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Rhino3D has a powerful programming language; Grasshopper. This is a Grasshopper programme to generate moulds from any design. There is a video to show how it works.
UPDATE 8.9.15: Grasshopper programme updated to reflect updates to Grasshopper versions since first published. Please remember to install Hoopsnake for Grasshopper too!
This is ONLY going to be useful to you if you have access to Rhino3D version 5 or later.
There is a downloadable Grasshopper programme file and a demo file with a design and a spare. (Where you pour in your mould material). The output of the programme generates a MASTER mould. There are lots of customisation options - many of which you can see in the video. There are also plainly labelled tweaks within the programme for all manner of things; shell widths and slopes, bi-material offsets and interface configuration and much, much more.
A typical use is to create a plaster master mould. Clay slip is then poured into the resulting plaster mould to generate a slip cast version of your design. The design of course has to be castable...
Video available at http://youtu.be/3kU9nRV_ObA
FEEDBACK APPRECIATED. Do always download the latest dated Grasshopper file!
Automatic master mould generation by RodLaird is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike license.
So what's this mean?
We're sure RodLaird would love to see what you've printed - take a photo and share it on Thingiverse as a Make.
To post a Make simply visit this Thing again and click I Made One to start uploading your photo. You can also download the Thingiverse Mobile app (available via Google Play and Apple App Store) to take a photo and upload your Make right from the app!