We love the Modio mobile app for creating 3D printed articulated toys, and were thinking about how to extend the creative possibilities it offers. Many of our apps (Meshmixer, Tinkercad, 123D Design) can work with the 3D printable STL files that Modio exports, so this opens up many possibilities for creation.
One great area to explore is to download models from the 123D Gallery and the 123D Content Library, and remix parts of them by attaching the Modio ball and socket connectors. Meshmixer is the perfect tool to do this! Here's a shark bot that I created using this very process:
Here's an Instructable that will walk you through the process: Make more of Modio with Meshmixer and 123D. It will guide you through the steps of making the shark bot using a model from 123D and parts from Modio.
If you try it and are inspired, why not try some other projects using the skills you've learned?
Scan a friend using 123D Catch, and add Modio connectors with Meshmixer to make a cool custom toy
If you follow our Twitter account then you've definitely seen 3D artist Adam Dewhirst's work - we're big fans. You've also seen his work in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Dark Knight, Doctor Who, The Golden Compass and more! We recently caught up with Adam to learn more about the work he does, his advice for new 3D designers, and of course - his favorite dinosaur. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his website for lots of awesome 3D sculptures!
Meshmixer 2.6 was released today by Autodesk with some nice additions for your 3D printing workflows.
One of the new features I've found fun to play with is the Add Tube feature which lets you route tubes through your 3D models. Its pretty interactive as you drag the handles around to define the start and end of the tube. By default, the tubes are routed automatically through the inside of your model and cut out. Some parameters and alternate behavior is possible such as routing with straight lines, splines, inside or out of the model, adjusting the start and end size, and creating a separate tube object. It will even route around previously routed tubes in case you need multiple tubes. Some amazing work by Valkyrie Savage, an intern with Autodesk Research, went into bringing this feature to Meshmixer for this release.
Here is my first model using this feature: a (hopefully not offensive) DIY bunny sprinkler that shoots water out of its eyes!
Of course there are many other (useful) possibilities using this feature in your projects including routing circuits or electronics through a 3d model, or possibly 3D printing conductive material. See this video for more of what Ryan and his team have been up to.
Amongst other things, here is a list of what is included in Meshmixer 2.6, now on the loose!
Simplified 3D Print UI
Support for Dremel 3D Printer (printer/support preset, send prints to Dremel Idea Builder software)
(experimental!!) DLP/SLA support preset
New Orientation tool for optimizing print orientation to miminize support volume/area, and/or maximize print strength
New Add Tube tool for creating tubes through/between shapes
New Preserve Boundaries option in Smooth Boundary
New Allow Top Connections option in Support Generator
Brought back Strut Density option in Support Generator
Fix longstanding Axis scaling bugs in transforms
Face Transform & Soft Transform tools now infer local frame from selection, and can optionally have separate frame for each ROI
We've seen some really great usage of 123D Make this week! While most folks are constrained to a relatively small scale, with desktop CNC or lasers at a local TechShop, we found some artists and designers who are pushing their creations to human scale (and beyond).
First, we got an email from down under: Georgia Morgan in Broome, Australia, has made a full-scale figure from 3mm steel using 123D Make. It's a pretty elegant use of the radial slicing feature, and we're so honored to have been a part of it!
Over in Europe, Lana Awad teamed up with Fab Textiles and FabLab Barcelona to create "Rig", a life-size mannequin that was showcased at Fab10 in July.
From Fab Textiles: "The design for RIG is an exploration into the creative potential of mannequins as tools for exhibiting and work with. RIG is a manifestation on how tools should be rethought, redesigned, and reimagined..." We couldn't agree more, and we love seeing such an ambitious use of the 123D tools.
So far, 4 of our most prolific users have created video of their process with 123D Creature to share. Each artist has a different process, and it's kind of fascinating to see how they approach each of their creations. Also, all the Creature Feedrs get a 3D print from our friends at Sculpteo!
Adam Beamish starts deceptively simply, choosing to manipulate the wireframe into a generic bust before baking. From there, it's all tweaking and surface manipulation to create his amazing characters.
At the last couple of Maker Faire events, lots of people told us how they used Tinkercad for all their 3D printing. We're so honored to have such loyal users! I thought I'd reflect here on some of the most popular features, in case some of you weren't aware. Anything I missed? - Water-Tight STL files Tinkercad is great as a last point of prep before sending a model to the printer. The Import function can make the most stubborn files magically heal themselves, allowing you to re-export or add a solid base for stability.
- Direct to 3D print service capability. A couple of clicks is all that stands between you and a full color print of your model (or Peter D. Penguin). Just go to Design > Order a 3D Print.
- SVG Import You can import a line drawing in an SVG file format to extrude right in Tinkercad (or even 123D Design).
- Slicing a Larger Print for Sectional Printing. We covered this in a recent TinkerTip, but using 2 boxes as holes allows you to keep a clean seam when breaking up a larger model into multiple prints.