123D Catch used on the Bay Bridge

To help to find a way to attach lights to the Bay Bridge for The Bay Lights installation, 123D Catch was used to capture a section of the cable on the bridge! The catch worked very well, and was 3D printed so the team had a nice scaled down model to work with.

I love seeing these practical uses of 123D Catch - it can really make a ton of things easier.

Check out the video above to find out more about the process and the project - it's awesome!

Via makerbot.

Hyphae lamps

This fabulous lamp by Nervous System is fully 3D printed. I love the vein-like look of the lamp! It would be so hard to get this level of detail doing it by hand. Plus, it's made of math and science! Hooray!

They've also got a neat video in the product description. Check it out!

Via Nervous System.

The Pirate Bay gets on the 3D printing train

If you hadn't heard yet, The Pirate Bay launched a "physibles" section back in January. There's not a ton of things to download yet but there is an awesome Pirate Bay ship! It'll be interesting to see how this section grows as 3D printing becomes cheaper and more available.

So now you have yet another place to check for user-generated content to 3D print or modify to suit your needs. Crazy!

Via The Pirate Bay.

Gorgeous 3D printed clock

This fantastic clock was designed by Angela and Mark Gilbert and then 3D printed.

This is such a beautiful use of 3D printing - it's never been so easy to make so many intricate parts fit together so well! The clock is very smart, too - check out the video below to get a better idea of how it works. I love the swing.

Via instructables.

3D printed dinosaur claw!

Thingiverse user gavinmurphy used 123D Catch to capture an Allosaurus claw cast from the Peabody Museum. He then uploaded it so everyone can print their own. I want one!

I love to see 123D Catch being used like this - we need more dinosaurs parts! I see schools getting a ton of use out of 3D printing in the future.

Via thingiverse.

The Free Universal Construction Kit

The Free Universal Construction Kit from Adapterz on Vimeo.

In one of the biggest advances in toys since forever... F.A.T Lab has created a kit that can be 3D printed and connect the majority of your favorite building sets together.

Compatible sets include Lego, Duplo, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, K'NEX and even more!

But why keep typing? You should really just watch the video! And check the link below for all the details.

Via F.A.T Lab

Minecraft: now 3D printed!

Castle, fixated

Eric Haines, an Autodesk employee, has created something fantastic: Mineways. The site walks you through how to to capture your Minecraft creations and get them ready for 3D printing. If you've got a Minecraft world or structure you're super proud of, you should check it out!

Via realtimerendering.com

Startup Weekend is in full swing

Yes, that's right. I am here at TechShop in San Francisco and the first ever Maker Startup Weekend is in full swing. It kicked off yesterday with a ton of workshops for 123D, MeshMixer, 123D Make and 123D Catch. We also had 3D Printing workshops, sewing classes, laser cutting and a ton more.

At this point, teams have been formed and amazing projects are starting to get realized. Here is a small selection of what we might see during the pitches tomorrow evening: Musical Tire Swing, DIY Coffee Roaster, iPad Stylus Holder, DIY Bio Tool, Mini Pinball game, iPad stand.

Go check out Rick's Flickr stream (here) to get closer to the action.

You can also follow David Lang on Twitter (here) for last minute updates.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more info on the projects.


Win Free 3D Printing

Engineers vs. Designers is currently hosting a 3D necklace design competition in which the winner will have their design printed (up to $200) by Shapeways. You have up until January 31st to submit a design, which gives you plenty of time to fire up 123D and get modeling. This is also perfect because it is just in time for Valentine's Day.