123D Make 3D DIY Projects. Made With Cricut.

photo of paper projects next to a Cricut Explore machine

Looking for a fun DIY project, but not prolific with scissors or don’t own a laser cutter? We’re happy to announce that Autodesk 123D has partnered with Cricut to bring a series of easy-to-assemble 3D DIY projects to Makers and Crafters. From rocket ships to dinosaurs to smartphone stands, these projects will delight and entertain boys and girls of all ages whether you’re 5 or 50!

All you need to get started is an affordable Cricut Explore™ electronic cutting machine, the free online Cricut Design Space™ software, and off-the-shelf poster board. Cardboard brown is no longer your only color option!

The first 8 projects are pictured below, clicking on them will take you to their respective project pages.  If you already own a Cricut Explore, load up the poster board and start cutting! The smartphone stand will make a great Fathers' Day present!

And make sure to keep checking back on Autodesk 123D's Blog and Cricut Partner Page, as well as Cricut's Autodesk Projects Page for even more projects!

What's the origin story of these beautiful projects, you ask? These first-of-its-kind 3D Cricut projects started off as 3D models from the 123Dapp.com gallery. The models were then infused with the unique slicing technology of 123D Make and transformed into easy-to-assemble cut patterns!


p/s. Full instructions coming soon to an Instructable near you! 

Maker of the Day – Timothy Englert (Day 30)



Timothy Englert

Why I make

We are a society increasingly distancing itself from actual hands-on making of objects.  When I was a boy, everyone took shop class, and made a box, a bread basket, a cutting board, or a pencil holder as their first piece.  Our great-randfathers built their own homes, and a toolbox was as indispensable then as a computer is now.  

 The Knickerbocker Bench is my effort to reconnect people with the simple beauty of a handmade object, one that they can sometimes participate in the making of a permanent installation at a park.  I make them for private sale, but I also make them with groups of people, using traditional tools like two-man saws, hand planes, and scraper blades alongside band saw and chain saw mills.  Log benches connect us to the earth in an unique way, and the Knickerbocker Bench is as much an invitation to slow down and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us as it is a functional and durable piece of furniture.  I make them because people respond to them, and I make them because they remind me of the curious and indispensable role that trees play as the lungs of the world.  There's lots of other reasons, but these are a few.

What I make

I make the Knickerbocker Bench.  I created it in 2007 as a gift to one of New York's many beautiful state parks to recognize the natural ice harvesting industry that once took place at the site.  The design is a 21st Century homage to mankind's first piece of furniture, the log bench.   I've made them in a variety of woods, most of them coming from reclaimed logs found in the woods or from tree services.  Since the first ones were made for the ruins of the ice houses, we've since made just under 100 more, most of them in parks or on trails in the Hudson Valley, but some also in the midwest.  As no two trees are alike, no two Knickerbocker Benches are the same, as well.  



Maker of the Day – Gerry Paquette (Day 29)



Gerry Paquette

Why I make

I teach board game design in a Game Development program at Algonquin college in Ottawa. The college Print Shop recently invested in 3D printers and I encourage my students to make use of it by creating custom bits for their games. As first-year students, most of them haven't had any training using 3D software. Tinkercad is the ideal entry-level tool that does not overwhelm it's users with options. In fact, limited options allows for a more creative approach to design. 

Once the students have sent me their models in .STL format, I'm able to preview them in Tinkercad and make modifications in terms of sizing and thickening elements that are likely to break before sending them on to be printed. 

What I make

I use Tinkercad to make custom board game components primarily. Recently I used it to create a flea circus as part of my costume for local Steampunk 5 year anniversary gala. 

My current project, Battle Cubed, is a tactical 3- dimensional space fighting game that features 3D printed ships and a 2D stand with platforms that are laser cut out of acrylic and assembled into a 3-tiered playing surface.



Maker of the Day – Scott Kildall (Day 27)



Scott Kildall

Why I make

Creative energy sustains me and by making physical things, I transform thoughts into form. I view new technologies as an opportunity to experiment with possibilities that is completely new, but pays homage to older traditions. 

The data crystals reflect this transformation from virtual into material using technology that wasn't available 10 years ago.

What I make

Data Crystals are a series of 3D-printed sculptures, which I generate algorithmically from various data sources. These manifest a vision of what data physically looks like — one possibility for 3D data visualization.

My source for the data crystals range from city-provided open datasets such as construction permit and crime statistics to biometric data generated by human bodies such as physical movement or EEG (brainwaves) data. 

I see data as sculptural material, like clay, plaster or steel. By using code to transform columns of numbers into 3D models, I call myself a “data miner,” where I extract data into small gems. I’m still experimenting with legibility and aesthetics. The primary question that drives this work is the question of “what does data look like?” 



Meshmixer 2.4: Collect the Gold, Silver, AND Bronze


Autodesk Meshmixer 2.4

Autodesk continued the full court press on 3D printing today with the release of Meshmixer 2.4. Most notable with this release is the integration of direct printing to popular 3D printing services: i.materialise, Sculpteo, and Shapeways. 

The integration of the printing services within the 3D printing section now allows you to print in nearly any material including food safe ceramic, jewelry quality gold and silver, and the lower costing plastics and polyamides in different solid colors to name a few. The pricing is interactive, so one can easily size up a model with the material of their choice and get an instant quote from the printing service within Meshmixer. Making the object smaller will make the 3D print less expensive, which makes it easy to bargain for how much you want to pay to see your creation made real. See the video below for a quick workflow of healing a 123D Catch capture for 3D printing in a silver material with a 3D printing service. A new playlist of videos here, called Meshmixer 101 will get you up to speed with the basics of working in Meshmixer.


Creating, editing and printing to any 3D printer is a breeze, especially if you have a Type A Machines "2014 Series 1" printer. Meshmixer can send prints directly to your networked 2014 Series 1 3D printer, eliminating the need to fumble around with memory cards. Thanks to the folks at Type A Machines for their collaboration!!

 Meshmixer Patterned Logo with Bunnies


Meshmixer also adds some powerful new Patterning techniques with this release, examples shown above, which creates a border based on FaceGroups. We've been having a lot of fun with this new technique to easily create variations of existing models in our library....CHECK IT OUT!

Maker of the Day – Adrian Stein (Day 19)


Here is a Maker Of The Day that we have been excited to share with you for some time. Everything that art, 3D printing, and the maker movement is, has revealed itself through the work of this individual. But what can we say about Adrian? In addition to his skills with Meshmixer and 3D manipulation, Mr. Stein is also a gifted writer and speaker, so we will let him speak for himself.

Adrian Stein

Why I make

This is a far too existential of a question for me to answer in short form, my attempt to condense it might be a little confusing, so I apologize in advance. A feeling of cold emptiness takes over my stomach when I become hungry for food, I can stand it, sometimes its hard, but other things distract me. When I have hunger for expression, a feeling of empowering energy, coupled with anxious necessity springs my eyes to an eternal gaze, my throat becomes clogged by the oncoming wave of thought, speaking becomes insufficient, I must make. It helps me clear my mind, by making I am able to see my emotions, feel them physically. Although, sometimes I need to make things that are emotion-less, sometimes making is forgetting, sometimes making is un-making. I came to think of it as my escape, my escape from anything I need to feel; on the other side, it became my gateway, any land I wanted to reach I figured I must make. Making, art, is my therapy. 

What I make

The majority of my practice revolves around the three dimensional object; I find this to be the realm with the least restrictions. There is something incredibly attractive about an object you can touch, smell, interact with, and look at in all angles; it creates an almost intimate dance between the viewer and the piece, creating small conversations, intrapersonal connections, brief moments of intimacy, memories, laughter and cries. Objects have a very interesting power, we deal with them on a daily basis but a lot of us seem to ignore them; when some are presented formally they take on thisrevealing, ephemeral quality. Suddenly, they become easier to “see”, the objects reveal their meaning, information that makes way for different interpretations in every revisit, it is the closest thing to a film for me, without the moving image. I figure that this came from my early addiction to Lego play sets, a driving point for my artistic development. This is where my insatiable thirst saw its beginning, merely satisfied by the low quality, yet nearly endless possibility of these small plastic blocks; I grew to become a creator, continuously imagining and then feverishly making. As I grew older I visited more materials (metal,wood, other brands of building blocks, found objects, clay) yet that thirst got stronger and stronger. It became so fierce that I had begun to loath, even hate, the amount of conformity that my materials involved, the endless drying times, the sometimes irreversible mistakes, the brittleness of some materials and the unbendable stoutness of others, my tongue had become too dry. Therefore I sought a new invigoration, I needed to change by brand of electrolytic buildable. I needed something that could be manipulated with more liberty, something that would set the creatures inside my head free. This made me recede from the physical, and into the virtual; something I found would be a turning point in my practice. Now I almost never leave my computers side, it has become my companion in life, it houses every material I ever dreamed of, any landscape I could imagined, any tool is at my disposal there; but I couldn’t touch it, I couldn’t smell it ,I couldn’t grab it and put it in my pocket, I again became thirsty. This drought did not linger for too long, I quickly crossed paths with the most awe-inspiring bridge i had ever seen, 3D printing. This new discovery completed the circle I wished forever to fulfill; I could finally bring my visions to life. I encountered programs like Meshmixer and Tinkercad, this new virtual clay wouldn’t bend with gravity (if I wanted it to), it could form to my disposal, I can choose where and why it is strong, I can combine it, scale it, transform it, and manipulate it to my will; and then, as if it were straight from the Jetsons, I can print it. Nothing but a dream come true. Currently,with around 4 months in the field, I see my practice voyaging in this fruitful ocean. 

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Stay tuned for more coming from this amazing maker - Adrian has been generous enough to keep in great contact with us, and we are looking forward to continuing to share his story with you as it progresses.


Here's a sneak peek of what's to come - a bracelet Adrian designed using Meshmixer of the waveform diagram of himself saying the words, "I Love You." Pretty neat, right?

Maker of the Day – You! (Day 18)

You might think today's maker of the day is a copout, but if Time Magazine can get away with it, so can we. 

Seriously, you guys are amazing. Our booth at the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend was full of amazing Autodesk 123D users who make us look good. Not to mention all the folks that stopped by to let us know what they were doing with our tools, and how they're totally changing the world of creativity. It was such a treat to get to meet all of you amazing people, and we can't wait to do it again next year. 

Enjoy our video from the second day of Maker Faire, and keep on making!



Maker of the Day – Amanda Jackson (Day 16)

Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson

Why I make

I developed an interest in art as soon as I could hold a pencil or paintbrush. I had some difficulties at school with Expressive Language Disorder so drawing was an alternative way too express myself other than talking, although this has improved with time. I am open to different art mediums and styles, whether it be traditional or digital work, so when I learnt of the 123D creature app I jumped at the chance to try out some 3D sculpting. I am always trying to improve my work and willing to learn new things so I have grown too enjoy the app, using it as another art tool and have become quite addicted to it!

What I make

When i am not working on any illustrations or paintings i enjoy using the 123D Creature App to create models of characters and creatures from video games, films, books and mythology. Other subjects I create are usually animals or creatures/characters from my own imagination. I believe I have just over 200 3D models at the moment. I am an aspiring illustrator so my work usually consists of acrylic, watercolour paintings and ink drawings. My next project is to create some illustrations for Jack London's 'Call of the Wild' and I was thinking of creating a series of models that can be printed in 3D using the 123D Creature App. If you would like to have a quick look at some of my other work you can visit my website http://amandajackson101.wix.com/illustrator or my deviantart page  -  http://amanda-jackson.deviantart.com/

Maker of the Day – Eric Jacobson (Day 15)

Eric Jacobson

Why I make

I make because I enjoy creating something physical and lasting. The bronze age and the iron age created objects that have endured the test of time. So much of the digital age is ephemeral - my goal is to take the tools of the digital age and use them to make art that can tell the story of this era for ages to come.

What I make

I make sculpture! I love combining modern design techniques (3d models, digital fabrication, vector design software) with traditional foundry techniques to create unique sculptures. My favorite medium is cast iron because of its connection to the industrial age and then modernized through my techniques.

Maker of the Day – Ritik Mehta (Day 13)

You may have heard Ritik's story before, and you will definitely hear it again. When we first met Ritik, he was all of 13 years and already using 3D printing to make the world a better place, after learning how to 3D model in record time. Now this maker has expanded upon what he's learned and is changing things at an amazing pace.

Ritik's dad was kind enough to keep us updated on what Ritik is up to - see more for yourself, below.

Ritik Mehta

Why he makes

Initially it was a fascination of having the power to create. After he came back from TEDxKids@Brussels he saw 3d printing opportunities everywhere and got frustrated of not having the skills to design, so his dad introduced him to Tinkercad and helped him build those skills (which he now transfers by giving workshops at TEDxYouth events and other venues locally). Once his father saw that the fascination was not a fad, but stuck with him, he got him a Makerbot and 2 more printers afterwards (and 2 more on the way).
The initial fascination with the power to create, transferred to a drive to show his peers what the future would hold and why they should learn to 3D model.

Now his drive is more on the fact that this technology can help others less privileged get a better life and that the impact of 3d printing is as big for the poor as it is for the rich. 

What he makes

Ritik got involved with 3D printing at the age of 10, when he had to make something in 3D for TEDxKids@Brussels: he just started wearing glasses so he got the idea to make glasses with his name on them... after many years of exploring 3D printing and its impact on the future of creation, he gave a TEDxYouth@Flanders talk on his experience with 3dprinting and advice for his peers.

After that talk he explored going back to his first creation, which were glasses, but this time more wearable and functional. This got him in touch with a lot of designers of glasses and people involved with eyewear in general. One of those people was Koen Van Pottelbergh of EyesForTheWorld. The idea that these glasses could help people stuck with Ritik. He did a charity event to raise awareness and is also involved in projects ranging from customized glasses to help fund the charity, as well as design issues to get the glasses 3D printed locally at the source, and hence introducing these societies to 3D printing.

Ritik's father adds that his involvement with making has enabled him to get in touch with people who encourage him to take his ideas forward, as well as inspire him to do more. Inspirational people include Mitch Altman, Peter Diamandis, Scott Summit, and Assa Ashuach.

At the age of 13 he has a clear view on his future: ge is looking to combine the worlds of engineering and design, much like the in the TED2014 talk by Bran Ferren.

We can't wait to see what Ritik has next in store for us, 3D printing, and the world at large.