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Modeling for 3D Printing with Shapeways with Aaron Trocola
Sunday, 8/12/2012
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
TechShop San Francisco

Learn the core skill for creation in the 21st century with one of the most experienced designer/modelers in the business. 

Aaron Trocola, owner/industrial designer at 40WestID, will get you up and running with basic skills and provide expert consultation on what tools and techniques to focus on for your area of interest, whether in jewelry, character, scale models or product design.

This class presents the foundations of 3D modeling and 3D printing, reviews some of the tools you can use to get started, then shares the most essential characteristics that make a model successful and outlines some of the most common issues you might encounter. If you have existing design experience in any medium, you will find it suprisingly easy to transfer those skills to this new technology. For those just getting started, there are many easy-to-learn tools to help you get immediate, satisfying results. Andy will tell you all about them.

We'll discuss what types of tools and techniques are best matched to what you want to make, and provide sample files for you to experiment with. After introducing you to the different types of modeling using the free tools, we'll move on to some of the premium software you should look into as your skills and needs advance. Optionally, you may bring your laptop so you can try the various tools as the class progresses. We recommend installing at least Sketchup, but for the full experience, also download and install Wings3D, Meshlab and 123D. 123D is PC only, but a good alternative is FreeCAD, which is available for PC, Mac and Linux.

New for this edition of the class: With your ticket purchase you will also receive a variety of sample files to help you get started immediately, including Sketchup templates for the the latest iPhone, iPod Nano and Shuffle, so you can easily design an unlimited number of products around them.

Bringing a laptop is optional, but if you'd like to try the tools during the class, bring your charger and an external mouse. We do recommend that you create an account on Shapeways prior to the class.

Modeling for 3D printing: Sign up here!

3D Ninja Boot Camp: Sign up here!

Intermediate 3D printing: Sign up here!

About Aaron Trocola: I am a teacher and industrial designer who has been creating 3D designs and working with technology startup companies for over 15 years. At 32 years old, I have more than 20,000 hours of 3D modeling experience in CAD, animation and visualization. I helped develop one of the first volumetric display technologies more than a decade ago. More recently, I have been working as a product designer, teacher and a reverse engineering technician replicating aerospace components. I love sharing my passion for 3D design with others and helping them get the satisfying feeling that comes with the ability to create whatever they imagine.