iMaterialise have just launched a new contest with our very own Meshmixer! Remix or create an original monster and you might snag a 3D print and a Premium Membership with 123D. Check out the rules from iMaterialise's blog:
For this challenge we’d like you to create your own crossbreed or hybrid using Autodesk Meshmixer software and i.materialise’s 3D printing service.
We will select 3 winning creations. Winners will receive a 3D print of their figurine and an Autodesk 123D Premium Membership. All participants will get 10% discount when printing their design.
Note that the jury selects upon the 3D renders you put online, so make sure to make a very clear, visible render.
WHO CAN ENTER
This challenge is open to all designers, professional and amateur, regardless of sex, age or nationality.
Submissions will be accepted up to 23:59 Central European Time, October 29, 2014.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant. To enter,upload your creation(s) below and provide a short description of your monster or crossbreed animal in the ‘description’ box. Be sure to use a screenshot from your creation in Meshmixer as your uploaded image. Entries without this screenshot are automatically disqualified. (Preferred size: 845x450 pixels)
For anyone who follows Anouk Wipprecht or is just hearing about her infamous, interactive 3D printed dresses - This is a chance to add YOUR design sensibility to one of her couture-creations... Anouk x Polaire will be assembling 3D printed "Particles" made by people all over the world - into a complete "Open Source Dress". There is still time to send your particle.
On the left: some of the smaller prototype dress. On the right: a particle sent in by a contributor.
Anouk added LED rings to some of her own particles, using them as examples.
Here's more... check out what people are making on Tinkercad by filtering for #ParticleDress:
To participate is quite simple if you or a friend have a 3D printer. The easiest way is to simply 3D print this existing part in Tinkercad or if you're the creative type : change that 3D model in Tinkercad so it has your own personal style - then send the print to:
THE OPEN SOURCE ELEMENT DRESS Anouk Wipprecht x Polaire Schottenfeldgasse 72/8c 1070 Wien, Austria
*** For all the details --- Check out Anouk's Instructable ***
We took a little time out of our day and designed / 3D printed a couple particles. Have a look:
Below left is our version of their base model, it will easily print on a Makerbot or similar 3D printer (click to Tinker-it). Below middle is the "spikey" particle you see above, and below right is the "balloon" particle" you see above in white.
You can start with the base model (might require support material) or our blue/orange version of the base model (you can change the colors) that will require no support material.
If you don't have a 3D printer you're not out of luck. There are several professional companies eager to perfectly-print your models and we've got them lined up on our 3D-Print page.
Hope to see your particles on the Open Source Dress! -123D
There's nothing like bringing your designs to life and holding them in your hands. That's why Shapeways wants to support designers new to 3D printing with $25 in Shapeways credit – to help you bring your 3D designs to life.
Shapeways enables you to 3D print in 40+ materials, from high-resolution plastics to stunning precious metals. Using the best industrial 3D printers available, Shapeways checks every 3D model for printability and supports you every step of the way. Together, Shapeways and the latest release of Meshmixer are helping to make 3D printing easier than ever with price estimates and ordering directly from Meshmixer. We hope you'll discover the endless possibilities of 3D printing!
To start 3D printing, load your 3D model in Meshmixer. Click "3D Print", choose "Shapeways" as the printer and pick the type of material you'd like. It's real intuitive and easy!
Direct Printing To Shapeways From Meshmixer
Next, join Shapeways to upload your 3D model, get instant pricing and order. Enter promo code 'mty9b' at checkout by August 31, 2014 to take advantage of this exclusive offer!
Explore the 123D Gallery for inspiration on what to design, and, while you're at it, check out the Meshmixer 101 tutorial videos to get started.
[The Fine Print: This promotion is non-transferable and valid once per customer, for new customers only. It may not be combined with other discounts in one order. Discount applies only to 3D prints of your own models and cannot be applied to Shapeways Gift Cards or past orders. The $25 value does not apply to cost of tax or shipping. If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these models are repaired). No cash value. Limited redemption quantity. Expires Sunday August 31 at 11:59pm PDT.]
If you're interested in knowing more about how it was 3D modeled (or about the Raspberry Pi in general) you can ask them yourself, LIVE during their regular #3DTHURSDAY Google+ hangout. It's where they talk about cool things that they've made for 3D Printing or that they've found on the web in places like Instructables.com. It's every Thursday at 3PM EST (noon PST) learn more about how to join or click the top banner. Don't be shy, we'll be there too. Pop-in, ask your questions or share your knowledge about 3D printing projects!
After a consistently mind-boggling ten weeks here at 123D, my time as an intern has END3D (coinciding with the end of it being socially acceptable for me to use -3D puns).
If you’ll #flashbackfriday to early June with me, you’ll remember that I had no prior knowledge of 3D modeling and printing. Now — a ridiculously short two and a half months later — I stand before you as a self-proclaimed 3D printing queen.
...Not quite, but I did make a video to sum up my time here and illustrate the learning process that I’ve gone through in the hopes that potential makers will follow in my footsteps.
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
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!
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).
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.
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.