Maker Faires are special places where people gather to push the limits of creative expression and get hands-on with new technology. Friendships are forged and collaborations between makers strengthen the growing movement. Last weekend's Maker Faire in New York only reinforced this.
In the next days and weeks keep reading our posts about cool stuff we saw at Maker Faire New York and the upcoming Maker Faire in Rome.
We wanted to start by showing the combined technology of 123D Circuits' new Circuit Scribe simulator (screen shot below), Electronink's conductive-silver pens, and Cricut's newest machine: the Explore. The result was a working electrical circuit – in just five minutes. (video below)
Check out the screen shot of the new Circuit Scribe virtual editor below – it's the first step in the process.
And here it is in action. You can even hear Maker Faire in the background!
We'll keep collaborating and experimenting until we're ready to release the whole process as an export feature of 123D Circuits to Cricut. We encourage you to try new things too.
You're reading about electronics but have you tried our FREE app that converts photographs into 3D models? It's called 123D Catch and it's available for iOS, Android, PC, and in-browser if you're a Mac user.
iMaterialise have just launched a new contest with our very own Meshmixer! Remix or create an original monster and you might snag a 3D print and a Premium Membership with 123D. Check out the rules from iMaterialise's blog:
For this challenge we’d like you to create your own crossbreed or hybrid using Autodesk Meshmixer software and i.materialise’s 3D printing service.
We will select 3 winning creations. Winners will receive a 3D print of their figurine and an Autodesk 123D Premium Membership. All participants will get 10% discount when printing their design.
Note that the jury selects upon the 3D renders you put online, so make sure to make a very clear, visible render.
WHO CAN ENTER
This challenge is open to all designers, professional and amateur, regardless of sex, age or nationality.
Submissions will be accepted up to 23:59 Central European Time, October 29, 2014.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant. To enter,upload your creation(s) below and provide a short description of your monster or crossbreed animal in the ‘description’ box. Be sure to use a screenshot from your creation in Meshmixer as your uploaded image. Entries without this screenshot are automatically disqualified. (Preferred size: 845x450 pixels)
A few weeks ago the folks at Electroninks sent us a few Circuit Scribe kits, the same one's they'd just delivered a ton of to their Kickstarter backers. They also sent us a few extra modules... like a motor, buzzer, light sensors, and a "blinker" (more on that later).
We posted our first unboxing video and a number of people wrote back with questions, so we made another video today to show how the buzzer and blinker modules work. Have a look at the video below and for the full fourteen minute unboxing video and ALL the info you could ever want - check out that blog.
Like the sound of it? Head on over to 123D Circuits to get your own Circuit Scribe kits!
There's nothing like bringing your designs to life and holding them in your hands. That's why Shapeways wants to support designers new to 3D printing with $25 in Shapeways credit – to help you bring your 3D designs to life.
Shapeways enables you to 3D print in 40+ materials, from high-resolution plastics to stunning precious metals. Using the best industrial 3D printers available, Shapeways checks every 3D model for printability and supports you every step of the way. Together, Shapeways and the latest release of Meshmixer are helping to make 3D printing easier than ever with price estimates and ordering directly from Meshmixer. We hope you'll discover the endless possibilities of 3D printing!
To start 3D printing, load your 3D model in Meshmixer. Click "3D Print", choose "Shapeways" as the printer and pick the type of material you'd like. It's real intuitive and easy!
Direct Printing To Shapeways From Meshmixer
Next, join Shapeways to upload your 3D model, get instant pricing and order. Enter promo code 'mty9b' at checkout by August 31, 2014 to take advantage of this exclusive offer!
Explore the 123D Gallery for inspiration on what to design, and, while you're at it, check out the Meshmixer 101 tutorial videos to get started.
[The Fine Print: This promotion is non-transferable and valid once per customer, for new customers only. It may not be combined with other discounts in one order. Discount applies only to 3D prints of your own models and cannot be applied to Shapeways Gift Cards or past orders. The $25 value does not apply to cost of tax or shipping. If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these models are repaired). No cash value. Limited redemption quantity. Expires Sunday August 31 at 11:59pm PDT.]