Let's get this out of the way: 3D printing is amazing. Prototyping and even generating human tissue are happening. Right. Now.
That said, let's find some everyday uses for this crazy technology. How are you using it to fix stuff around your house? Doorstops, replacement parts, hacks, key hooks... all that stuff.Instructable here. More stuff in the Instructables Forum.
The process is simpler than you'd think. With a basic guitar body design, you can build a model in 3D software (123D Design is free), then take that file via an .stl model into 123D Make, which slices the model into cross sections that you can laser cut (or go analog and grab an Exacto blade). Once those are stacked and glued together, you have a mold!! Read this Instructable on how to do to do it, you'll get no spoilers here.
OR, you can listen to the Safety Third Show - in Episode 1, they go through the experience of the workshop and Blaine sings a little song.
Here's the coverage on Wired Design:
The Instructables Design Competition has begun! There are 20 prizes that will be given away - and it should be right up your alley if you're reading this blog. Surely you've got an awesome design to share, right? From the official contest page:
Calling all makers. Artists. Creators. Builders. Students. Professionals. Hobbyists.
We’re changing how a design competition is run by opening it up to everyone. If you’ve created something for a course, a client, or just for fun, show us what you did and how you did it. Whether your goal is to inspire others, show off, or win stuff, Instructables is the platform for people to share what they make.
The Instructables Design Competition is open to everyone who makes something that can be reasonably described as “art” or “design.” Share your 3D printed, microcontrolled, animated, photographic, sculpted, canvassy, fabricated, fashionable, jewelled, furnished, automotive, or graphic project to win a laser cutter, a laptop, and a DSLR.
Bottom line: share your art or design project to win a Full Spectrum laser cutter, MacBook Pro, and a DSLR.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the official contest page for more information about the contest, the prizes and for the fine print!
One day later than normal, and I'd like to show you guys some of the catches we've gotten for our Steal Public Art challenge! We've extended the challenge until the 5th of August so you've still got lots of time to get some excellent catches and maybe win a 3D camera or a 3D print!
Large Head Sculpture by Michelle Kosterich
Tim Burton Head by Nicole Smith
Love_Indiana by Aleksei Sebastiani
Metal Octopus Sculpture by Michelle Kosterich
3D graffiti by Jessy Ellenberger
Head out and use 123D Catch to steal some interesting pieces of public art!
1 grand prize winner will win a Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Digital Camera and a print of their winning model! 20 runner up winners will win prints of their winning models!
To enter, follow these steps:
- go out and get an excellent Catch of your favorite piece of public art
- upload your creation to the 123D gallery anytime from July 9th to August 5th, 2012
- tag your model with "public art" and tell us a little about it! We love stories.
For more information (including complete rules because those are very important!), explanation and inspiration, be sure to check out our official contest page!Please note: this contest is only open to residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia but excluding Puerto Rico), Canada (excluding the province of Quebec, Canada), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands... though we would still love to see what everyone else can catch!
Here at 123D we're planning weekly challenges for you guys!
First up - we want you to steal public art! Head to your local park, to a famous hometown monument, to your favorite museum - and get the best catch that you can of your chosen piece of public art.
This challenge will start on July 9th but I wanted to give everyone a head start to plan some excellent catches. Just make sure you don't upload anything to the gallery yet!
We'll have more information about how to enter (and win 3D prints!) and about upcoming challenges as we hammer out the details - stay tuned! We can't wait to see what you guys catch!
We printed lots of awesome models over the last couple of months for our Print of the Day contest! I'm sending out the last batch of emails to winners today and then it'll be all wrapped up. I can't wait until everyone gets their prints.
But for now, here are a few photos from the first batch of prints we did. Click through to view the model in the gallery and compare the two. The Objet printers we have do fantastic work!
skull n bones by Scott Ramsay
Sumbohjaner by Chris Kunzmann
Dragon head by Valentina Caicedo
HULK!! by Fernando Vasquez
Mememe by Chris Rosinski
Congrats to all of the winners! And check your emails, everyone - you might just see one from me!
We're awarding 3D prints to users that upload amazing things to the gallery!
The contest is almost halfway over at this point, and we've seen tons of fantastic submissions. If you make anything with Scuplt, Make, or Catch you should put it in the gallery for your chance to win!
We're looking for detailed and creative models - and you'll have a higher chance of winning if you tell us the story behind your model. (Why did you choose to Make/Catch/Sculpt this?) We love stories!
Check out the contest details for more information, and stick around - we'll be showcasing some of the winners soon!