LeWeb and the Next 10 Years

Every year thousands of folks gather in Paris, France to discuss the latest innovations coming from the world of technology at a conference called LeWeb. This year marked the 10th year of the LeWeb's operation, and as such they gave the conference a theme of "The Next 10 Years." 

3D printing was one of the major themes of the 3 day conference, with an emphasis on the maker movement and the ability for individuals to fabricate the things they want. There was consensus among the speakers that the way technology is progressing allows for consumers to use readily available software, like Autodesk 123D, and hardware like the UItimaker pictured above to design and improve the products they use. 

Mary Huang of Continuum Fashion presented her innovations in the world of combined fashion + technology. She explained the reality and the potential for people to design the things they want for themselves, without limit, and used her company's products as an example. 

It's exciting to see the subject of the 3D printing technology take its place among mainstream conversations about technology and future trends. As we look ahead towards the next 10 years the opportunities are limitless when it comes to what we can design and create for ourselves with this amazing technology.

Sketch and Text with Tinkercad

We are pleased to announce new Shape Generator capabilities available in Tinkercad!

Tinkercad offers some great shapes to help get you started, and with the introduction of Shape Generators (formerly known as ShapeScripts), the power to create is completely expanded.

Now, we don’t expect everyone to be able to create their own Shape Generator using Java Script, although we definitely encourage all of you to take a try. So in order to make Shape Generators more flexible and accessible, we added sketching capabilities using the Autodesk Creative Platform. To learn more about sketching with ACP, check out this link.

So let’s see how we can apply this to a Shape Generator. Check out our in-depth instructions below to become a Shape Generating master, and be sure to share the new shapes you create. Happy sketching!

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How a young boy is using Tinkercad to help the world see

Meet Ritik Mehta, a 13-year-old 3D printing enthusiast with a big heart.

Ritik has grown up in a world where it is possible to 3D print your dream designs at home with the help of easy-to-use 3D design software applications such as Tinkercad. Like the other kids of this 3D printing generation he’s taking the first step of many more to move towards a world where people help each other with 3D printed goodness.

Lately he has been very engaged in making his own custom glasses. This gave him the idea to provide an opportunity to everybody to own customized glasses and, at the same time, be part of a unique charity to help kids in Africa and Asia see the world as they should.

 

And just like that with the help of his father, he turned his idea into reality; so if you are in the Antwerp, Belgium area on Saturday December 21st, make sure to stop by Designcenter de Winkelhaak to see Ritik's vision come to life. Here you will be able to make your own custom glasses from the 3D design to the 3D printed model. Professional designers and 3D printing experts will assist you, and the money made from the event will go straight to ‘Eyes for the World’, an important non-profit foundation which believes that everyone, all over the world, has the right to see well.

Join us in helping Ritik show that money is no object when it comes to how 3D printing technology can benefit everyone.

3D printing video game characters: Hyperspace Madness at Autodesk University

Playing video games can be a lot of fun, and sometimes you want to bring the fun out beyond the screen: making characters from a game physically real. For Autodesk University, earlier this month, the 123D team worked closely with Autodesk's Media and Entertainment group to explore the process of 3d printing video game characters.

A member of our M&E team models the full-size Sven suit next to the 3D print display

Our Media and Entertainment group has produced a top class game called "Hyperspace Madness" to provide a compelling demo of how to use Autodesk tools to build games. We wanted to take all the various characters and models in the game, and 3D print them, in order to make a nice display at Autodesk University.

Close-up of the 3D printed display

This can be a challenge, since objects designed for a game aren't necessarily easy to print. For example, game objects are often modeled at low resolution, and rely on a color texture to make it seem convincing. The geometric modeling of the objects can cause problems too: the objects are represented as a shell with no volume, and this can cause problems with printing.

The 123D team is also about making things real, so we set out to use tools from our 123D suite to prepare some models for printing, and this is how we did it.

The game's main character, a satellite repairman called Sven, is shown in many poses to animate him while walking. We wanted to select some frames from this "walk cycle" and print them out. The first thing to do was to make sure that the character was represented as a solid: to do this we opened the files in Meshmixer, and used the Inspector tool to identify and fix any gaps that could cause problems. We wanted Sven to stand on his own, so we modeled an oval base using 123D Design, exported it as an STL file, and combined the two using Tinkercad - our entry level, browser-based design software has very powerful tools for working with meshes!

We also wanted to print Sven's antagonists: aggressive squid like creatures called the Killamari, that use robotic suits to get around. We opened the 3D model using the Autodesk 3D Print Utility, which we used to reinforce fine details that would cause problems in printing. This model was then merged with an oval base using Meshmixer.

Sven and the Killamari were printed on our Objet Connex 500 printers, which can render extremely fine detail.

The Sven walk cycle being printed

Of course, we wanted Sven and Killamari to have a place to run around in, so we also printed some of the buildings and props from the game. These were prepared for printing using a combination of tools including Autodesk 3D Print Utility and Meshmixer. Since these objects are much bigger, Type A Machines offered to print them on their Series 1 printers, which have a very large build area, and can work with innovative new materials.

Solving Xbox One Problems with Tinkercad and 3D Printing

Tinkercad user ProwlingTiger found himself facing a problem recently: he had an Xbox One Kinect, but no way to keep his new device stable, because TV mounts were sold out everywhere due to the rush of people buying the new console. Instead of going online and spending lots of money + shipping then waiting days for a hard-to-find item to arrive, ProwlingTiger made his way to Tinkercad and created what he needed instead.

Knowing other people might be having the same issue with finding a suitable mount, he shared the link to his 3D model, made for printing on a Makerbot, with Reddit, where he was quickly inundated with requests to purchase his creation. This led to him opening up an Etsy store so anyone without access to a 3D printer can buy the mount he created.

It's awesome seeing what creative folks do when faced with a problem, as well as to see how quickly other people can benefit from it. Fortunately it doesn't take lots of engineering degrees or extensive training to get to this point - as we can see below, anyone with a desire to make things will find a way to do so:

This is a great example of how 3D printing technology can make our lives a lot simpler. We look forward to seeing what ProwlingTiger and all of our other Tinkercad and 123D users will show us next.

 

12 Days of Printing with GROWit – Tinkercad Challenge

GROWit has challenged you to create a holiday ornament or decoration design using Tinkercad for the chance to win a print!  Enter between December 6th - 17th - find out more here.

 How to Enter:

  1. Using Tinkercad, create your best holiday inspired decoration (could be an ornament, a figurine, stocking hook…your possibilities are endless, so show us your best!)  
  2. - Send your file to contests@growit3d.com
  3. - Title your submission: “12 Days of Printing – Your Name”
  4. - Include your name, shipping address and phone number
  5. - Take a screenshot of your design and share it with friends – Don’t forget to include the hashtag #12daysofprinting and tag @GROWit3D
  6. - Accepted file formats are: .stl
     

December 6th-17th – Submission period

December 20th – Design shipped – Just in time for Christmas!

Rules:

  • All entries must be created using Tinkercad
  • Entries can be submitted daily until December 17th, 2013 11:59PM PST
  • Multiple entries are accepted
  • Bounding box of design should be no bigger than: 4 in x 4 in x 4 in
  • Minimum wall thickness on designs: 0.04”
  • Winner(s) will be chosen by the GROWit selection team
  • Winner(s) will be announced Thursday December 19th, 2013
     

Prizes:

  1. The designer(s) of the best holiday inspired ornament will win their own 3D printed design with features on the GROWit blog and social media channels!
  2. Winning designs will be sold in the GROWit store with recognition to the designer.
  3. 10% of all sales will be awarded to the winning designers for sales through December 31, 2013

Terms and Conditions:

  • By submitting an entry (which includes a 3D file, pictures and text description) to GROWit, you grant a non-exclusive, royalty free, unlimited in the time, worldwide license to GROWit to display the design you submitted and/or a reproduction of this design for any purposes. GROWit has the right to reproduce in 3D, sell reproductions of model, take photographs/pictures and reproduce the pictures of the design on any support (CD, DVD, internet, folder, etc.) for GROWit purposes. By submitting your design to the challenge, you state that you are the sole creator of the model and that you do not infringe any copyright or any other intellectual property right (trademark, design and mode, patent, etc.) of a third party and/or that you obtained all the necessary permissions in order to duly allow such a license to GROWit.
  • All entries must be unique and never 3D printed before.
  • All entries must be created on Tinkercad.com
  • GROWit reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded. No cash alternatives or substitutes will be allowed. The decision of the jury will be final.

12 Days of Printing - Official Rules PDF

 

Nut & Bolt Puzzle Project using Tinkercad

Here's a pretty great project we found on Instructables- a perfect little print to test a desktop 3D printer AND make a stocking stuffer! What seems like a simple nut-and-bolt assembly is deceptively difficult to take apart.  But there's a trick!  We're going to try and print some today to test.

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Autodesk University: In the Can.

 

Thanks everyone who dropped by the Creative Studio this past week at Autodesk University in Las Vegas!

We had a great week and enjoyed talking to you.  There's lots of exciting things on the horizon for Autodesk and all our customers, and we're looking forward to next year.  

In spite of the apparent possibility of building a crossbow that will puncture a trash can with wooden skewers, we didn't even have any (serious) injuries from the Office Warfare table!  So all in all, we think it was a success!

Remember: "What happens in Vegas...", BUT if you have any great memories of the conference, let us know!

123D Creations with Dazed and Confused: Part 3

This week brings us the third installment in the 123D Creations series with Dazed and Confused. For this project London-based artist Yuri Pattison took a closer look at the Chelyabinsk Meteor that lit up Russia's sky for a brief moment in February 2013. He became fascinated with the subsequent "fragments of meteor" that appeared for sale on eBay at a much higher cost than other meteorites online.  

Using the photos from the eBay listings, Yuri created 3D models on 123D Catch, despite not having every angle necessary to create a perfect capture. He then printed 3D models of the meteorites, inconsistencies included, to emphasize the "example of traditional culture fetishizing the 'original' object,” wherein the representation of the object becomes just as valuable, if not more so, than the original object despite not being the real thing. Through 3D printing technology Yuri is able to bring his vision to life. See more details in the video below and by reading the Dazed article about the project.

 

In this digital age, there is no doubt that the lines between original and re-creation are becoming blurred. Yuriy states, "That's what's interesting about digital for me, and the possibilities of reproduction like 3D printing: the information contained and conveyed is the most important thing rather than copy vs original!"

Black Friday deals on Makerbot and 123D

The Autodesk 123D team is pleased to bring you some awesome Black Friday deals on Makerbot and 123D Premium membership! On top of our already attractive bundle offers, for the first 100 buyers we're now including $500 worth of discount coupons for use with our 3D printing partners, Sculpteo and i.materialise. And that's not all: by using the "blackfriday" promo code when you check out, you can get an additional $300 off when you sign up for a 2 year membership bundle.

You'll get:

  • The latest Makerbot, with a custom 123D faceplate
  • Additional spools of PLA
  • All the benefits of 123D membership, including Instructables Pro membership and associated benefits and discounts
  • and more!

You may ask yourself, why would you need $500 worth of 3D printing services when you are ordering a 3D printer of your own? Well, consider the possibilities: you can prototype on your Makerbot, and then get finished pieces made in metal, ceramic or full color. Imagine how your friends and loved ones will react when you show them how your 3D creations can really come to life when made in luxurious and durable materials... Check out the materials on offer from Sculpteo and i.materialise, and be inspired!

Make sure you're in the front of the line for the $500 3D printing services offer (without having to camp out all night) and go to our Black Friday deal page right now!