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Beginning Design for 3D Printing by Joe Micallef

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CHAPTER 7

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Basic Solid Modeling Techniques

For those new to 3D modeling, Tinkercad is a great software tool to use to begin exploring 3D design, but it lacks a number of functions found in other solid-modeling applications. With Tinkercad, complex shapes can be made possible by grouping geometric primitives together (along with using Hole objects for Boolean operations), but eventually the need will arise to make intricate objects quickly and with precision. To make the 3D design of elaborate and highly complex geometries more efficient, there are a number of modeling methods (which are unfortunately not found in Tinkercad) that can used to ...

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