|Playing Around with SketchUp, this image is (C) Matt Darnell|
Surely you have heard of 3d printing technology... I firmly believe that with refinement and proliferation, this technology will replace the need for us to shell out our hard earned money to buy somebody else's idea of toys. It'll be like art, or books... you'll buy the examples you like, but you could always write your own if you want, or paint your own picture.
In the future, we'll be making our own miniatures. Printing them will be as easy as printing a page.
I figured I'd get a head start on the 3d modelling software so I could start making the kind of models I always wanted. Today I took my first steps, learning how to use SketchUp 8 (which is free). The program is very easy to use, but difficult to master. The model I made above doesn't hold up to a 3d printer's needs, but it taught me a lot about the program itself.
Soon I hope to be moving on to models that can match a 3d printer's limitations. The sky's the limit, and I feel it calling.