This video tutorial will introduce you to using MeshFusion and the process to prepare results for 3D printing. 12 videos have been produced to take you through the entire process, step by step, to model and 3D print a windup toy robot, covering everything from gathering reference, setting up the backdrop images, modeling with all quads, *and* converting the fused geometry into a ready for 3D print file. Also explained are strategies for getting the best results from your 3D print, regardless of output type.

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This tutorial by The Foundry’s James Darknell takes you step by step through the entire process to model and prepare a 3D printed replica of a vintage wind-up toy robot. Utilizing MeshFusion for the modeling, James also extensively employs action centers, the workplane and falloffs for modeling the base, all-quad meshes required by MeshFusion; showing you his tips and tricks along the way to obtain the best results. Once the modeling is complete he details his process to prepare the model for 3D printing on a MakerBot Replicator 2, using the MakerBot kit for MODO. However, the information provided should be applicable to nearly any 3D printing process.

During the process James will work with many of MODO’s modeling tools, demonstrating the day to day power of the workplane, action centers and falloffs. James explains using both MeshFusion ‘trees’ and the ‘fusion schematic’ and when it’s appropriate to use one over the other. Also, he shows how to check for water-tight models and how to fix them when they are not. Though recorded in MODO 901, the series begins with a ‘Considerations’ video that explains exactly how MODO 701 and 801 MeshFusion users can also follow along with the tutorial and get the same results. Once you’ve completed the training you’ll have a greater understanding of MeshFusion, and the process to prepare a watertight mesh for 3D printing, and of course a cool little robot of your very own.

Video 00: Consideration — Some notes to interface differences that will help MODO 701/801 users to follow along with the training
Video 01: Getting Started — An Introduction to the training, as well as a discussion on gathering reference, and taking photos for and setting up appropriate backdrop images.
Video 02: Robot Body — Strategy for how to best model the pieces that will shape the body in MeshFusion.
Video 03: Body MeshFusion — Setting up a MeshFusion Tree and using drag and drop to speed workflow.
Video 04: Robot Hand — Defining a custom workplane to capture rotated backdrops, modeling and MeshFusion of the arms and claws.
Video 05: Robot Feet — Modeling the feet and converting a MeshFusion tree into a schematic layout to combine multiple trees into a single object.
Video 06: Robot Head — Modeling of the various details of the head using the workplane and action centers
Video 07: Head MeshFusion — Combining all the details of the head and building a new schematic for the various head pieces.
Video 08: Extra Bits — Modeling the non-MeshFusion pieces, the Dome, screws and winder.
Video 09: MeshFusion Convert — Best practices to convert MeshFusion object into geometry for 3D printing.
Video 10: MakerBot Kit — Installing and using the MakerBot kit when preparing a Mesh for MakerBot Desktop and 3D printing.
Video 11: Wrap-Up — The finished 3D printed result and wrap up of the training.
Video 12: 701 MakerBot Extra — Additional compatibility information for 701 MeshFusion users wanting to work with MakerBot Desktop.

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What is included with the product?  

  • 12 videos segments
  • 15 scenes in LXO format
  • 10 assorted images and backdrops

Experience level:

All levels. Basic knowledge of MODO UI + navigation, some experience in general modeling will be helpful but not required.

Software compatibility:

MODO 701 SP5 or greater and MeshFusion v106

Product format:

All files delivered via electronic download. Training videos are at 1920 x 1080 resolution and narrated in English.