PROJECT: Custom Image Project Module 1

GOAL

Create or import a custom shape that can be used in module 2 to create a custom box or keychain using your new shape.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn Draw Tool
  • Learn to Convert SVG
  • Reinforce Import SVG into 123D Design
  • Reinforce How to Extrude Objects

STEPS

  • Positive Negative Space and 3D Printing
  • Drawing Tool Basics in 123D
  • Editing a Sketch and Creating a Complete Object
  • Create and Edit Your Shape
  • Find and Download and Image
  • Turn Image File into an SVG
  • Import SVG into Autodesk 123D
  • Find SVG file to import
  • Import SVG into Autodesk 123D
  • Positive Negative Space and 3D Printing

    It is important when printing in 3D to consider what is the positive and negative space of the object you want to recreate. Remember that parts of an object that look great in the model but that aren’t connected to anything will print but will not remain attached to the object. There are several design concepts that are used to avoid this issue. When thinking about designing shapes think about how icons, logos, and symbols are designed. View this slideshow and read the notes to see examples.

    There are 3 options outlined for ways to create custom shapes for use in the next module.

    Option 1: Learn and use the drawing tools inside 123D.

    Option 2: Find a jpg, png or other image file online + convert it to an svg for use in 123D.

    Option 3: Find an SVG file on the internet and import into 123D.

    Skip to the option that you would like and follow the step by steps for that project.

  • Drawing Tool Basics in 123D

    The Object Sketch Tools allow you to drop in and scale some basic shapes. When using any of the tools, a small green check box will appear, which can be clicked to escape the tool when finished.

    The Polyline Tool draws straight lines if you CLICK for the first point and CLICK again for the second point, connecting the two. The Tool also allows you to create a curved line if you CLICK + HOLD after adding a point.

    The Spline Tool allows you to create curved lines by automatically generating a curve between the two points you create.

    The Two Point Arc Tool allows you to create an arc by placing the center point of the arc then selecting the distance from the center point of the arc and then drawing a line around it.

    The Three Point Arc Tool allows you to choose the two ends of the arc and then adjust how shallow or deep the arc will be between those points.

    Play around with these tools to get a feel for how they work.

  • Editing a Sketch and Creating a Complete Object

    INSERT the first component or segment of your sketch.

    SELECT another tool from the drawing menu.

    When selecting where to begin the line make sure your previous line is highlighted to continue the sketch. It will want to snap to end points of the existing lines.

    Continue to ADD more segments to the existing sketch always making sure it is highlighting the existing sketch when you select the first point of the new segment.

    When you reach the end of the sketch make sure your last segment connects to the existing sketch at both ends. You will know you have closed the sketch when the interior area becomes tinted indicating it is a completed face.

  • Create and Edit Your Shape

    Now that you know all the tools, create a closed shape that you can use for the next steps of the project.

    One last tool you have is the ability to SELECT any point and DRAG it to edit your existing sketch. This will allow you to make minor adjustments to your final sketch.

    Continue with Module 1 or move on to Custom Image Project Module 2.

  • Find and Download and Image

    Google search your desired image.

    CLICK on image tab for the search to see a long grid of images.

    Find an image that will work well for this project. Ideally look for big bold icons, symbols or logos as they are easier to manipulate in 3D.

    View image and RIGHT CLICK to download.

    SAVE the file in an easily accessible place.

  • Turn Image File into an SVG

    OPEN Adobe Illustrator and OPEN the image file you found and downloaded.

    SELECT the image on the screen to highlight.

    Locate the Object drop down menu and SELECT Image Trace and Make and Expand. OR in the top bar of Adobe Illustrator you can SELECT Trace and CHOOSE from the different options. If the image doesn’t look as you would like after tracing, COMMAND + Z to undo and select another option from the trace menu.

    SELECT Expand from the top menu if you traced from the top bar. OPEN the Layers menu on the right of the screen and delete any unnecessary layers.

    SELECT the Anchor Point Delete Tool and DELETE any unneeded points to simplify the image.

    SELECT Save As and SELECT SVG from the drop down. SAVE somewhere you can easily access.

  • Import SVG into Autodesk 123D

    OPEN Autodesk 123D and SELECT Import SVG as Sketch and navigate to where you saved the downloaded SVG.

    VIEW the imported SVG and determine if it is what you were expecting. If there are extra shapes you can simply delete them away. If when deleting a line the object is no longer tinted in the middle it means you will be unable to extrude the shape.

    You can either reference the drawing tools and add new lines to complete the image or CTRL + Z and see if there is another way to simplify the drawing without losing the shaded area.

    SAVE the file in an easily accessible place

    Continue with Module 1 or move on to Custom Image Project Module 2.

  • Find SVG file to import

    Using google you can input into your search the image you are thinking you would like to use and add the search term SVG this will help return images in the format you desire.

    CLICK on the Images tab for the search to see a long grid of images.

    Find an image that will work well for this project. Ideally look for big bold icons, symbols or logos as they are easier to manipulate in 3d

    View image and validate that the file extension is .SVG and RIGHT CLICK to download.

  • Import SVG into Autodesk 123D

    OPEN Autodesk 123D and SELECT Import SVG as Sketch and navigate to where you saved the downloaded SVG.

    VIEW the imported SVG and determine if it is what you were expecting. If there are extra shapes you can simply DELETE them away. If when deleting a line the object is no longer tinted in the middle it means you will be unable to extrude the shape.

    You can either reference the drawing tools and add new lines to complete the image or CTRL + Z and see if there is another way to simplify the drawing without losing the shaded area.

    SAVE the file in an easily accessible place.

    Continue on to Custom Image Project Module 2.

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