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This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Steven Gray, an origami loving 3D designer from Scotland. More on our blog:

Who wishes they could own a 3D print of their pet? This Shapie had their cat 3D modelled and printed: 

Autodesk Save Tinkercad from Extinction

Autodesk has announced that it has purchased Tinkercad and it’s core technology to resurrect the browser based 3D modeling app from the dead.

Several weeks ago Tinkercad killed the popular 3D modeling app, closing new users and announcing a slow death for existing users from the free to the pro accounts.  Today’s news that Autodesk is saving Tinkercad is even sweeter as it has unlocked all of the pro features so you now have unlimited designs as well as access to the ‘superscripts’ that take the relatively simple ‘drag and drop’ assembly of geometry to a greater level of 3d modeling complexity.

The Autodesk team are also planning to continue to develop the 3D modeling app further with more import and export options and it may even find it’s way into the already impressive 123D range of apps that are perfect to design for 3D printing with Shapeways.

Thank you Autodesk, Long Live Tinkercad…

Design with SimulationXpress (VIDEO)

SolidWorks Tutorial: Creating a 3D Model Using Sketch Pictures (VIDEO)

From time to time, you’ll likely come across an image of something you want to create a 3D model from. With SolidWorks, you can use the sketch picture tool to import an image to build from. This Kebo bottle opener by Rush Product Design Studio makes for a great example, and we’ll use it in this weeks tutorial from SolidWize.

Exoskeleton Shoe : Dragon Skulls, Footwear, 3D Printing and a Commission from the Shapeways Forum

The Exoskeleton Shoe is a concept designed by Janina Alleyne & modeled by INNER | LEAF. Janina Alleyne is a very talented Fashion Design Student at De Montfort University in the UK. After requesting in the Shapeways forum for a 3D modeler, INNER | LEAF were delighted to win the commission to model one of her designs. So impressed with the first model, Janina commissioned INNER | LEAF to do her entire range which included 3 shoes and a Hat.

We are seeing the number of the requests for 3D modelers increase every month to the point that a few of the Shapeways community members are getting a regular income stream from their 3D modeling skills. If you have some design skills you would like to offer for hire you can offer your services in the Shapeways forums so that people who are looking to hire a 3D designer can find you and some of your work.  Many people want to 3D Print their ideas whether they be art, fashion, jewelry, products and architecture, sometime they just need a little help…

Who Wants to be the Cut&Paste 3D Champion in NYC

If you are in or around New York City here is your chance to show your skills live on stage in a 20 minute head to head contest at the first of the Cut&Paste events to be held this year. This qualifier for the global championships will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM Soho House 29-35 Ninth Avenue but you need to apply to compete by Friday, October 14, 2011..(yes, tomorrow)

Cut&Paste is THE Digital Design Tournament, a live action battle in 2D, 3D and Motion design facing off the best of the best across twelve cities worldwide. Once again the finalists from all international events will converge in New York to conclude the tour with the Global Championship, where one winner in each field will be crowned the victor. This is a design battle royale to launch designers into the spotlight and offer the audience the unique experience of sharing the creative process. This year’s tour will extend beyond the stage with audience meet and greets and the Cut&Paste: Show&Tell series, presenting an insightful how-to with some of the brightest minds in the design community.

For those outside of NYC the deadline to apply for Cut&Paste in the following cities is:

Mexico City - October 28th, 2011

Sao Paulo - October 28th, 2011

Tokyo - November 11, 2011

Seoul - November 11, 2011

Shanghai - November 11, 2011

Tel Aviv - December 9, 2011

London - December 9, 2011

Berlin - December 9, 2011

San Francisco - December 9, 2011

Los Angeles - December 9, 2011

12th City To Be Announced - December 9, 2011

If you don’t have the 3D chops to enter you can still head on over to the event and see the New York 2D, 3D and Motion Graphics masters go head to head. Tickets at Eventbrite.

Using front camera iPad 2 can show 3D. Wait till this is used for 3D modeling.

 25 (Free) 3D Modeling Applications You Should Not Miss

Technically, 3 Dimensions refers to objects that are constructed on three plans (X, Y and Z). The process of creating 3D graphics can be divided into three basic phases: 3D modeling, 3D animation and 3D rendering.

Three dimensional (3D) computer graphics are widely used and they are almost too common to see anywhere, let it be movies, products designs, advertisements, etc. Although they are commonly seen, that doesn’t mean they are easily created. In order to interactively control a 3D object, it must be created in a 3D authoring tool which usually cost a lot to a non-professional user.

A 3D model is usually originated on the computer by engineer using some kind of 3d modeling tools. Creating 3D models is not easy and the software alone can cost a fortune Therefore, we thought it might be interesting to check out the availability of open source 3D modeling tools out there. Crawling from sites to sites, reading through end users comments and feedback, we bring you 25 Free 3D Modelling Applications You Should Not Miss. Full list after jump.

From Kay @ thanks to @bjnortier

If you are keen to try 3D printing with Shapeways but do not know how to 3D model then 3D Tin may be the solution for you…

Like a fun cross between Lego and 8-Bit graphics with 3D Tin you assemble your model with cubes that are drawn by dragging your mouse on a grid, drawing on top of an existing cube ads another cube in height. Simple. You can also use the Extrude tool to add additional cubes in any direction, and an eraser to, you guessed it, erase and cubes…

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OpenSCAD is a 3D modeling tool with a twist: it doesn’t use an interactive 3D interface for its modeling, but a scripting language.

You’ll use text commands to add basic shapes, move and scale them and apply operations to them. This may sound cumbersome, but I’ve found it’s a lot of fun to work with. Changing your model is as easy as going back to your script, editing it and hitting ‘render’. Done!

OpenSCAD uses ‘constructive solid geometric modeling’ - you’ll use operations such as ‘union’, ‘difference’ and ‘intersection’ to combine objects into new ones. And the good part is: your models are always printable! (Well, if the size and wall thickness are ok, that is).

You can load external (STL) objects in your file and work with them, so you can always do the modeling of more complex shapes in other software.

Did I mention yet that OpenSCAD it open source, and free? I’ve added a bunch of links below to get you started. Enjoy!


    Thingiverse - Getting Started with OpenSCAD
    Thingiverse - OpenSCAD: Modules and Loops
    Edutech wiki - OpenScad beginners tutorial

Original post from the Shapeways site.