TSA Loves 123D Circuits

A lot could go through your head when a day after your CEO leaves the office with a box of custom electronics you receive this email from the airport:

Uh Oh.  Would he miss the flight to Tokyo? Why couldn't we have made it look less like a Mission Impossible prop?  Don't cut the orange wire!

Then this tweet... Sounds like he made it!

So what's all the fuss about?  It turns out this little box of circuitry does something really cool: when you shake it, it's like rolling a die (singular of dice) and a huge 7-segment display on the front side cycles through numbers randomly until it slows down and stops on a digit between 1 and 6.  It was all designed with Autodesk software, specifically our brand new electronics design tool called 123D Circuits.  

Here's a link to the blog announcing the 123D Circuits launch.

Here's a detailed Instructable on how it was made so you can build one too.


In the end Carl Bass prevailed.  He and the die made it to the Tokyo Maker Faire unencumbered.



If you're interested in more than electronics check out our complete suite of 123D apps for 3D modeling and 3D printing.  You can even make 3D models using just photographs.  Autodesk 123D makes it easy from start to finish (even from an airport!)


London 3D Print Show all wrapped up!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the 3D Print Show this year!  We met so many great people and companies, and we hope to stay in touch until next year.  These pictures show only some of the great things we saw, let us know if you you saw something we didn't.

A huge thanks to the show organizers and technicians for their work, we'll see you in Paris!

First day at the London 3D Print Show & 123D Creature wins Award!

Autodesk and Cosmo Wenman at the London 3D Print Show

The London 3D Print Show kicked off today with a great crowd and some wonderful exhibitors!  We were proud to show off Cosmo Wenmans work using 123D Catch, it generated a lot of excitement and we're looking forward to the next couple of days.

After a long, busy one at the show today, we attended their first annual 3D Print Awards and were so excited to hear 123D Creature named as the Best Online/App-Based Service!  It was an honor to accept on behalf of the 123D Creature team and it only proves how awesome our users are that are making such great models using their iPads.  

Stay tuned as we post more pictures!


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!



Now that Halloween is over and we are collectively recovering from eating too much candy, it's time to get our faces ready for the annual mustache-growing competition, Movember, to raise awareness for men's health.

A few of us on the 123D team are ladies and unable to grow mustaches of our own, but thanks to 3D printing we can still compete with the guys!


Head over to our new Projects section to get ideas and templates on mustaches for yourself! Happy November/Movember everybody!

3D Printing and Biotech

I think we all know that those of us on the 123D team are stoked about 3D printing - why else would we be in this business, after all? We love seeing the amazing ideas that our community designs and brings to life, as they consistently challenge our notions about just how far 3D printing can reach. 

One of the places that 3D printing is venturing into right now is the medical world, and this is a pairing we are so excited to learn more about. The humanitarian components of 3D printing have already had a huge impact, from reducing costs and time spent on various medical practices to providing a means for rapid prototyping that allows makers to rely on themselves rather than corrupt or unresponsive systems.

A key aspects of this movement is that it is being powered by individuals in addition to companies. Makers are using their personal 3D printers to drastically improve the landscape around them, like this hackerspace in Haiti creating and improving umbilical cord clamps. Doing so allows them to avoid going the traditional manufacturing route for medical products that are sorely needed.

From makezine.com

Another innovation in the world of personal medical 3D printing is in the realm of prosthetics. Right now the average prosthetic to replace a limb costs upwards of $100,000, and isn’t necessarily made to fit the body of the person who it will belong to. For children the process of replacing limbs gets even more complicated, because kids grow so quickly. This leads to them having to pay $100,000 way too frequently for a prosthetic that will quickly become too tight, and therefore cause pain and decrease function. Read this touching story to see just how much 3D printing will influence the life of a 2 year old girl in need of prosthetic hands.


From robohand.net 

Imagine a world where medical technology is innovated by those who it impacts most, those who understand the implications of one minor change. It's exciting to be in a time where this world is becoming a reality, and we are extra excited that our software can help play a role. 

Have you ever thought about applying your 3D printing skills towards the advancement of medicine? We would love to hear about your ideas in the comments. 

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! 


Reminder – Vote for 123D in the 3D Printshow Awards

With 15 days left, it's not too late to vote for 123D Creature in the 3D Printshow Awards. Click here to vote now! 

Also, if you find yourself in London between November 7-9, or in Paris November 15-16 for 3D Printshow itself, come say hi to us! We would love to meet you and hear about everything you're doing with 123D and 3D printing.


Fashion and your 3D Printer

The greatest thing about 3D printing technology is being able to design and refine the products you want to create. This has led to innovations across technologies, from 3D printing prosthetic limbs to aiding astronauts at the International Space Station.

But 3D Printing is bringing industries that have not traditionally existed in the 3D realm to the forefront of new technology. Fashion is quickly making a name for itself by bringing clothing, jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, and more to the 3D world. Designers are innovating left and right, using their 3D printers to accommodate a more customer-centric approach, like Continuum which lets customers design and personalize their garments before they get printed, like the shoes below. Even companies like Makerbot and Materialise are on board with making 3D fashion available to all, acknowledging that, "ready-to-wear 3D-printed clothing is fast becoming an influential force in the world of fashion."


 from www.designboom.com


The Huffington Post makes a well-informed prediction: “As the technology advances and prices continue to drop, everyday Internet users may soon start drawing their wardrobes on a desktop.” With 3D design software becoming more accessible to individuals, as opposed to just professionals, there are fewer obstacles than ever create what you want for yourself with minimal costs. Whether it’s printing a pair of shoes to go perfectly with an outfit you bought, or designing a necklace for your friend’s birthday present, it’s clear that 3D printing technology has evolved beyond the exclusive realm of the professional into the hands of makers, creators, and DIYers.


from www.shapeways.com


3D printing technology is already changing the fashion world, so head over to the 123D gallery to get inspired and join the movement. You can grab yourself a pair of cufflinks while you're there - or better yet, make your own!


by vizfab

Educators – Get a discounted 3d printer!

Back to school is the reason for the season, and we are celebrating with serious discounts on all the 3D design school supplies you need. Autodesk 123D has created a discounted package that includes both 123D Premium and a MakerBot Replicator 2 at a cost cheaper than the printer just by itself.

So to break it down you get the following...

                                                                                                         One Year                        Two Year


…all for less than if you bought only the printer. That’s $1,979, a serious price break on the printer alone, and even moreso when you consider everything that comes with it. 3D printing in your classroom has never been so affordable! Be sure to pass the deal along to educators, your children’s teachers, or anyone else who will benefit from this great deal.

Head over to www.123dapp.com/education to get your bundle now before this offer runs out.