This a ready to print 3D Model of a Lion . If you love pets you can 3D print it and place it in your office or home. I created this model using SelfCAD software. SelfCAD is a browser-based 3D modeling software that allows one to model, sculpt and print all under one program. Has advanced but easy to use tools that allows one to model advanced models. With SelfCAD you have a guarantee of more than 25, 000 ready to print models and you can upload your models to the cloud for the whole world to see.
SelfCAD is free for students and teachers and for the general users they have a trial period of one month and later pay only $4.99/
Check more details about SelfCAD here: https://www.selfcad.com
Overview and Background
Overview of SelfCAD software
To design the above model you must have SelfCAD account. Visit https://www.selfcad.com to sign up for a 30 day free account and thereafter pay $4.99/m. But if you are a student or teacher SelfCAD is free for you. Contact them at email@example.com and they will set the account for you.
Once you have registered simply launch the software and you will be set.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Launch SelfCAD editor and select Image Generator in create section of the top panel as shown in the picture above.
Select an Image you would like to convert to a 3D model by clicking Select an image button.
Modifying the Model
Amount slider allows you to either engrave or emboss by a certain value. For this type of image the Amount needs to be close to 20 so that it's easy to cut it out later.
I keep Blur setting to a minimum to keep all the details but if you by any reason want to make the shape smoother, feel free to make Blur > 1.
In this example I will not be using Back Carveture because I want the back of the shape to be flat.
Take a look at the shapes above to see what difference and Back carveture and Symmetry make.
Finalizing the Shape
Click finalize button after you are done with the settings. It may take a few seconds to finalize.
Now position the shape in the center of the scene. Enter Position mode either in the basic transformations section in the top panel or from the scene and set x, y, z values to 0. This will make it easier to cut out the shape in the next step.
To cut out the shape we will use Boolean difference. So we need to add a rectangle that is larger than the image generated shape and position it on the edge of the image.
Click and drag a cube from the Basic shapes panel. Use Move and Scale tools to achieve what is shown on the image above.
Select both shapes (the rectangle and image generated shape).
Cutting Out the Shape and Making It Printable
Click on Boolean icon in the Tools section of the top panel. Select Difference.
Select the rectangle in the Select objects to subtract drop down. Click Apply.
And the model is ready! Now it's not yet printable, but no worries, that's what Magic fix is for.
Select Magix fix tool in the Tools section and click Apply. If you want to see what it does, turn on the wireframe mode in the Scene panel.
Materials and Tools Needed
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).
Select an image - Choose an image you would like to turn into a 3D shape.
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
Choose a printing material - Learn all you need to know about 3D printing materials on our Blog.
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Creating a Printable 3D shape of a Lion In SelfCAD