How to Model Puppet Eyes for 3D Printing - Online Workshop
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Tired of using ping pong balls and plastic spoons? Irritated by the limited choices (and high prices) of online puppet-building suppliers? Frustrated with how to securely attach eyes to the puppet's face? Then this workshop is for you!
Why 3D-Printed Eyes?
- 3D-printed eyes are lightweight and durable.
- A mechanism for attachment can be designed right into the eyes, making it more of an engineered part than eyes created by other methods.
- Learning to model in 3D is a transferable skill. Start with a pair of eyes and move to noses, teeth, horns, and even complex mechanisms for in-performance animations.
- Unlike casting resin in silicone molds, or vacuum-forming sheets of styrene plastic, modeling eyes for 3D printing costs $0 to get started and can yield a typical pair of eyes for less than $10 - and that's if you DON'T have a 3D printer. With a printer of your own, a pair of eyes costs less than a buck.
Who: Pasha Romanowski (Instructor)
When: Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm CDT (UTC-5)
Where: Online (Zoom)
What does the workshop include?
- How to use custom eyes to enhance your puppet character
- Step-by-step demonstration of how to create a half-dome eye for 3D printing
- How to 3D-model custom eye shapes
- A tried and true method of attaching eyes to the puppet's face
- Tips on printing your custom puppet eyes. (No printer? No problem. We'll show you what plastics to choose and how to order 3D prints online.)
- Tips on finishing techniques
- Q & A session
- Link to a recording of the workshop for future reference
- BONUS: A 3D model eye kit to jumpstart your journey into 3D-printed puppet parts
What will you need to attend?
- Zoom (required) - You may download Zoom for free. A link for the workshop will be sent to your email address before the event.
- Autodesk Tinkercad - If you're the hands-on type and would like to follow along with the demo, sign up for a Tinkercad account. It's free too!