most amazing part.  The brand is Mod-t by New Matter.  Looks pretty cool but supposedly easy to use which is right up my alley.  There are some free things in their store I can download for free to learn.  But I'll also check the sites you've all recommended.

      I'll keep you up to date on my technology prowess!! 

      Richard

    • September 12, 2017 1:23 PM EDT
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      Tinkercad is what I use all the time, both for my home 3D printer -- a DaVinci Jr. and the ones at the library -- Makerbot Replicators.  For figures, try thingiverse (their search engine is terrible though).  You can scan yourself and print yourself too.

      Write back if you have questions.  I started using the 3D printers at the library about two years ago.  Now I help others figure out how to do it!

       

      This post was edited by Dick Friedman at September 12, 2017 2:28 PM EDT
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