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Mastering Desktop 3D Printing for the 3D Artist

with Daniel Enrique De Leon


In this course you will learn the advanced art and essential engineering for the successful 3D Printing of your chosen 3D model on a prosumer-level, desktop 3D Printer of either the FDM or SLA kind. (e.g. MakerBot Replicator 2 or Formlabs Form 2). If you can imagine and model it, this workshop will teach you how to print nearly anything you want. With focuses in standards and best practices for how to create excellent, professional grade 3D Print ready models, how to hollow out or "shell" a model to have consistent wall thicknesses, how to modify a model that was originally made for a Video Game or VFX, what pitfalls to watch out for, and how to properly scale and size your models for either one modestly sized print, or how to create a massive, multiple-part-spanning 3D Printed model that will look as though it was printed as all one part. Daniel guides you with tested advice for how to model/digitally sculpt a 3D model from scratch, bring it into ZBrush and successfully 3D Print your next or first physical model. Topics include how to create ‘keys’, identify and correct errors, wall thickness, drainage holes, orientation, supports, optimizing the printer and how to construct an efficient UV Cure Box for SLA resin prints.

For a limited time,FormLabs is offering all Gnomon Workshop subscribers a special promotion for anyone who purchases a Form 2 printer via the provided link in the project files of this course.

Duration: 264 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Daniel Enrique De Leon

3D Artist

Daniel Enrique De Leon is a passionate 3D Artist with a formal background in Biology: Clinical Emergency Medicine as well as classical education in Fine Art – with a focus in Digital Art & Visual Communication. As a cross-disciplinary artist with extensive experience in 3D Printing & 3D Modeling for prototypes, high-end collectibles, props and set design, as well as film visual effects, and video games, Daniel has been fortunate to work with a wide array of top-tier clients and brands including Disney, LucasFilm, Jurassic World, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixomondo, Dropbox, Sight & Sound Theaters, PDP, and many others. Daniel lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area, and in addition to 3D modeling / 3D Printing specialties, he is actively pursing his first love for meaningful storytelling by currently writing, directing, storyboarding/previsualizing and 3D modeling assets & environments for his first, ambitious short film.

  • Daniel is an amazing sculptor. His ability to render realistic textures and surfaces is combined with his artistry for bold, dynamic lines of action that breathe life and movement into his subjects.

    - Glen McIntosh
    Lead Animation Supervisor Industrial Light & Magic

  • Daniel sculpted this swell Ogo in ZBrush and 3D-Printed him as a wonderfully kind and unique gift. Wow! Daniel captured Ogo's elusive shapes and attitude perfectly --well done, sir!

    - Chris Sanders
    Creator / Writer / Artist of Kiskaloo Writer / Director of Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, & The Croods

  • In reference to Daniel's MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printed Jurassic World inspired Velociraptor: This is the best MakerBot project I have ever seen, let alone held! So congratulations!

    - Mark Swart
    CEO of Purple Platypus

  • If you want to know how to sculpt and prep for 3D Printing Daniel is an artist you want to learn from. His passion for 3D Printing is contagious. Don't miss this opportunity to sit with him.

    - Paul Gaboury
    3D Product Development Manager Pixologic

  • Daniel Enrique De Leon is one of those unique individuals that bring artistic talent, smarts and the rare gift of patients to do a job the right way. When it comes to 3D printing... It takes patients and experimentation to create a decent print. Daniel has proven to me that you can get not just good prints, but excellent print results no matter what brand or make of 3D printer you have. You just need to learn the tool in front of you and then don’t be afraid push it past its expected limits.

    - Nicholas DeSomov
    Senior Director Product Design PDP (Performance Designed Products)