Layer by Layer: 3D Modeling Robot Arms #3DThursday
On this weeks layer by layer, we take a look at how to build Adabot’s robot arms for 3D Printing!
Start off with a couple of boxes, use the align tools to equally distribute the boxes.
Add smaller boxes in between the larger boxes.
Use the Merge Shapes option to combine all of the boxes into a single shape.
Inside of Illustrator, use the live corners feature to curve the end of the arm shape.
Find the middle of the shape and slice the arm in half by using the scissors tool.
Import the paths into your favorite 3d modeling program and adjust the anchor points for revolving our shape.
Revolve the arm shape using quad polygons.
Apply a non-linear bend deformer to the arm. If the width is not narrow or wide, adjust the anchor point closer or farther from the center.
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