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Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, pippoli!

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Re: Imagine 3D for 3D printing
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I have not done much 3D printing in a while, since it ties up my PC for very long periods. I have a Micro 3D printer, and with lots of experimentation here is what I've found. Firstly, you will go through a lot of filament (a.k.a. 3D Ink) and tie up your machine for days unless you split your object into several parts to glue together after they are printed. 3D printers not only use 3D ink to print the object itself, but they also use it to support the parts that would be suspended/floating if that was possible (perhaps aboard ISS).
This requires planning. As an example, think about a simple cone. The fastest and most accurate print would be to rotate the cone in your printer software so that the largest flat side, the bottom of the cone, would be on the printer bed. In that configuration, the print would quickly and accurately be done with a minimum of 3D ink (and time) used to suspend the cone.
However, you would have to check the object for holes prior to printing (i.e. 'watertight'). An Imagine Cone primitive gives you the option of adding faces to the widest part. And, most 3D printers require an object with no 'holes' (missing polys).
Very complex objects such as the Antique Lamp you downloaded would be impossible for most printer software to print as a single object. You would have to split it up into it's various parts. The problem with splitting up a complex object is that you must keep the parts scaled correctly relative to each other.
For me it was easiest to do that by splitting the object up into it's component pieces, then save each piece from Imagine with that piece's axis into he same XYZ coordinate as all the other pieces.
Finally, here is an example of a simple object modified for a 3D printed object. A simple polygonal sphere primitive. One would think that it's a simple print job. But in fact the bottom half of the sphere would use time and filament to support the sphere. If I was faced with this problem I would split the sphere into two, then add polys to the two 'open' sides, then print the two halves at once. This way no filament is wasted. Finally I would glue the two halves together.

Posted on: 12/13 2:57
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Re: Default image file format for Imagine?
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IFW likes the Microsoft .bmp format the best it seems. It is the format I use for saving and also for image sequences loaded for backgrounds and for sequences mapped onto objects. Tho there was/is support for Targa, Tiff and some others, I don't use them because they have been altered in the nearly twenty years or so that Imagine has been supported. It has been at least that long since I had an Amiga, but the format of choice seemed to be IFF.

Posted on: 2018/9/21 2:05
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Re: Imagine 3D for 3D printing
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My prints from Organica usually get massaged in Imagine first in order to maximize the printer's build space and to reduce the number of polys on flat surfaces. Imagine also has the tools to add more polygonal detail in critical areas where it's needed as opposed to boosting the resolution of the entire object (more polys means slower print speeds). I'm not privy to what Impulse had in mind with Organica as a primary modeling tool for printing, but my guess is that it would allow people without a lot of 3D modeling experience to create their own objects with greater ease than using a polygon modeler.

Posted on: 2018/1/20 22:37
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Re: Imagine 3D for 3D printing
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I have been using Imagine for printed 3D stuff for two years. I have a M3D printer. The software the printer comes with is very robust. What makes Imagine useful is it's polygon manipulation tools. I go from .IOB into Accutrans which outputs either a binary or ascii .STL file. The .STL format has become the standard format for 3D printing it seems. I have found that Imagine's method of handling Grouped objects is very useful for cutting up objects and printing the various parts to make plastic objects much larger than the printer's build space would allow.

Posted on: 2018/1/10 21:13
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Re: Anyone up for a challenge or theme?
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I've not seen any of the new season, but I have all the original two seasons on BR. I would open it to all of David Lynch's work. Dune for some sci-fi, Eraserhead for some gritty monochrome film noir, Lost Highway for some unusual indoor home design, etc. And Blue Velvet for PBR cans :)

Posted on: 2017/7/18 12:39
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Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Merry Christmas to you as well!

Posted on: 2016/12/25 17:29
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Re: Old VHS Imagine 3D video tutorial in spanish
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Pretty cool! I almost forgot about running Imagine from floppy disk way back then.

Posted on: 2016/11/29 21:41
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Re: IFW for 3D Printer object editing
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Very nice looking work!

Posted on: 2016/10/13 16:01
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Re: Michael Halvorson 1951-2015
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I finally did get my own printer the following November.

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