Today I received an air pressure regulator that I will be using in an industrial brake. The brake has a pneumatic powered oil pump.
I first made the model in Solidworks. It was exported as an STL. This makes a horrible mesh for Blender. Triangles aren’t necessarily bad, but long triangles with sharp corners are not good.
I recreated the mesh by over the top of the imported file and then shrunk it down on the surfaces of the imported model. I then created material map files. For this model, I made a diffuse map, a metallic map, a roughness map and a normal map.
This model is available at CGTrader.com: https://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/industrial/part/air-pressure-regulator
I went for a walk with my wife and dog yesterday and came across a pedestrian sign in the middle of the crosswalk. This morning, I checked CGTrader and didn’t see any similar signs. I made a graphic in Photoshop and a quick mesh in Blender. I have posted the model on CGTrader for $2 if you are intersted
I walked passed this cone the other day. I had some time to kill, so I modeled it. I created one with the dirt and then cleaned it up.
I spent last weekend out of town working the night shift. While I was waiting for my shift to start, I modeled the table lamp in my hotel room. The model is available on CGTrader.com:
I was having a hell of a time this morning with Blender. I couldn’t get the Texture Painting to work. I searched online for a solution, but every answer seemed geared to someone just learning.
After struggling and not finding the answer online, I finally figure it out. The object I was trying to paint was in the “Local” mode. The local mode quickly isolates one more objects. It is toggled on and off with the “/” Forward Slash key on the keypad.
I toggled local mode off and texture painting magically worked again.
Here is a Blender 2.81 tip I had to re-learn today.
I started a new mesh and created a string of vertices. After I bit of work, I realized that a curve would be much better. It is pretty straight forward to convert a mesh to a curve, but the curve is little more than then the mesh by another name. What I was looking for was the vector handles to smooth out the corners.
The trick is to convert the new curve spline type to a Bezier curve. The vector handles then appear. Continue reading
When I tell someone I have a 3D print, nearly without exception, the first question I get is what do you print. It’s a valid question. Will you save money with a 3D printer? No, most likely not. Here is a list of some of the 3D prints I have around the house. Continue reading
I created a soccer goal in Blender a while back. Most of the goals I see available on CGTrader have nets that look like they were strong tight and frozen in place. I tried to correct creating a mesh and using the fabric simulator to create realistic slack. I then removed the faces and converted the edges to curves. I also added details like the corner brackets and the nets clips. Continue reading
Photogrammetry scans already come with their own lighting. When using these scans in Blender, you can get a natural look and speeds up Blender with a few clicks.
- Put the 3D viewport into the solid mode. You can click the solid circle in the upper right corner or hit the “Z” key and then slide your mouse to the right.
- Click the shading option arrow next to the shading modes in the upper right corner
- The lighting default is “Studio”. Change it to “Flat”
- The color default is “Material”. Change it to “Texture”
A new model has been posted on CGTrader. It’s a rocker switch with power on and off markings. It was modeled in Blender 2.80, but it was rendered in the Blender 2.81. Then new version of blender has a noise removal node for the compositor. It works great.
The new noise removal node is not available in 2.80. Go to the Blender download page and scroll to the bottom. Click the “Get Blender Experimental” button and download. You will get an compressed file. I created a new folder (c:\program files\blender\blender2.81) and extracted all the files there. Then just double click the blender.exe file to run.
To use the node, enable a few render passes that the node uses. Go to the View Panel and expand the Passes section. Enable the Normal Pass and the Diffuse Color Pass.