7 Tips for setting up models for fabrication

The default shaders and rhino materials can be substitute for visualization techniques better suited for fabrication.

Part Assembly - Unique Parts

  1. Use colour (diffuse materials or vertex colours) to differentiate between different parts in the assembly
  2. Use colour to focus on the current part to be assembled
  3. Consider using transparency when attempting to overlay digital and physical objects.

Part Assembly - Repeating Parts (e.g. brick stacking)

  1. Use wireframes to represent the ‘cage’ of each part
  2. Use transparency and colour to differentiate current part / course / chunk from previous chunks
  3. Consider using 2D representation e.g. contour or section cuts of parts where possible.

3D Fabrication

  1. When using holograms as guides for fabrication (e.g. determining how much to bend a part, or how long to make a cut), use transparency to help avoid problems with holograms occluding physical material.