123D Make it Real Challenge

Anyone who shares a file in the 123D gallery and links to the file in a relevant Instructable where you show how it is converted to a physical object is eligible for a free thank you gift.

To be eligible for this gift:

  • First upload your file to the 123D gallery
  • Post a relevant Instructable and in it include a link to the related 123D file
  • Finally, share the url of your published Instructable in the description of your 123D file

  • To be eligible for a free 123D thank you gift, both the file and Instructable need to be posted between the dates of January 31st, 2012 through April 30th, 2012 . On May 1st we will go through all of the files posted between the dates specified and any that are cross-linked with a valid and relevant Instructable will receive their choice of a 123D T-shirt, Mug, or Thumb Drive.

    Also, when posting your Instructable, don't forget to enter the Instructables Make it Real Challenge for your chance to win over $100,000 worth of 3D printing-related prizes!

    Boardwalk Empire VFX

    The Emmy Award-Winning team behind the HBO show Boardwalk Empire has posted clips demonstrating the before-and-after shots from the show. The seamless integration of 3D models into the original video is actually quite stunning. Check out all of the behind-the-scenes VFX wizardry.

    Sliced Furniture

    Designer Mathias Bengtsson created some amazing sliced furniture. He started by modeling the furniture in clay and then sliced it into two thousand layers of recycled paper. These layers were ultimately glued together into this couch. Albeit made using traditional methods, this work is highly reminiscent of the type of things that can be easily made using 123D Make and is great inspiration for the possibility of the software. With a little bit of imagination - and a lot of glue - imagine all of the incredible things that you could Make.

    via spotd.it

    Tiny 3D Printed Homes

    Project Shelter is a program aiming to 3D print sea shells to help hermit crabs who are currently experiencing a shell shortage in the wild. After two months of maker-community design efforts, they succeeded in the beginning of December creating a shell that a hermit crab was proud to call home. It will be interesting to see how this project continues to progress over time.

    123D Make Hand Bowl

    Sometimes everyone just needs an extra hand to hold things, and I suppose that is where the hand bowl comes in. The hand bowl was made using 123D Make and all of the instructions for making one are posted over on Instructables (including laser cutter templates). If you don't have a laser cutter, or are just feeling lazy, you can buy the complete hand bowl kit and get a jump start on making your own.

    Catch to Print

    Bilal Ghalib over at Instructables has shared a guide for turning your 3D Catches into 3D prints. This opens up a ton of 3D printing possibilities. Imagine an entire 3D printed chess set made from members of your family. And while your at it, why not Catch all of your limbs for posterity (in case you should ever lose one and need a prosthetic). I'm interested to see all of the possible things that can be done with your 3D objects. Tell me what is is you want to Catch in the comments below. Or better yet, go Catch some things and share them in the gallery!

    Win Free 3D Printing

    Engineers vs. Designers is currently hosting a 3D necklace design competition in which the winner will have their design printed (up to $200) by Shapeways. You have up until January 31st to submit a design, which gives you plenty of time to fire up 123D and get modeling. This is also perfect because it is just in time for Valentine's Day.