The Smithsonian 3D Digitization Team posted a time-lapse video of what is involved in making a 3D model of an ancient whale fossil in Chile. They appear to be using a high-end laser stylus to scan in the 3D model. This is a different modeling process than the photogrammetry used by 123D catch, but very cool nonetheless. It is great to see how this technology is put to use to create an archive of our history.
For this year's Autodesk University, Oliver has designed a fun interlocking building system that is going to be used as part of the 123D Fab! Contest. During the contest, entrants at the festival are going to compete to see who can build the best structure with cardboard parts such as wheels, levers, and gears. In preparation for the mayhem, thousands of parts were laser cut out of cardboard with the help of our laser cutting service.
Instructables user RobHopeless posted instructions for building your own DIY Stereolithography setup at home. In other words, he created a DIY setup for printing 3D objects in a vat of UV-curable photopolymer resin using a laser. This is very cool because it is not only DIY, but also inexpensive. If you were to buy a commercial Steriolithography printer, you would end up spending tens of thousands of dollars. By contrast, this entire system was built for less than a thousand.
Open-source systems like these are going to fundamentally change the way that objects are produced, as they will bring the prices down to a level where everyone will be able to afford to own a printer. The dream of designing something in 123D and then immediately printing it out on your personal printer is growing nearer by the day.
Over the weekend I stumbled upon the incredibly fun Sake Set Creator over at Shapeways. This quick and easy tool lets you shape small tea cups and get them printed out in food-safe ceramic. I spent a lot of time designing cups, but ultimately decided that the tool just wasn't robust enough for my mug designing needs. I needed to take things a step further and explore more extreme mug possibilities. So, I broke out my trusty copy of 123D and designed myself a fancier mug. I'm currently working on refining my design and ultimately plan to get it printed in ceramic. Stay tuned for the amazing results of my mug printing escapades.
Not long ago we released the Beta version of 123D Make and I was recently happy to discover that it is already being put to good use. David Lang has printed a sliced cardboard planter and then covered it in clay to give it more permanence. His initial plan was to simply use this as a model of the finished product, but after seeing the results, decided to just use it as is (with the expectation the cardboard will decompose once the plant starts to grow). This is a promising start to unleashing the potential of this software and I am excited to see all of the amazing things that people create.
Share with us the things that you have sliced, cut out, and assembled using 123D Make in the gallery and post a link in the comments below.