Thank you for the thread link! That's going to be really helpful in the future!AlexG wrote:thanks! 3d printing is awesome.Sequinox wrote:Those revolvers look great! It's really impressive that these days you can create a 3D model, send it to a company, and they can literally print out your model. I love technology these days!
I'm curious though, how hard it is to work in CAD? I've never done any sort of 3D modeling before, however I'm pretty well versed in paint programs such as Photoshop. Is there a really steep learning curve with 3D modeling?
as for CAD i'm a very spacial thinker, so it's very easy for me, but for those who are not spacial thinkers it presents a very big challenge. Also, unlike photoshop where it's all about kinda making it up as you go, in CAD there are conventions to follow and requirements to meet before a model is actually useful for anything. there is a lot of knowledge required to be a successful modeler, but it doesn't really take a lot of effort to learn them if you enjoy modeling like i do. if you're interested, i also started a thread in toy discussion for these guns specifically and i've posted a few things about CAD there as well.
i hope that sheds some light on 3D modeling for you.
also, if you're thinking of trying to get into 3D modeling i'll warn you now, i don't know of any free software that comes anywhere close to the capabilities of the professional grade software i use, and the pro software isn't cheap by any means. the only reason i have it is because i can get a free student version through my university.
Yeah, I imagine getting CAD is an investment. Fortunately my husband and I have been talking about modeling for a while. It's always been a goal of his to begin 3D modeling so he can actually start creating his own toys. So building stuff for Shinkis actually seems like a good first step. I definitely don't know how well I would do with it personally, because I'm not a "technical" person at all, but I know my husband will be good at it.
I can't wait to see what other stuff you come up with!