Anyone who shares a file in the 123D gallery and links to the file in a relevant Instructable where you show how it is converted to a physical object is eligible for a free thank you gift.
To be eligible for this gift:
First upload your file to the 123D gallery
Post a relevant Instructable and in it include a link to the related 123D file
Finally, share the url of your published Instructable in the description of your 123D file
To be eligible for a free 123D thank you gift, both the file and Instructable need to be posted between the dates of January 31st, 2012 through April 30th, 2012 . On May 1st we will go through all of the files posted between the dates specified and any that are cross-linked with a valid and relevant Instructable will receive their choice of a 123D T-shirt, Mug, or Thumb Drive.
Also, when posting your Instructable, don't forget to enter the Instructables Make it Real Challenge for your chance to win over $100,000 worth of 3D printing-related prizes!
Bilal Ghalib over at Instructables has shared a guide for turning your 3D Catches into 3D prints. This opens up a ton of 3D printing possibilities. Imagine an entire 3D printed chess set made from members of your family. And while your at it, why not Catch all of your limbs for posterity (in case you should ever lose one and need a prosthetic). I'm interested to see all of the possible things that can be done with your 3D objects. Tell me what is is you want to Catch in the comments below. Or better yet, go Catch some things and share them in the gallery!
Say what you may about The Singularity University, but 3D printing in outer space is a good idea. Not only does the idea seem to have fallen out of the future, it has very real practical application. By printing objects once in orbit, astronauts can make things with thirty percent less mass. There are obviously some hurdles to this approach and they are still working on perfecting the technology to work in zero gravity situations, but don't be surprised if some day astronauts are able to print out the tools they need (and even additional spacecraft).
Notcot is giving away some designer 3D printed jewelry from Nervous System. All you need to do to be eligible is to post what you would like most to see 3D printed.
The thing I would most like to see 3D printed is a rockin' pair of headphones. How about you? What is on your 3D printing wish list?
If you have a few hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket and need a new pair of glasses, I recommend checking out Make Eyewear. Using 3D printing technology, they will make glasses and sunglasses to your specifications (with or without prescription lenses). Glasses start at $150 and go up from there, depending on the level of customization. However, if you are feeling a bit more enterprising, you can model your own pair and print them using our printing service. If you decide to go this route, I recommend checking out their manufacturing process to see study some of the finer points about eyeglass construction.
Everyone's favorite urban planning video game, Sim City 2000, is now available in 3D print-ready files. Thanks to avid enthusiast Michael Curry who is remodeling Sim City building-by-building as a form of stress relief, you can now have your own physical copy of the game. Whether or not this means Sim City 2000 will soon make a comeback as a real-time, role-playing, table-top game is yet to be seen. However, if the idea of this appeals to you, you can download the files from Thingiverse and easily print them using our 3D printing service.
Instructables user RobHopeless posted instructions for building your own DIY Stereolithography setup at home. In other words, he created a DIY setup for printing 3D objects in a vat of UV-curable photopolymer resin using a laser. This is very cool because it is not only DIY, but also inexpensive. If you were to buy a commercial Steriolithography printer, you would end up spending tens of thousands of dollars. By contrast, this entire system was built for less than a thousand.
Open-source systems like these are going to fundamentally change the way that objects are produced, as they will bring the prices down to a level where everyone will be able to afford to own a printer. The dream of designing something in 123D and then immediately printing it out on your personal printer is growing nearer by the day.
Over the weekend I stumbled upon the incredibly fun Sake Set Creator over at Shapeways. This quick and easy tool lets you shape small tea cups and get them printed out in food-safe ceramic. I spent a lot of time designing cups, but ultimately decided that the tool just wasn't robust enough for my mug designing needs. I needed to take things a step further and explore more extreme mug possibilities. So, I broke out my trusty copy of 123D and designed myself a fancier mug. I'm currently working on refining my design and ultimately plan to get it printed in ceramic. Stay tuned for the amazing results of my mug printing escapades.