Gannon La Croix Portfolio


Hi, I’m Gannon La Croix. I have absolutely ZERO 3D printing experience. I chose to take the 3D printing lab because it is relevant to my field of study. I am a SMAD major with a concentration in DVC. 3D printing is important in this field when designing CGI clips. Oftentimes, the director will include 3D printed objects in congruence with CGI. I am hoping that this class will introduce me to 3D printing techniques which might bolster this field specific strategy. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to a creative design class.

Thingiverse Link

Thingiverse Model

Maze from The Shining

By:RecklessRobbieI chose this model because The Shining is my favorite movie. I also chose this model because it’s more flat. Typically when I think of 3D printed designs I imagine something that is built taller. I also picked this design because I wanted to make prints that have movie references.

Thingiverse Print

This print was a success! I was 100% convinced that it would fail. aMAZEing! I came and checked on it halfway through and was very surprised to see that it was still working. One thing I do not like about this print though, is how the printer left these tiny strings on it, similar to what a glue gun would leave.

Here’s the Make

20 Forms in Tinkercad

Beginning from top left:

Shape generator: box, experimentation with that.

Exclamation point: experimenting with symbols.

Spring: Shape Generator

Cup: Made my own “banana” shape generator. The Javascript scared me. Shapescripts?

Fan: Shape Generator

“Modified Penny Traps”: using titling

Pyramid Penny Trap: used spheres to make holes, grouped all of the objects.

Cone penny trap: used sphere to make holes, grouped it together. Also used Ruler

Penny Trap: imported from Thingiverse, used the holes as a guiding size for other models.

Weird Drawing thingy: Experimentation with the scribble tool.

Triangle Shark Fin: Used sphere to create hole, grouped objects

Boat: From Thingiverse import

Archway: Used shape under cube as hole and grouped it.

Caterpillar: Used a lot of spheres, rotations, and alignments

Clover: Used scribble tool

Top Hat: Simple cylinder shapes

Canoe: used multiple shapes to carve out a cone.

Gannon: Name written in model text.

Bowl: Put a smaller sphere on top of a larger sphere and grouped them.

Weird abstract shape: Used align, and three pyramids and a cube. Not sure what happened to it.

Tinkercad Print

This print is not pictured above in my 20 designs, but I designed it the day after I submitted them. This print was a success, however two things went wrong. First, I forgot to flip my lid design upside down so that it wouldn’t need supports to print. Second, the lid is too big. I measured it so it would fit perfectly with no wiggle room, but this was too exact and the print needs a little wiggle room. Other than that, the box works.

Summary of Group Tinkercad Project

  • Bottle Opener, with Jackson McKean
  • WordPress Post and Thingiverse Link
  • This project was a lot more difficult than I had originally anticipated. There were a lot of struggles like keeping the holes the right size and seeing if the print was strong enough to open a bottle. We tried printing it again with 100% fill, but it broke again. I am happy with this project, even if it doesn’t work. I was able to learn a lot about the Tinkercad design process which will be helpful for other designs later on.

20 Forms in Fusion 360

Beginning on top left: Fusion experimental designs:

  • Abstract Sculpt: Experimented with the sculpt tool.
  • Curvy Skyscraper: Used Fillet tool and Joined two cubes together
  • House: Began print as 2D, then expanded.
  • Hello My Name is Gannon: Messed with text
  • Coil: Created a coil, messed with angles.
  • Curvy Pipe: Used the fit point spline tool, then piped it.
  • ring with holes: Torus, used another Torus to create a hole.
  • Surreal Soccer Ball: Messed with the Sculpt tools again.
  • Circus tent: 2D shape then used Revolve tool.
  • Aircraft hangar: Used 2d arc tool and expanded it.
  • Shark Fin: Combination of cube, Chamfer and Fillet tools
  • Pearl Ring: Used Torus and Sphere, move tools
  • Windmill, Changed angles on a 2d drawing when it was expanded.
  • Millennium Falcon: Used the Draw tool, then fillet tools and expand.
  • Fat Pipe: Used the pipe tool only.
  • Long Pipe: Used the line tool, lines are not smooth, fixed that later with the spline tool
  • oval pipe: Sketched an ellipse, then made it a pipe.
  • What: 2d squares, then expanded in different directions and added a hole.
  • Block: More sculpting practice.
  • Screw: Cylinder added screw threads, and used two circles to shape the hole size.

Fusion 360 Print

Print was a success, this design was extremely simple. I printed this one, because it was the only one that I was confident would survive the print process. One thing that I hope to change later on is the infill/triangles that the printer makes inside the print. I don’t think that this specific design needed a lot of infill, so maybe there are more resourceful infill strategies.

Fusion 360 Vase Design

  • Instead of creating a simple circle and ellipse top and bottom like the tutorial, I decided to make a wider bottom with a narrow top.  The top and bottom are also the most rigid part of this design. The bottom is hexagonal which shifts into a curvier form and back into a straight circle.
  • Unlike the video, I decided to use four offset planes. This allowed me to have more control over the overall design process, when it came down to reshaping the curvy parts.

Fusion 360 Vase Prints

  • Print was a success. I really like how my design has a straight edge on the top and bottom. It looks cool as the straight lines merge into the curves and comes back into a smaller opening at the top.
  • Thingiverse

20 Forms in OpenSCAD

  1. quarter dome, used cube and sphere, and difference of cubes around it
  2. triangular prism: cylinder with $fn=3
  3. quarter cylinder: intersection of cube and cylinder
  4. triangle edge, played with wiki’s code for a polygon (I changed some points)
  5. intersection of three different cylinders.
  6. intersection of three different cylinders
  7. intersection of three different cylinders (lower $fn)
  8. dome w/ flat edges: used intersection with cube
  9. circus tent: difference with cubes and used a cylinder
  10. Following a tutorial on youtube
  11. following a tutorial on youtube
  12. intersection with cube and sphere
  13. poly bowl
  14. difference with cube and cylinder
  15. shifted cube, translation and rotation
  16. caterpillar: added spheres (high fn) and translated them
  17. (see 10, 11) youtube tutorial
  18. intersection (following tutorial, see 10, 11)
  19. polybowl
  20. poly bowl

(note: one poly bowl repeats, but an image in the collage has two forms)

OpenSCAD Print

10 points, due by noon on Thursday 2/14

  • This print was successful, unfortunately the design I wanted to print was taking forever to render, so I just designed a poly bowl. Also, I forgot to take my Cura off of the Spiralize mode, so the printer only printed the outside. Other than that, this print went well.

Summary of Group OpenSCAD Project

  • Customizeable Soap Tray
  • Thingiverse Link, Post Link
  • This project was a lot of fun. I got to experience coding for the first time, which was difficult but exciting when it came together. Using problem solving skills to finish the box was educational, and it enriched the overall quality of the project. I enjoyed the challenge.

Reflections and Future Projects

  • This class was a lot of fun! I learned a lot about 3D design from drag and drop printing to being able to code my own designs. I really enjoyed using Fusion 360, it was one of my favorite parts. Fusion has a lot of creative liberty involved and it reminded me a lot of Sketch Up 8, which is another 3d design program for architecture. Overall, I thought this class was enjoyable, and I really liked making my own designs.
  • In the future I hope to use Fusion 360 to make more designs. I want to use the program to make models of the buildings on campus. I also want to use it to make 3D optical illusions which pose a challenge, but also look super cool from different angles.
  • Thanks for a great class!