Making a 3D Model

Once you have downloaded, installed, and configured MatterControl, your next step in using a 3D printer will be to find or create a 3D computer model. MatterControl has fairly limited ability to do this itself (see Chapter 11’s discussion of plugins), but fortunately there are lots of programs out there, many of which are free. Depending on your needs, you may want to start simple (this chapter describes some options) or you may be entering the field as an animator or engineer who is an expert modeler already. We try to touch on some of the differences between modeling for display on a screen and creating something ...

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