TE21: 3D Modeling and Printing with Chris Schweitzer

We talked with Chris Schweitzer who has been working with 3D printers as a hobby for the better part of the last five years. Our discussion covered the following questions:

  • How is 3D Modeling today different from mechanical drawing where we use to do isometric and oblique drawings?
  • What tools do you use to design something in 3D today?
  • What is a slicer, and what is it used for?
  • What other tools do you use beyond a 3D design program and a slicer?
  • With a “back of the napkin” sketch, what problems do you run into?
  • What other types of materials, beyond plastic, have you printed?
  • Which 3D printer do you purchase?
  • Where is the future of 3D printing going?
  • Can a 3D modeling file be used for more than just printing?
  • Do you think we’ll ever have an Amazon 3D printer where we buy something from Amazon, and then they print it out in my house using this printer?
  • Approaches to building a model from scratch, say for example a mask.
  • What should you take into account when designing for printing?

Here is a quick video of a 3D helmet design that was done from scratch in under two minutes: 

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