123D Make (Love)

We've seen some really great usage of 123D Make this week! While most folks are constrained to a relatively small scale, with desktop CNC or lasers at a local TechShop, we found some artists and designers who are pushing their creations to human scale (and beyond).


First, we got an email from down under: Georgia Morgan in Broome, Australia, has made a full-scale figure from 3mm steel using 123D Make.  It's a pretty elegant use of the radial slicing feature, and we're so honored to have been a part of it!


Over in Europe, Lana Awad teamed up with Fab Textiles and FabLab Barcelona to create "Rig", a life-size mannequin that was showcased at Fab10 in July.  

From Fab Textiles: "The design for RIG is an exploration into the creative potential of mannequins as tools for exhibiting and work with. RIG is a manifestation on how tools should be rethought, redesigned, and reimagined..."  We couldn't agree more, and we love seeing such an ambitious use of the 123D tools.

Perhaps the most impressive, in terms of scale... while installing our Autodesk Gallery Pop-Up in Paris, the team stopped by the Paris Auto Show and saw a giant elephant cut from cardboard!  

I know there are others out there joining their massive radial slices together!  What did we miss?


123D Catch for iOS7: All grown up!!

It is my great pleasure to announce a brand spankin' new 123D Catch for all iOS devices running iOS7. 123D Catch is available at the AppStore right now here!!

 123D Catch: All grown up. Now for iOS 7

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I have to let you know that 123D Catch has grown up today. You can see the difference in our faithful volunteer/poster child, Aidan, who has also grown up. See his captures above from when we first launched 123D Catch two years ago, and compare it to those from the new version. Check out this quick video peek at what's in store with this monumental upgrade:


Under the hood (aka in the cloud), processing your captures has been completely reworked with you in mind! The new 123D Catch pipeline significantly improves on the old process: stitching all of your capture photos together automatically, and creating detailed 3D images with crisp photo-real textures. Yes, gone are the days of manual stitching!!

That's only on the backend...we've also designed a brand new, slick app exclusively for iOS 7. Some highlights and geek speak:

  • Guided capture: dynamic visual feedback while capturing to ensure you are shooting the best possible photographs.
  • Engage with and follow other 3D photographers and their projects in the gallery.
  • Increased photo limit to 70 photographs so you can ensure complete coverage.
  • Advanced 3D previews of captures in the gallery
  • Processing higher resolution images means finer details in your capture.
  • App will now wait for a wifi connection to upload photographs for a capture, unless you explicitly tap the go ahead to use your data plan.
We hope you are as excited about these new updates as we are! Be sure to check back into the blog tomorrow for an amazing project that exemplifies all the amazing new things 123D Catch can do.
Visit www.123dapp.com/catch for more info!


Make It REAL-ly Scary with 123D and Tinkercad: Contest Winners Announced!

Creepy Head Halloween Candy Bowl by HollyMann

It was a hard job, but we've finalized the winners of our Halloween 123D Contest on Instructables!  There were some really great entries, but our judges have spoken.  Check out the winners:

The Grand Prize went to HollyMann for her Creepy Head Halloween Candy Bowl model!  She's won a Zebra Imaging holographic 24x34 print, color, with frame and light, $100 in iMaterialise 3D print credit and a 123D prize pack including a 123D t-shirt and 2 year Premium Membership, as well as an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.

 The First Place winners were: Creating a Witch with 123D Creature by Adam BeamishScary 5ft jack-in-the-box (from Tinkercad … by lockershop; and Pumpkin BBQ by nathan nash.  They scored one Zebra imaging holographic 8x10 print, color, with frame and light, $50 in iMaterialise 3D print credit, a 123D prize pack including a 123D t-shirt and 1 year Premium Membership and an Instructables prize pack.

The Runners Up won some great stuff too! A discount for 20% off an iMaterialise 3D print, a 123D prize pack including a t-shirt and 1 Month Premium Membership and an Instructables prize pack.

Thanks to Zebra imaging, iMaterialise and Instructables for their help with contest and prizes, but even bigger thanks to all the entrants - keep it up and look for more challenges soon!

Tokyo Maker Faire

Maker Faires are in full swing around the world, and Autodesk 123D got in on the action this weekend in Tokyo, Japan, a city renowned for its history of innovation. 

Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, even got in the action, delivering a presentation on "the appearance of new manufacturing in North America."


The 123D team hosted an area equipped with MakerBots, iPads with all the 123D tools installed, interlock assemblies, LED badges, duct tape bags, a black rocket shelf, and even a 3D photo booth. 


 It's so rewarding to see firsthand how people incorporate the 123D tools into their personal creative expression. Thank you to the thousands of smiling people of all ages that came to visit and create with us! We can't wait to do it again next year, Tokyo Maker Faire!


Halloween(3D)! Playing with 123D at the Autodesk offices.

We've been getting into the spirit of Halloween at the Autodesk offices, and I'm taking the opportunity to test what I can do with the 123D apps.  

123D Make is great for making models at a larger scale cheaply and quickly.  Granted, we have some Epilog lasers at the shop that sure beat an Xacto knife, but it's all stuff you can do with technology that's available to you, either by hand or through 3D printer service, or your own machines.  123D Creature has an awesome community that is making some pretty impressive monsters, and Tinkercad is great for some quick fixes to 3D models.


Cardboard Cthulhu at Autodesk offices.

Cthulhu Guards the Gold:
I made a big cardboard Cthulhu based on a 123D Creature model by super-user Amanda Jackson to lord over the snack machines in Autodesk's Pier 9 kitchen.  In the 123D Gallery, there are literally thousands of models to choose from - and there's no better tool than 123D Make to make it big.  Just grab some glue.


cardboard devil in 123D make

Cardboard Devil:
I came across a really great model of the devil character from Legend.  The Tim Curry-Satan guy.  All I can remember is him hissing at Tom Cruise, 'Boiyyyyy...'.  This particular model is cool because it started out as a Darth Maul bust by Adam Beamish, then Kaj Steveman took the wireframe and ran with it to create The Darkness.  Now he lives at my desk.  Next, I'm going to paint him the appropriate red and black.



This one seems to be an office favorite - I love using RGB LED strips and I wanted to use the semi-transparent nature of 3D prints as a lamp.  It's pretty great, and remote controlled! 


Goldfish Ghost: 
For the Goldfish Ghost project, I just grabbed a great model from Tinkercad by user Chuck Norris (I really really hope it's really Mr. Norris), and ordered some Encapso from Smooth-On.  Voila - Ghost Fish!


There are some more in the works from me, but stay tuned to the Instructables' Make it REALly Scary contest to see other great projects..! 


East Bay Mini Maker Faire


The spirit of making was alive and well at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire this last weekend, with thousands of people gathering to explore the innovations and creativity of local Bay Area folks. Children of all ages explored hands-on exhibits from beekeeping, to 3D printing, to large-scale pyrotechnics.


Caution: awesome


There was something for everyone


As 3D printing enthusiasts ourselves, it was especially exciting seeing kids not only interested in learning more about 3D printing, but taking to it so quickly that it was almost like a second nature to them. In addition to playing with 3D printed objects and watching the various 3D printers do their thing, they logged into the 3D design software and started creating their own ideas without any instruction. It was amazing!


It was inspiring seeing how quickly the next generation is taking to having a hand in the world around them. All in all it was a great day of learning, sharing, and making under the warm Oakland sun! 


Bring 3D Printing With You To College

We imagine our college-aged audience has spent the past few days and weeks getting settled into the joys of sharing a dorm room with strangers while navigating what it's like to live away from home. With all the details that come inherent to making that transition, it’s understandable when you leave something at home or think of something you need when it’s too late to get it.  

For example, perhaps you get to your dorm and realize your parents have supplied you with roughly one metric ton of pens and pencils, but nowhere to put them. They have already driven back home with their credit cards, leaving you to your own devices, but fortunately 123D and 3D Printing are there to fill in the gaps.

For example, instead of quietly stealing a pencil holder from your roommate, use 123D Catch to capture his/hers and print it, or select from the multitude of options developed by your fellow 123D’ers, like the cannon pencil holder picture here:


Courtesy of xyzebra 

If you’re a person who goes through lots of drafts, nothing is more satisfying than tossing out failed ideas. Spice up that process by using 123D Design to create, and then 3D print your own basketball hoop for the trash can, gamifying your editorial process.


Courtesy of Kazga_Fitteyai 

 Playing with a Frisbee (or novelty flying disc) is one of the stereotypical college activities that must be undertaken. Customize your own plastic disc in 123D Design and everyone will want to hang out with you.


Courtesy of CocaKoala 

One of the hardest parts of college is surviving homesickness, so we recommend you use 123D Sculpt to design and print your dog (or other pet). Having a small version of Fido with you in college is a great way to keep your home close to your heart, and realistically is probably about as far as one should go with pet ownership when it comes to dorm life anyway.


 Courtesy of Chuck Whitehead

So when you’re low on funds, which after all is the identifying characteristic of college students worldwide, consult Autodesk 123D to find and create quick solutions to life’s little problems. Whether it’s an issue of function, entertainment, or making friends, 123D is here to help.  Find your school's 3D printer and start filling your dorm room with the coolest stuff you can think of!


From the 123D Gallery: Pig Monster from Amnesia by Amanda Jackson

When we heard about the Steam release of the horror game mashup, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, something seemed familiar...  Then we remembered this great model by 123D Creature user Amanda Jackson back in March.   

Have you played it yet??


From the 123D Gallery: Chimpanzee by Amanda Jackson

Check out another great model from Amanda Jackson - keep it up Amanda!!

Interview with a Dinosaur Hunter!

  We meet a lot of interesting people at the Maker Faire events.  Every once in a while, there's someone who's been quietly laboring over something absolutely cool and I'm stoked that I get to gawk at it for a little bit.  Last week in Kansas City we met Matt Christopher, a Paleontologist at Science City in Kansas City and he showed us a 3D printed model of a Psittacosaurus skull, rendered using 123D Catch and Blender. I couldn't help but follow up with some questions - some serious and some irreverent, but all enlightening.

123D: What’s your name?
MC:  Matt Christopher (like the children's sports book author) 

123D: What is your quest?
MC:To stay awake and get more stuff accomplished. 

123D: What do you really do?
MC: I'm a paleontologist who has too much fun working with digital media tools making things like fulldome planetarium productions and interactive didactic kiosk apps.  I work at Kansas City's Science Center,  Science City, and teach an online course for Park University in Parkville, MO: Geology 300-Introduction to Dinosaurs. 

123D: When did you know you wanted to do that?
MC:I knew I wanted to be a dinosaur hunter for as long as I can remember.  I think I remember  learning that was called a paleontologist rather than an archaeologist when I was 8 years old, and have been correcting people ever since. 

123D: Who’s your biggest fan?
MC: I think my greatest fan must have been my grandmother who passed away earlier this year.   At her funeral, I met a number of people I had either never met, or met when I was so young I did not remember them. They apparently all knew me and of my paleontological exploits through the newspaper articles she  made sure they all got to see and hear about. 

123D: What’s your favorite dinosaur?
MC: Ankylosaurus was one of the dinosaur genera that saw the Age of Reptiles come to an end.  It was heavily armored, had a low center of mass and so was adapted to a world where survival  meant being able to intimidate the likes of Tyrannosaurus with appearances and body language alone. That would be my mount of choice were I to find myself riding across a Cretaceous terror-scape. 

123D: Finish this sentence: “Take the house, take my car, just don’t take my….”
MC: The obvious answer here is my family.  I cherish my 5 & 6 year old boys, Lane and Landon,  and my wife, Ashlea.  (Aren't you proud Sweetie?  I remembered not mention your age!) 

123D: What are you working on (‘making’) right now?
MC: I've got a small ongoing dinosaur replica side project (parkerpaleo.com) molding and casting fossil teeth and claws. I have a jigsaw puzzle of dinosaur rib parts lain out across my workbench and I'm also working on mounting a Psittacosaurus, a 6-foot long herbivorous dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous.  I've 3D printed a replica of it which I'm using to design the armature for the real skeleton which will most likely be composited of 3D printed and  laser cut parts. 

123D: Give an example of a recent ‘AHA!’ moment in your life.
MC: After gluing my 3D printed Psittacosaurus skull together and inspecting it closely, I noticed that psittacosaurs did not have forward facing stereoscopic vision (as herbivores would not have as  much use for as predatory dinosaurs would), but it may have had stereoscopic UPWARD facing vision.   This would be important for hitting a target with its head lowered, battering-ram style. 

123D: Your White Whale.  Is there a project that just keeps getting away from you?
MC: If only I could stay awake even longer!  I've got a number of fossils in my garage that need to be prepared but I think my muses slap me around the most over not finding time to do some independent fulldome feature production.  Then there's that paper I should write about that epiphany mentioned above. 

123D: First thing you remember really breaking and then fixing:
MC: I can't remember if I was 6 or 7, but I was standing on the bathroom sink and squirted what seemed like a mile of toothpaste out of a nearly new tube when I stepped on it and the cap popped  off.  Knowing I'd get in trouble for: A. standing on the sink, B. trying to get in the medicine cabinet, which was of course why I was standing on the sink and C. wasting so much a tube of toothpaste that everyone would remember was full that morning, I decided to squirt the toothpaste back into the tube using Mom's cake decorating kit.  There was a hint of mint to the next couple of cakes Mom  decorated, but other than that, I'm pretty sure I got away with it. 

123D: Please share one tidbit of technical knowledge and/or expertise that someone could possibly go their entire life without needing to know.
MC: If you have a web browser open, Control+U opens a portal to "The Matrix". But seriously, brachiosaurid cervical vertebrae are volumetrically more air than bone. 

123D: Cake or Pie?
MC: Pie.  Key lime.   

Gotta love key lime.  See more of Matt's project here at his Instructables page and some dinosaur bits on the 123D gallery.

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