Autodesk has just updated the online version of 123D Design to add even more features that make it perfect for design for 3D printing with Shapeways.
The latest iteration includes tools so that you can fillet and bevel edges, shell a part to help define wall thickness that is critical to ensure your design is 3D printable in the material of your choice. 123D Design also has a design history (not a tree) that means you can go back to a geometry you have created and edit it in a parametric way at any point in the process. As well as solid modeling from scratch you can also import existing 3D meshes in STL and OBJ format which you can then edit and tweak to then prepare to 3D print. If you have a 2D vector drawing that you want to bring into the 3rd dimension you can also import SVG files into 123D Design to extrude and edit.
Take a look at this quick video below to see an example of the interface and some of the tools to design for 3D print.
California, here we come!! Our team will be at SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, Los Angeles next week. As always, we would love to meet you there!
To kick off the week, we host a user meetup on Monday July 22nd from 6pm-8pm. Drinks are on us! Bring your best 3D printed products and meet your fellow designers in LA. For full information and to RSVP, please visit our Meetup page.
For the remainder of the week, you can find us at booth 259 on SIGGRAPH 2013 (and in various bars after show). And yes, we will bring our new mystery material! So be there to experience it first hand.
Whenever we launch a new material, we first do extensive in-house testing. We'll look at its quality and its usefulness for manufacturing products, but also at production issues like rejection rates and machine downtime.
The next step is to offer it to you as a 'trial' material. During a period of about two months we learn everything we can about the new material. We collect your feedback and test our design guidelines and material pricing.
With Elasto Plastic, we reached the trial stage twice before but still weren't convinced we were offering you the best material that we could. The third time's the charm of course, and we're happy to announce that Elasto Plastic is now here to stay!
Some small changes in the design guidelines and pricing will follow shortly, but we wanted to get the word out that Elasto Plastic is now a permanent member of the Shapeways Materials family!
Whenever we talk to our community, your number one request is always: 'Can I get it faster?'. And we're listening! We have been working hard on streamlining our processes and optimizing our machines for speed.
As a first result we are now able to deliver White Strong & Flexible products to you faster than ever: your products will now ship in 6 business days instead of 8!
For now, we offer this faster shipping time for 'basic' WSF (not polished or dyed), and for models with all axes < 20cm. All other models in Strong & Flexible Plastic will still ship in 12 business days.
We're working hard to reduce the delivery times for all our materials, so long as we don't sacrifice quality or reliability. So stay tuned, we will have more good news coming your way next week!
We have a new 3D printing material waiting in the wings ready to launch and we recently introduced Elasto Plastic as our first Maker material but as we think about which material to introduce next, we first want to ask you what you would like to make, but cannot with our current range of materials?
Let us know what you would like to 3D print, and the material properties required to make your design successful.
Email your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org and the materials team and I will investigate the what 3D printing materials will best fit your requirements.
If you have an image or a URL for your design please share that with us in the email so we can better understand your material requirements.
We do already have some very interesting materials planned for the rest of this year, but we are excited to incorporate more into our 3D printing material selection on Shapeways.
Do you live on the North Island of New Zealand? Then you can meet the Shapeways Community in Taupo this weekend, July 20th and 21st!
Community member Peter Bryant (of Kiwi Trains fame) and his friend Daniela Schlecht are representing Shapeways at the Taupo Hobby Expo 2013. The event is huge - they had over 4,000 visitors last year! (check out these pictures). Come over and say hi to them!
Here's what Andrew Taylor of the Waikato Scale Model Club says about the event:
"We would like to invite you and anyone else kids, mother in law, uncle etc to come and pay us a visit at the Taupo Hobby Expo 2013 which is being hosted by the Taupo Model Railway Club. This is a two day event and there will be lots to see. Everything from working railways, trucks, cars and planes will be there and we will be displaying our own collection of built models from aircraft, Sci-Fi, cars and ships. Throughout the two days we will also be displaying live model building so you can see how we create that professional look to our models and you can ask us as many questions as you like.
The Show is being held at the Taupo Events Centre which also forms part of the AC Baths on the corner of Centennial Drive and AC Baths Avenue not far from the Lake Taupo Top 10 Holiday Resort one the edge of Taupo township: Link to Map.
The event is on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2013 and the public times are 10am-5pm Sat and 9am-3pm Sun.
We hope you will come and pay us and the Taupo Hobby Expo 2013 a visit and please come back and keep a look out for details of our next events happening later this year. Bye for now!!!!"
I'm working with Peter and Daniela on the first Shapeways Community Meetup. If you'd like to give us a hand, please get in touch!
We are not going to tell you just yet what the new 3D printing material is going to be, nor can we confirm or deny that there are clues in the latest short story by Bruce Sterling, From Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter. We can confirm that every letter in the name of the new material can be found in the short story, however the new material has NOT been tested by Bruce Sterling, yet.
You MAY be able to see, touch and smell the latest material next week at SIGGRAPH in L.A.
Taking scan data from an existing source such as the moon scans from the Lunar Orbiter is an interesting way to add details to a design using 3D printing that would be otherwise impossible. Others who have used geographic data to make 3D printed products in the past include TinyMtn who 3D prints, tiny mountains along with the Society for Printable Geography who make a large range of jewelry based on satellite data.
Last month we teamed up with Graft Concepts and launched a contest to see who could make the most innovative backplates for an iPhone. Using their downloadable templates, we saw over 50 entries, with many so awesome that it was really hard to choose one winner.
In the end we picked Maikel Grootendorst's design, which is a handlebar (or stem) mounted backplate so you can attach your phone to your bicycle. We love the functionality, the fact that the backplate snaps in and out of the border means you could just leave it mounted on your bike and take your phone with you. Maikel receives a $500 Shapeways printing voucher and four iPhone cases from Graft Concepts.
The runner up goes to this playful, interactive design by Maarten Lemmens, which lets you customize your phone using your ministeck.
Lastly, an honorable mention goes to Craig Fletcher, for his sculptural octopus case. We liked the idea that this could be one of many artistic backplates, so you could use your phone as a mini mobile art gallery.
Shapeways is coming to Singapore. Well, our awesome community is!
FunbieStudios and fakebusker83 are helping us build a booth at Maker Faire Singapore, the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement". MF Singapore takes place on Saturday and Sunday July 27 and 28.
Maker Faires are always amazing and I highly recommend you visit the event if you have the time. What's more, you can become part of it!
We are looking for Shapeways Makers or Shop Owners who can help either during the Saturday or the Sunday. We'll take care of food and drinks for you, and you'll get a chance to hang out with the Shapeways community! You'll also receive some cool Shapeways goodies
If you'd like to show off your Shapeways products or promote your Shapeways Shop, please get in touch with Bart. Include on which day(s) you're available and what kind of work you want to bring, and we'll hook you up with the local Shapeways Crew.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Christian Brock whose love of playing with robots has led him to making his own action figures for other people to play with.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Christian and I'm based in Northern New Jersey. By day I work as a Web Developer toiling away in code and programming but by night I become a crime fighter! A crime fighter that fights crime by designing little robot toys and doesn't do much by way of actual fighting of crime. Sometimes I wear a cape.
We always love to see what great things people are 3D printing, and we were definitely excited by Open Reflex- an open source analog camera!
The camera has a mirror viewfinder, a finger activated mechanical shutter (running 1/60 s), and its custom mount ring makes it compatible with any photographic lens. Once the parts are printed, the camera takes only about an hour to assemble!
Today we want to thank you, our amazing community, for making Shapeways the amazing place that it is! As much as we love Friday Finds, this week we are throwing it back--join us for a trip down memory lane!