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#101 Harry P.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Hey! That's very cool! I didn't know 3-D files could be saved as a PDF.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

As the maker of the pdf you hold the keys, but, in general they have a very limited number of polygons and are demo purposes only



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

I should have been more specific in my question. I had assumed the file would need to be exported as another format and that it would have to be rescaled for the printer. I was just wondering if the wireframe or whatever it is called in the gaming world could be transferred to use for a 3D printer.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

Yes, now that you mention it, the files would almost always have to be re-scaled.The wire frame is the Triangular Irregular Network (TIN) of either a surface or solid.  If you have a TIN drawn as a solid and it is water tight then apply some software magic and print.  For the most part, even though it can represent a solid, a TIN is considered a mesh or a surface.  A surface has no depth or thickness as a solid does, as when in a game you are at the edge and things are a little wonky and you can look down the edges of the panels.  A surface or cannot be printed as there is no thickness, you can add thickness and print.  I hope that answers your question ...



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

Maybe I should go in a little further since you are going to have to share 3D information on this forum, ... well fairly soon.  A pdf utilizes a "Universal 3D" format know as .u3d there is a commercial package for this Tetra4D or you can make the .u3d in a freeware program MeshLab.  MeshLab will convert a lot of formats.  Once you have your 3D design as a u3d file and you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat version 8 on you can import it.  Not all versions work so I will place a u3d if I can for you to test your version.  Mine is Acrobat X and it is tools - content - multimedia - 3D

 

The forum would not let me attach a ".u3d" so I renamed it ".doc".  Rename it .u3d and you can place it in Acrobat.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:01 PM

In general a 3D object made for a video game will be optimized for a few faces possible and still end up looking good. It's more a matted of the video card than looking good to a modeler. Something you'd want to print with your new 3D printer would have a many faces as you could get.



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

The new Makibox 3D printer to be released this March. Starting price is $200.00. http://www.makibox.com/products



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

Living large: a 3D-printed house.

 

 http://www.cnn.com/2...html?hpt=hp_bn5

 

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:55 PM

The new Makibox 3D printer to be released this March. Starting price is $200.00. http://www.makibox.com/products

That is very cool


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

Buy one, JW!

 

 

Then I'll come over and use yours!!! :P



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

I really wish I could afford one of these. Opens up so many ideas for those of us who like to scratchbuild, but have less-than-stellar skills.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:22 AM

One more sign that the technology will be picking up speed:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2....html?hpt=hp_t2

 

PLEASE don't use this as an excuse for political commentary (prohibited on this forum) or snarky comments.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

You know, they laughed long and hard at Gene Roddenberry with his communicators and replicators in Star Trek. Now here we are only a half decade later with cell phones (some of which still flip open) and 3D printing. Makes me wonder what's next. SNARK! :P 



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

Glad you changed the link, the first one had me confused to say the least



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

You have heard of the iWatch haven't you?  Dick Tracy



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:48 AM

I really want one of those.  I could do all kinds of things with it.  :)



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

You have heard of the iWatch haven't you?  Dick Tracy

 

Dick Tracy was at the forefront of a lot of technology, some of it yet to come. As a character named Diet Smith said -- an entrepreneurial mogul in the Dick Tracy strip -- "The nation that controls magnetism will rule the universe." He invented floating platforms.

 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

Here is a link to a blog for Autodesk discussing 3D printing.

 

http://autodesk.blog...no-problem.html

 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

Hmmm. I opened a new thread based on a current news event of particular interest on this subject, but now it's post #114 in an old thread. Perhaps we should combine all General Lee threads into a single thread?

 

Reminds me of a quote I read years ago when The Los Angeles Times newspaper was going through major problems:

"It's fascinating reading the L.A. Times. You never know on what page you're going to find a Page One story."


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:30 PM

 

 

Reminds me of a quote I read years ago when The Los Angeles Times newspaper was going through major problems:

"It's fascinating reading the L.A. Times. You never know on what page you're going to find a Page One story."

The AZ Republic is like that as well