Come Spring, here at 123D secret headquarters we start thinking about bunnies and Easter eggs - but also about robots and rockets. We decided to combine these interests by digging through our collection of 3D models and putting together a collection of Easter Bunny 3D mashups using Meshmixer.
We have an extensive collection of Easter Bunnies, Retro Robots and lots of othercoolstuff, all of which works great with Meshmixer. So we set to work to make a collection of somewhat untraditional Easter Bunnies. We hope you enjoy them, and are inspired to try some remixes of your own!
In the middle right is Castle Bunny, protecting his carefully hoarded Easter Eggs with a castle that rolls on tank treads from one of the retro robots. Meshmixer's Make Solid feature was used to prepare all the meshes for combining. Keep reading to learn more about the rest of the bunnies.
When people think about modeling rockets and space ships in Tinkercad, they can be forgiven for thinking that all you can do is stick a cone shape on top of a cylinder, and call it a day - but they're wrong! Tinkercad can do a lot more.
Tinkercad has a very powerful engine under the hood, and with some creativity and ingenuity, you can make great looking models that rival those from other 3D modeling packages - and do it fast, for free and in your browser.
Keep reading and follow along the Instructable if you want to learn more.
"BEAM" is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics. It refers to a style of robots that don't require programming - instead they use analog logic to react to stimulus of various types (like light, sound, and heat). The great thing about BEAM robots is that you can learn a lot about electronics just by making one or even taking one apart. To get an idea, check out this BEAM robot simulator in 123D Circuits and experiment by clicking on its components to see what happens.
Below is the simulation of the left 1/2 of the BEAM robot. For clarity, we've linked a simulation of just one side of the BEAM robot (the second half would be identical). Full left and right side simulation here.
We’ll be releasing this as a finished circuit board so you can build one, too. We're also working on a 3D model for an enclosure in Tinkercad that you can use or build off and make your own Phototrope Bug. Stay tuned!
We've been thinking about rockets and spaceships this week at 123D and we had some cool glow-in-the-dark filament for a Makerbot Rep2, so naturally: GLOW IN THE DARK SPACESHIPS!
The models came directly from the 123Dapp.com gallery, and the planets, end caps and filament points I quickly modeled in Tinkercad. Because the rockets were taller than would fit on a Makerbot, I imported them into MeshMixer to chop them in half witht the Slice tool. Slicing them also allowed for printing without support material. With a little Krazy Glue, you get more size options.
If you want to make this yourself, you can try downloading more and different rockets. We've collected together a bunch of really varied rocket designs. ( <- click to see the collection and download!)
The trickiest part of a mobile is (perhaps obvious) is the balancing of all the elements - both physically and visually. I printed a couple different sizes of rockets and planets, with varying infills so that I would have options when I started assembling it. Only after printing the last rocket did I realize I could have just modeled the eyelets, but there you have it.
In total, the project cost about $15 in parts and materials: monofilament, eyelets, dowels and krazy glue.
Eerie name for a blog post, right? Well have no fear, it all comes back to our theme of the month - space! Tonight those of us on Earth will play witness to a full lunar eclipse, affectionately nicknamed "The Blood Moon" due to the reddish-orange color the moon will take on just past 3am Eastern.
This moon marks the first of four total eclipses that will conclude in September 2015, a phenomenon known as a tetrad. We hope to see you out there gazing skyward, hoping to uncover the mysteries of the universe while using the rare event as an opportunity to say words like "umbra," and to make use of all the awesome moon and moon-related models living in the 123D gallery.
For more information on where you can view this stellar event (see what we did there?), check out this site.
Right now everyone is getting excited about space - with Mars at its brightest last night, and a lunar eclipse coming up next week, it's hard to not look up at the sky and wonder how you too can explore the universe. Here at the 123D secret headquarters, we are also excited about everything astronomical, so we put together a project that explores the basic concepts behind the not-so-basic practice of re-entry to Earth. To do so, we need to understand flow and pressure around a space capsule coming back to Earth (yay, science!).
Looking at our suite of apps, we wanted to give you something mobile, free, and easy. This led us to putting together a project using iOS Design and ForceEffect Flow, which enables you to simulate the airflow around an object – all on an iPad.
Every so often two companies meet, and magic happens. This was definitely the case when we met 3D Hubs, the world’s largest 3D print network. We already had so much in common: a love of 3D printing, awesome users and community members, plus a shared mission to provide easy access to a technology that gives you the ultimate form of creativity.
That’s why it made perfect sense to integrate the 3D Hubs 3D print network into Autodesk 123D, to make it faster and easier than ever for 3D printing enthusiasts everywhere to turn the designs they design into physical products. The average delivery time of products printed via 3D Hubs is less than two days - five times faster than the industry standard.
We are committed to offering you the best in 3D printing services, so try them out through our site now, and let us know how it goes. You can also come meet them (and us!) to learn more in person this Friday at a celebration mixer in San Francisco at Autodesk’s One Market office. Sign up here to reserve your spot.
Mixer Date and Venue
Autodesk Gallery at One Market
1 Market St #200, San Francisco
Friday, April 11th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST
For our more hands on friends, check out the workshop we will be running with 3D Hubs this Friday as well - but you better hurry; there are only 5 spots left!
April is a big month for rockets and robots, and for STEM education in general. Here at the Autodesk 123D world headquarters, we are pleased to provide you with tools and project ideas that will help you explore this field.
Coming up first is Yuri's Night, a celebration of the first manned flight into space, on April 12th. We have an extensive collection of 3D rocket models in the 123D Gallery, and we've gathered them together for your convenience. Check out some of them below. You can download them, change them, 3D print them and share them with your friends. Stay tuned for tutorials on how you can use 123D Design, Tinkercad and Meshmixer to make some great things.
Soon after that, two major competitive robotics events are coming up, both from April 23-26: The VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California; and the FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis Missouri. We'll be publishing simple robotics projects to get you started in this field, integrating electronics and 3D printing.
You can also find some great 3D models of robots in the 123D Gallery - we've packaged up some of them, but feel free to go exploring: there are a lot more! Use them as a starting point for some fun projects.
Keep checking back, for fun and easy projects you can do, and a surprise guest!
I wrapped up March with this cool little project - it's a little late on the calendar, but there were some tweaks to be made. Last time, I successfully programmed the Arduino to accept the accelerometer input to trigger audio files, and recorded some WAV files. I tried the cardboard hand from Part 1, but it essentially exploded (due to the inherent awesomeness of my high-five, maybe..). I decided to just bite the bullet and print it on our Objet printer, I may do another with flexible filament after all.
Once the files were cut and loaded on to the SD card, I finished the assembly of the hand with a base that could support a bunch of slaps. I used the shear at TechShop San Francisco to get some 3-inch strips of mild steel, then a vise and a hammer to bang it into a 90-degree shape (I'll let you figure out how to get the other side).
A quick trip to the hardware store netted a spring, some threaded rod, a bushing/spacer and some locking nuts. Basically, the hand/dowel will rotate around the threaded rod - which is locked in place with the nuts - a spring at the base will provide the tension for it to return to neutral. I just used a C-clamp to secure it to a desk and watched my co-workers smack away. A small USB-powered speaker with a headphone jack provides the sound, and I just picked up a dual-USB-plug to power it and the arduino board.
The random clips are pretty funny, I may do something similar soon with microphones. The folks upstairs at Instructables have some pretty heavy feet, we've been scheming to provide them some 'feedback' when footsteps reach a certain decible level.
It's a pretty cool little thing to have on your desk - most people can't resist a high-five. And that's good, because it's rude to leave someone hanging.
Bonus: Here's the raw footage of us recording the audio samples.
Let’s celebrate Arduino’s 10th anniversary with some pointers on getting started with an Arduino compatible board in 123D Circuits, and a handful of free 3D models from the 123D Gallery.
In case you didn't already know: 123D Circuits is the newest addition to the 123D family of apps. One of it's finest attributes is the ability to simulate an Arduino in your browser without having to touch (ahem... blow up) any hardware. Yes, you can design circuit boards in 123D Circuits and they'll automagically arrive at your door in 10-12 days, but we're here now because we love Arduino boards and we have a few Instructables already written to get you going with an Arduino in 123D CircuitsHEREand HERE.
Example circuit, press the PLAY button in the upper right hand corner to see it ping-pong with LEDs.
Do you already know all about Arduino? Then head on over to the Instructables Arduino contest There's still time to submit an entry. Wondering what other people are working on? People like you just voted for the winners of the 123D Circuits contest on Instructables.
If you'd like to 3D print a case look no further; the 123D Gallery is full of 3D models of various Arduino board enclosures and useful parts. These are great 3D Models to 3D Print as-is or modify with one of our apps like MeshMixer or Tinkercad. You can download them for free to use in your own projects!