Scanning and Modelling
3D scanning enhances the utility of 3D printing
Many early adopters of 3D printing technology had to rely on commercial or open-source platforms that offered designs to print in 3D. There are many different designs available now, and the ability to scan your own 3D objects increases the number of things that you can create using a 3D printer. Building Information Modeling, or BIM, refers to a digital process involving the generation and management of information related to buildings and other structures. There are many different elements to BIM, but a particularly useful one is the ability to create a 3D site model using scanning methods. Scanners can create point clouds for processing into 3D digital models. This is useful in many aspects of the design process, whether it involves renovating existing structures or building new ones.
3D modeling can be overwhelming when you first start out and it can be hard to know where to begin.
Plan your model
Sketching ideas on paper can be a quick and easy way to visualize your 3D model. 3D modelling can be a slow process and you can end up wasting hours if you change your idea halfway through.
Keep it Simple
Keeping your first design simple is a good way to get used to your tools. If you try something overly complex you may be put off all together. You will be surprised how much you can make only by using simple geometry.