This month is full of fresh tips, tricks and tutorials that are sure to get your creative wheels spinning. Below, you’ll find everything from SketchUp and Mudbox tutorials to a complete primer of 3D printing. Happy designing!
Tips, Tricks and Tutorials
School’s always in session for 3D professionals looking to learn new technologies, software and functions in 3D applications. Jumpstart your education with the following resources:
- SketchUp - A 3D Toolbox: Textures, Doors and Windows — Learn how to create textures, doors and windows in SketchUp. This video builds off an existing project: Go here to view from the beginning.
- The 25 Best Mudbox Tutorials — Here’s 25 awesome Mudbox projects sure to enhance your skills with the software!
- Hands-On Review: 3ds Max 2014 — The team at CreativeBloq takes the latest 3ds Max release for a spin, explaining the pros and cons of the software to help you make an informed purchasing decision.
- Ripple Effects in 3ds Max — If you’re already familiar with 3ds Max, learn how to create a ripple effect using the software with this tutorial.
- Exclusive VFX Breakdown: Game of Thrones — Where are my dragons? They’re right here, Khaleesi. Check out how the dragons in the smash-hit HBO series Game of Thrones were created in this virtual effects breakdown.
- 4 Reasons Mechanical Engineers Need a 3D Mouse — Learn exactly how a 3D mouse can be used to sharpen and speed up your mechanical engineering workflows in this post.
What is 3D Printing?
People talk a lot about 3D printing these days. If you’re left scratching your head whenever someone mentions it, check out these useful links to brush up on the subject:
- How 3D Printing Works — This article will teach you what 3D printing is, how it works and show you 3D printing in action.
- A Brief History of 3D Printing [Infographic] — The history of 3D printing goes back further than you might think. See how much with this infographic.
- 3D Printing Fails — Learn exactly what not to do from these 3D printing fails!
Now that you know what 3D printing is, check out how some of the world’s smartest individuals are putting it into practice...
Boldly Print What No One Has Printed Before...
NASA tested the largest 3D printed rocket component it’s ever attempted to build—a rocket injector—and the part endured 20,000 pounds of thrust.
The best part(s)? The injector was constructed from only two components, while an earlier prototype used 115 different parts. That means cheaper, easier rocket flight could be just a little 3D printing away from being a possibility.
...But Don’t Forget to Give Making Stuff Some Love
Just because 3D printing is big doesn’t mean manufacturing has lost any of its awesome allure.
Case in point: Check out this video depicting how a golf club is forged.
But no one says the digital and physical worlds can’t get along.
Furniture company IKEA is using 3D augmented reality technology to sell more physical goods.
Their new app shows you exactly what that sectional or bookcase would look like in your home when you view a room through your tablet’s camera.
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