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:
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
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!
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.
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.
Here's a new tip video showing you the basics of laser cutting directly from Autodesk 123D. See how to browse the Gallery for a model, download it and make it your own. Then, set up a Laser Sheet for cutting both a vector and raster cut.
Check out the workflow movie on YouTube