Not just another Salt Shaker
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ABS is okay for me it is a proof of concept for the class - PLA is better for real food safe use but i have not seen the test results for all the plastics we as a community print in as they come from lots of places.
Hexagon is great it is a polygon modeler with plenty of great Primitives and some encreadable utilities. It i think is a big step up from sketchup Free version and I think would rival the pro version. It outputs STL files that work great with Slicr and Skienforge. In the class we also focus on the workflow and file types on how to take almost any file and get it where we need it and how to recognize the issues that need to be addressed.
For a limited time it is free on the Daz3d.com website. you must sign up and add it to your cart and then check out. It runs on mac and on PC and it will run in wine on linux.
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HXN files are native Hexagon Files
In the class we created the shakers from scratch starting with only a cube primative. The entire two part object uses simple construction principles. By first creating the base in about 5 steps and then the top in about 3 steps. Duplicating the bottom half and making it fit into the bottom with a lip is the most complicated part. The hints in the class are key.
The Class covers the interface to Hexagon and construction techniques for 3d printed items. We also cover how to gauge your object output based on the printers abilities and design with the printer resolution and final product in mind.
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