In this 3D Slash tutorial for beginners, you learn how to use 3D Slash by making Star Wars items. This tutorial will help you become a 3D Slash Jedi. Make your own lightsaber!
The first lesson of this 3D Slash tutorial will introduce you to the software and show you how to use it.
The basic idea of 3D Slash is to make 3D creating or modeling accessible to everyone. 3D Slash proves that 3D modeling can be fun and produce useful things. The simple but universal technique to build objects with cubes allows the user to create basic objects as well as advanced ones.
In lesson 2 of this 3D Slash tutorial you’ll build a Star Wars keychain.
Using pictures as a stencil is really easy and there already have been published two similar tutorials about this topic in All3DP. That’s why we will not explain that in this tutorial. However, you will learn how to paint and compress the logo and build a keychain out of it.
The logo is way to big for use as a keychain – it has a width of about 63 cm. It also fills the whole working area of 3D Slash so you cannot build a ring to make a real keychain out of it. That means you need to compress the logo and change the unit and scale:
The upper part of the logo and the lower part are not connected yet. So you have to build cubes between the two parts to make them stick together.
In lesson 3 of this 3D Slash tutorial, you will create a Luke Skywalker-style lightsaber.
The one and only weapon of a Jedi apart from the Force, is his lightsaber. Can you imagine Star Wars with Jedis only using their Force? So there can’t be a Star Wars tutorial without learning how to create this special weapon.
I searched for a detailed plan of the lightsaber in the internet and found this perfect plan with all dimensions required:
You will also need an image of the lightsaber, so you know exactly what it looks like.
Cylinder withthe dimensions of the thinnest part of the lightsaber and the hole length
After you finished, your object should look similar to the one in the picture:
The handle is not just a cylinder but a lot of cones directed in and out.
First cone for the handle
Second cone for the handle
Copy and paste the object
Repeat the copy and paste cycle
Create the activation lever
Now you just need to paint the lightsaber with its original colors so it becomes the real lightsaber of Luke Skywalker.
In lessin 4 of this 3D Slash Tutorial, you learn how to make your own Stormtrooper smartphone case. And for impatient readers: At the end of the article, you can download the STL files this workshop we created for.
Everybody who is using 3D Slash and has an account can share his objects. The gallery on the 3D Slash site allows every user to use already existing objects from other people to print them or to work with them.
So, you just need to look threw the gallery and search for a matching object you want to work with.
When you found the needed object like this pink iPhone case with a car, you just need to click on the red highlighted button to import the file into your folder.
A pink iPhone cover with a car really doesn’t fit our concept of a cool Star Wars iPhone case. So we need to change the object to a basic case without the car and not in pink to transform it into a real Star Wars case.
The case after filling
The case now should look similar to this one.
To build a 3D object like a Stormtrooper helmet, we used Blender to interpret this picture. It’s basically the same method we used in the „How to 3D Print a Map“ Blender tutorial but it’s only a black and white picture.
Open this STL file like a picture by pulling the data on the program. That’s what the Stormtrooper looks like in 3D Slash.
Moving the Stormtrooper
After moving the Stormtrooper in horizontal direction
After moving the Stormtrooper in vertical direction
Now your iPhone case should look similar to this one.
Congratulations, you finished this 3D Slash tutorial! Now you can call yourself a 3D Slash Jedi.
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License: The text of "3D Slash Tutorial for Beginners: How to Use 3D Slash" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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