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In this hip Brooklyn warehouse, a night market is happenin’.

It’s full of foods, vendors, and arcade machines!

I tried my first arancini from Arancini Bros. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was really tasty!

aracini

Afterwards I had a triple pork sandwich from Bolivian Llama Party.
It’s the best pork sandwich I’ve had in a long time! So good!

triple pork

At the end of the night, I played some skeeball.

I actually landed a ball in the 50 point hole.

Woot woot!

Ever since I left Boston, I’ve been looking for a new FLGS, something to replace my beloved Pandemonium Books and Games.

While I’ve frequented the Uncommons, it’s alas a tad too cozy to house the swarms of Friday Night Magicians.

Last night I ventured to Twenty Sided Store. While it’s not as big or historied as Pandemonium, I could see myself playing Magic the Gathering there.

At the store, I impulsively signed up for Magic the Gathering Born of the Gods Pre-Release event.

Oh boy.

I hadn’t plan on attending, but now, I guess I’ll GAME ON.

MtG

There’s still no internet at my apartment, and I’m going crazy.

The kind of crazy where you’re bleary eyed, foaming at the mouth, and laughing uncontrollably.

madness

Ok, maybe just the laugh uncontrollably part.

To seek respite, I head over to the Tar Pit.

It’s an adorable tiny coffee shoppe tucked away from the main hubbub.

There are tables along the windows, from which you can peer out at the pedestrians.

I love it.

I could sit there all afternoon, listening to chatter of hip artists and playwrights, sipping sweet sweet internet.

sip sip

I don’t usually check my links in 3D Printing Resources after I’ve posted them. Today, when I was looking for a certain 3D printing service, I realized a source I’d once trusted (3D Printer Hub’s 3D printing service page) no longer had the relevant information. Sad.

I’ve decided to maintain my own list on Github. Feel free to contribute!

Currently it just has the information I scraped a snapshot of the old page found on the Internet Archive.

list of 3D printing services

Interestingly, the service I was looking for, Kraftwurx, wasn’t on that list. I eventually found them from the list of exhibitors at the World MakerFaire 2013, since I absolutely could not find them via Google. I hope they up their SEO ’cause that was rough.

A couple of days ago, I got wind of the news that Adobe Photoshop was going to support 3D printing.

It’s really interesting Adobe decided to build this into Photoshop, instead of rolling a separate 3D software, like Autodesk’s Print Utility.

Today, I downloaded the 30 day trial, and took it for a test drive.

Desktop OBJ

With Photoshop CC installed, OBJ files become associated with Photoshop CC, by default. Strangely, STLs are not.

Interface

Opening up Peppermint Butler brings up a 3D interface. This Peppermint Butler has missing faces in his arm, which seems to be automatically repaired in the export.

Peppermint Export

I also loaded up the infamous Rakdos with many invalid orientations.

Rakdos

Rakdos loaded super quickly, given the high number of polygons it has.

Exporting Rakdos

It also repaired ridiculously quickly! I’m surprised by Photoshop’s performance, compared to Autodesk Print Utility.

For a final comparison, I imported the repaired meshes into Netfabb, to see how good the repairs actually were. (Photoshop only exports in binary STLs).

Rakdos Repair

For Rakdos, I was impressed!

Super quick fix without sacrificing resolution!!!

There’s still a few issues with a couple shells and holes, but nothing  Netfabb can’t handle.

Peppermint Butler support

Interestingly, Photoshop’s support generation seems to be causing more problems. I’m not sure if these problems will translate to actual print problems, since I don’t handle supports/physical 3D printers very much (I mostly outsource my 3D printing to services, where I provide a valid model, and they handle the support generation).

Rakdos

Peppermint Butler

There you have it, my first impression of Adobe Photoshop’s 3D printing support. I saw features that could potentially be vertex painting of meshes, but I didn’t dive that far. Overall, I really like it. Although not as verbose as Netfabb, (which helps in diagnosing problems), it’s pretty efficient and produces quality repairs. I would definitely use it in my 3D printing pipeline, for all 30 days of my trial.