I used Illustrator to draw a 春聯, spring couplet.
The file can be saved into different vector files.
It’s my first time using GIMP, but the functions of it seem quite enough. While I am worried about the compatible problem of the file format, .xcf, it shows that the file could also export into a .png file.
I usually create my thumbnails with Photoshop, it can easily and quickly change the size of pictures.
The exported file is here.
Blender is a really popular 3D modeling software recently, not only because it is free but also the rendering quality is pretty well. However, after few minutes of trying, I just couldn’t even create a sphere… I think I need to spend more time on it.
I followed the tutorials from Product Designer Online. And the following are my documentations steps by step.
Create a new project, save it into a new file. It’s good to create a folder to save the similar files
Once created successfully, the file name would show on the File tab, like this:
Open a new component and name it. Tips: Always create a new component when creating a new part of project
You will see the component is activated in the browser.
Create a Line with shortcut L
The viewing point can be rotated with the cube on the right-top side. Or on the bottom.
Click on the origin point, type the length of the line, and click on the other place, the drawing line procedure will go on.
Type in the length and press Tab to switch on degree, finish the drawing with ESC.
Right-click the mouse and select Repeat Line.
Finish the line.
Extrude the surface
Type in the length and click ok.
Insert SVG file
Select the top surface
Rotate and move the SVG file in the correct direction
The most important thing, remember to click the Horizontal Flip
Extrude the logo from the SVG file, select all the elements that need to be extruded. Tips: double click whatever mis-selected to unselect. Type in the distance and click the OK button to finish the extrusion.
Create a new component and name it in Handle
The handle component is under the nest of plate 1, we can move it out by dragging the handle onto the upper layer.
Construct a handle with middle plane
Select two sides of planes
Press P, Projection, to convert the middle plane into a 2D sketch
Select the plane you want to project by clicking the surface or outline
Use Offest to create the handle from the projected plane
Type 0.25 mm depends on the 3D printer quality.
Cut the offset with Line
Remember to draw the line out of a plane and drag it back to snippet to confirm it cut the plane.
Extrude the plane
Select the surface want to extrude
Select Symmetric to extrude the object to both sides
And we get this!!
Draw a construction line on the button to help with the middle circle drawing
Press C to activate Circle, and put the mouse no middle it would show a triangle which means it is in the center.
Create another circle with Offset Plane
Select the plane you want to offset and type in 60 mm.
Press C and type in 30 mm to draw the circle
We will get this
Use Loft command to connect the dotsSelect two circles
Use Fillet to create rounded edges to beautify the handle.
Select the edge and type in 10 mm, press + to select another edge to fillet in a different size
Then it’s done!!
Export into STL file, by right-clicking on the component and select Save as STL
The zip file of Week 03: Computer-Aided Design could be found here.
- My spring couplet can be found in spring.ai.
- SVG file for the stamp is russian-stamp.svg.
- The final .fbx of the stamp is stamp.f3d.