MakerBot and Autodesk Partner to Crowdsource 3D Printers in Schools!

It's funny that right after our last post about Obama's Industrial Revolution speech in 3D, we got confirmation of a rad new program for high schools!

Beginning November 12, 2013, individuals and corporations interested in helping get MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in schools can visit DonorsChoose.org, a crowd funding site just for teachers, and pledge to financially support the program. Teachers then register on DonorsChoose.org for a MakerBot Academy bundle. MakerBot is contributing its own resources to launch this education initiative, along with Autodesk and other key partners.

This initiative is a unique partnership between MakerBot, DonorsChoose.org America Makes, and Autodesk, and was a response to a call to action by the President of the United States. In the recent State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. He affirmed, “3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. We must ensure that the Next Industrial Revolution in manufacturing will happen in America. We can get that done.”

Each MakerBot Academy bundle contains a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, three spools of MakerBot® PLA Filament, and a full year of the MakerBot MakerCare™ Service and Protection Plan. MakerBot will also support the teachers with the development of ongoing 3D printing curriculum that teachers can participate in and utilize in the classroom. MakerBot will leverage Autodesk’s software and educator curriculum as well.

“Autodesk signed on as a key partner in the MakerBot Academy initiative because helping students unlock their creativity and prepare for future careers is a core part of our mission,” said Samir Hanna, Autodesk vice president, consumer products. “Bringing together accessible applications like Autodesk TinkerCAD project-based curriculum from our instructables.com community and the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will inspire and engage the next generation of design-minded students.”

MakerBot is also launching a MakerBot Thingiverse Math Manipulatives Challenge. Math Manipulatives are one of the most requested items on DonorsChoose.org and are an item that can easily be 3D printed in the classroom. The MakerBot Thingiverse website will hold a week-long design challenge, from November 12 through 18, 2013, for its members to quickly develop a variety of different math manipulative 3D designs that can then be available immediately to teachers that receive the MakerBot Academy 3D printing package.

What can you do??

A. Visit DonorsChoose.org and pledge your support. Individuals and corporations can help fund the MakerBot Academy 3D Printing package by making a tax-deductible donation via DonorsChoose.org.

B. Tell schoolteachers about the MakerBot Academy program and encourage them to register on DonorsChoose.org right away. Students and their community can also help teachers raise the additional funds they need to bring the MakerBot Academy 3D Printing bundle into the classroom.

C. Participate in the Thingiverse Challenge to develop models teachers can use to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

D. Visit makerbot.com/Academy. For more information on supporting or registering for the program, visit DonorsChoose.org.

So join us in this effort (at an individual or corporate level) to help move America’s students to the forefront of technology and global competitiveness..!

MAKE IT REAL-LY SCARY WITH 123D – NOW LIVE ON INSTRUCTABLES!

 

We've officially launched a contest on Instructables called Make it Real-ly Scary with 123D

The contest runs through the end of October and is open call for people to use any of the 123D apps as a component to their Halloween project.  It can be as simple as remixing another user's model or as time-consuming as laser-cutting a giant Cthulhu that terrorizes the kitchen at the Autodesk offices.  

We have some pretty great prizes too! Our friends at Zebra Imaging and iMaterialise are the Prize Providers for the contest and have forked over some pretty righteous goods.  Grand prize is a HUGE hologram (24"x34") from Zebra Imaging, $100 print credit with iMaterialise, and a 2-year Premium membership to 123D!  Zebra hasn't offered this size hologram directly to our users before, so we're excited to see one.

Good luck!

Autodesk 123D Design Challenge: Reimagine an Existing Product!

Enter the Autodesk® 123D® Design Challenge! Reimagine an existing product or create a new one that could be the next big thing. Create a 3D model using the 123D Design app and submit your project at Instructables.com for a chance to win cool prizes like a MakerBot Replicator 2 or Premium 123D Membership!

Are you savvy enough to take on the Autodesk® 123D® Design Challenge? Find out more at autodesk.com/123ddesignchallenge!

Instructables Green Design Contest!

In celebration of Earth Day and all things eco-friendly, we’re holding a Green Design Contest, and showcasing the best of Green Design with our media partner TreeHugger! Think “green” and submit an eco-friendly Instructable that uses sustainable materials or is energy efficient by design.

For example, use recycled materials such as reclaimed lumber instead of new virgin growth wood. Or, choose to use renewable, responsibly sourced materials with minimal-to-no toxicity such as plant-based PLA plastic instead of oil-based ABS plastics. If you’re designing something with electronics, consider how much power the circuit consumes, or even how much electricity is needed when it's not in use and in stand-by mode. Also think through the end-of-life considerations of the product, such as making sure it’s easy to repair, and the individual parts can be reused or eventually recycled down the line.

Come up with any project with these factors in mind, and you could win over $1,000 in prizes including a Voltaic Systems OffGrid Solar Backpack, ReadySet Renewable Energy Kit with Solar Panel and LED light, Nokero Solar Light Bulbs and a $500 REI gift certificate.

3D printing everyday stuff.

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.

Dont' have access to a 3D printer?  Post your idea here and maybe we'll help you get it made...  ;)

Here's a perfect example - a conquered washing machine knob, see the Instructable here. More stuff in the Instructables Forum.

Carbon Fiber guitar. Go Make one this weekend with 123D.

Last month in San Francisco, TechShop members had a little party over the weekend to make their own custom guitars. That's rad enough, but the workshop aimed one step further and taught them how to do it in Carbon Fiber.

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:


Wired 3D Print-Off is Still Taking Submissions!

If you look in the comments section of Wired's 3-D Print-Off, there's getting to be a pretty lively debate on what 3D printing should be used for.  "3D printed jewelry is cool, but a waste compared to the possibilities for the betterment of mankind", etc... That conversation seems to be a hot one but, despite the clamor, there's no denying that there are some pretty life-changing things being made.
With the release of apps like 123D Creature, the quality of models made with a high-end software and those created in a $2 iPad app is staggeringly similar.  The roadblocks for novice modelers are being removed - so give it a shot and submit your designs!
  • This flame that lives on the valve stem of your bike is a tire lever. Designed by Bailey Jones. www.brightpd.com - a Wired 3-D Print-Off submission

    This is a 3D printed hydraulic muscle. It is capable of exerting linear force.  - another 3-D Print-Off submission by Randy Sarafan

     

Instructables Design Competition


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!

Favorite models in the gallery this week

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

Large Head Sculpture by Michelle Kosterich

Tim Burton Head by Nicole Smith

Tim Burton Head by Nicole Smith

Love_Indiana by Aleksei Sebastiani

Love_Indiana by Aleksei Sebastiani

Metal Octopus Sculpture by Michelle Kosterich

Metal Octopus Sculpture by Michelle Kosterich

3D graffiti by Jessy Ellenberger

3D graffiti by Jessy Ellenberger

123D’s Steal Public Art challenge has begun!

123D challenge: steal public art

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:

  1. go out and get an excellent Catch of your favorite piece of public art
  2. upload your creation to the 123D gallery anytime from July 9th to August 5th, 2012
  3. 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!