MakerBot PrintShop 1.5 | Bring Your Drawings To Life With Shape Maker
| by Kevin Miller
You’ve got great ideas and your full sketchbook is proof of that. Unfortunately, you don’t yet have the 3D design skills to bring those ideas to life. Until now. Enter Shape Maker, an exciting new tool in MakerBot PrintShop 1.5. Shape Maker brings your drawings, doodles, ideas, photos, and scans from 2D to 3D, converting your projects into 3D printable files.
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It’s easy to use Shape Maker. Designed for the iPad and built right into PrintShop 1.5, Shape Maker is intuitive, relying on simple gestures to adjust the details of your 3D print.
-Step 1: Take a picture of your drawing, or upload an image from your iPad’s camera roll.
-Step 2: Scale and crop your image to get the desired shape, using the image balance slider to get it just right.
-Step 3: Save, 3D print, and share your file!
It’s All In The Lines
We put together some tips to help you get the most out of Shape Maker. It’s simple and fun to use, but using easy-to-capture images makes Shape Maker even simpler.
-Thick black lines on a white background work best. We suggest using a black felt marker. Pictures or designs saved to your iPad’s camera roll should have a similar contrast.
-When taking a photo of your design, reduce shadows as much as possible to help ensure a usable capture.
-You can also use illustration software to make a black on white graphic, save it as an image file, and then save the image to your camera roll. Once you’re in PrintShop 1.5, you can upload the image directly from your iPad’s camera roll.
We’re excited to see what you make with Shape Maker.
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