Tutorial Tuesday 11: Topological Mesh Modeling with TopMod

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It’s easier than you might think — if you know how to use TopMod. TopMod is a really unique tool to have in your 3D printing toolbox. Dr. Ackleman is Professor at Texas A&M University, and also, not coincidentally, the creator of TopMod.

Tutorial Tuesday 7: What 3D Design Software Should I Use?

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Sometimes you need an extra software program to export to the correct format for 3D printing. Mathematica + MeshLab + TopMod + Meshmixer. A fourth program, Meshmixer , was used to optimize thicknesses and size for printing at Shapeways.

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Tutorial Tuesday 32: Learn to Fly With Wings3D

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Wings3D is free and open source, but includes much of the functionality of paid professional software like Autodesk’s 3ds Max , as well as topological mesh modeling software like TopMod. For more information, read her article 3D Printing the Long Term Carbon Cycle at Fractal Teapot.

MakerHome: Day 256 - Friday Fail: Fixed-by-Tinkercad edition

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? Today we look at two objects that I had trouble printing on a Replicator 2 without doing some fixes. MakerHome. Welcome to MakerHome.

MakerHome: Day 194 - Pentagonal Hexecontahedron

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? For the next week or two we will be modeling and printing wireframe models of various exotic polyhedra. MakerHome. Welcome to MakerHome.

Day 135 - Six Handles

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Today''s model is a sculpture made with the excellent and innovative mesh-wrangling software TopMod. Since my way-back math roots are in topology, TopMod is like coming home; everything about it speaks my language.

Top 25: Most Popular 3D Modeling & Design Software for 3D Printing

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Creating a printable design is the crucial first step in the 3D printing process – and everyone seems to have a different opinion on which software is the most suitable for getting this job done. So what’s the most popular 3D modeling software for 3D printing?

Is your 3D model a mess? Make it printable!

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The screenshot below shows what it looked like when I did this in TopMod ; I added the closed triangle faces, and everything seems fine: Nice! Our repaired and remeshed model now uploads to Shapeways, and we can order 3D prints of fancy Deltoidal Hexecontahedron Tealight Rings.

Day 335 - Low-Poly Pikachu

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Today''s print is FLOWALISTIK''s nicely stylized Low-Poly Pikachu model from Thingiverse. The design of this model is great, and just like the ones we printed on Day 282 , FLOWALISTIC made very nice choices for the few polygons in the model.

Day 234 - S(5,2,(1,1,-1,1))

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This semester five students and I have been 3D-printing the knots through 7 crossings in both standard and special configurations, as part of our MATH 297 - Knot Theory Research and 3D Printing course in the JMU 3-SPACE classroom.

Day 278 - Silver pentagonal hexacontahedron bracelet

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Back on Day 218 we printed a bracelet built by extracting the center rings of a Pentagonal Hexacontahedron in TopMod. Or you can download my file from Thingiverse and print one for free on your own machine!

Day 299 - Tricolored representation of 7_7

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This one is a tour-de-force, made by printing out separate pieces and heat-gluing them together afterwards! Here is what he has to say about his design process for this knot model: This knot started with the typical model for 7_7, exported from KnotPlot and then imported into TopMod.

Day 136 - Six Handles Fancy

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Today we took yesterday''s TopMod model and created crusts along certain face loops to get a more open, fancy, swirly design: STL file: [link] Thingiverse link: [link] Settings: We used the same custom MakerWare settings from Day 110 ''s knot, to minimize supports and support attachment to the model.

MakerHome: Day 277 - Friday Fail: Diameter-is-not-radius edition.

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? Just saying, giant-model-on-the-right: As you can see, today we printed some power hair clips. Settings: Printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 on.3mm/low setting.

MakerHome: Day 212 - Stylized Catalan Wireframes

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? We printed each one in a different color with scraps from home and work so that they would be easy to identify. MakerHome. Welcome to MakerHome.

MakerHome: Day 197 - Pentagonal Icositetrahedron

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? Designed using Mathematica, MeshLab, and TopMod as described in Day 194 , with scaling factor determined as described in Day 195. MakerHome.

MakerHome: Day 192 - Mesh-testing a Gyroelongated Pentagonal.

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? This afternoon I was thinking about this problem and suddenly remembered that there is a little button in TopMod that looks like this: Problem solved! MakerHome.

MakerHome: Day 202 - Triakis Octahedron

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One 3D print every day from home, for a year. Current mission: If youre new to 3D printing, where do you start? Technical notes, design flavor: The Catalan wireframes Ive been printing are a bit stylized, with vertices that become larger according to their degree. MakerHome.