123D’s Newest Maker

Did you notice the new byline? Perhaps you did a double-take? By now you’re probably wondering, who is this new author on the Autodesk 123D blog?

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Deena - the Autodesk 123D summer intern. Join me for the next ten weeks as I embark on a deep journey of self-discovery through 3D printing… Overdramatic, but you understand.

As a self-proclaimed “maker,” I’ve delighted in the realm of fabrication, trying my hand at photography, printmaking, typography, and film. However, I have never 3D printed, and am quite excited at the prospect of 3D design and execution.

For those of you just starting with 3D printing, I invite you to join in my beginner’s experience. For those of you who avidly read the 123D blog, I’m sure you’re already far ahead of me and will delight in my inevitable misadventures, reminiscing a time when you too were a fledgling maker in the 3D world.

Having that said, I can’t wait to get #START3D. I'll be sharing my journey with you each week here on the 123D blog.

Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog post, in which I will document my introduction to 3D printing through a new lens… Literally.

 

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. 

5LDRmH on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

 

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 – 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 – 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.

123D Design desktop 1.4: 3D file import and 3D printing enhancements

 

It’s been a while since we released 123D Design version 1.3, at last year’s Maker Faire. A year on, we’re releasing version 1.4 . Don’t be misled by the single digit change – this is a major upgrade with features that will open up many new possibilities for you.

Keep reading to learn more about awesome new features like:

  • 3D mesh file import
  • 2D vector file import
  • Integrated 3D printing support
  • Numerous interface and usability enhancements

Read more »

Maker of the Day – Cameron Stern (Day 8)

Personal website:
www.sterndesignworks.com/

Cameron Stern

Why I make

Because there is something intrinsically satisfying about making on so many levels. I have been working with my wife for almost 8 years selling our own art and by just sharing our own obsessions with the world. We have shared so much art and wonder with people, and people have shared their own stories right back with us. I make because it is an incredible way to communicate with the world. 

What I make

As part of an awesome team I make jewelry, toys and curiosities that are inspired by science, fantasy, and whatever daily obsessions pass through my head.

While everyone in the studio plays a part in the process of creating each piece we produce, my job in the fabrication process is to provide 3d printed parts ranging from animals, astronauts, space capsules and robots, to scenic elements. I use 123D Creature as a vital creative tool to help bring a lot of those ideas to life. I model and then print out the miniatures or parts in PLA, at which point they head to the studio to either be cleaned up for lost PLA casting into silver or brass, or painted to be included in a miniature diorama necklace or sculpture. 

We first heard about Cameron when one of his designs (below) reached the front page of Reddit. 

 

Upon further investigation, we discovered Cameron is a 3D printing extraordinaire who includes the Autodesk 123D suite in his tool belt. 3D design and printing are just a few of the many forms of making that come out of his shop - that he runs with his equally impressive wife Rebecca. You can learn more about this dynamic duo about here, and if you're in the New York area you should definitely see what they're up to either in their shop or at any of the open markets they attend. 

 

Meet Tiana – the first Maker of the Day

Welcome to the first installment in our month long project highlighting a unique, creative individual every day. With Maker Faire Bay Area coming to us in just a few short weeks, what better way to celebrate than by showcasing the amazing work coming out of the creative and maker communities?

First up is a tenacious 13-year-old Bay Area resident making her way to college with Tinkercad, jewelry design, and 3D printing. Most kids these days are content to make a few dollars by setting up a lemonade stand on their street corner, or hosting a garage sale with their parents to get rid of old clothes and toys.

Most kids aren’t Tiana.

Tiana

Why I make

I came to Autodesk through the SPARK program, a program that connects youth with corporate mentors for a multi-month apprenticeship. My dad is an architect, so I was familiar with AutoCAD, but once I toured the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco I became fascinated with 3D printing and realized I could make things, too.

What I make

With Tinkercad I'm able to create personalized designs to my exact specifications. I've designed a line of jewelry - bracelets and earrings - inspired by the human nervous system. I'm going to use what I've learned to raise money for my future college tuition - $1,000,000 to be precise.

To help Tiana get started on her goal we invited her to our Pier 9 workshop to check out what her ideas look like when brought to life with various 3D printers: a MakerBot Replicator 2, and a Connex Objet500.

We believe it is important to encourage young women and men to pursue their creativity, particularly if it's going to support their education and entrepreneurial spirit. Needless to say it was a very exciting experience when Tiana saw the potential of all her hard work come together in real life.

The delight on Tiana's face when experiencing the tangible reality of her imagination was deeply rewarding, and we know that feeling of delight is something that many more of our 123D users will experience when they see their ideas come to life.

Don't worry, the inspiration doesn't stop here: stay tuned for a new maker featured on the 123D blog each day this month!