How-To’s & Free 3D Models for Arduino’s 10th Birthday. #ArduinoD14

Arduino Day


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 Circuits HERE and 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!

Arduino compatible boards and other parts

Arduino Uno R3Arduino ProtoshieldBreadboardArduino Bot Platform


Cases

Arduino DiecimilaArduino LilypadArduino Due CaseArduino Extreme (Uno) Case


Cases, Bumpers, Misc.

Arduino Uno BumperTall Arduino Uno CaseArduino Galileo mountStepper Motor Driver Board

Note: Here is a complete list of Arduino-related models (100+ pcs.) found in 123D Gallery. Some models mentioned in this post are from the Premium 123D collection, however even Free 123D membership owners can download up to 10 premium models per month! 


3D print these models

Follow below steps to print these Arduino-related models on your 3D printer:

  1. Download a model of your choice by clicking on any one of the "Download model (.stl)" links found on the model pages.
  2. Download Meshmixer, a free, powerful tool from Autodesk to work with 3D models. Go to Meshmixer page for more info.
  3. Print model after setting it up and refining it in Meshmixer.

 


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15 Free 3D Furniture Models for Your Architectural Projects (Part 1)

I came across quite a few excellent 3D models of various furniture items while planning my architectural project which, I thought, once 3D printed would breathe in extra realism to my model. This post will highlight some of my favorites - you can download them for free to use in your own projects!

Note: Here is a complete list of furniture-related models (1664+ pcs.) found in 123D Gallery. Models mentioned in this post are from the Premium 123D collection, however even Free 123D membership owners can download up to 10 premium models per month. Stay tuned for part 2 which will include both premium and free furniture items!

Tan Lounge Chair

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Captains Chair

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Cabinet

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Executive Chair

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Leather Recliner

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Open Patio Umbrella

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Sectional Sofa

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Sofa Pillows

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Swing

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Bath Towel

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King Size Bed

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Traditional Sofa

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Armchair 4

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Picnic Table Octagon

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Patio Lounge Chair - Padded

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3D print these models

Follow below steps to print these furniture pieces on your 3D printer:

  1. Download a model of your choice by clicking on any one of the "Download model (.stl)" links found under model images.
  2. Download Meshmixer, a free, powerful tool from Autodesk to work with 3D models. Go to Meshmixer page for more info.
  3. Print model after setting it up and refining it in Meshmixer.

Optional: paint your models with basic acrylic paints, which could be found at any art supply store. Seen above is my quick paint test of the "Tan Lounge Chair".


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Top 5 3D Printing Features in the new Autodesk Meshmixer

 

Autodesk Meshmixer free all-in-one 3D printing application

Autodesk Meshmixer free all-in-one 3D printing and more application.

Autodesk Meshmixer updated today with a nice all-in-one suite for 3D printing, making it the ultimate free sculpting, mixing, painting, 3D printing application out there. Most notably, when you are ready to print your multi-mesh mashup, you can click the "Print" button which loads an arsenal of simple analysis and layout tools to arrange, heal, and even print directly to a 3D printer. See the video below for an quick teaser of what is new.

 The integration with 3D printers is intended to make the process to 3D printing even more streamlined. The healing tools require no training at all and will make just about any model printable. If you want to save time and material, then you can give your model a wall thickness so that it's hollow inside. Also, the generation of support material is an artform in itself. Of course, the experienced Meshmixer users can still find their original re-meshing, sculpting and healing tools they have grown to love for that extra level of control.

With all that in mind, here are my Top 5 Meshmixer Features for anyone interested in 3D printing.

5. New feature: "Make Solid". Now you can mash a bunch of meshes together and use "Make Solid" to heal them all together into a 3D printable object. See my Danielle Steele-like book cover I whipped together below from some 123D Catch captures I downloaded from 123dapp.com.

Make Solid

Make Solid makes these 123D Catch captures watertight!

 

4. Automatic repairing (I counted 1 click!). Whether it be a messy, unprintable model or you just want a sanity check for 3D printing your refined creation. The addition of an option to automatically "Repair Selected" is an easy hands free way to make any model 3D printable. Find it in the print bed layout screen.

3. "Hollow with Wall Thickness" will save you time and material when printing. Essentially giving your model a wall thickness that you decide, making it a hollow print rather than a solid print with infill. You can visualize how thick your model is with the slick see-through representation.

2. Analysis tools: Strength, Stability, and Slicing. This unique set of tools is perfect for visualizing how your printed model will look and perform before printing it. My favorite is the "Stability" tool where I can make sure my print will stand upright. Using this, I can push the limits of how I mix and sculpt, ensuring the printed object will not topple over!

1. Print direct to your 3D printer (Windows 8.1 supported). Windows 8.1 users will have the option to print directly to their printer, bypassing the need to go through another app such as Makerware, eliminating this extra step.

Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself...its free for Mac or Windows (32/64 bit) at its brand new page: 123dapp.com/meshmixer.

3D print Chinese spacecraft with 123D

China's space program has been very active in the past year, and we wanted to help a broader audience understand and explore these achievements by making it possible to 3D print Chinese spacecraft models. We've put together a set of projects with all the parts needed to 3D print on a Makerbot or similar. 

All of these models were made using 123D Design, so you can modify and customize them easily. They're set up as Projects on our website, so you can easily download all the files at once.

With one exception, these models snap together using simple pin connectors - no glue needed. (The one exception is the main body of the moon lander, which is too big to print on a Makerbot.)

The first set of models includes the Chang'e moon lander and Yutu rover, which landed on the Moon in December. It's a really detailed model - you can articulate the solar panels, and the very elaborate ramp used to deliver the rover to the surface.

Click here to access the projects: Chang'e lander, Yutu rover.

Chang'e lander and Yutu rover

 We've also added a model of the Shenzhou capsule, used to put Chinese astronauts (or taikonauts) into orbit. You can print a variation with a connector that allows it to dock with the model of the Tiangong 1 space station. The Shenzhou and Tiangong can be made with folded or deployed solar panels.

If you saw the recent film "Gravity" starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, you may recognize the Shenzhou and Tiangong spacecraft - they play an important role in the film.

Click here to access the projects: Shenzhou capsule, Tiangong-1 space station.

Shenzhou capsule and Tiangong space station

Finally, we have a model of the rocket that is used to place all of these into orbit, the Long March 2F.

Let us know how these models work for you, and how you use them!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! To help ring in the new year we printed out one of the awesome models you can get with a 123D Premium account. Say hello to our New Year's Lion!

 

The model looks like this:

Not bad, right? 

Have a wonderful time ringing in the Year of the Horse, and be sure to share any cool 3D captures, designs, or prints that you create in honor of Lunar New Year with us. 

PS Check out the sweet Pixlr Lunar New Year Sticker Pack that we used in the photo below. They'll here until February 14th so make sure you trick out all your New Year photos before they're gone.

123D Design Updated on iOS

123D Design is a 3D modeling app for the iPad (iOS 7 only) that leverages the same solid modeling kernel from Autodesk’s professional products like AutoCAD and Inventor. This is a lot of power for a free app and for an iPad!

This new version introduces a new UI with faster access to your projects and those from the community. Commands used during modeling have also been rearranged for a better exposure and discoverability.

 

Model by Weijie Woon

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What a YEAR! 13 of our favorite 2013 models.

Happy New Year!!  And what a year it's been: lots of updates, new apps, and (most fun for us...) lots of models from the community!

We decided to put together a short list of 13 highlights - some of the most popular models, and others that got passed around in some @autodesk.com emails.  It was pretty difficult, there have been so many great ones!

Fruteiro by Gilberto N Borges

 

Luke-Han-Leia-Capture by Kris Smith

 

Spy vs Spy by Omar Zuniga, Arizona

 

Small Spork by Connor Weller

 

Michael vs Satan by Cory Clawson

 

The Gremlor Monster by Adam Beamish

 

Variable Insulating Cup by Maundy

 

French Quarter House by Jamie Hebert

 

Siberian dragon by Josh Smith

 

2013-10-11-20-19-52 by Federico Infanti

 

Monster Bunny Rabbit by Amanda Jackson

 

Tug Boat by Steve Harney

 

Mechanical Axe by Jefferson Manalo

 

We could make 13 more of these lists and still not get to all our favorites.  Thanks so much to everyone for using the apps and we hope you have a great New Year!

What are some you think we missed?

5 Last Minute Holiday Gifts to 3D Print

One of the greatest things about 3D printing technology is the ability to create what you want when you need it, rather than relying on traditional manufacturing routes - especially around the holidays. With Christmas only a few days away, now is the perfect time to forget about overnight shipping costs, so get your 3D printer up and running instead!

We will get you started with 10 ideas of what you can 3D print last minute for you friends and family. Just a note that included with any of these gifts should be a standard speech explaining how 3D printing works - people unfamiliar with the process find it new and fascinating!

 

 

1) You can't go wrong with a classic, customized tree ornament. This one is for 123D Make by user Brandon Cole

 

 

 

 

 

2) You can't go wrong with a bookmark for any friend that loves to read. Check out this octopus bookmark by Natalie Kendrick made using 123D Design

 

 

 

 

3) Jewelry is a great options for creating quick and personalized items for loved ones. Check out this link for tons of pendant and necklace ideas

 

 

 

 

 

4) With miniature terrariums being all the rage these days, your indoor gardening friend will appreciate the thought in adding a little personality to their little ecosystem - like the little 3D printed frog in this one

 

 

 

 

 

5) If you're dreaming of a white Christmas but there's no snow to be found, then consider celebrating with your own model of a snowman to keep the winter cheer alive, like this one by Lindsey Vandenberg

 

 

Bonus: If one of your gift recipients is blown away by your 3D design and printing prowess, be sure to send them towards our holiday deals for their very own MakerBot Replicator 2 and 123D Premium account so they can join in on the 3D printing fun as well.

We hope this list has helped to inspire you during the final countdown towards trading gifts. From all of us at Autodesk 123D, we wish you Happy Holidays and a fantastic New year.

3D printing video game characters: Hyperspace Madness at Autodesk University

Playing video games can be a lot of fun, and sometimes you want to bring the fun out beyond the screen: making characters from a game physically real. For Autodesk University, earlier this month, the 123D team worked closely with Autodesk's Media and Entertainment group to explore the process of 3d printing video game characters.

A member of our M&E team models the full-size Sven suit next to the 3D print display

Our Media and Entertainment group has produced a top class game called "Hyperspace Madness" to provide a compelling demo of how to use Autodesk tools to build games. We wanted to take all the various characters and models in the game, and 3D print them, in order to make a nice display at Autodesk University.

Close-up of the 3D printed display

This can be a challenge, since objects designed for a game aren't necessarily easy to print. For example, game objects are often modeled at low resolution, and rely on a color texture to make it seem convincing. The geometric modeling of the objects can cause problems too: the objects are represented as a shell with no volume, and this can cause problems with printing.

The 123D team is also about making things real, so we set out to use tools from our 123D suite to prepare some models for printing, and this is how we did it.

The game's main character, a satellite repairman called Sven, is shown in many poses to animate him while walking. We wanted to select some frames from this "walk cycle" and print them out. The first thing to do was to make sure that the character was represented as a solid: to do this we opened the files in Meshmixer, and used the Inspector tool to identify and fix any gaps that could cause problems. We wanted Sven to stand on his own, so we modeled an oval base using 123D Design, exported it as an STL file, and combined the two using Tinkercad - our entry level, browser-based design software has very powerful tools for working with meshes!

We also wanted to print Sven's antagonists: aggressive squid like creatures called the Killamari, that use robotic suits to get around. We opened the 3D model using the Autodesk 3D Print Utility, which we used to reinforce fine details that would cause problems in printing. This model was then merged with an oval base using Meshmixer.

Sven and the Killamari were printed on our Objet Connex 500 printers, which can render extremely fine detail.

The Sven walk cycle being printed

Of course, we wanted Sven and Killamari to have a place to run around in, so we also printed some of the buildings and props from the game. These were prepared for printing using a combination of tools including Autodesk 3D Print Utility and Meshmixer. Since these objects are much bigger, Type A Machines offered to print them on their Series 1 printers, which have a very large build area, and can work with innovative new materials.

More content, more 3D model downloads from 123D Content Library

When you're working on a 3D modeling project, it's really helpful to be able to draw from an extensive library of professionally created models to use as a starting point. Basic components like spheres, cylinders and boxes are useful, but sometimes you really need a schoolbus or a dinosaur to to take your project to the next level.

 We've offered premium 3d model downloads to our premium members for a while, but we've just made changes to make these models more accessible and usable to all of our members.

We've taken the existing premium models, added nearly 7,000 3D models, and are introducing this as the 123D Content Library. In addition, we've changed the membership entitlements around the 123D Content Library: our premium members now have unlimited downloads (vs. 10/month previously), and our free members now have 10/month (vs. none previously). If you are a free member and would like access to more than 10 models/month, upgrading is easy and affordable. Both free and premium members continue to have free access to 3d models shared by other members of the community.

You can access the 123D Content Library models quickly and easily through a new search filter in the 123D gallery, as shown below (There is still a filter for Premium content, but all the existing Premium models, and more, are now part of the 123D Content Library. Going forward, we'll be offering exclusive licensed content. Stay tuned!)

A lot of the models in the 123D Content Library are 3D printable meshes - these now work really well in Tinkercad, Meshmixer and 123D Design Online. You can have a lot of fun creating mashups and remixes, and combining them with models from 123D Catch or 123D Creature. For example, we combined a 123D Catch scan of our youngest and most trusted beta tester with a horse from the 123D Content Library and created this awesome centaur, in just minutes!

What  can you make with models from the 123D Content Library? Have a look through our collection of nearly 10,000 professionally created models, and see what inspires you!