First 3D-printed Model – From model to print

Hello!

Instead of the usual type of Christmas-gift-for-girlfriend I made this candle holder – a very personal and fun gift for your loved ones.

When working with 3D-prints you can go figure with your imagination and the possibilities are endless, I chose to build this light upon my and my girlfriends nicknames for each other (it says Gom<3Gobb). As you see the model is fairly complex and cannot be made within just 3Ds Max so I had to take a turn through Illustrator, Zbrush and then 3Ds Max to create the shape.

Illustrator came in handy for creating the "pattern" of our names, Zbrush for turning it into 3D and 3Ds Max for using the "bend"-modifier to turn the model into a cylinder and also to get the scale right.

The model was printed at Shapeways in the material "Strong & Flexible Plastic" - the total price for it was €44.56 and €7.32 for the shipment from USA to Sweden, it was delivered 2 days after the order... Fast!

Here’s the light “in action”..

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Here’s some pictures showing the detail of the print, it looks a little fuzzy due to the nature of my useless mobile camera – in reality the surface is smooth, it feels similar to a porcelain cup in it’s roughness.

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And finally two images of the model, rendered and captured within 3Ds Max – the model consist of approx 700 000 triangels.

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3d print candle light abs plastic shapeways white 3ds max

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3d print candle light abs plastic shapeways white 3ds max

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