Are you interested by creating Low Poly fashions utilizing current fashions?
This tutorial will present you create low poly fashions for 3D printing utilizing free software program!
For those who’d choose a video tutorial, you’ll find one I made on YouTube.
This course of works with nearly any .STL file you wish to use, and creates a low poly faceted look that may create some very fascinating fashions!
- Blender 2.eight
- Cura (optionally available)
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Step 1: Decide a Mannequin
Step one of this course of is selecting a mannequin. We’re going to use a course of often called ‘decimation’ to cut back the general variety of polygons used within the mannequin. This course of works nice on fashions which have larger poly counts which are likely to have larger floor element.
Fashions equivalent to animals, folks, and scans of sculptures are nice candidates for this course of. For this tutorial, we’ll be utilizing a mannequin of a cat that was created from a scan and uploaded by Thingiverse person BENITOSANDUCHI. Be at liberty to substitute in your personal mannequin, or use this one to comply with alongside.
Step 2: Load Your Mannequin Into Blender
We’ll be utilizing Blender for this course of, so this primary step can be to import your mannequin into Blender. You’ll be able to import a mannequin by deciding on File-Import-.STL from the primary toolbar.
As soon as imported, take a minute to get aware of the Blender setting. Take a minute and watch or learn some Blender tutorials if you wish to get extra aware of this system, but it surely’s not required for this course of.
As soon as your mannequin is imported, we will transfer on the subsequent step and start enhancing it!
Step three: Create a Decimate Modifier
With the mannequin chosen, choose Modifier-Add Modifier-Decimate to lively the decimate modifier. From right here, we will regulate the quantity of polygon discount and get an up to date polygon rely on our mannequin.
Step four: Alter the Decimate Ratio
Here is the enjoyable half! Alter the Ratio slider till you’re happy with the looks in your mannequin. This half is totally subjective, and I encourage you to experiment and see what occurs whenever you cut back the face rely by 95% or extra!
For our mannequin, we’ll set the ratio proper round zero.015 and begin cleansing up the mannequin from there.
Step 5: Test for Intersecting Geometry or Different Errors
Generally when lowering the polygon rely considerably, the mannequin can have some faces that overlap, intersect, or are now not wanted.
Earlier than exporting the mannequin for printing, test for any of those errors and clear them up utilizing Choose-Delete-Face and Choose-Fill to create a mesh that is able to be printed.
Step 6: Export .STL File
As soon as happy, export the mannequin utilizing File-Export-.STL to save lots of the mesh.
Step 7: Ship to Printer
Utilizing your printer software program, import the .STL file and put together it for printing. Right here you may see if there have been any errors through the export, and it is doable to return and proper them at this level by merely reimporting the mesh.
Step eight: Print and Share Your Mannequin
That is it! The final step is printing and sharing your mannequin!
How did the method work? Had been you in a position to create a low poly mannequin? What half was best and what was the toughest?
Be at liberty to share your mannequin with me over on Twitter, and let me know if there’s something you suppose I missed or wish to cowl in higher element.
Thanks for studying, and have enjoyable printing! For extra tutorials and 3D printing guides, try my YouTube web page.
If you wish to print out the low poly cat mannequin from this tutorial, you’ll find it on Thingiverse.