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Long time... No post... New love

- Software

I know that I don't publish much these days (months... year).
Because most of the time I have nothing to say or just nothing enough exciting to share (IMHO). Or just because (and most probably) because I'm just too lazy to publish my experiments...

But then I felt in love !
And my new lover's name is Neobarok...

Cosmic Debrit

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Having fun with Meshmixer and Sculptris

- Software

Yesterday I had some little spare time between two projects so I decided to train myself at using Meshmixer and Sculptris.
I had no precise idea of what to do before I reminded a famous René Magritte painting from 1934 that would be a perfect subject for Meshmixer.
Along with a bit of Sculptris, I thought it should be possible to achieve a good result in a short time.

In just as little as 3 hours of time I had a new sculpture ready to be printed...

MagritteMagritte

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Screaming Hand 3D sculpture

- Print

I have allways loved skateboard and I still do !
And I also like very much skate designs...

Now to be honest I feel like I'm just getting too old to go back in a skate park or even to try some nice "ollie flip" in a street session...

Sculptris

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Interview : Amby, un artiste 3D en papier

- Portraits

Peu de temps après avoir commencé le projet "InMoov" je me suis référencé sur la carte des "builder" (fabricant) d'un InMoov.
Nous sommes quelques un dans le monde.
Mais en France curieusement nous ne sommes que 2 (référencés en tout cas, et à part Gaël le "papa" de InMoov qui est à Paris).

Mon autre "collègue" est à Marseille et s'appelle Ambroise.
(Ben quoi ? Y'a rien d'extraordinaire à çà !)

Mais ce qui m'a mis sur le cul, c'est qu'il ne possède pas d'imprimante 3D...
Son robot, c'est en papier qu'il le construit !

Ni une ni deux j’envoie mon meilleur reporter sur place.

Interview exclusive de Amby : un artiste en papier !

Amby

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UP! yours

- Print

This is my last ABS print on UP!

Fucking gnome (meshlab render)

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Do you fill like I do ?

- Software

Now that you understand what drawing with Gcode really means, you know that only vectors can be turned into stroke paths.
In a vector graphic editor such as Inkscape you can fill a closed path, but that filling will only exist on your screen.
Even if you tell Inkscape to fill in some path, you will only get the path's outline plotted when converted into Gcode instructions. That's because only the outline is a path but the filled area isn't.
So if we want our filled areas to be pen-plotted, we must first find a way to convert them into stroke paths.

Let's see how...TSP (result)

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Drawing with Gcode

- Software

It took me a lot of time, web searches, trials and errors to find a way to convert a bitmap image into a nice Gcode tool path.
I have tried many things including extruding a greyscale image into a 3D mesh and then extract its first slice using Axon/Skeinforge.
But this method, like many others, produced very poor results...

...until I found out there is a pen-plotter project for the Makerbot called "Unicorn".

Inkscape plugin

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Making a multi tool holder

- Spare parts

I will need something to hold a pen in place of the original extruder if I want to use my Rapman as a pen plotter.

As usual, I'm gonna design that part in Sketchup.

Pen holder

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