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:

Free Autodesk webcast – personal fabrication & sustainability!

Wednesday October 3, 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST

Join Autodesk "Maker Advocate" Jesse Harrington Au, and senior sustainable design program manager, Dawn Danby, as they discuss the manufacturing and sustainability implications and opportunities with the rise of personal fabrication. In today's world with easy-to-use software and 3D printing, everyone can be a maker. It also means that the need for mass production of wasteful items, such as disposal packaging, may be on decline. Join us for this lively discussion.

Click through to register and join us - we'd love to have you! :D

Lady Liberty is appearing at Burning Man

Autodesk employee Arthur Harsuvanakit made this incredible cardboard Lady Liberty using 123D Make, 3DS Max, and a Faro Arm Laser Scanner! Sounds like serious business and definitely is.

Check out this PDF he put together detailing the build for more information!

Bubble Machine

James Williamson over at instructables has made a fantastic bubble machine and he's included the files so you can lasercut one for yourself! This would be an excellent weekend project to build with your kids, too!

Or maybe you'd care to make your own version using 123D?

Via instructables.

TNW Insider about the upcoming new apps

Some key press attended the 123D event in New York last week where we showcased the upcoming apps together with our partners Objet, Makerbot, Shopbot, and Epilog.     Read the Next Web TNW Insider story about the upcoming 123D apps.    

Coming Soon, 123D apps and eco system

Autodesk is announcing a connected ecosystem of apps, platforms, and communities that transforms the experience of 3D design and personal fabrication. Utilizing the power of the cloud and the crowd, the 123D family connects free 3D creation tools with content, community, and fabrication services, so anyone can create, explore, and make. 123D Catch - Take photos of people, places, and things and transform them into detailed 3D models. 123D Sculpt - Explore, shape, and paint 3D sculptures on the iPad. Share your creations with others and export them as OBJ data. 123D Make – Turn your 3D models into cut patterns and animated assembly instructions for making artful creations. 123D - 3D design software enabling personal creation and fabrication of precise and finished objects. My Corner – Your personal cloud storage for your design files, connecting 123D products and workflows. Use your data with the different 123D apps and create physical object through our fabrication services. Gallery - Publish and share your projects and access other people’s creations from the Gallery directly in the products, giving you access to an abundance of ideas of things to create. Instructables - More than 14 million individuals use Instructables every month to explore their interests in technology, crafts, home improvement, art, cooking and more. At the core of Instructables are expert authors who have created and shared more than 65,000 personal projects in the clear step-by-step Instructables format. The updated family of 123D apps is going to be available on desktop, mobile and web browser platforms soon.  Stay tuned for updates.

Laser Cut Record Monsters

A First Look at RecordMonsters

This is a fantastic idea to reuse old records - turn them into tiny sculptures! I found the Record Monsters project while browsing the interwebs and just had to share it.

The Record Monsters project was wildly popular on kickstarter, and rightly so! What other things would you do with an old record and a laser cutter? I'm envisioning fancy coasters, tiny photo easels, wall decorations, all sorts of things!

It'd be easy to recreate something like this using 123D Make , too! But be careful about cutting records - the fumes are not good for you or your laser cutter - you'll need a really powerful exhaust system.

Via kickstarter.

Startup Weekend is in full swing

Yes, that's right. I am here at TechShop in San Francisco and the first ever Maker Startup Weekend is in full swing. It kicked off yesterday with a ton of workshops for 123D, MeshMixer, 123D Make and 123D Catch. We also had 3D Printing workshops, sewing classes, laser cutting and a ton more.

At this point, teams have been formed and amazing projects are starting to get realized. Here is a small selection of what we might see during the pitches tomorrow evening: Musical Tire Swing, DIY Coffee Roaster, iPad Stylus Holder, DIY Bio Tool, Mini Pinball game, iPad stand.

Go check out Rick's Flickr stream (here) to get closer to the action.

You can also follow David Lang on Twitter (here) for last minute updates.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more info on the projects.


Big Discounts for Laser Cutting

We here in the 123D team are always looking for ways to make your "maker" life easier. So, why not make it easier by saving you a few bucks?! Yes, you read that right! We've introduced discounts up to 70% for cardboard laser cutting. How does this work? Basically it works the same way as before, but with an even better twist. Now you can go to our brand new 123D Make web app, which allows you to slice your creations online. No download necessary! Once you are done with your virtual cardboard model you can hit the "Fabricate Online" button which connects you directly to our digital factory. You can also take advantage of our discounts if you are using 123D Make on your Mac by loading your pattern it up to "MyCorner" in and starting the digital fabrication workflow from there. Happy Cardboarding! Hendrik