October saw an abundance of user generated tips and tricks—from learning 3D basics to diving into the nitty-gritty details of texturized objects. This month also saw considerable conversation and speculation on 3D printing’s impact and value to society. Read further for the best 3D news, tips and debates October had to offer.
Tips and Tricks
Whether you’re a beginner getting your feet wet or a seasoned pro looking to expand your skills, tutorials are always a great way to learn from other professionals. The following resources will help you grow as a 3D professional or hobbyist.
- Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 – If you’re new to AutoCAD software, this is a great place to kickstart your training. These 18 videos will help you learn everything from object selection to modeling buildings.
- 3D Replicator Tutorial – Ever dabble in the 3D capabilities of Adobe’s After Effects? This tutorial will give you a new perspective of what’s possible with AE as it introduces you to the 3D replicator plugin and particle option.
- Compositing Smoke Simulations into Cycles Renders Tutorial for Blender– Modeling realistic objects (in Blender or otherwise) has been a long-standing battle for 3D professionals. Elements such as light, water and fabric move and react in specific ways that can be hard to replicate. This Blender tutorial will help you come one step closer to rendering a particularly difficult realistic element: smoke.
- Photo Match Modeling in SketchUp – This video tutorial provides detailed instructions on how to create a more precise, realistic model using a photograph as your base.
The Great 3D Printing Debate
The conversation and hype around 3D printing continues to excite—and incite debate—this month, with several articles that argued about 3D printing’s impact and relevance.
The cage match was fought between two sides. In one corner, we have the optimists:
- What Can 3D Printing Do? Here Are 6 Creative Examples – Here are six amazing examples of 3D printing’s potential and current application in everyday life—including 3D printed organs and rocket engines.
- A Vision of How 3D Printing May Change the World – The Science Museum in London installed an exhibit that shows exactly what’s possible with the technology—and some of the applications might be world changing.
- Is 3D Printing the Future of Disaster Relief? – 3D printing backers have a novel (and life-saving) application for 3D printing: disaster relief. They’d like you to imagine a future where, instead of sending medicine, water and supplies when disaster strikes, 3D printers and materials are sent instead to produce supplies at the disaster site.
But not everyone’s sold: On the opposing side of the ring, the skeptics are doubtful about the technology.
- Five Reasons Not to Go Gaga Over 3D Printing – This article points out the many disadvantages of 3D printing: including speed, lack of usable materials and limited capabilities.
- Surprise: 3D Printing Won’t be Closing Any Factories Down – We’ve seen what 3D printing currently cannot do. Here, we see what 3D printing will not do: shutdown factories.
- Authorities Worry 3D Printers May Undermine Europe’s Gun Laws – Concerns about 3D printers aren’t all just speculation. Some worry about what the technology could do if placed in the wrong hands. That’s because of successful attempts to 3D print guns, the blueprints of which are already available online. People are so worried that officials in the United States and Europe are already working to regulate their availability.
Which side are you on? Let us know in the comments!
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