Installation, conceptual and animation artists with engaging 3D visualizations and/or rapid prototyping processes as part of the production of their works
Erwin Driessen and Maria Verstappen
3D [Art based] Theory, Rapid Prototyping, and Animation Sites
Modeling a head + Projection modeling + UV mapping
Projection painting and UV Mapping tutorial
Commercial / Industry Motion Graphics and 3D examples:
3D forums / Technical info:
How to make a two-part silicone mold
3D printing and sanding and combining to create a Zortrax Helmut. Gives you a good sense of the things that can and do go wrong.
Making Rounded plastics with vacume plastic.
Creating your own vacuum forming table
RP and Jewelry
Dot Dot Dash Designer Toys, Action figures, and Character Art
Laser Cutting Resources
Here are some web apps and online generators that create plans/files ready for laser cutting. A few of these I’ve known for years, but many more come from The Ultimate Guide To Laser-Cut Box Generators (Instructable by SparkItUp). Note that most of these will output files in SVG format, a common vector-based file format readable by most software (including Adobe Illustrator) used for graphics, fabrication, and laser cutting.
MakerCase. My favorite for simple boxes. Tell it your dimensions and out comes a box ready to laser cut. There’s also ConnectionLab and MakeABox.io.
Festi Boxes.py web interface. Many curved and fancy styles of boxes, trays, drawers, shelves, and more can be generated. Haven’t used it yet but it looks very promising.
Joinery. (Instructable here) Very interesting online tool to generate joints of all kinds to edges – not just finger joints, but suitable joints for laser cut fabric, cardboard and paper…! NOTE: This tool is designed for adding joints to existing non-jointed plans and shapes, not for building plans from scratch.
SparkItUp’s Guide lists additional box-building scripting languages and plugins for Inkscape for the adventurous power user.
GearGenerator. Great tool for creating “involute spur gears“, i.e. gear wheels with interlocking teeth.
SVG Nest. Trying not to waste expensive acrylic/materials? Use this tool to pack (“nest”) your pieces into the smallest area possible before laser cutting.
Wolfie’s SVG Puzzle Generator. Generates jigsaw puzzles.