We've seen some really great usage of 123D Make this week! While most folks are constrained to a relatively small scale, with desktop CNC or lasers at a local TechShop, we found some artists and designers who are pushing their creations to human scale (and beyond).
First, we got an email from down under: Georgia Morgan in Broome, Australia, has made a full-scale figure from 3mm steel using 123D Make. It's a pretty elegant use of the radial slicing feature, and we're so honored to have been a part of it!
Over in Europe, Lana Awad teamed up with Fab Textiles and FabLab Barcelona to create "Rig", a life-size mannequin that was showcased at Fab10 in July.
From Fab Textiles: "The design for RIG is an exploration into the creative potential of mannequins as tools for exhibiting and work with. RIG is a manifestation on how tools should be rethought, redesigned, and reimagined..." We couldn't agree more, and we love seeing such an ambitious use of the 123D tools.
Perhaps the most impressive, in terms of scale... while installing our Autodesk Gallery Pop-Up in Paris, the team stopped by the Paris Auto Show and saw a giant elephant cut from cardboard!
I know there are others out there joining their massive radial slices together! What did we miss?
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123D user and master fabricator Sean Cusack may have a heart of gold, but in this instance he's here to melt hearts... Hearts made of half-inch (~12 mm) steel. So don't get to close, this one's going to be hot!
What you're looking at is a welded steel heart, suspended by chains over a 12 million BTU, propane burning hot air balloon burner. I bet you can guess what that does : turn steel red hot!
Sean says if the burner was left on long enough the steel would completely melt. Sounds pretty cool, but we're also interested in how it was made. Sean started with a simple 3D model of a heart (like this example, free on the 123D gallery), sliced it in half with MeshMixer, and used 123D Make to turn the remaining half-heart into slices that fit together nicely before welding.
Below is the half-heart before and after in 123D Make. What looks like a complex 3D structure of interwoven slices was generated by 123D Make with just a few clicks. You can download Sean's 3D Models and the sliced 123D Make from the 123D Project Gallery here's the link!
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123D Circuits user and Instructables contest finalist Harsha P is back in the news again with his most excellent digital clock simulation. Try it out, press the PLAY button in the upper right corner:
"Hours" by Harsha P.
Although Harsha does make printed circuit boards he has mostly focused on the breadboard simulation in 123D Circuits. He says his favorite aspects of the application are the multimeters that can pinpoint the voltage at any node and measure the current through loops. We agree, the multimeters are great, check out an example below:
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You may have seen a new trend in fashion and design: the angular, panelized look. If you've ever wondered how that's done then read on! Featured 123D user Bryan Allen has written this instructable on how to do it with 123D Make. Check out Bryan's decimated chess pieces below, and download the full set on 123Dapp.com.
Bryan Allen is a prolific maker with serious design and 3D printing chops. He's founding partner in Smith/Allen Design Studio and is the Chief Design Officer over at Type A Machines, a San Francisco based 3D printer company.
While working with Bryan on integrating the Type A 3D Printers into Autodesk MeshMixer we gave him a sneak peak into a new feature for 123D Make: the ability to easily panelize (or "decimate") a 3D model and export it for 3D printing. Bryan took off and ran with it - and he's written this Instructable on how it's done. Not only is 123D Make free, but so are tens of thousands of 3D models in our gallery. So what are you waiting for? Check out Bryan's Instructable, Download 123D Make and try it yourself.
Here's another example of some models standing next to their 123D Make-decimated counterparts:
What do you want to decimate? With Autodesk's free design and fabrication tools and Bryan's instructions the possibilities are endless. Thanks Bryan!
Why I make
I've always made stuff. It's an exploration i've been on for a long time. I am interested in how everything is made. All things from how is steel forged to how are silicone etched and packaged or how does a designer decide what the visual details they might add to their products.
Making stuff leads me on these journeys where I discover new ways that things can be made and built.
What I make
Most of the things I make are tools for living. I've made lines of furniture and household accessories. I've been interested in robotics for a long time. In 2008 I made my own 3D printer in my apartment on my kitchen table. Everyone asked if they needed 3D goggles.
I made a chess board that had a gantry with a magnet underneath the board. It could adjust the magnet and move the pieces around. There was an RFID reader which could read tags that we placed in the base of the pieces.
Right now I am exploring aperiodic stacking patterns of polyhedrons.
See more of Andy's work at http://5cell.net/