This is a quick project of converting any image into a printable 3D model, like the image of a lion.
3D printing has always been an amazing technology ever. But despite that, CAD software have been challenging and confusing to many people, especially creating printable objects after drawing them. But good news is here! You can now turn any image into a printable 3D model easily using SelfCAD (No prior experience needed).
Overview and Background
Overview of SelfCAD software
We shall be using SelfCAD software to create printable 3D model. SelfCAD is an easy to use browser-based 3D modelling software that allows one to model, sculpt and print all under one program hence ideal for 3D printing in classroom and workshops. It's free for Students and teachers.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Modeling the Object From the Shape
Go to the create tab and click ImageGeneretable and select the image in which you want to work on from the create section of the top panel as shown in the picture above.
After selecting the image, you will realize that the image is engraved instead of sticking out, it's inside when you zoom it.
Finalising the Shape
-To separate them, we have to finalize the Shape first. Click the Finalize Tab after finalizing it's time now to position our image in the middle, you can achieve this by ensuring the X, Y and Z values in the position tab are all set to zero.
-Select the image, then select the cube on your left hand side and drag it towards the model. -Change the position of the cube by clicking on it and setting the values of X,Y and Z to Zero on the Position tab and in the Size set the values of X, Y and Z to 250, 200 and 100 respectively. The cube will cover the shape entirely as shown above.
Cutting Out the Shape
First, we need to do the Scaling. On the transformation tab click Scale. After selecting and dragging to and from you will find that the shape is now visible well as shown above. If we clip the image in the state in which it is in, we shall remain with borders. So to avoid this, we have to carry out Boolean operation.
Select the Image by clicking on it (Or check the box of image on your left hand side) and then choose Boolean in the Tool Tab. After that click on the difference and in the Select Image extract tab select the first option. That is, obj_5 in our case and click apply.
After processing you will realize that it left borders and we have an extra work to do in order to remove them. But that is simple.
Simply select and drag the cube from the basic shapes towards the image.
Position the image back to 0 in Y axis and 5 in Size part. Adjust X and Z to 250 and 100 respectively. After scaling you will realize that the image moves up, and this because it scales up in both sides.
Our shape is now easily printable. However, it will require support structures in order to print it perfectly hence, the parts surrounding the cat needs to be removed so that we may remain with the cat only.
1) SelfCAD software - Go to www.selfcad.com
and create a Free Trial Account (free for 30 days and $4.99 after the free trial expires). Then launch SelfCAD editor (the programs runs in your browser, no installations required).
2) Image of Cat -Click this Link to download the image of the cat.
3) Find a 3D printer - If you do not own a printer, use one of many online 3D printing services and have the print sent to you
4) Choose a printing material - Learn all you need to know about 3D printing materials on our Blog
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