Notable New Yorkers – Stern Design Works

Okay, so we know you've heard about dynamic maker duo Cameron and Rebecca Stern of Stern Design Works, whether it was on from the Maker of the Day feature back in May, more recently through 3DRV, or even way back from Reddit. We caught up with them in New York to learn more about how 3D printing has changed the way they create their products, and learned about the advice they give to new users of 3D printing technology.

 

Watch the video below to see the whole interview.

 

 

To learn more or to get in contact with this awesome husband and wife team, visit their website at: http://sterndesignworks.com/

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Maker of the Day – Adrian Stein (Day 19)

 

Here is a Maker Of The Day that we have been excited to share with you for some time. Everything that art, 3D printing, and the maker movement is, has revealed itself through the work of this individual. But what can we say about Adrian? In addition to his skills with Meshmixer and 3D manipulation, Mr. Stein is also a gifted writer and speaker, so we will let him speak for himself.

Adrian Stein

Why I make

This is a far too existential of a question for me to answer in short form, my attempt to condense it might be a little confusing, so I apologize in advance. A feeling of cold emptiness takes over my stomach when I become hungry for food, I can stand it, sometimes its hard, but other things distract me. When I have hunger for expression, a feeling of empowering energy, coupled with anxious necessity springs my eyes to an eternal gaze, my throat becomes clogged by the oncoming wave of thought, speaking becomes insufficient, I must make. It helps me clear my mind, by making I am able to see my emotions, feel them physically. Although, sometimes I need to make things that are emotion-less, sometimes making is forgetting, sometimes making is un-making. I came to think of it as my escape, my escape from anything I need to feel; on the other side, it became my gateway, any land I wanted to reach I figured I must make. Making, art, is my therapy. 

What I make

The majority of my practice revolves around the three dimensional object; I find this to be the realm with the least restrictions. There is something incredibly attractive about an object you can touch, smell, interact with, and look at in all angles; it creates an almost intimate dance between the viewer and the piece, creating small conversations, intrapersonal connections, brief moments of intimacy, memories, laughter and cries. Objects have a very interesting power, we deal with them on a daily basis but a lot of us seem to ignore them; when some are presented formally they take on thisrevealing, ephemeral quality. Suddenly, they become easier to “see”, the objects reveal their meaning, information that makes way for different interpretations in every revisit, it is the closest thing to a film for me, without the moving image. I figure that this came from my early addiction to Lego play sets, a driving point for my artistic development. This is where my insatiable thirst saw its beginning, merely satisfied by the low quality, yet nearly endless possibility of these small plastic blocks; I grew to become a creator, continuously imagining and then feverishly making. As I grew older I visited more materials (metal,wood, other brands of building blocks, found objects, clay) yet that thirst got stronger and stronger. It became so fierce that I had begun to loath, even hate, the amount of conformity that my materials involved, the endless drying times, the sometimes irreversible mistakes, the brittleness of some materials and the unbendable stoutness of others, my tongue had become too dry. Therefore I sought a new invigoration, I needed to change by brand of electrolytic buildable. I needed something that could be manipulated with more liberty, something that would set the creatures inside my head free. This made me recede from the physical, and into the virtual; something I found would be a turning point in my practice. Now I almost never leave my computers side, it has become my companion in life, it houses every material I ever dreamed of, any landscape I could imagined, any tool is at my disposal there; but I couldn’t touch it, I couldn’t smell it ,I couldn’t grab it and put it in my pocket, I again became thirsty. This drought did not linger for too long, I quickly crossed paths with the most awe-inspiring bridge i had ever seen, 3D printing. This new discovery completed the circle I wished forever to fulfill; I could finally bring my visions to life. I encountered programs like Meshmixer and Tinkercad, this new virtual clay wouldn’t bend with gravity (if I wanted it to), it could form to my disposal, I can choose where and why it is strong, I can combine it, scale it, transform it, and manipulate it to my will; and then, as if it were straight from the Jetsons, I can print it. Nothing but a dream come true. Currently,with around 4 months in the field, I see my practice voyaging in this fruitful ocean. 

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Stay tuned for more coming from this amazing maker - Adrian has been generous enough to keep in great contact with us, and we are looking forward to continuing to share his story with you as it progresses.

 

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come - a bracelet Adrian designed using Meshmixer of the waveform diagram of himself saying the words, "I Love You." Pretty neat, right?

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.

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.

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 123Dapp.com 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 123dapp.com.  What are you making for SPAC3D?

Meshmixer Update!: Your 3D Printing Sidekick Adds Patterning and More

Well, it's only been about a month since the last update to Autodesk Meshmixer, which included more powerful 3D printing workflows. Today, Autodesk Meshmixer updated again with the 3D printing workflows you requested, many general enhancements, and a few surprises.

Autodesk Meshmixer Update

 

We are having a lot of fun playing with the newly added "Make Pattern" tool and 3D printing the results. Make Pattern lets you create a unique cage-like structure that conforms to an objects surface (like below) and more. 

3D Patterned Objects

Examples of objects patterned in Meshmixer

 

As for the 3D printing additions, one highlight is the support for assigning multiple materials (for printers that feature multiple material prints). For example, you can now assign what objects are assigned to the Left/Right extruder for your Makerbot Replicator 2X. Here is a print I made with 2 materials on an Objet Connex 500. It is a 123D Catch capture of Autodesk's CEO Carl Bass in Vero Clear combined with the Autodesk brand "A" in Vero White. This was stylized and prepared for the Objet printer all in Meshmixer, then printed all in one go!

Multi-material 3D print

This is a multi-material print I created in Meshmixer and printed to a Objet Connex 500

 

Last but not least, thank you for all of your feedback on Autodesk Meshmixer, and please keep it coming! Due to growing popularity of this free app, we are looking to make more regular updates so you can continue to push the limits of your 3D printing amazingness. So, if you would like to give us praise or even scold us, send any feedback to meshmixer@autodesk.com.

Find us at SXSW!

 

This weekend in Austin, Autodesk 123D will be making a guest appearance at the Atmel Tech On Tour site as part of SXSW Create. We'll be cozying up to the Makerbot 3D printer inside the Atmel truck, which will be parked nearby the Create festivities in the Hyatt Regency parking lot (see map below). If you come hang out with us we'll hook you up with some sweet 3D printed goodies. 

If you don't already know, Atmel is responsible for making the chips inside your Arduinos and your Makerbots, so we have them to thank for helping bring to life the amazing things you design.

If you're at SXSW this weekend there will be lots of opportunities to catch us in the Atmel truck, starting on Friday March 7th from 9am until 8pm, then Saturday 9am-8pm, and Sunday 9am-6pm. 

  • But wait, there's more! You can also catch us at a few other events:
  • - Saturday March 8th 9:30-10:30 am: You don't want to miss Autodesk CEO Carl Bass' keynote speech on the Robot Revolution
  • - Saturday March 8th: TechShop CEO Mark Hatch will also be speaking about the Maker Movement and giving a book signing from 5:00 to 5:20
  • - Sunday March 9th from 3:30- 4:30pm come see Carl Bass speak with Shapeways CEO, Pete Weijmarshausen, about the future of 3D printing. 
  • - Stop by SXSW Create for TinkerCAD demo’s and 3D printing fun from MakerKids
  • - Be sure to catch up with our Friends at Shapeways and get a free 3D scan!
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Looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

Top 5 3D Printing Features in the new Autodesk Meshmixer

 

Autodesk Meshmixer free all-in-one 3D printing application

Autodesk Meshmixer free all-in-one 3D printing and more application.

Autodesk Meshmixer updated today with a nice all-in-one suite for 3D printing, making it the ultimate free sculpting, mixing, painting, 3D printing application out there. Most notably, when you are ready to print your multi-mesh mashup, you can click the "Print" button which loads an arsenal of simple analysis and layout tools to arrange, heal, and even print directly to a 3D printer. See the video below for an quick teaser of what is new.

 The integration with 3D printers is intended to make the process to 3D printing even more streamlined. The healing tools require no training at all and will make just about any model printable. If you want to save time and material, then you can give your model a wall thickness so that it's hollow inside. Also, the generation of support material is an artform in itself. Of course, the experienced Meshmixer users can still find their original re-meshing, sculpting and healing tools they have grown to love for that extra level of control.

With all that in mind, here are my Top 5 Meshmixer Features for anyone interested in 3D printing.

5. New feature: "Make Solid". Now you can mash a bunch of meshes together and use "Make Solid" to heal them all together into a 3D printable object. See my Danielle Steele-like book cover I whipped together below from some 123D Catch captures I downloaded from 123dapp.com.

Make Solid

Make Solid makes these 123D Catch captures watertight!

 

4. Automatic repairing (I counted 1 click!). Whether it be a messy, unprintable model or you just want a sanity check for 3D printing your refined creation. The addition of an option to automatically "Repair Selected" is an easy hands free way to make any model 3D printable. Find it in the print bed layout screen.

3. "Hollow with Wall Thickness" will save you time and material when printing. Essentially giving your model a wall thickness that you decide, making it a hollow print rather than a solid print with infill. You can visualize how thick your model is with the slick see-through representation.

2. Analysis tools: Strength, Stability, and Slicing. This unique set of tools is perfect for visualizing how your printed model will look and perform before printing it. My favorite is the "Stability" tool where I can make sure my print will stand upright. Using this, I can push the limits of how I mix and sculpt, ensuring the printed object will not topple over!

1. Print direct to your 3D printer (Windows 8.1 supported). Windows 8.1 users will have the option to print directly to their printer, bypassing the need to go through another app such as Makerware, eliminating this extra step.

Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself...its free for Mac or Windows (32/64 bit) at its brand new page: 123dapp.com/meshmixer.

Solving Xbox One Problems with Tinkercad and 3D Printing

Tinkercad user ProwlingTiger found himself facing a problem recently: he had an Xbox One Kinect, but no way to keep his new device stable, because TV mounts were sold out everywhere due to the rush of people buying the new console. Instead of going online and spending lots of money + shipping then waiting days for a hard-to-find item to arrive, ProwlingTiger made his way to Tinkercad and created what he needed instead.

Knowing other people might be having the same issue with finding a suitable mount, he shared the link to his 3D model, made for printing on a Makerbot, with Reddit, where he was quickly inundated with requests to purchase his creation. This led to him opening up an Etsy store so anyone without access to a 3D printer can buy the mount he created.

It's awesome seeing what creative folks do when faced with a problem, as well as to see how quickly other people can benefit from it. Fortunately it doesn't take lots of engineering degrees or extensive training to get to this point - as we can see below, anyone with a desire to make things will find a way to do so:

This is a great example of how 3D printing technology can make our lives a lot simpler. We look forward to seeing what ProwlingTiger and all of our other Tinkercad and 123D users will show us next.

 

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