Maker of the Day – You! (Day 18)

You might think today's maker of the day is a copout, but if Time Magazine can get away with it, so can we. 

Seriously, you guys are amazing. Our booth at the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend was full of amazing Autodesk 123D users who make us look good. Not to mention all the folks that stopped by to let us know what they were doing with our tools, and how they're totally changing the world of creativity. It was such a treat to get to meet all of you amazing people, and we can't wait to do it again next year. 

Enjoy our video from the second day of Maker Faire, and keep on making!



Maker of the Day – Maker Faire!! (Day 17)


That's right - Maker Faire is our Maker of the Day! From 5th grade 123D Creature geniuses to after-school programs using Meshmixer to bring microscopic science to your hands, Maker Faire is chock-full of amazing makers.

Watch the video above to get a snapshot of what we got to see on the first day, and find us tomorrow in the Expo Hall at the brand new Autodesk booth. Send makers our way!

Maker of the Day – Ritik Mehta (Day 13)

You may have heard Ritik's story before, and you will definitely hear it again. When we first met Ritik, he was all of 13 years and already using 3D printing to make the world a better place, after learning how to 3D model in record time. Now this maker has expanded upon what he's learned and is changing things at an amazing pace.

Ritik's dad was kind enough to keep us updated on what Ritik is up to - see more for yourself, below.

Ritik Mehta

Why he makes

Initially it was a fascination of having the power to create. After he came back from TEDxKids@Brussels he saw 3d printing opportunities everywhere and got frustrated of not having the skills to design, so his dad introduced him to Tinkercad and helped him build those skills (which he now transfers by giving workshops at TEDxYouth events and other venues locally). Once his father saw that the fascination was not a fad, but stuck with him, he got him a Makerbot and 2 more printers afterwards (and 2 more on the way).
The initial fascination with the power to create, transferred to a drive to show his peers what the future would hold and why they should learn to 3D model.

Now his drive is more on the fact that this technology can help others less privileged get a better life and that the impact of 3d printing is as big for the poor as it is for the rich. 

What he makes

Ritik got involved with 3D printing at the age of 10, when he had to make something in 3D for TEDxKids@Brussels: he just started wearing glasses so he got the idea to make glasses with his name on them... after many years of exploring 3D printing and its impact on the future of creation, he gave a TEDxYouth@Flanders talk on his experience with 3dprinting and advice for his peers.

After that talk he explored going back to his first creation, which were glasses, but this time more wearable and functional. This got him in touch with a lot of designers of glasses and people involved with eyewear in general. One of those people was Koen Van Pottelbergh of EyesForTheWorld. The idea that these glasses could help people stuck with Ritik. He did a charity event to raise awareness and is also involved in projects ranging from customized glasses to help fund the charity, as well as design issues to get the glasses 3D printed locally at the source, and hence introducing these societies to 3D printing.

Ritik's father adds that his involvement with making has enabled him to get in touch with people who encourage him to take his ideas forward, as well as inspire him to do more. Inspirational people include Mitch Altman, Peter Diamandis, Scott Summit, and Assa Ashuach.

At the age of 13 he has a clear view on his future: ge is looking to combine the worlds of engineering and design, much like the in the TED2014 talk by Bran Ferren.

We can't wait to see what Ritik has next in store for us, 3D printing, and the world at large.

123D Design desktop 1.4: 3D file import and 3D printing enhancements


It’s been a while since we released 123D Design version 1.3, at last year’s Maker Faire. A year on, we’re releasing version 1.4 . Don’t be misled by the single digit change – this is a major upgrade with features that will open up many new possibilities for you.

Keep reading to learn more about awesome new features like:

  • 3D mesh file import
  • 2D vector file import
  • Integrated 3D printing support
  • Numerous interface and usability enhancements

Read more »

Meet Tiana – the first Maker of the Day

Welcome to the first installment in our month long project highlighting a unique, creative individual every day. With Maker Faire Bay Area coming to us in just a few short weeks, what better way to celebrate than by showcasing the amazing work coming out of the creative and maker communities?

First up is a tenacious 13-year-old Bay Area resident making her way to college with Tinkercad, jewelry design, and 3D printing. Most kids these days are content to make a few dollars by setting up a lemonade stand on their street corner, or hosting a garage sale with their parents to get rid of old clothes and toys.

Most kids aren’t Tiana.


Why I make

I came to Autodesk through the SPARK program, a program that connects youth with corporate mentors for a multi-month apprenticeship. My dad is an architect, so I was familiar with AutoCAD, but once I toured the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco I became fascinated with 3D printing and realized I could make things, too.

What I make

With Tinkercad I'm able to create personalized designs to my exact specifications. I've designed a line of jewelry - bracelets and earrings - inspired by the human nervous system. I'm going to use what I've learned to raise money for my future college tuition - $1,000,000 to be precise.

To help Tiana get started on her goal we invited her to our Pier 9 workshop to check out what her ideas look like when brought to life with various 3D printers: a MakerBot Replicator 2, and a Connex Objet500.

We believe it is important to encourage young women and men to pursue their creativity, particularly if it's going to support their education and entrepreneurial spirit. Needless to say it was a very exciting experience when Tiana saw the potential of all her hard work come together in real life.

The delight on Tiana's face when experiencing the tangible reality of her imagination was deeply rewarding, and we know that feeling of delight is something that many more of our 123D users will experience when they see their ideas come to life.

Don't worry, the inspiration doesn't stop here: stay tuned for a new maker featured on the 123D blog each day this month!

STEAM & Curious Minds

It’s crazy how this month’s theme of Robots, Space and STEAM gets students of all ages excited about learning. I am the mother of two young girls and I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a community of users that are passionate about what they do. My 5 five-year old came home from pre-school and announced that she “knows how to design think.”  

Good thing she has a mom that asked a few follow-up questions:

“What is design think?”

In her simple five-year old terms she replied, “It’s when you think of something in your head then draw it and do some stuff to make it work.”

My follow-up was, “how do you make it work?”

“Mommy, it’s like when Elsa in Frozen made her castle out of ice. She had it in her head, what she wanted it to look like and then it came out of her hands. She made it.”

Well, it may not be the webster’s definition but she is on the right track.  

With global declines in test scores around science, math, engineering and math, teachers are looking to the Maker movement to help disrupt their classrooms. Many have looked into the Autodesk Digital STEAM workshop to use project based learning to capture the minds of their students and retain engagement in these subjects. These projects are easy ways to get the students in the back of your classroom to engage. Students want to use their minds, they have an innate curiosity to learn so let’s tap into the Maker movement and keep the excited alive! Who knows maybe we will all “design think” one day.

Autodesk Meshmixer for YOU

We've been ramping up our Meshmixer production lately and released a new update with YOU in mind. See, we are gathering all of your feedback and suggestions and adding it into the application. We are especially excited for the new 3D printing workflows that are coming with each release, some examples below.

Patterned Bunny Pack

Make Slices  

Many of you requested to have 3D printers that we did not list in the pre-populated list of 3D printers. We heard you and decided to let you add your own 3D printer so you can layout and arrange a print job for your specific machine. Its fairly intuitive to set up if you at least know the build volume of your 3D printer.

Here is a list of what's new in Meshmixer 2.3, released yesterday, April 21st:

  • New add/edit custom printer so you can prep your 3D prints for any 3D printer
  • New Make Slices tool: Slice an object into a number flat slices. Two techniques: Stacked or Stacked3D
  • New drag/drop solid objects in addition to parts. Addition of primitives category
  • Added part categories to the Meshmix panel to accommodate growing libraries of parts and solids
  • New Separate Shells tool to separate combined but separate geometry into separate objects
  • Better naming of newly created objects from duplicate, separate, etc…
  • PLY binary format support (which is handy for importing the per-vertex color meshes coming in from depth cameras)
  • 3Dconnexion space mouse support
  • Lots of bug-fixes and stability improvements

By the way, it is now even easier to give us your feedback and suggestions directly from the application! You can see a new menu item named Feedback that you can use to send feedback (good or bad) directly to the developers. With this, you might possibly define some of the next features in the upcoming releases!

How do you use Meshmixer? What would you like to see next?


Pendant designed in Meshmixer. A multi-material print on a Stratasys Connex machine


Calling all makers, calling all makers!

So here's the thing - you guys are awesome. Every day you show us new ways of looking at 3D printing and creativity, and we want to celebrate everything you do by featuring you on our website! With the Bay Area Maker Faire coming up in May, there is no better time to make that happen. 

Submit your work by filling out our very quick survey here for the opportunity to be one of our Makers of the Day, like Ritik, who 3D printed the glasses above!


123D Design Desktop – Revamped

Chris Anderson may have broken the news before we got to it, but that doesn't make us any less excited to share the new and improved desktop version of 123D Design with you! 


Yes, that's right folks. 123D Design got a facelift, and you're going to like the way it looks. With a new UI, new features, and so much more, 123D Design makes it easier than ever for beginners, novices, and experts to get in on the fun that is 3D printing.

Check out the changes here, and stay tuned for more pictures, tutorials, and an in-depth guide to the changes.


Glow-in-the-Dark Rocket Mobile with 123D and Tinkercad

We've been thinking about rockets and spaceships this week at 123D and we had some cool glow-in-the-dark filament for a Makerbot Rep2, so naturally: GLOW IN THE DARK SPACESHIPS!

The models came directly from the gallery, and the planets, end caps and filament points I quickly modeled in Tinkercad. Because the rockets were taller than would fit on a Makerbot, I imported them into MeshMixer to chop them in half witht the Slice tool. Slicing them also allowed for printing without support material.  With a little Krazy Glue, you get more size options.

If you want to make this yourself, you can try downloading more and different rockets. We've collected together a bunch of really varied rocket designs. ( <- click to see the collection and download!)

The trickiest part of a mobile is (perhaps obvious) is the balancing of all the elements - both physically and visually.  I printed a couple different sizes of rockets and planets, with varying infills so that I would have options when I started assembling it.  Only after printing the last rocket did I realize I could have just modeled the eyelets, but there you have it.

In total, the project cost about $15 in parts and materials: monofilament, eyelets, dowels and krazy glue. 


This is a perfect weekend project - and the glow-in-the-dark filament is available from Makerbot.  See the whole project here on  What are you making for SPAC3D?