What is the best way to convert a 2D outline to 3D?

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wenlai
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What is the best way to convert a 2D outline to 3D?

Post by wenlai » 03 Jan 2020, 08:33

I have an outline of something i want to 3D print. I was thinking of scanning it and then tracing it in Inkscape to make a vector. I'm just not sure i know where to go from there. I have a XP-Pen Star 06 Drawing Tablet to use with Inkscape for node editing and drawing new art. I've created things in tinkercad and inventor from scratch but never from a 2D vector outline. Can someone suggest the best way to do this while also keeping the scale of my outline?

srodrigues
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Re: What is the best way to convert a 2D outline to 3D?

Post by srodrigues » 16 Jan 2020, 13:48

You can convert a *.svg to a 3D shape with the extrusion operation. The extrusion operation can be done with Blender software, or with Tinkercad online platform.

For the case using Blender you can follow the steps 34-41 of the following tutorial: https://spolearninglab.com/curriculum/s ... er_02.html
You would need to:
i) install Blender;
ii) import *.svg;
iii) extrude shape by choosing the extrusion amount.
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Alternatively you can use Tinkercad, just import the *.svg and Tinkercad will extrude it automatically for you:
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