I’ve been trolling around my collections of projects and my own personal wishlist looking for something to use as fodder to test what it will take to put together a drawing for Shapeways to print. Here’s a first test shot of what I’m working on right now. I’m working in AutoCAD and wanted to start with a 2d drawing then translate it into a 3d “mesh” that I can send to Shapeways to print.
As I work on this it’s funny to observe some of the things I normally wouldn’t consider in drafting. Most notably designing this model for things like painting. The Shapeways printers can do just about any shape I throw at them so I have to be careful to get something that is finished enough to make it worthwhile to print yet not overly complicated to paint and letter.