Pixelio Kickstarter launches, a perfect scanning companion for 123D Catch

Have you ever had mixed results using the free 123D Catch app on your smartphone? Often the photos can come out blurry or poorly exposed which directly affect the quality of the resulting 3D model you would get from the app.

Well, the folks at Smart3D have found a solution for you in their first product, Pixelio. The Pixelio Kickstarter launched this week, which is a great 123D Catch scanning companion. Essentially, you can place your smartphone with the 123D Catch app running in the Pixelio Multiscanner and let it move around the object in the center, taking optimal photographs using "Virtual Finger" technology for creating that perfect capture.

In addition to scanning with 123D Catch it is very handy for creating stop motion movies, and 360 panoramas amongst other creative uses, all while keeping your device charged.

Check them out and get in early if you want over at Smart3D's Kickstarter, some of the preliminary models using 123D Catch are very impressive as the affordable Pixelio serves as an programmable, automated assistant to shoot the best photos for 3D captures.

Halloween DIY: Turn your head into a disembodied candy jar :0

Our friend Maker's Muse has come up with another interesting use of our apps, 123D Catch and Meshmixer. He's really good and I recommend subscribing to his YouTube channel, as he regularly creates these insightful videos about 3D printing.

This time Maker's Muse captures his head with 123D Catch and brings it into Meshmixer to hollow out for a sliced off zombie head full of candy. Check out the video below for his process. 

If you are having trouble capturing someone's head with 123D Catch, you can refer to a previous blog post: How To Capture a Person with 123D Catch.

Happy Halloween!

Meshmixer 2.9 Saves the Day!

Many of you have been writing us to say thank you for the unique ways that Meshmixer helps you with 3D printing your creations. Today, we say thank YOU by releasing Meshmixer 2.9! There are some spectacular new features in this release...

For those who work with full color models, such as those coming from depth cameras, 123D Catch or 123D Sculpt+, Meshmixer now supports maintaining the color with most tools in Meshmixer. For the geeks: UV textures are supported while editing. Now you can sculpt, remesh, boolean, erase and fill, reduce, etc all while maintaining the integrity of the color on your model.

For example, see the illustration below showing the upgraded Reduce tool that maintains the color texture of a 123D Catch capture while reducing the size and complexity of the geometry.

What is truly a game changer for this release is the addition of precise transforms and the new Pivot tool. The Transform tool now has a properties panel for precise input of position, rotation, and sizing. Now you can enter the exact location and orientation you want your objects to be.

For example, I can perfectly size and align these two objects to each other for an interesting boolean difference result.

 Also, using the new Pivot objects, I can place pivots in many different ways (optionally linking them to objects) and use them in many of the existing tools. For example I can drag one pivot to another and snap the attached object accurately for a quick alignment. 

 

Here is a list of what is new in this release:

  • Updated most Tools to properly handle Texture Maps
  • New Pivots objects for simplifying precise positioning
  • New Create Pivot tool to place Pivots in many different ways
  • Existing Tools now snap to Pivots when possible
  • Updated Transform tool with precise input of translate/rotate/sizing
  • Transform tool can use a Pivot as arbitrary center-of-rotation
  • Rewritten Align tool with many new alignment modes
  • Fast Pivot-to-Pivot interaction to rapidly position objects
  • Rewritten Remesh tool with new remeshing modes
  • New Adaptivity setting in brush tools
  • Improved support for multi-user installations
  • Improved stability, particularly startup crashes, network-related crashes, and GPU issues
  • Support for Anti-Aliased Rendering in Preferences (disabled by default)

 

Finally, everyone should check out this 3D printed short film. Filmmaker Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud wrote to thank us for Meshmixer and told us how it streamlined 3D printing everything seen in the film. More on this story soon...

Get comfy with Meshmixer!

Patterned Chairs

Patterned Chairs

Just when you thought you had mastered all of the awesome features and tricks in Meshmixer, here we have a new version packed with new stuff to learn. Don't worry...Meshmixer 2.5, released today, is packed with new 3D printing features you have requested so the learning curve should be easy.

Take for example the new Hollow tool. A common workflow for making your 3D prints efficient and practical to use, creating a hollowed out object is now easier than before with this tool. Also, there are options for leaving cylindrical holes in the resulting hollowed out object making it easy to remove any internal support material and creating access to the inside of your print (see below).

Hollow Tool  Section of Hollow Result

 The new Bridge tool is another welcome addition for Meshmixer users, especially if you are working with captures from 123D Catch or scan data. Sometimes the holes are too large to fix easily or as desired. With the new Bridge tool, you can now join two selections on the hole's boundary with a patch. 

Bridge Tool

Bridge Tool

My favorite new feature is making linear and spherical gradients when using the Make Pattern tool. See the pattern gradient above on the right hand side chair as the features transition from large to small.

The full list of features is below, so take a look and download the new version at 123dapp.com/meshmixer!

  • Menu reorganization/New Preferences dialog
  • 3D printing Services update: support multicolor workflow
  • 3D printing Services update: improvement in Shapeways workflow
  • Custom symmetry plane adjustment option
  • Update to feedback
  • 3D Printing Help Document
  • New Hollow tool
  • New Bridge tool
  • New Tube Handle tool
  • New Thickness analysis/visualization tool
  • Extensive optimization of generated support structures
  • Make Pattern Linear and Spherical gradients, improved sizing UI
  • New Select Visible command (under Selection / Modify)
  • Project Face Groups and Minimum Thickness options in Make Solid
  • VRML (.wrl) export (with vertex colors)
  • Misc. improvements to Smooth Boundary, Remesh, Drop Solid
  • Various tools now remember settings
 
For those of you new to Meshmixer, check out our YouTube playlist for Meshmixer 101. I'll be adding more this week covering some of the basics of Meshmixer to help you create amazing things to 3D print.
Have fun!!
Patterned Primitives

Patterned Primitives

123D Catch – improved quality and 3D printing workflows

 

Creating 3D models from your photographs just got easier today. 123D Catch V3 for Windows was just released with a notable improvement on project success and mesh quality, including a streamlined workflow for healing and 3D printing your captures in Meshmixer. Below I'll go into detail for how to use all the new features.


Most notably, there is vast improvement on automatic stitching of photographs you submit. In the previous version of 123D Catch the same set of photographs below, of the Hindu Deity Vishnu at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, required manual stitching those photos that weren't automatically stitched together. This new version has no problem automatically stitching all of the photos I've submitted. Gone are the days of manual stitching! Hurray!

Capture of Hindu Deity Vishnu at Asian Arts Museum in SF

Capture of Hindu Deity Vishnu at Asian Arts Museum in SF.

All of your captures are all stored in your account at 123dapp.com, so you can create captures on the go with the iOS app, then open them for further refinement on the desktop app. Below, I regenerate a denser mesh focused only on the sculpture by lasso selecting only the sculpture, then clicking Generate Mesh in the toolbar. This will only regenerate the selected area at a quality you decide (choosing Max will have more details at the cost of longer processing time and a larger file).


Finally, clicking File...3D Print...will load the capture into Meshmixer where you can heal and prepare your capture for 3D printing in a variety of materials with a 3D printing service or right on your own desktop 3D printer at home!

3D printing capture in Meshmixer

Hindu Deity Vishnu in Meshmixer, healed and with support structures for 3D printing

We are seeing some amazing and very unexpected captures coming in from our friends in the 123D community. The new 123D Catch desktop app will help even more whether you use the iOS app or shoot photos with your own camera. Need some tips or help on shooting just the right photographs for 123D Catch? Try here for some pointers.


I leave you with some of my recent favorite captures folks have shared in the gallery, for inspiration to create your own. Have fun!!

World Cup Trophy

World Cup Trophy

Hayderik on the Grass
Hayderik on the Grass

 

Falla Lo Rat Penat 2014

Falla Lo Rat Penat 2014

 

Meshmixer 2.4: Collect the Gold, Silver, AND Bronze

 

Autodesk Meshmixer 2.4

Autodesk continued the full court press on 3D printing today with the release of Meshmixer 2.4. Most notable with this release is the integration of direct printing to popular 3D printing services: i.materialise, Sculpteo, and Shapeways. 

The integration of the printing services within the 3D printing section now allows you to print in nearly any material including food safe ceramic, jewelry quality gold and silver, and the lower costing plastics and polyamides in different solid colors to name a few. The pricing is interactive, so one can easily size up a model with the material of their choice and get an instant quote from the printing service within Meshmixer. Making the object smaller will make the 3D print less expensive, which makes it easy to bargain for how much you want to pay to see your creation made real. See the video below for a quick workflow of healing a 123D Catch capture for 3D printing in a silver material with a 3D printing service. A new playlist of videos here, called Meshmixer 101 will get you up to speed with the basics of working in Meshmixer.

 

Creating, editing and printing to any 3D printer is a breeze, especially if you have a Type A Machines "2014 Series 1" printer. Meshmixer can send prints directly to your networked 2014 Series 1 3D printer, eliminating the need to fumble around with memory cards. Thanks to the folks at Type A Machines for their collaboration!!

 Meshmixer Patterned Logo with Bunnies

 

Meshmixer also adds some powerful new Patterning techniques with this release, examples shown above, which creates a border based on FaceGroups. We've been having a lot of fun with this new technique to easily create variations of existing models in our library....CHECK IT OUT!

Maker of the Day – Adrian Stein (Day 19)

 

Here is a Maker Of The Day that we have been excited to share with you for some time. Everything that art, 3D printing, and the maker movement is, has revealed itself through the work of this individual. But what can we say about Adrian? In addition to his skills with Meshmixer and 3D manipulation, Mr. Stein is also a gifted writer and speaker, so we will let him speak for himself.

Adrian Stein

Why I make

This is a far too existential of a question for me to answer in short form, my attempt to condense it might be a little confusing, so I apologize in advance. A feeling of cold emptiness takes over my stomach when I become hungry for food, I can stand it, sometimes its hard, but other things distract me. When I have hunger for expression, a feeling of empowering energy, coupled with anxious necessity springs my eyes to an eternal gaze, my throat becomes clogged by the oncoming wave of thought, speaking becomes insufficient, I must make. It helps me clear my mind, by making I am able to see my emotions, feel them physically. Although, sometimes I need to make things that are emotion-less, sometimes making is forgetting, sometimes making is un-making. I came to think of it as my escape, my escape from anything I need to feel; on the other side, it became my gateway, any land I wanted to reach I figured I must make. Making, art, is my therapy. 

What I make

The majority of my practice revolves around the three dimensional object; I find this to be the realm with the least restrictions. There is something incredibly attractive about an object you can touch, smell, interact with, and look at in all angles; it creates an almost intimate dance between the viewer and the piece, creating small conversations, intrapersonal connections, brief moments of intimacy, memories, laughter and cries. Objects have a very interesting power, we deal with them on a daily basis but a lot of us seem to ignore them; when some are presented formally they take on thisrevealing, ephemeral quality. Suddenly, they become easier to “see”, the objects reveal their meaning, information that makes way for different interpretations in every revisit, it is the closest thing to a film for me, without the moving image. I figure that this came from my early addiction to Lego play sets, a driving point for my artistic development. This is where my insatiable thirst saw its beginning, merely satisfied by the low quality, yet nearly endless possibility of these small plastic blocks; I grew to become a creator, continuously imagining and then feverishly making. As I grew older I visited more materials (metal,wood, other brands of building blocks, found objects, clay) yet that thirst got stronger and stronger. It became so fierce that I had begun to loath, even hate, the amount of conformity that my materials involved, the endless drying times, the sometimes irreversible mistakes, the brittleness of some materials and the unbendable stoutness of others, my tongue had become too dry. Therefore I sought a new invigoration, I needed to change by brand of electrolytic buildable. I needed something that could be manipulated with more liberty, something that would set the creatures inside my head free. This made me recede from the physical, and into the virtual; something I found would be a turning point in my practice. Now I almost never leave my computers side, it has become my companion in life, it houses every material I ever dreamed of, any landscape I could imagined, any tool is at my disposal there; but I couldn’t touch it, I couldn’t smell it ,I couldn’t grab it and put it in my pocket, I again became thirsty. This drought did not linger for too long, I quickly crossed paths with the most awe-inspiring bridge i had ever seen, 3D printing. This new discovery completed the circle I wished forever to fulfill; I could finally bring my visions to life. I encountered programs like Meshmixer and Tinkercad, this new virtual clay wouldn’t bend with gravity (if I wanted it to), it could form to my disposal, I can choose where and why it is strong, I can combine it, scale it, transform it, and manipulate it to my will; and then, as if it were straight from the Jetsons, I can print it. Nothing but a dream come true. Currently,with around 4 months in the field, I see my practice voyaging in this fruitful ocean. 

5LDRmH on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

 

Stay tuned for more coming from this amazing maker - Adrian has been generous enough to keep in great contact with us, and we are looking forward to continuing to share his story with you as it progresses.

 

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come - a bracelet Adrian designed using Meshmixer of the waveform diagram of himself saying the words, "I Love You." Pretty neat, right?

Meet Tiana – the first Maker of the Day

Welcome to the first installment in our month long project highlighting a unique, creative individual every day. With Maker Faire Bay Area coming to us in just a few short weeks, what better way to celebrate than by showcasing the amazing work coming out of the creative and maker communities?

First up is a tenacious 13-year-old Bay Area resident making her way to college with Tinkercad, jewelry design, and 3D printing. Most kids these days are content to make a few dollars by setting up a lemonade stand on their street corner, or hosting a garage sale with their parents to get rid of old clothes and toys.

Most kids aren’t Tiana.

Tiana

Why I make

I came to Autodesk through the SPARK program, a program that connects youth with corporate mentors for a multi-month apprenticeship. My dad is an architect, so I was familiar with AutoCAD, but once I toured the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco I became fascinated with 3D printing and realized I could make things, too.

What I make

With Tinkercad I'm able to create personalized designs to my exact specifications. I've designed a line of jewelry - bracelets and earrings - inspired by the human nervous system. I'm going to use what I've learned to raise money for my future college tuition - $1,000,000 to be precise.

To help Tiana get started on her goal we invited her to our Pier 9 workshop to check out what her ideas look like when brought to life with various 3D printers: a MakerBot Replicator 2, and a Connex Objet500.

We believe it is important to encourage young women and men to pursue their creativity, particularly if it's going to support their education and entrepreneurial spirit. Needless to say it was a very exciting experience when Tiana saw the potential of all her hard work come together in real life.

The delight on Tiana's face when experiencing the tangible reality of her imagination was deeply rewarding, and we know that feeling of delight is something that many more of our 123D users will experience when they see their ideas come to life.

Don't worry, the inspiration doesn't stop here: stay tuned for a new maker featured on the 123D blog each day this month!

Beyond the blocks: modeling a space plane for 3D printing in Tinkercad

When people think about modeling rockets and space ships in Tinkercad, they can be forgiven for thinking that all you can do is stick a cone shape on top of a cylinder, and call it a day - but they're wrong! Tinkercad can do a lot more.

Tinkercad has a very powerful engine under the hood, and with some creativity and ingenuity, you can make great looking models that rival those from other 3D modeling packages - and do it fast, for free and in your browser.

Keep reading and follow along the Instructable if you want to learn more.

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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?

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