Autodesk TechWomen 2016

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Last Friday, September 16th, we had the privilege to meet and share our passion for 3D printing with approximately 100x TechWomen leaders in the Autodesk Gallery at One Market Place in San Francisco.

The TechWomen program is organized by the Institute of International Education (IIE)–the same governmental group that is responsible for the Fulbright Scholarship and other programs that embrace their mission “to advance international education and access to education worldwide.”

Each year Autodesk hosts these women for an entire day and provides mentorship along with exposure to design, leadership and product-oriented workshops.  Autodesk is one of their first stops during their 6 week Silicon Valley trip and these women spend the entire day learning about topics like leadership to product design.

You3Dit for the second year has participated with Autodesk and works with their top-employees to help facilitate these workshops–illustrating the power and capability of 3D printing to transform manufacturing with a talk co-founder & CEO Chris McCoy gives entitled “iManufacture” (Download the PDF of the iManufacture talk from TechWomen 2016 here).

Lori Chen–You3Dit’s co-founder and COO–also took the opportunity to learn a bit more about Autodesk Fusion360 from our co-presenters Ryan Arnaudin and Taylor Stein from Autodesk.  These TechWomen leaders learned how to quickly design an airplane using T-splines and then a bottle cap using more traditional parametric modeling.  They both elegantly showed how easy it was to get started with Autodesk Fusion360.

 

Above: the T-splined airplanes generated by these women were then (upon request) 3D printed during the networking session in the Autodesk Gallery.

“It was pretty amazing what the women were able to CAD up in such a short amount of time…” said Chris D. McCoy.  “This is a testament to [Fusion360] and the ‘ease of access’ of the software and their product evangelists, Ryan and Taylor.”  Autodesk gives away the Fusion360 licenses for free, for educators, makers and entrepreneurs, per the request of their CEO, Carl Bass.

In a post-event reflection, Chris stated that “the cultural differences between U.S. citizens and these women leaders from the Middle East highlight the opportunities for collaboration…in both directions…and it’s amazing that we can find mutual connection through technology…in this case 3D printing and 3D design.  What [Americans] see as ‘problems’ are so relative sometimes when compared to challenges found in other developing nations.”

You3Dit strongly believes that our global network and community could help people find solutions to problems in their regions.  Having designers and fabricators in over 30 countries, solutions can be crowdsourced globally and then fabricated locally.  Now that these TechWomen leaders know what’s possible, they can begin to support these capabilities back at home.

Any TechWomen 2016 leader who reads this and wants to get their airplane or bottle cap 3D printed, reach out to support@you3dit.com and we can help you get your Fusion360 parts fabricated!

HUGE THANKS and shout outs to Ms. Bobbie Casey from Autodesk Foundation, Mr. Ryan Arnaudin and Taylor Stein for making this event possible! Also big thanks to our SFmototype BotFarm for printing out Lumka’s Fusion360 design file!

 

And we’re off…SFmototype has begun!

What did you do last Saturday?  We kicked off the first of it’s kind, 3D Design and Prototyping challenge for motorcyclists, enthusiasts and pretty much anyone who can sketch their motorcycle ideas on paper.

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BuildTak–a 3D printer build platform manufacturer and SFmototype Sponsor–made these beautiful custom 3D printing surfaces for our Type A Machines Series 1 Pros and Printrbot Simple Metals that are on display at SF Moto (275 8th Street, San Francisco, 10a-6pm)

Last Saturday, September 10th, we had the official kickoff of our first ever SFmototype Design and Prototyping challenge–where for 45 days, err, 40 days now–people have the opportunity to sketch out on paper, napkin, envelope, whatever…a concept related to motorcycles and submit it to our SFmototype competition.  If their concept considered to be the best by a panel of expert judges, they can win a number of prizes:

  1. A motorcycle
  2. 3D printers
  3. CAD training
  4. Shop Training
  5. and much much more…

We had an amazing set of panelists on Saturday.  In the morning session, we explored the “Past, Present and Future of 3D Printing” with several experts.

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From left to right: Sachlene Singh from Autodesk, Prof. Ron Rael from U.C. Berkeley and Prinrbot Founder and CEO Brook Drumm.  The panel was moderated by Chris McCoy–the co-founder and CEO of You3Dit.  Learn more about our morning panelists at SFmototype.com.

In the afternoon session, “Motorcycles meet 3D Printing”,  we talked about how 3D printing is impacting the motorcycle industry:

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From Left to Right: Nathan Jauvitis (off camera), Founder, Chief Scientist, Bolt Motorbikes, Shan Shabsigh, Technical Solutionist, Breathe-3DP, Andrew Rutter, Co-founder and CTO, Type A Machines, Cole Mischler, Designer at Zero Electric Motorcycles and Brook Drumm, Founder and CEO of Printrbot Industries.   This panel was moderated by 3D printing enthusiast and Director of Operations for SF Moto–Thomas Campbell.  Learn more about our afternoon panelists at SFmototype.com.  See below for full 1:20 panel discussion.

Bummed you missed out?  Don’t be…we’re going to have tons of other events planned in the next couple of weeks…so be sure to follow us and SFmototype on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook.  Have questions?  Want to find out more?  Drop us a line: support@you3dit.com

Morning Session “The Past, Present and Future of 3D Printing”:

 

Afternoon Session “Motorcycles meet 3D Printing”:

 

Many many thanks to our Sponsors:

Sponsors Level
 fusion-360-small11 Autodesk – Fusion360

Platinum

 lander_typea Type A Machines

Gold

 techshop TechShop SF

Silver

 printrbot Printrbot

Silver

 kawasaki3greenlines-centered Kawasaki USA

Silver

 breathe-3dpblack Breathe-3DP

Silver

 buildtak_color-logo Buildtak

Silver

 cubicity-logo-rect Cubicity

Silver

 esun-logo Esun

Silver

 hrs-original Hawkridge Systems (Solidworks)

Silver

 parts2bunlimited2blogo Parts Unlimited

Bronze

 akari_logo Akari

Bronze

 logo-ucberkeley UC Berkeley

Bronze

 zero-motorcycles-logo-324x116 Zero

Bronze

 image0016 Bolt Motorbikes

Bronze

Create a Design on You3Dit: Win a 3D Printer or CAD Education Package!

You3Dit and SF Moto are hosting a design & prototyping challenge called “SFmototype” where people will enter an idea to be turned into a 3D printed motorcycle prototype for a chance to win prizes!  CAD designers are a vital part in this sketch-to-solid process and will also have a chance to win prizes specifically allocated to the “BEST DESIGN” category.

How to Enter as a Designer:

Registered You3Dit Designers who submit designs for SFMototype projects, will be automatically entered to win prizes such as:

  • Type A Machines: Series 1 Pro ($4,095)
  • Printrbot Simple Metal: V2 ($999)
  • Solidworks Training by Hawkridge Systems ($1000)
  • Featured story on Autodesk’s Fusion360 Blog

Design Criteria:

A panel of experts will choose the best design based on the following criteria:

1) Design’s ability to meet all customer requirements
2) Design’s ability to be 3D printed
3) Design’s ability to leverage power of 3D printers
4) Design’s ability to solve a relevant motorcycle problem
4) Design’s ability to optimize the build platform specifications on a Type A Series 1 Pro or Printrbot Simple Metal V2

Other general rules:

  1. Solidworks and Autodesk prizes will be rewarded to the winning design using the respective softwares.
  2. All designs are submitted free-of-charge to the customer on You3Dit.  If you’d like to register to design as a service, feel free to browse other projects not involved in the SFmototype contest.
  3. All designers abide by our general terms and conditions (see this link)
  4. All designs submitted must be successfully 3D printed to complete the full sketch-to-solid prototyping process.
  5. You agree to and understand that these rules are subject to change.

Questions?  Comment below or reach out to us  at: support at you3dit dot com

Thanks and best of luck!

 

SFmototype – an all-new retail experience for motorcycle enthusiasts

It all started back in June 2016 with a “hey, what if we did this…”

Now, we’re giving away motorcycles, 3D printers, CAD software licenses and more to those who enter to win and participate in what we’re calling “SF Mototype”.

Why?  Because we believe everyone has untapped creativity that can be unleashed through Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing.

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On September 10th, we’ll kickoff this all-new retail experience where for 45 days, anyone can become their own motorcycle part / component creator.  Yes…anyone.

At the end of these 45 days, panels of experts will evaluate each submission and prizes* will be awarded to concepts, designs and fabrications which really engender the spirit of this event: anyone should be able to create and build their own motorcycle parts and components…a.k.a. mototypes.

You3Dit and SF Moto have teamed up with a number of industry collaborators to enable people to Make Anything, Anywhere (see partners / sponsors below).

HERE’S HOW THE PROCESS WORKS:

1. You have an idea for a motorcycle part / component / adapter / etc.  Sketch it out on paper, describe it and then, snap a photo and upload to Twitter or Instagram and tag #SFMototype.  Share, retweet, etc. to get folks jazzed up about your motorcycle concept.

2. You will be then be contacted by us–You3Dit.com–via social media…who will turn your sketch into a 3D design file using our network of designers and fabricators.  (See animations and videos of process below.  *Design & fabrication fees may apply).

3. Come to SF Moto in San Francisco to watch 3D printers in action and pick up your print!  Not in the SF area?  No problem…we can help find a 3D printer local to you (shipping costs may apply).

Join us on September 10th at SF Moto to hear all about 3D printing and how it relates to the motorcycle world! Representatives from both worlds will be there to answer questions and talk about this exclusive opportunity!  Our education- and motorcycle- expert panelists will be announced in the coming weeks!

Lunch will be provided for participants as well as special pricing on select motorcycles!

Know someone who might be stoked on this event?  Please please please share this article with them so they have a chance to participate and win!

Want the latest updates?  Follow us and the event:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sfmototype (@sfmototype)

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sfmototype (@sfmototype)

Many many thanks to our Partners / Sponsors for contributing to this event and helping to make it all possible:

Check out our ad that launches today via City Bike:

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Watch a short animation on how the You3Dit Process all works here:

(still don’t believe it, here’s another short video transforming a sketch into a solid object)

*Contest rules and entry details vary per entrant and per prize.  E-mail support@you3dit.com for details.

Autodesk Fusion360 License – $25 – July 12th, 2016 ONLY!

Today is Amazon Prime Day and if you act fast, you can lock down  Autodesk Fusion 360 licenses for $25 – over a 90% discount!!

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This is an unbelievable promotion Amazon (Prime) is doing for Fusion 360 today, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016.  Today it is $25 for an annual subscription (instead of $300), so take advantage of this amazing, innovative 3D CAD/CAM tool by purchasing Fusion 360 through Amazon today.  If you purchase 5 or more seats, you can get training/ mentoring from Autodesk’s Fusion 360 Street Team… so if you purchase 5 seats today, it would be $125 with training!)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aeo2XYofCrw&feature=youtu.be

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Our You3Dit network is full of people who use Autodesk Software.  Fusion360 is no exception.  It’s a great mix of all of all the great features from professional Autodesk CAD software you know and love, wrapped all into one package.  Check out their CAD model gallery here.

For students and educators, Autodesk Fusion360 is free; and that’s always been the vision of Carl Bass, their CEO.

Anyhow, if you do any contract work or professional CAD design using Fusion360, you technically need to own the license.  Thus, if you want to support companies that develop great software, get yours today!

Have questions for You3Dit?  Let us know: support@you3dit.com

If you have any questions, contact Meredith Tripp, meredith.tripp@autodesk.com, phone: 415-806-0423.

Having trouble purchasing Autodesk Fusion 360 on Amazon? Here’s a PDF instructional guide.

 

 

 

Digital Fabricator Go Bag Shopping List

Here are some of the key essentials for anyone doing digital fabrication jobs for hire.  Hope the list helps you!  Let us know if we’re forgetting something!!


Raw Materials:

  1. Blue 3M Masking Tape, 2″ (~$6) (Amazon)
  2. Leatherman of any kind (we use the “Wingman”) (~$30) (Amazon)
  3. 6″ Digital Calipers (~$20) (Amazon)
  4. Tape Measure (~$10) (Amazon)
  5. Personal Notebook (~$10-20) (Amazon – Makers Notebook)
  6. Pens (black, blue, red) (Amazon)
  7. Sharpies (Amazon)
  8. Hand Sanding Block: 3M (~$6) (Amazon)
  9. Sandpaper: 150 grit, 12″x12″ sheet (~$2/sheet) (Amazon)
  10. Uline Indestructo Boxes:
    1. 4″x4″x2″ (100x) ($42) (Uline)
    2. 4″x4″x4″ (100x) ($57) (Uline)
    3. 6″x4″x2″ (100x) ($48) (Uline)
  11. Return address labels – Avery  (Amazon)
  12. Packing tape (Amazon)
  13. Elmer’s Wood Glue (Amazon)
  14. Superglue (Amazon)
  15. Roll of 3D printer filament (Any roll, PLA or ABS, Cubicity.com)

Essential Smartphone Apps:

  1. Shyp (works only in metropolitan areas)
  2. Dropbox – cloud storage
  3. Trello – task tracking
  4. You3Dit 🙂