A BEAM Robot Comes To Life

"BEAM" is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics.  I know... it's a mouthful, and it's not the first time we've brought it up.  In our first blog post about the BEAM Robot it was based on this interactive simulation we'd built in 123D Circuits.


We've since fleshed it out, including CNC-milling our own PCB with a sweet Othermill and adding 3D printed parts we designed in Tinkercad.

This BEAM is a phototrope (it reacts to light, seeking brightness).  We shot these videos under pretty bright lighting so the robot tends to drive straight off the counter top, but trust us when we say it's seeking out light and it's little limit-switch bumpers help it navigate obstacles.

 

The BEAM Robot running wild. 


Here it is before the motors and "legs" were added.  Notice how the "eyes" signal that it's reacting to different levels of light as a shadow is cast over it.  The finished robot drives by varying the voltage across the motors depending on how much light it detects on either it's left or right side.

BEAM Robot's circuitry reacting to light and shadow.

 Want the real nitty gritty?  Keep reading. Read more »

Ole Ole Ole with 123D Circuits!

Good luck to the 32 qualifying teams in Tinkercup 2014!  To celebrate them, we recorded an old standard that seems to get popular every few years! Check out this iconic song as played on a 123D Circuits project!

 Want more info on the 123D Circuits project?  Check out this blog.

123D Make 3D DIY Projects. Made With Cricut.

photo of paper projects next to a Cricut Explore machine

Looking for a fun DIY project, but not prolific with scissors or don’t own a laser cutter? We’re happy to announce that Autodesk 123D has partnered with Cricut to bring a series of easy-to-assemble 3D DIY projects to Makers and Crafters. From rocket ships to dinosaurs to smartphone stands, these projects will delight and entertain boys and girls of all ages whether you’re 5 or 50!
 

All you need to get started is an affordable Cricut Explore™ electronic cutting machine, the free online Cricut Design Space™ software, and off-the-shelf poster board. Cardboard brown is no longer your only color option!


The first 8 projects are pictured below, clicking on them will take you to their respective project pages.  If you already own a Cricut Explore, load up the poster board and start cutting! The smartphone stand will make a great Fathers' Day present!

And make sure to keep checking back on Autodesk 123D's Blog and Cricut Partner Page, as well as Cricut's Autodesk Projects Page for even more projects!


What's the origin story of these beautiful projects, you ask? These first-of-its-kind 3D Cricut projects started off as 3D models from the 123Dapp.com gallery. The models were then infused with the unique slicing technology of 123D Make and transformed into easy-to-assemble cut patterns!

 

p/s. Full instructions coming soon to an Instructable near you! 

Maker of the Day – Andy Lee (Day 25)

 

 

Andy Lee

Why I make

I've always made stuff. It's an exploration i've been on for a long time. I am interested in how everything is made. All things from how is steel forged to how are silicone etched and packaged or how does a designer decide what the visual details they might add to their products.

Making stuff leads me on these journeys where I discover new ways that things can be made and built. 

What I make

Most of the things I make are tools for living. I've made lines of furniture and household accessories. I've been interested in robotics for a long time. In 2008 I made my own 3D printer in my apartment on my kitchen table. Everyone asked if they needed 3D goggles.

I made a chess board that had a gantry with a magnet underneath the board. It could adjust the magnet and move the pieces around. There was an RFID reader which could read tags that we placed in the base of the pieces. 

Right now I am exploring aperiodic stacking patterns of polyhedrons.

See more of Andy's work at http://5cell.net/

 

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 – Zachary Vorhies (Day 20)

Zachary Vorhies

Why I make

I love making wearable fashion! I've always had an interest in the clothes people would make for Burning Man, the most fantastic place on earth (for that week).

One year I met a fashion designer, Wheylan Dean-Ford, who makes costumes for rockstars and movies. He ended up crashing at my house after Burning Man and we got to talking about fashion. He was struggling with putting electronics into his outfits and since I love electronics, I was more than able to help him out. That got us to talking about my own outfit that I wanted to create. The idea that I had was to do a mashup of a glow stick and a CamelBak so we created this thing that called the Hydropak, which is like a CamelBak, but glows to the sound of music.

The Hydropak outfit was a really big hit with my friends and so I started wearing it all the time. One time I wore it to a fashion show and the organizer snapped a picture of me and said, "Who made this amazing outfit?" and I was like, "I did!" He responded, "Why don't you make five more like this and I'll put it on the fashion runway?" 

So I called my designer friend who was living in New York and said, "Hey, want to fly to San Francisco and help me make five outfits for this fashion show?" He was like, "Okay!" So we did it. 

The following week we started a massive one month work session creating five fashion pieces. One of these pieces was the Turn Signal Glove which you can see at: www.futuretechwear.com 

When we showed off the gloves, the response was overwhelming: "YOU MUST MAKE MORE OF THESE TURN SIGNAL GLOVES!" 

So from there on out I was on a mission to create the best cycling glove in the world. I said goodbye to my job at Google and said hello to the wonderful world of entrepreneurship, and the rest is history. 

What I make

Turn Signal Gloves - www.zackees.com
Kickstarter and made $72.5k in sales in just 30 days. CNET said that they were “...enough to encourage a new era of turn signal use.” 

Lightup Outfits - www.futuretechwear.com These are some outfits I created to showcase my talent. 

LED Piano - https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=5V2d0_P9cLo

I designed the electronics and built the software. The fabrication of the piano was carried out by the artist, William Jerome, who also uses it in his performances in his band, Interstellar Transmissions. 

All Wrapped Up: US Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

What a great turnout at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival!

We went to Washington D.C. last weekend to participate in one of the largest STEM-focused events in the country and saw lots of rad education initiatives by big names like Chevron, Caterpillar and even Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs!

It was great seeing both educators and students so excited about learning (even if it was sometimes disguised as Minecraft).  We hung out with the TechShop folks, gave a talk on Tinkercad and took some time to visit the National Mall to do some 123D Catches!

 

We're looking forward to the next one!

Autodesk Meshmixer for YOU

We've been ramping up our Meshmixer production lately and released a new update with YOU in mind. See, we are gathering all of your feedback and suggestions and adding it into the application. We are especially excited for the new 3D printing workflows that are coming with each release, some examples below.

Patterned Bunny Pack

Make Slices  

Many of you requested to have 3D printers that we did not list in the pre-populated list of 3D printers. We heard you and decided to let you add your own 3D printer so you can layout and arrange a print job for your specific machine. Its fairly intuitive to set up if you at least know the build volume of your 3D printer.

Here is a list of what's new in Meshmixer 2.3, released yesterday, April 21st:

  • New add/edit custom printer so you can prep your 3D prints for any 3D printer
  • New Make Slices tool: Slice an object into a number flat slices. Two techniques: Stacked or Stacked3D
  • New drag/drop solid objects in addition to parts. Addition of primitives category
  • Added part categories to the Meshmix panel to accommodate growing libraries of parts and solids
  • New Separate Shells tool to separate combined but separate geometry into separate objects
  • Better naming of newly created objects from duplicate, separate, etc…
  • PLY binary format support (which is handy for importing the per-vertex color meshes coming in from depth cameras)
  • 3Dconnexion space mouse support
  • Lots of bug-fixes and stability improvements

By the way, it is now even easier to give us your feedback and suggestions directly from the application! You can see a new menu item named Feedback that you can use to send feedback (good or bad) directly to the developers. With this, you might possibly define some of the next features in the upcoming releases!

How do you use Meshmixer? What would you like to see next?

Pendant

Pendant designed in Meshmixer. A multi-material print on a Stratasys Connex machine

 

DIY Sound Circuit Comes To Life

New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Austin has SXSW, and here at the123D HQ we’re getting into the groove with our new musical theme: #LISTEN3D

One of the projects we’ve been working on is a theremin-like circuit that makes cool, R2-D2 style sounds that change pitch based on how much light it detects.  Move your hand in front of it, the sounds change - it's super easy to build and tweak! Twist or press a button and the sounds change even more! 


 Here's another video of the same circuit hooked up to an Oscilloscope.

This circuit is inspired by the designs in Nicolas Collins’ book Handmade electronic Music and you can build your own based off the plans right here in 123D Circuits. Nicholas Collins is “a pioneer in the use of microcomputers in live performance, and has made extensive use of 'home-made' electronic circuitry, radio, found sound material, and transformed musical instruments.” 


Update: We used 123D Circuits to turn the hands-on breadboard into a real, professional printed circuit board.  Here's a blog post on it.

 

 

 

15 Free 3D Furniture Models for Your Architectural Projects (Part 1)

I came across quite a few excellent 3D models of various furniture items while planning my architectural project which, I thought, once 3D printed would breathe in extra realism to my model. This post will highlight some of my favorites - you can download them for free to use in your own projects!

Note: Here is a complete list of furniture-related models (1664+ pcs.) found in 123D Gallery. Models mentioned in this post are from the Premium 123D collection, however even Free 123D membership owners can download up to 10 premium models per month. Stay tuned for part 2 which will include both premium and free furniture items!

Tan Lounge Chair

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Captains Chair

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Cabinet

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Executive Chair

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Leather Recliner

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Open Patio Umbrella

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Sectional Sofa

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Sofa Pillows

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Swing

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Bath Towel

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King Size Bed

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Traditional Sofa

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Armchair 4

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Picnic Table Octagon

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Patio Lounge Chair - Padded

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3D print these models

Follow below steps to print these furniture pieces on your 3D printer:

  1. Download a model of your choice by clicking on any one of the "Download model (.stl)" links found under model images.
  2. Download Meshmixer, a free, powerful tool from Autodesk to work with 3D models. Go to Meshmixer page for more info.
  3. Print model after setting it up and refining it in Meshmixer.

Optional: paint your models with basic acrylic paints, which could be found at any art supply store. Seen above is my quick paint test of the "Tan Lounge Chair".


Register for free to download these, and many more 3D models:

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