123D Catch now on Android

123D Catch for Android is here!

Ever since we launched 123D Catch in late 2011, I've heard overwhelming requests from the Android community for a 123D Catch app compatible for their device. 

Today, I am happy to announce 123D CATCH FOR ANDROID IS HERE!!

See 123D Catch for Android on Google Play.

Its the first 123D app on Android by popular demand and compatible with most phones and tablets. So check it out!

 

Create captures on the go using your Android device, and edit them for 3D printing on your computer with Meshmixer.  All of your captures are saved in one place on your account at 123dapp.com.

 

#SPE3DWEEK

The weird weather out over the Bonneville Salt Flats put a little hiccup in our plans for #SPE3DWEEK in August, but we've put together a couple of motorcycle collections to ease the suffering.

Lots of motorcyclists and would-be racers are using 123D Catch to create 3D models of their rides and some have turned out pretty great!  Check out the ones below, and even more here.

 

  

$25 Shapeways credit for new customers!

 

 

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

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.]

 

The Mighty Midwest Presents: Adrian Stein

 

For our final installment of the Mighty Midwest we revisit talented student artist, Adrian Stein. In May he stole the spotlight as a featured Maker of The Day and Meshmixer super user so we wanted to delve deeper into his story to share it with you. With thoughts like, "Hearts are wild creatures; that’s why our ribs are cages,” it's no surprise that his physical artwork evokes a whole new level of imagination that he chooses to express through 3D printing.

We met with Adrian at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago back in February, and more recently our friends in the 3DRV, which is currently crisscrossing the country, had the chance to sit down with him for a follow up - see the video below for a peek into the wonderful mind of Adrian Stein.

 

 

Looking into Adrian's artistic process revealed a poetic approach that can best be described in his own words:

"As my research progresses, I have found that most designs have a lack of connectedness to the nature of music, or sound. I have tried to approach the matter scientifically, and creatively, with an original intent to engage a design that is both feral and endearing; two characteristics that I encountered in nature, in her species, and in the passive-aggressive dances that her children made. The sounds and compositions from animals around the world are arranged in order to establish presence, attraction or repulsion; Hence I found much inspiration from the study of mating rituals in the wild; it is quite fascinating how alike we are to all species in this earth. Something that transcends in the mating rituals of most species, including our own, is the ritualistic aspect of the mating mannerisms, coupled with loud bluster, or soft melody; A preparation, an interaction, responses from both parties, climax, and eventually a separation (biological or eventual). As so, I have chosen two options for the sound-wave designs, one consists of the extremely complex mating call of the Lyrebird, the Mockingbirds big brother, and another is a song which either speaks of love or is love inspired. Depending on the final choice, I will modify the aesthetics of this to fit."

With this inspiration in mind, Adrian looked within himself and created a 3D model based on his own voice saying, "I Love You." He shaped the resulting waveform diagram into the shape of a bracelet (which you can see below,) creating an idea that can be replicated by lovers everywhere. 

3D printing of waveform I Love You

You can (and should) keep up with Adrian's work via his Tumblr blog, and be sure to keep on the lookout for more features on him here. This is one artist you don't want to miss.

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Thank you so much for joining us on this journey through the Midwest. It has been a real to treat to report on how Chicago is driving the maker movement. Check out our other stories coming out of the Midwest, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Tom Burtonwood, and the Chicago Public Library. Be sure to stick around as we begin exploring other cities and regions to bring you more news on innovations in 3D printing and making worldwide.

The Mighty Midwest Presents: The Chicago Public Library

 

This week in the Mighty Midwest we take a look at how 3D printing is changing the way visitors experience their local public library. Libraries have always existed as repositories of learning and information, and as technologies change there is a huge opportunity for them to adapt and bring those technologies to the masses. The Chicago Public Library has set up a Maker Lab in their downtown branch to bring new technologies to the people of Chicago. In the video below you can see how this Maker Lab is transforming the library experience by bringing things like 3D modeling and 3D printing, laser cutting, and more to the average person.

Maker of the Day – Cameron Stern (Day 8)

Personal website:
www.sterndesignworks.com/

Cameron Stern

Why I make

Because there is something intrinsically satisfying about making on so many levels. I have been working with my wife for almost 8 years selling our own art and by just sharing our own obsessions with the world. We have shared so much art and wonder with people, and people have shared their own stories right back with us. I make because it is an incredible way to communicate with the world. 

What I make

As part of an awesome team I make jewelry, toys and curiosities that are inspired by science, fantasy, and whatever daily obsessions pass through my head.

While everyone in the studio plays a part in the process of creating each piece we produce, my job in the fabrication process is to provide 3d printed parts ranging from animals, astronauts, space capsules and robots, to scenic elements. I use 123D Creature as a vital creative tool to help bring a lot of those ideas to life. I model and then print out the miniatures or parts in PLA, at which point they head to the studio to either be cleaned up for lost PLA casting into silver or brass, or painted to be included in a miniature diorama necklace or sculpture. 

We first heard about Cameron when one of his designs (below) reached the front page of Reddit. 

 

Upon further investigation, we discovered Cameron is a 3D printing extraordinaire who includes the Autodesk 123D suite in his tool belt. 3D design and printing are just a few of the many forms of making that come out of his shop - that he runs with his equally impressive wife Rebecca. You can learn more about this dynamic duo about here, and if you're in the New York area you should definitely see what they're up to either in their shop or at any of the open markets they attend. 

 

123D Circuits Gets New Superpowers

  • Design circuits in a web browser?  Check.
  • Simulate buttons, motors, resistors, and LEDs?  It’s got that too.
  • Let you write, compile, and simulate Arduino-compatible code?  Yes, yes and YES.
  • Accurately simulate capacitors and inductors in real time?  New!  
  • Display signals on a virtual Oscilloscope?  Also New!
Actual simulated waveforms.  These are not Photoshopped®
Three virtual oscilloscopes.

People who own an oscilloscope will tell you it's useful for probing into parts of a circuit and literally watching voltages change over time.  This is important because most of the time in electronics, things happen so fast you can't see them change, but with an oscilloscope you can seemingly slow time and examine things that happened in the blink of an eye.  For that reason, oscilloscopes are an incredibly useful tool and now that Transient Analysis is part of the 123D Circuits simulator you can add virtual oscilloscopes to your circuits.  It's like having a microscope for your circuits, you can see what's happening on the inside.  Wow, right?!
 
Here's an example that illustrates how powerful this is when you're learning about electronics: You connect a capacitor to a battery and the capacitor charges up -- it happens almost instantly, but exactly how almost-instantly?  With 123D Circuits's new oscilloscope you can catch that brief moment where the capacitor charged up and look at it closely.  You'll see the curved graph of the cap's voltage rising.  You can then click on the capacitor, change it's value and immediately see the difference it makes in the time it takes to charge up.  Sounds nerdy (and perhaps it is...) but being able to see this phenomena is a big step towards understanding one of the most important concepts of electronics: how things change over time, AKA Transient Analysis.
 
Scroll down to see the actual simulation of this circuit.
You could already simulate circuits in real time so... what's new?  Up until now 123D Circuits was simulating the behaviors of a circuit that happen instantaneously - like the current through and voltage across a resistor.  Ohms law stuff.
With accurate Transient Analysis built-in, it can now simulate things that are not instantaneous, like the current flowing through an inductor and the voltage rising across a capacitor.  And not just one capacitor or inductor -- you can build a complex circuit with dozens of parts (including microchips) and simulate the entire functional circuit in real time!

Here's an embedded version of the above circuit.  Click the little PLAY button in the upper right.
(best viewed in the Chrome browser)
 
 
Keep reading to find out more about what you can simulate.

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Making It Official With 3D Hubs

Every so often two companies meet, and magic happens. This was definitely the case when we met 3D Hubs, the world’s largest 3D print network. We already had so much in common: a love of 3D printing, awesome users and community members, plus a shared mission to provide easy access to a technology that gives you the ultimate form of creativity.
 
 
That’s why it made perfect sense to integrate the 3D Hubs 3D print network into Autodesk 123D, to make it faster and easier than ever for 3D printing enthusiasts everywhere to turn the designs they design into physical products. The average delivery time of products printed via 3D Hubs is less than two days - five times faster than the industry standard.
 
We are committed to offering you the best in 3D printing services, so try them out through our site now, and let us know how it goes. You can also come meet them (and us!) to learn more in person this Friday at a celebration mixer in San Francisco at Autodesk’s One Market office. Sign up here to reserve your spot.
 
Mixer Date and Venue
Autodesk Gallery at One Market
1 Market St #200, San Francisco
Friday, April 11th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST
 
For our more hands on friends, check out the workshop we will be running with 3D Hubs this Friday as well - but you better hurry; there are only 5 spots left!
 
 
 

Charm Your #LOV3D Ones for Valentine’s Day!

In honor of love, we will be spending the month of February showcasing how 3D design, printing technology, and creativity serve as an extension of the heart. If you're looking for Valentine's Day ideas, then look no further.

To kick off this month of love, we are introducing Charmr. With Valentine's Day only a few days away, you can skip the card store and head straight to our latest addition to 123D, which is sure to make your Valentine feel extra #LOV3D.

 

Get your Valentine's heart racing by using Charmr to create customized, 3D-printable pendants just for them. This is the perfect way to make something unique for your #LOV3D ones while showing off your creativity, all without breaking the bank. Here is a quick how-to guide to get started.

Charmr is just the beginning of our month of being #LOV3D - be sure to continue checking back for more tantalizing content to inspire you in all your love-related endeavors.