In Part 1 of this series, I showed how I modified a Thingiverse model of a bear, to print out for my son’s diorama state project for school.
Now it’s my daughter’s turn. Her state was Arizona, and she wanted to include some sort of Arizona tree or plant. And what says “Arizona” more than a saguaro cactus?
I thought it would be cute to print this out and stick in some toothpicks. But after importing the STL file into SketchUp, I ended up with this strange R2D2-looking thing, lying on its side, with more missing faces than actual faces. Fixing this would be way more work than I’m willing to do for a shoebox diorama. Oh well.
3D Warehouse Cactus
The entire model is painted with a striped green texture. Looks nice, but makes it hard to see the actual edges and faces. So I switched to View / Face Style / Monochrome. In addition to removing all materials, monochrome view has the added benefit of showing whether a model is watertight.
That took care of one cactus. But Arizona deserts always have a wide range of differently-shaped cacti. So I wanted to make a couple more.
Using that same downloaded model, I added a few more arms, using the Scale tool to make each arm a slightly different size. Also, I reduced the height of the center stalk (tree trunk?), which is easy to do when hidden edges are showing (View / Hidden Geometry).
Stay tuned for Part 3, where I’ll show her final Arizona diorama.
The last print I did will also be shown in Part 3 – back to New York, and a special boat for Niagara Falls.