When you’ve got a big house to decorate for the holidays, advanced planning is wise. So naturally, the White House is already thinking about this year’s holiday decor, and we're going to help them deck their halls. Instructables is excited to partner with the Smithsonian and the White House in this 3D Printed Ornament Challenge. Some of the winners of this challenge will have their work printed and hung in the East Wing of the White House during the holiday season. Additionally, those selected to be displayed at the White House will be featured on the Smithsonian’s state of the art 3D data platform, 3d.si.edu and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
You don’t need to have a 3D printer to participate — design an ornament with any 3D modeling software and up to 8 winning designs will be 3D printed and shipped to the White House for you. New to 3D modeling? No sweat! Head over to Tinkercad and play around with making 3-dimensional shapes. It’s really fun, and you’ll learn an awesome new skill, to boot. This is your chance to make White House history and have your art featured in their first-ever maker challenge.
The model should be no larger than 3”x 3” and reflect the magic and wonder of the holidays, so think ornaments that represent winter sports, toys, activities, symbols, and anything that inspires you during the festive winter season. Want to incorporate a little twinkle to your designs as well? Design a piece that fits or clips onto a string of lights!
To qualify, you must be a U.S. resident and create an Instructable for your ornament — and be sure to include the .stl file! Click HERE for more info.
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.
In continuation with our coverage of Maker Faire New York, check out the photos below! Maker Faire is always a good time, and this year's festival in New York was no exception. Tinkercad, Instructables, 123D Circuits, and more attracted new makers, long time designers, families, and guests from all over the place to the Autodesk booth. It was wonderful to meet such diverse groups of people all delighting in the joys of 3D printing and making things.
Our troop of Peter the Penguins were especially popular!
Community Manager Andy Taylor showed some awesome live demos of Tinkercad, going with the theme of DC Comics - below you can see Peter the Penguin being transformed into The Flash!
Thanks to everyone for another great year! It was wonderful getting to meet so many of you, from educators to long time Autodesk users, and we can't wait to see you again next year.