White House 3D Printed Ornament Contest!


When you’ve got a big house to decorate for the holidays, advanced planning is wise. So naturally, the White House is already thinking about this year’s holiday decor, and we're going to help them deck their halls. Instructables is excited to partner with the Smithsonian and the White House in this 3D Printed Ornament Challenge. Some of the winners of this challenge will have their work printed and hung in the East Wing of the White House during the holiday season. Additionally, those selected to be displayed at the White House will be featured on the Smithsonian’s state of the art 3D data platform, 3d.si.edu and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

You don’t need to have a 3D printer to participate — design an ornament with any 3D modeling software and up to 8 winning designs will be 3D printed and shipped to the White House for you. New to 3D modeling? No sweat! Head over to Tinkercad and play around with making 3-dimensional shapes. It’s really fun, and you’ll learn an awesome new skill, to boot. This is your chance to make White House history and have your art featured in their first-ever maker challenge.

The model should be no larger than 3”x 3” and reflect the magic and wonder of the holidays, so think ornaments that represent winter sports, toys, activities, symbols, and anything that inspires you during the festive winter season. Want to incorporate a little twinkle to your designs as well? Design a piece that fits or clips onto a string of lights!

To qualify, you must be a U.S. resident and create an Instructable for your ornament — and be sure to include the .stl file!  Click HERE for more info.

Glow-in-the-Dark Rocket Mobile with 123D and Tinkercad

We've been thinking about rockets and spaceships this week at 123D and we had some cool glow-in-the-dark filament for a Makerbot Rep2, so naturally: GLOW IN THE DARK SPACESHIPS!

The models came directly from the 123Dapp.com gallery, and the planets, end caps and filament points I quickly modeled in Tinkercad. Because the rockets were taller than would fit on a Makerbot, I imported them into MeshMixer to chop them in half witht the Slice tool. Slicing them also allowed for printing without support material.  With a little Krazy Glue, you get more size options.

If you want to make this yourself, you can try downloading more and different rockets. We've collected together a bunch of really varied rocket designs. ( <- click to see the collection and download!)

The trickiest part of a mobile is (perhaps obvious) is the balancing of all the elements - both physically and visually.  I printed a couple different sizes of rockets and planets, with varying infills so that I would have options when I started assembling it.  Only after printing the last rocket did I realize I could have just modeled the eyelets, but there you have it.

In total, the project cost about $15 in parts and materials: monofilament, eyelets, dowels and krazy glue. 

 

This is a perfect weekend project - and the glow-in-the-dark filament is available from Makerbot.  See the whole project here on 123dapp.com.  What are you making for SPAC3D?

Conversation Hearts – with a 3D printed twist!

One of our Autodesk Pier 9 teammates, whose very relevant name is Audrey Love, got into the #LOV3D theme this month by putting together a wonderful project that leverages the Pier 9 makerspace and Tinkercad for art!

Every two years, the school Audrey received her degree from, University of Nevada, Reno - School of the Arts, hosts a Valentine's Day Art Auction. This year, she was invited to submit a piece for the Valentine's Day group show. This is her third time participating in the group-exhibition - she loves contributing to the show because all of the money raised through the auction supports the Sheppard Gallery's amazing programming.

 

Her goal was to make a piece that was reminiscent of one of those chalky-candy conversation hearts, but larger....and snarkier. She has limited experience with 3D design software, so she used Adobe Illustrator to create the "Whatever Forever" text, then imported it to Tinkercad. From Tinkercad, she was able to extrude the text and manipulate it's depth.

 

Using the heart-shape generator in Tinkercad, Audrey was able to make 2 different hearts: one would be a cavity that would be inset within another heart. She also transformed the text to be a hole, that would be 'carved' into the heart once it was printed. The end effect is a really lovely light-catching message embedded within the resin.

Audrey told me about the process of printing the piece:

"I have access to some really nice 3D printers here at Pier 9, and decided to use a special kind of translucent resin to print the heart. The piece is 3468 grams of translucent UV-cured resin 3D printed on an Objet Connex 500 printer. After the print came out of the machine, I took a lot of time cleaning it, and preparing it be shipped to UNR's Sheppard Gallery. The end result looks great, and I am glad to know that the proceeds from the piece are going to a good cause."

We are so stoked Audrey could ramp up her 3D design skills for such an awesome project. If you are in Reno or nearby, you definitely don't want to miss the chance to catch this wonderful collection.

Charm Your #LOV3D Ones for Valentine’s Day!

In honor of love, we will be spending the month of February showcasing how 3D design, printing technology, and creativity serve as an extension of the heart. If you're looking for Valentine's Day ideas, then look no further.

To kick off this month of love, we are introducing Charmr. With Valentine's Day only a few days away, you can skip the card store and head straight to our latest addition to 123D, which is sure to make your Valentine feel extra #LOV3D.

 

Get your Valentine's heart racing by using Charmr to create customized, 3D-printable pendants just for them. This is the perfect way to make something unique for your #LOV3D ones while showing off your creativity, all without breaking the bank. Here is a quick how-to guide to get started.

Charmr is just the beginning of our month of being #LOV3D - be sure to continue checking back for more tantalizing content to inspire you in all your love-related endeavors. 

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! To help ring in the new year we printed out one of the awesome models you can get with a 123D Premium account. Say hello to our New Year's Lion!

 

The model looks like this:

Not bad, right? 

Have a wonderful time ringing in the Year of the Horse, and be sure to share any cool 3D captures, designs, or prints that you create in honor of Lunar New Year with us. 

PS Check out the sweet Pixlr Lunar New Year Sticker Pack that we used in the photo below. They'll here until February 14th so make sure you trick out all your New Year photos before they're gone.

What a YEAR! 13 of our favorite 2013 models.

Happy New Year!!  And what a year it's been: lots of updates, new apps, and (most fun for us...) lots of models from the community!

We decided to put together a short list of 13 highlights - some of the most popular models, and others that got passed around in some @autodesk.com emails.  It was pretty difficult, there have been so many great ones!

Fruteiro by Gilberto N Borges

 

Luke-Han-Leia-Capture by Kris Smith

 

Spy vs Spy by Omar Zuniga, Arizona

 

Small Spork by Connor Weller

 

Michael vs Satan by Cory Clawson

 

The Gremlor Monster by Adam Beamish

 

Variable Insulating Cup by Maundy

 

French Quarter House by Jamie Hebert

 

Siberian dragon by Josh Smith

 

2013-10-11-20-19-52 by Federico Infanti

 

Monster Bunny Rabbit by Amanda Jackson

 

Tug Boat by Steve Harney

 

Mechanical Axe by Jefferson Manalo

 

We could make 13 more of these lists and still not get to all our favorites.  Thanks so much to everyone for using the apps and we hope you have a great New Year!

What are some you think we missed?

5 Last Minute Holiday Gifts to 3D Print

One of the greatest things about 3D printing technology is the ability to create what you want when you need it, rather than relying on traditional manufacturing routes - especially around the holidays. With Christmas only a few days away, now is the perfect time to forget about overnight shipping costs, so get your 3D printer up and running instead!

We will get you started with 10 ideas of what you can 3D print last minute for you friends and family. Just a note that included with any of these gifts should be a standard speech explaining how 3D printing works - people unfamiliar with the process find it new and fascinating!

 

 

1) You can't go wrong with a classic, customized tree ornament. This one is for 123D Make by user Brandon Cole

 

 

 

 

 

2) You can't go wrong with a bookmark for any friend that loves to read. Check out this octopus bookmark by Natalie Kendrick made using 123D Design

 

 

 

 

3) Jewelry is a great options for creating quick and personalized items for loved ones. Check out this link for tons of pendant and necklace ideas

 

 

 

 

 

4) With miniature terrariums being all the rage these days, your indoor gardening friend will appreciate the thought in adding a little personality to their little ecosystem - like the little 3D printed frog in this one

 

 

 

 

 

5) If you're dreaming of a white Christmas but there's no snow to be found, then consider celebrating with your own model of a snowman to keep the winter cheer alive, like this one by Lindsey Vandenberg

 

 

Bonus: If one of your gift recipients is blown away by your 3D design and printing prowess, be sure to send them towards our holiday deals for their very own MakerBot Replicator 2 and 123D Premium account so they can join in on the 3D printing fun as well.

We hope this list has helped to inspire you during the final countdown towards trading gifts. From all of us at Autodesk 123D, we wish you Happy Holidays and a fantastic New year.

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