I finally pulled the trigger yesterday and placed my order for a GF. But now I find myself in “hurry up and wait” mode, since I’m at the back of the line and won’t be seeing it for several months. But there must be some things I can do to ready myself in the meantime, so I’m hoping those of you who’ve already received your units can point me in the right direction.
Just to give an idea of my experience or lack thereof, I have a background in photography, design & graphics, etc., but none in 3-D. I plan on using my GF to do 3-D (or 2.5-D, if you prefer that term) sculpting, not just straight up-and-down cuts. From what I’ve read, you can either use flat vector images with gradients to create the sculpted look, or actual imported .stl files. I’d prefer the first option, since I’m very proficient in Photoshop, and can muddle through reasonably well in Illustrator. I’m much less proficient with actual 3-D modeling (I’ve experimented with it using Photoshop), but since I have some wait time on my hands, I can learn if needed. So which option is better for sculpting work with curves and angles?
I also see that you don’t get access to the Proofgrade materials store until your GF is about to ship. Does the same apply to accessing the online program that operates the machine? I’d love to try it out and get familiar with the GF software over the next few months. Even if I’ve got no way to print yet, I’d like to build some familiarity with the software so I can hit the ground running once I get the unit itself. Any way I can do that?
Thanks in advance for any advice.