April 17, 2019
In this tutorial, we will go over the more advanced side of MatterControl: Design Tools. Using a combination of different shapes, you can customize 3D models or even create your own. Let's start off by giving you a brief tour of these tools.
At the top of the screen, you have the toolbar where all of your operations are. On the left side, you have your primitives, a collection of simple shapes that have a level of customizability to each of them, from the radius of a cylinder to the size of the font.
The Design Tools you have at your disposal are:
The 'Add' content in the top left will allow you to bring in models from your libraries, or you can click 'open file' to bring in models from somewhere else on your computer. MatterControl also has the usual, cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, and delete buttons that are standard in any sort of editing software.
Ungroup is useful for splitting apart a set of 3D models that imported together so you can print one at a time or you can use 'Group' to move parts around together or scale them all at once.
You’ll also find the 'Toggle Support' dropdown. By clicking the yellow box, you can turn any 3D model into supports, or you can click the dropdown to automatically generate supports for your model.
As mentioned before, 'lay flat' is helpful to get your 3D model flat against the bed instead of at a weird angle.
Let’s bring in a cube and a cylinder to demonstrate the rest of the options, which are specific to Design Tools:
To put this all in perspective, I’m really quickly going to customize a 3D model I already have: a light switch plate.
To return to the Beginner tutorial article and video, follow this link:
To return to the Intermediate tutorial article and video, follow this link:
And that’s all there is to it! I hope that gives you some ideas of how you can customize your 3D models or design your own using MatterControl Design Tools. I’ve seen a lot of creative ways you can use them, even just within the office, and I’m sure you’ll come up with something even more impressive. You can also check out the help page in the top left for some walkthroughs, or you can contact our support team at email@example.com or give them a call at (949) - 613 - 5838 for some live help with your specific issue.
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