- Kintyre. Scotland
Wow, I know nothing about this stuff but it’s mighty impressive.
I think Blender is too far to the other end of the spectrum, where Sketchup is convenient mix of click&drag and typed dimensions, Blender is almost entirely "Yeah that looks about right" with next to no dimensions. It can be used for CAD but it's not convenient. It's also such a pain to learn, whereas Sketchup you can get started with no tutorials.You might find blend3r more what you are after
Keep your eye out for the SpaceExplorer: they're even better: more stable with the wrist rest and buttons for going to particular views quickly.Nab it. Well worth the price.
Ok now I have re read it. Perhaps it's not quite so bad....its the pictures below the comments that are being referred to in Dr.Al posts.Keep your eye out for the SpaceExplorer: they're even better: more stable with the wrist rest and buttons for going to particular views quickly.
I've got one like this (currently £60 on ebay):
Steer clear of this sort though (not supported with latest drivers so will only work with things like FreeCAD):
<p>3DConnexion SpacePilot. </p><p>Used remove from working environment </p><p>Tested is working fine </p><p>Cosmetics marks on the body </p><p>See pictures </p><p>Is not coming with software </p>www.ebay.co.uk
Very happy with the awkward concave surface finish. It's still 0.2mm layer height (I can reduce the steps but at outrageous costs in time 6 hr print becomes 15+hr). In reality, the steps (being ony 0.2mm!) are pretty smooth and I think I can get away with sticking a foil on top without having to smooth it (which would be a pita).
My backside is beautifully smooth (as you would expect).
Small locating holes since this will get glued to the (b) part of the object.
More importantly, it works!
I can't tell you how compelling it is to perform that simple fold on a real model. But it sits square, the holes line up and it folds to the correct angle when the mast is raised. It is bang on scale according to my calculations and yet rigid enough once the hinge pins are in place. I was worried I was going to have to slip a length of metal in there or make it look too chunky.
Next half to follow, plus the bottom hinges (not fitted yet).
Will you paint it as a model?
I'm not an expert on all the variants, but that looks like one of the newer ones, so it's probably a good 'un. The "SpacePilot" ones with the screen are the ones to avoid. The newer the better as it'll be supported for longer by 3Dconnexion. They seem to assume that everyone is going to buy a new one every few years.
Had my first fail last night. When I changed the filament, I must have disturbed the bowden tube and it pushed itself off mid print. Probably also blocked the tip...