How to Copy Protect Your STL Files

The Makers Muse Youtube channel has recently released a video with some excellent practical advice on how to place copy-protection measures on your .stl files. This is particularly important advice for those who sell their models on online 3D modelling communities. Have a look:

 

3DPrint.com’s upcoming Design for 3D Printing Online Course Series

I don’t normally recommend online courses, but seeing as what they’re teaching isn’t really being taught anywhere else at the moment at this general basic level, it’s worth sharing.

3Dprint.com is running a series of Beginner Design for 3D Printing and Advanced Design for 3D Printing online courses. These are courses designed for providing individuals with essential knowledge of preparing CAD models for 3D printing, and basic tolerances and design principles for building objects for 3D printing in plastic and other materials. Considering this information is always useful for CAD designers and only taught in a few places (besides my own courses), I reckon it’s worthwhile. We’ve missed the early bird registration, but there is still time to enrol for the summer courses starting on 20 June.

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Setting Up the Cintiq Pen Tablet to Work Better with Zbrush.

A very talented colleague of mine here in the UK has recently completed an online tutorial (along with a video) on how to set up your Wacom Cintiq Companion pen tablet for optimised use in Zbrush.
For those who do not know, Zbrush specialists are particularly fond of switching over from using a mouse to a pen tablet, as it allows for the most freedom of movement and pressure sensitivity when performing surface sculpture.

Have a look at what he’s come up with:

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Setting Up a Cintiq Companion in Zbrush – Glen Southern

Video Tutorial – Matrix to Rhino Jewellery CAD Techniques Part 2 – Gem Cutter, Gem On Surface, and Prongs

And now for the second of my two jewellery CAD video tutorials focusing on how to use Matrix CAD techniques in Rhino. This one covers the Gem Cutter, Gem on Surface, and Prong tools.

 

As with the previous tutorial, those who might be concerned about whether this would make Matrix unnecessary shouldn’t be– when you watch the video it quickly becomes clear that these techniques won’t approach the efficiency of Matrix. However, it’s nice to know that if you’ve taken a Matrix class you won’t be stuck if you have to downgrade to Rhino.

Video Tutorial – Matrix to Rhino Jewellery CAD Techniques Part 1 – Ring Rail, Profile Placer, Gem Loader and Bezel Builder

You asked for it, so here it is:

I present the first of my two jewellery CAD video tutorials focusing on how to use Matrix CAD techniques in Rhino. This one covers the Ring Rail, Profile Placer, Gem Loader, and Bezel Builder.

 

 

To those who are concerned about whether this would make Matrix unnecessary– when you watch the video it quickly becomes clear that these techniques won’t approach the efficiency of Matrix. However, it’s nice to know that if you’ve taken a Matrix class you won’t be stuck if you have to downgrade to Rhino.

FATHOM Produces a Video Showing Entire 3D Printing to Injection Moulding Process

3D Printing Industry webzine has discovered an interesting video produced by product design CAD/CAM Service Bureau FATHOM which features a nice step by step guide of the plastic manufacturing process from CAD/CAM through injection moulding.

 

While not jewellery-specific, this makes for a useful illustration of how 3D printing fits in with mass production.

Generative Jewellery Design – Using Rhino, Grasshopper and Generative Algorithms to Experiment with Jewellery Forms

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I recently stumbled upon a community dedicated to the use of generative algorithms in 3D modelling for jewellery. In English, that is to say they experiment with the Grasshopper plug-in and Rhino to make entirely new tools which create and control exotic geometry on a design’s surface, allowing for much greater speed with working on complicated and repeating forms.

See for yourself: (video after the break)

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