First thoughts on OpenSCAD

SketchUp is what I have been terming the “Programmer’s Maya”.  But I just came across a modeling program that truly deserves that title – OpenSCAD. OpenSCAD is pretty much only useful for 3D prints – you would not want to use it for modeling a room, for example. It works well for objects that can…

Firsthand experience in 3D printing

It’s been around for years.  I’ve seen others generate prints, but have never done it myself.  That is, until now. Tonight, I unpacked a new DaVinci Jr Wifi.  Here are my thoughts on it: Fairly large – approximately 17″ cubed. Filament spool sits on the inside of that cube – nothing on the outside of…

Comparing renderers for SketchUp

SketchUp is proving to be interesting.  At some point, everyone wants to take their crude models and render them beautifully.  SketchUp does not really come with the ability to render more realistic-looking scenes.  For any functionality that SketchUp lacks, the norm is to search for a solution in the Extension Warehouse. Turns out that there…

A palette of 3D models

I’m not a modeler or texturer.  I’ve dabbled in it enough to understand workflows, but not practiced enough to make awesome-looking things.  Evidently, with the advent of 3D modeling and 3D printing, a number of sites have popped up where people put up free 3D assets.  For future reference, here is a list of the…