123D Users Kristina and Sebastian’s Felt Vase

123D Make users Kristina Larsen and Sebastian Martin are the 123D Featured Users for the week... they're also part of the Instructables Artists in Residence program AND they've worked at San Francisco's world-renowned science museum, The Exploratorium.  Talk about impressive resumes, these two are destined for greatness.  

The project of theirs that caught our attention is this beautiful, soft and fuzzy (yet surprisingly sturdy) vase.

felt vase

What's really great about this project is that it can be replicated by anyone.  Autodesk provides free software to make it all possible, you just need a little patience while you cut the felt.

Kristina and Sebastian used Autodesk's Fusion 360 to design the vase's 3D model.  While Fusion 360 is an extremely powerful 3D modeling tool we thought this was a perfect opportunity to reproduce a very similar 3D model in Tinkercad, and here's what we got in 5 just minutes: link to model.

The left side shows the egg and two shapes we used as "holes" to flatten the bottom and carve out the hole for the glass vase in the top.  The right side shows we then selected "download for 3D printing" to get the model to open in 123D Make...

vase in tinkercad

And here's a screenshot showing 123D Make slicing the vase.

There's a lot more information in two Instructables written about this project, we link to them at the bottom of this page.  We also asked the pair a couple questions about why this project and why 123D Make...

123D: Why this project?
K&S: Part of what we’re doing in our Instructables residency is experimenting with different techniques, with the intention of incorporating those discoveries into our fabrication repertoire. We like to let the inherent properties or characteristics of materials inform our work so will push on things to see what they do when treated in different ways. Early on we hit on the idea of using the waterjet to cut very thick, dense wool felt which is normally used for industrial applications.

Felt is such an amazing material, and has physical properties unlike anything else, but when you cut wool felt with a laser it smells really terrible, like burned hair, and then the smell is really hard to remove. Plus you really can’t cut dense ½” thick felt with a laser. Waterjet cutting seemed a viable alternative, potentially clearing a path to digital fabrication using big sheets of this material. The result is even better than we imagined -- the cut edge is nice and crisp, and there’s a really satisfying tension between the machined quality of those edges and the overall softness of the material.  People can’t tell what the vase is made of when they first see it, and are nicely surprised once they figure it out.

We used the simple vase shape for our first experiment to give the project some clear constraints, since there was a lot about the process that was unknown to us. Now that we’ve seen how it works and how the material behaves we can confidently incorporate the technique into the creation of more complex sculptural objects. This way the risk and experimentation lies more in anticipating the aesthetic impact of the final piece, and less in unexpected variables in construction. We’re working on a piece inspired by topography and geology, where the layered construction will reference subsurface geologic structures, and the felt will take on the kind of soft, sculpted forms you'd expect from wool, in addition to showing the machined edge featured in the vase.

123D: What brought you to use 123D Make?
K&S: When we started this project I figured we’d have to draw the individual slices after building a form in (Autodesk) Fusion 360 software, but then discovered the slice-generating feature in 123D Make. 123D Make’s ability to quickly generate slices of any form, for any thickness of material, is such an exciting and powerful feature. 123D Make draws the slices in real time so you can play with different angles, and it simultaneously shows you how much material you’ll need to complete the project. In combination with laser, waterjet, or other computer-controlled cutting technologies it opens up whole realms of possibility for generating three-dimensional structures. Really, the only limitation is that you have to use a material that comes in a sheet.

Awesome!  To find out more about Kristaina Larsen and Sebastian Martin - check out these links: the Project387 Blog, their web site Cloudear.com, and their two instructables on this project: Layered Felt Vase, and Cutting Felt with Water.

Would you like to be a featured user?  Apply here.  Thanks Kristina and Sebastian!

 

 

 

 

Creature Feedr is live!


123D Creature has a really prolific community. Every day there are so many new and awesome models from our users that are so impressive, we wanted to see their working process!  We asked some Creature users to record their iPad modeling sessions in two parts - sculpting and painting - so that you can see their processes in a new Tumblr called Creature Feedr.

The results are pretty great, and you get to see how your favorite artists go from a stick figure to awesomeness in just a few minutes

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What's cooler is that every model is going to be printed by our rad friends at Sculpteo!  The first model is Dr. Toxic by Adam Beamish - we asked him to create a new character for the DC Universe, like a new Batman villain.  Here's the backstory:

Dr Toxic was a scientist working at Axis chemical plant. While developing a new virus his sample became unstable and contaminated him. The accident left his mutated body into the current grotesque form. 

What's really cool is that you can submit your own Creatures to the Feedr, or make requests for other modelers.  We're also posting cool models every day, so check back often!

See the Tumblr here! 

Get comfy with Meshmixer!

Patterned Chairs

Patterned Chairs

Just when you thought you had mastered all of the awesome features and tricks in Meshmixer, here we have a new version packed with new stuff to learn. Don't worry...Meshmixer 2.5, released today, is packed with new 3D printing features you have requested so the learning curve should be easy.

Take for example the new Hollow tool. A common workflow for making your 3D prints efficient and practical to use, creating a hollowed out object is now easier than before with this tool. Also, there are options for leaving cylindrical holes in the resulting hollowed out object making it easy to remove any internal support material and creating access to the inside of your print (see below).

Hollow Tool  Section of Hollow Result

 The new Bridge tool is another welcome addition for Meshmixer users, especially if you are working with captures from 123D Catch or scan data. Sometimes the holes are too large to fix easily or as desired. With the new Bridge tool, you can now join two selections on the hole's boundary with a patch. 

Bridge Tool

Bridge Tool

My favorite new feature is making linear and spherical gradients when using the Make Pattern tool. See the pattern gradient above on the right hand side chair as the features transition from large to small.

The full list of features is below, so take a look and download the new version at 123dapp.com/meshmixer!

  • Menu reorganization/New Preferences dialog
  • 3D printing Services update: support multicolor workflow
  • 3D printing Services update: improvement in Shapeways workflow
  • Custom symmetry plane adjustment option
  • Update to feedback
  • 3D Printing Help Document
  • New Hollow tool
  • New Bridge tool
  • New Tube Handle tool
  • New Thickness analysis/visualization tool
  • Extensive optimization of generated support structures
  • Make Pattern Linear and Spherical gradients, improved sizing UI
  • New Select Visible command (under Selection / Modify)
  • Project Face Groups and Minimum Thickness options in Make Solid
  • VRML (.wrl) export (with vertex colors)
  • Misc. improvements to Smooth Boundary, Remesh, Drop Solid
  • Various tools now remember settings
 
For those of you new to Meshmixer, check out our YouTube playlist for Meshmixer 101. I'll be adding more this week covering some of the basics of Meshmixer to help you create amazing things to 3D print.
Have fun!!
Patterned Primitives

Patterned Primitives

#SHARKWEEK3D: Remix the ocean’s deadliest predator with Meshmixer and 123D

Here at 123D secret headquarters, we're really interested in sharks: after all, Great White Sharks have been spotted near our location, which is (sometimes) underwater.

Since we're all about creativity, and since this week is Shark Week, we couldn't help thinking about the things that could make the ocean's deadliest predator even more deadly, or at least, bizarre. What if sharks were crossbred with dinosaurs, bats, squid, robotic golems or even airplanes? We've just released an exciting new update to Meshmixer, so the opportunity for a remix challenge seems clear.

We invite you to participate in this thought experiment: download Meshmixer (free!) and some shark models from 123D, and see how you can remix sharks in 3D. Check out our helpful series of Meshmixer 101 videos to get started. For the rest of this month, we've removed the Premium download restriction on all of our shark related models.

When you're done, create a Project on 123dapp.com and make sure to tag it #sharkweek3d. We'll take a look at your submissions and make the best ones on our super-duper equipment here at secret headquarters.

 

Introducing #SFEscapees, an Entirely 3D-printed Public Art Project

An enigma has occupied the San Francisco waterfront for a few months now — the iconic sea lions that typically invade the docks of Pier 39 have disappeared.

But what does that have to do with my last post?

123D-ers, enter my latest project: a love letter to the city of San Francisco and the unique marriage of creativity and technology that happens here. Keeping this sentiment in mind, I 3D-printed an army of sea lions and hid them (in plain sight) throughout the city.

Should you find one of the three-inch creatures, you will notice there is a hash tag sprawled across their glossy bellies: #SFescapees. Where have the sea lions escaped to, you may ask.
 

My theory is that they’ve escaped into the digital realm, only to be materialized in plastic and placed throughout the city. So let the search commence! Once you find a sea lion (distinguishable by its unicorn horn and hash tag) upload the image and geotag it. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, pick it up and move it to a similarly visible location to keep it going. And bonus points for posting seal-fies. 

Circuit Scribe Modules and Unboxing

The folks over at Electroninks were kind enough to send us a couple of their Circuit Scribe kits to unbox and demo.  If you've been following their wildly successful kickstarter you know these are just now getting shipped to their 12,000+ backers.
If you missed out on the kickstarter you can buy a kit over at 123D Circuits.


If you're a 123D Circuits user you've probably seen a change to the home page that prominently features Circuit Scribe, and for good reason: we're the source for the upcoming kits and (spoiler alert!) the upcoming Circuit Scribe Virtual Editor (more on all that here).

In addition to the unboxing video (below) we thought it would be timely to give a little background on Circuit Scribe and Electroninks... Imagine a world without wires and the need to solder, a world where you can still create working, interactive circuits by simply placing components on paper and drawing connections between them with a conductive-ink pen.  Electroninks IS that conductive ink, and Circuit Scribe is the family of modular components that connect to create working circuits.


Each Circuit Scribe kit comes with an Electroninks pen and anyone can download a PDF of their instruction workbook - which is full of great getting started info about electronics and cool projects.

The Circuit Scribe components come in four types:  Power, Input, Connect, and Output.  Each type has several modules and we've chosen to show one of each (you can see them all here).  They're pretty straight forward:

POWER modules are power sources, they're how you add a battery or USB power to a circuit.

INPUT modules let you interact with the circuit.  Flip a switch, turning a dial, or move your hands over a light sensor.  If you wanted to control something manually you'd pop one of these in.

CONNECT modules form the logic of a circuit.  The NPN transistor above is a perfect example and we're so glad it's included in the kits.  With the NPN in the loop you can deliver lots of power with a tiny input signal, for example you can make a touch sensor circuit with one!  (see video for example)

OUTPUT modules are where the rubber meets the road, literally.  Motors, LEDs, Buzzers, connectors to outside circuits (like breadboards and Arduino boards).  

If you've read this far you're a champ, here's the unboxing video.  Enjoy and let us know what you'd like to make with a Circuit Scribe kit by leaving a comment below!

 

Like what you see?  Stop by the 123D Circuits Shop to pick up your own kits. 

Autodesk’s 3DRV Rolls Across America

100+ scheduled stops. 8 months. A million stories. Welcome to the Autodesk 3DRV tour.
Are you interested in seeing (or being) 3D scanned?  Autodesk's very own 3DRV is cruising the country finding interesting stories to share and you might just be on their schedule.   


If you're stationed off the trail you can still keep up with TJ's daily blogs ranging from 3D scanning vintage motorcycles in Sturgis, SD to a feature on the Detroit Public Library Makerspace using our favorite apps: Tinkercad and 123D Catch.

Open the official 3DRV page.

 

On the horizon…

Big things (or rather, big batches of small things) are happening in the Pier 9 shop... and they involve YOU! Check back in a few days for more updates. Here's an image to hold you over until then:

Get Yourself Featured on 123D !

Do you like checking out the 123D Featured Users but feel like it's missing a little... "you"?   Fill out the form below and you could be the next Featured User!   The most interesting projects might just wind up here, or even on the screens of our apps.  What are you waiting for ?!?!  Hit the read more link.

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Scancations and the future of photography

Bre Pettis from Makerbot recently went on vacation to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, and used 123D Catch to create some amazing 3D models of the standing stones to be found there. He makes the point that the future of photography is in 3D. It is only slightly harder to make a 3D scan of a memorable object than to take a picture.

Photo: Bre Pettis

Now it is possible to not only photograph, but 3D scan and print memorable items that you see on your travels. Even though he used a drone (those standing stones are pretty tall!), anyone can do this too, with just an iPhone or a pocket camera.

Of course, if you have a Makerbot, you can show your friends and family a physical replica of what you saw. Imagine children recreating memorable scenes from their travels with miniatures of the things they encountered!

There are some things that you can only really fully experience in full 3D, and here is another example I love. 123D user Jaime Almonacid has some amazing captures of the Fallas in Valencia: click the picture to see them in a 3D viewer:

So when you're traveling, and see something amazing, don't just take a picture! You can create an amazing 3D scan of a memorable object, and share it with your friends in 3D, and even make a physical copy. (Always ask for permission - some museums and artists may  object).

Make sure to check out 123D Catch, it just had some significant improvements for better results and 3D printing.