Instructables Superhero Bilal Ghalib recently put up an amazing post after visiting his cousin Zaid in Iraq - who has lost the lower half of his leg from diabetes (after 13 years of sanctions, his family can't always get to the medical care that they need). Even more unfortunate is the fact that Zaid's brace causes incredible pain when he uses it.
Bilal used 123D Catch to create a model of his cousin's leg, met with a former Stanford engineer - Joel Sadler - and went back to Iraq with a supplemental design that would help with the pain.
The idea was that if we could tie the brace tightly enough around the prosthetic, the metal bar that goes through the brace would help distribute the weight to the top of the brace attached to his thigh. I was able to prototype this project the last time I was there with Mujtaba from the Iraqi hackerspace Fikra Space. It didn't remove all the pain from the pressure point on his leg, but it did help. It appears that the addition of a more natural body shaped insertion point would help relieve the rest of the pain.
We'll keep you updated on their progress, but read the full Instructable here.
From 123D Blog editor and contributor, Andrew Taylor:
My wife and I recently took our honeymoon to Thailand and Cambodia (which seems to be a common thing these days...), and she was extremely patient with my constant stopping to 'Capture' some of the carved sculptures and architecture in Bangkok and Siem Reap.
Fortunately, I got some really good ones and processed them when we had a wi-fi connection. I nearly lost them all when I ran out of room on the server (I took a lot!) - the app froze and I kept getting an error message to let the processing finish, but a quick upgrade to Premium membership and some iOS file manipulation sorted it out. (If you've run into this issue before, post below for the solution)
Buddha Feet printed at about 60% scale.
One of the better Catches came from video, oddly enough. I took a ~20 second video and later played it full screen, hitting Cmd+Shift+3 screen captures every second or so. Then I took those images and loaded them into the web and desktop 123D Catch app. I think the softer focus of the video stills creates a more seamless model. Maybe someone else has had some experience with Catching from video?
First print of the Temple Lion
I've managed to clean up some of the files like the Temple Lion, Buddha Feet and a carved dinosaur relief and printed them on our Objet printers (job perk!), and they're pretty awesome. We get to relive the trip and we were kind of able to bring back some souvenirs that customs would have otherwise frowned upon.
Next, I'm going to make a wooden replica of one of the Temple Lions using 123D Make and 1/4" plywood. I think the resolution will be pretty good if the lion itself is around two feet high. I'll do another post when it's finished.
Today you may have noticed the addition of "go premium" in the upper corner of the 123D site. We've just started offering a new level of membership intended for those of you who have been asking for more stuff to help support the things you are making.
Right now, premium membership includes two key benefits; a free 3D print, and an Instructables Pro membership. An Instructables Pro account gives you access to eBooks, downloadable pdfs of projects, private Instructables, and more, so you can take better advantage of the projects you want to make and those you want to share. And if you've been interested in ordering a print of one of your models – or you're modeling something specific to print – as part of your premium membership you'll be able to get a free 3D print up to 4"x4"x4", made on one of our sweet Objet 3D printers.
This is just the beginning for premium membership, we've already got updates in the works. You'll see premium models appearing in the Gallery – for a short time you can download those free from inside one of the 123D apps, so check them out. We'll shortly be publishing hundreds of them and premium members will have exclusive access to download and make them. We'll also be offering premium members extended private storage, for the special projects or product designs you want to keep under wraps. We have also heard requests for certain types of file translation or output. Those and other services may show up in premium down the road.
Free membership is not going away, you'll always be able to access our apps, share your projects and download other people's shared projects, and we'll continue to update and upgrade the 123D apps on desktop, web, and mobile. But if these premium benefits are just what you've been waiting for that's great! If you have more ideas for premium membership, please do let us know (you can email us at 123D@autodesk.com).
Autodesk employee Cody Walker recently made a trip to The Art Institute of Chicago. He captured a good deal of it using Catch! These are really amazing - I think "The End of the Trail" might be my favorite.
So join me as we take a virtual tour of The Art Institute of Chicago! Click the links under the photos to be taken to the 123D Gallery so you can view the model in the 3D viewer. They look even better that way! He's also included more information about the pieces on the Gallery.
The title is a teeny bit of a fib this time since we didn't have this post last week. But it is back! Catches are becoming the most common thing in the gallery as of late and they're getting better and better.
One day later than normal, and I'd like to show you guys some of the catches we've gotten for our Steal Public Art challenge! We've extended the challenge until the 5th of August so you've still got lots of time to get some excellent catches and maybe win a 3D camera or a 3D print!
go out and get an excellent Catch of your favorite piece of public art
upload your creation to the 123D gallery anytime from July 9th to August 5th, 2012
tag your model with "public art" and tell us a little about it! We love stories.
For more information (including complete rules because those are very important!), explanation and inspiration, be sure to check out our official contest page!
Please note: this contest is only open to residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia but excluding Puerto Rico), Canada (excluding the province of Quebec, Canada), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands... though we would still love to see what everyone else can catch!