Imagine being able to sculpt complex, even organic-looking objects in 3D, using just your mouse and a few keyboard commands. Imagine creating characters or concept art for a project, all with free software.
Nova Labs’ own Sam W. guided an enthusiastic class through just that, using Sculptris, free software that works like “digital clay.” Any shapes made in Scupltris can be exported for use in video games or 3D printing, among other applications.
Sam began with a quick overview of Sculptris, then dove right in and demonstrated the most useful tools, like draw and smooth. As he did so, he did the most amazing thing: he actually created the head and torso of a fantastical creature, seemingly effortlessly, just as he showed the class to use different tools.
He then turned the class over to the students, who spent the rest of the time sculpting their own objects, with Sam always available to answer questions and suggest the right tool for the job. As the class ended, the students’ designs were judged and the best one was 3D printed. How awesome is that?