In this course you will take your first steps in 3D design and 3D printing using one of the most used Open Source tools: FreeCad. For this course we are using FreeCad 16, so you might expect minor changes if you are using a greater version.

This course is focused on 3D printing of maps or plans aimed to help blind people to localize themselves or get to know new places and environmetns. For this reason in the last section of the course we will introduce the use of Inkscap for designing 2D drawing than then can be coverted into a 3D Map.

Te course is organized in two sections:

Section 1. Introduction to 3D design with FreeCad
Section 2. Designing Maps and Plans for the visually impaired

In the first section we will learn the basis of 3D solid geometry design, focusing on:

Creating solid geometries.
Moving solid geometries on the 3D space.
Combining solid geometris through boolean operations.
Repetition of solid geometries with arrays.

The second section will focus on designing 3D models from 2D Sketches, wich will allow us to create versatile maps and plans:

Desgining 3D shapes from a sketch in FreeCad
Sketching in Inkscape and importing to FreeCad.
Copying 2D drawings with Inkscape and importing to FreeCad.
Moving 3D shapes alongside paths.

 

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