Carbon Fiber guitar. Go Make one this weekend with 123D.

Last month in San Francisco, TechShop members had a little party over the weekend to make their own custom guitars. That's rad enough, but the workshop aimed one step further and taught them how to do it in Carbon Fiber.

The process is simpler than you'd think.  With a basic guitar body design, you can build a model in 3D software (123D Design is free), then take that file via an .stl model into 123D Make, which slices the model into cross sections that you can laser cut (or go analog and grab an Exacto blade).  Once those are stacked and glued together, you have a mold!!  Read this Instructable on how to do to do it, you'll get no spoilers here.

OR, you can listen to the Safety Third Show - in Episode 1, they go through the experience of the workshop and Blaine sings a little song.

Here's the coverage on Wired Design:

123D Design 1.1 Update now available!

What’s new in 123D Design 1.1?  Many of you have asked for some specific features with a new release of 123D Design.  We heard you and have integrated many of them in this release!  Let’s see some of these features:

Export STL Files

You now have the option to directly export an STL file from within 123D Design, without having to go back to to download it.

Now you can export right from the drop-down menu.


123D Design 1.0 only allowed inserting parts through the Parts Bin. Now you can not only insert  parts but also merge complete models by using the Insert function. We also made it so that you can insert from your local drive, not just files stored in the cloud!

Insert objects from a local drive!

Sketching Enhancements

123D Design 1.1 introduces several new features that many of you requested in the last month. You can now Trim and Extend objects while you sketch. We have also introduced Arc, and also added an option for doing Fillet on two different entities within the sketch.

We've also enhanced dimensioning of sketches, and introduced the ability to mirror a sketch.  We think these new tools will increase the power of sketching with your design.

More sketching functions!


If you ever wondered how to make sure what’s the distance between two elements, or an angle within a sketch or different edges in your model, now there’s a simple solution.

123D Design 1.1 introduces the Dimension tool. It allows you to select two elements (can be bodies, faces, edges, lines) and display the resulting dimensions. 

New dimensioning and measurement capabilities!

Send to CNC Utility

123D Design 1.0 introduced options for directly sending the model to 123D Make, and also allowed you order a 3D print based on your current model. Now we have introduced an option to send the model to a CNC utility, which will lead you through all the steps for preparing your model for fabrication with a CNC device.

Send your model to your CNC device!