MAKE IT REAL-LY SCARY WITH 123D – NOW LIVE ON INSTRUCTABLES!

 

We've officially launched a contest on Instructables called Make it Real-ly Scary with 123D

The contest runs through the end of October and is open call for people to use any of the 123D apps as a component to their Halloween project.  It can be as simple as remixing another user's model or as time-consuming as laser-cutting a giant Cthulhu that terrorizes the kitchen at the Autodesk offices.  

We have some pretty great prizes too! Our friends at Zebra Imaging and iMaterialise are the Prize Providers for the contest and have forked over some pretty righteous goods.  Grand prize is a HUGE hologram (24"x34") from Zebra Imaging, $100 print credit with iMaterialise, and a 2-year Premium membership to 123D!  Zebra hasn't offered this size hologram directly to our users before, so we're excited to see one.

Good luck!

Bring 3D Printing With You To College

We imagine our college-aged audience has spent the past few days and weeks getting settled into the joys of sharing a dorm room with strangers while navigating what it's like to live away from home. With all the details that come inherent to making that transition, it’s understandable when you leave something at home or think of something you need when it’s too late to get it.  

For example, perhaps you get to your dorm and realize your parents have supplied you with roughly one metric ton of pens and pencils, but nowhere to put them. They have already driven back home with their credit cards, leaving you to your own devices, but fortunately 123D and 3D Printing are there to fill in the gaps.

For example, instead of quietly stealing a pencil holder from your roommate, use 123D Catch to capture his/hers and print it, or select from the multitude of options developed by your fellow 123D’ers, like the cannon pencil holder picture here:

 

Courtesy of xyzebra 

If you’re a person who goes through lots of drafts, nothing is more satisfying than tossing out failed ideas. Spice up that process by using 123D Design to create, and then 3D print your own basketball hoop for the trash can, gamifying your editorial process.

 

Courtesy of Kazga_Fitteyai 

 Playing with a Frisbee (or novelty flying disc) is one of the stereotypical college activities that must be undertaken. Customize your own plastic disc in 123D Design and everyone will want to hang out with you.

 

Courtesy of CocaKoala 

One of the hardest parts of college is surviving homesickness, so we recommend you use 123D Sculpt to design and print your dog (or other pet). Having a small version of Fido with you in college is a great way to keep your home close to your heart, and realistically is probably about as far as one should go with pet ownership when it comes to dorm life anyway.

 

 Courtesy of Chuck Whitehead

So when you’re low on funds, which after all is the identifying characteristic of college students worldwide, consult Autodesk 123D to find and create quick solutions to life’s little problems. Whether it’s an issue of function, entertainment, or making friends, 123D is here to help.  Find your school's 3D printer and start filling your dorm room with the coolest stuff you can think of!

 

Ever wonder who makes action figures?

Really sweet video about the life of a production action-figure toy.

The Secret Story of TOYS from Anthony Ladesich on Vimeo.

Before your favorite action figures land on the shelves of Walmart and Toys R Us, they’ve already lived a full life. Prior to the mass manufacturing, packaging and shipping, many toys are born in a little studio in the middle of the country. It’s there that the Hulks and Terminators acquire the bulging veins and contoured muscles that give them their life-like quality.

In the mini-doc The Secret Story of Toys, filmmaker Anthony Ladesich follows three artists from Kansas City toy prototyping shop True Cast Studio as they go through the intricate process of carving, sculpting, and casting toys.

The craftsmanship that goes into creating each toy is astonishing.  “Before I ever got into this, I remember looking at toys and just kind of figuring, well a computer must do that,” Adam Smith, owner of True Cast, tells Ladesich. “I didn’t get that actually people just sat there and sculpted all of this stuff.” Smith and his small team (which includes his sister and her husband) are now those people.
 

 Looking at some of the models that are being created with 123D Creature, you have to wonder if some people missed their true calling.  

Introducing 123D Premium Membership

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).

Favorite models in the gallery this week

Introducing the nicest catch of the front of a building so far in the gallery and a whole tour group, which is pretty impressive!

old door by Cody Walker

old door by Cody Walker

deer by bre pettis

deer by bre pettis

Mosa Tour by Kazu Otani

Mosa Tour by Kazu Otani

escultura peru by mercedes morita

escultura peru by mercedes morita

John by John Han

John by John Han

Print of the Day is over!

Print of the Day

We printed lots of awesome models over the last couple of months for our Print of the Day contest! I'm sending out the last batch of emails to winners today and then it'll be all wrapped up. I can't wait until everyone gets their prints.

But for now, here are a few photos from the first batch of prints we did. Click through to view the model in the gallery and compare the two. The Objet printers we have do fantastic work!

skull n bones by Scott Ramsay

skull n bones by Scott Ramsay

Sumbohjaner by Chris Kunzmann

Sumbohjaner by Chris Kunzmann

Dragon head by Valentina Caicedo

Dragon head by Valentina Caicedo

HULK!! by Fernando Vasquez

HULK!! by Fernando Vasquez

Mememe by Chris Rosinski

Mememe by Chris Rosinski


Congrats to all of the winners! And check your emails, everyone - you might just see one from me!

Amazing Sculpt models from Chris Kunzmann



Check out some of the amazing creations Chris Kunzmann has sculpted! The video contains just a few of his models - he has a ton uploaded to the gallery. They're definitely worth looking through. :D

I think my favorite is the space hamster.

Favorite models in the gallery this week

Here we are again! Lots of great catches again this week and one fantastic sculpt model as well. I love all the portraits I'm seeing done with Catch and Sculpt. :D
London Commuter by Matt Wilderbeast

London Commuter by Matt Wilderbeast

Gargoyle 1 test by Paul E Carew

Gargoyle 1 test by Paul E Carew

Cleopatra's needle plaque by Lucien Harriot

Cleopatra's needle plaque by Lucien Harriot

Baby sleeping by VJ Anomolee

Baby sleeping by VJ Anomolee

iMario by Adnan Islam

iMario by Adnan Islam

Favorite models in the gallery this week

Lots of truly fantastic catches this week! I feel like the catches look better and better all the time. You should definitely click through and check these out in the gallery - they have so much detail screenshots just can't capture. Awesome work, everyone!

Sketchbook by Pharaoh

Mark Twain Sculpture by Zenos Frudakis

cactus by peter muller

Mi Sabiola by Juan Carlos Petruza

The Sea by Morgan Hayward