TechShop Bankrupt, Maker Community mourns by taking action

It’s taken us some time to process the magnitude and impact of the recent news that TechShop declared chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Many of the fabricators in our network leveraged the tools provided by the TechShop to conduct much of our clients’s fabrication work.  Those users productivity all has since stopped, delayed expected delivery dates for project work and has pushed that fabrication demand originally supplied by TechShop members onto our You3Dit independent laser, CNC machine and 3D Printer owner / operators.   We’ve scrambled a bit internally to reroute the fabrication of several jobs and are back on track for the short term  (HUGE THANKS to our You3Dit fabricators who stepped up).  We want to help others do the same. However as of this writing, TechShop is still bankrupt, closed an leaving many people stranded who need help with getting access to machines.  We have to figure out what we’re going to do next to solve the long-term issues created by

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Autodesk TechWomen 2016

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

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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. 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: A motorcycle 3D printers CAD training Shop Training and much much more… We had an amazing set of panelists

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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

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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. 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

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Pre-event Resources: BSB Rapid Innovation Challenge

In concert with Barowski School of Business and the TechShop San Francisco, You3Dit and EO Products will host PROBLEM SOLVED! 3D – a first of it’s kind 3D print-a-thon to challenge business-minded students and public to solve challenges for a thriving local business: EO Products. Over the course of 3 fast-paced days, the participants will learn how to: Use the Rapid Innovation Cycle to identify business opportunities in the context of consumer goods: Specifically Essential Oils.  The Rapid Innovation Cycle is a four-step process where teams:  1) recognize an opportunity (i.e. a problem), 2) define a solution which solves the identified problem (within the team’s constraints) and then design and construct a market test that when put before the “unforgiving marketplace”, can yield real customer data Use Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools to fabricate their market tests on a 3D printer Use a 3D Printer (Printrbot Simple Metal) in order to bring to life their physical prototypes that they’ll use as market tests Just learning how to

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Sunnyside High School to fabricate 500+ Flashy Rings

UPDATE:  February 18, 2015.  Ms. Katie McQuone and her students put together this awesome video about their desire to use and manufacture “Flashy Rings”: Sunnyside High School will leverage the power of Hands-on Rapid Innovation to learn about digital design, digital fabrication and entrepreneurship via project spawned from You3Dit.com: RaverRings As part of the #AMakeADay hashtag on Instagram, the “RaverRings” as they’ve been informally named became a big hit at Sunnyside High School in Fresno, CA.  Being shown as an example output product of the Rapid Innovation Cycle, the students began “freaking out’ over the cool factor brought out by the 3D Printed rings. Founder and CEO Chris McCoy stated, “while 3D printing isn’t great for large scale manufacturing, for low volumes and especially with the custom nature of ring sizes, a handful of 3D printers could produce all the rings necessary for the student body” which is approximately 3500. The RaverRing that was demo’ed on January 28th during the

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Mini review of the Printrbot Simple Metal – in short – IT’S AWESOME

I definitely made one of the better 3D printing purchases of my life buying a Printrbot Simple Metal for $599 assembled.  From the first day I received it, it was solid and started printing without flaws.  I’m going to give my opinion here first, but I’d also recommend reading the Make Magazine Review by Nick Parks.  He knows his stuff and I value his opinion in the 3D printing world. With regard to my slicing setup, here’s what I’m running: Repetier – 0.95F (link to downloads page) Slic3r engine With the recommended print settings from the Printrbot Forum (see article) Octopi 3D print server (link to Octoprint.org) What I love about this little machine: Super Reliable – Since I’ve bought it, I have yet to have a failed print – seriously.  Maybe that is because I’ve gotten pretty used to Repetier and and how to set these things up, but out of the gate, it just seems to be working flawlessly.

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Slick Rock Trail, Mountain Biking in MOAB, Utah, U.S.A.

It seems we’re all in the game for finding the best camera angle for our GoPros and ContourHD cameras.  In our limited experience here, we’ve found that a “fixed reference” with moving scenery in the background really makes for a cool camera angle, but we don’t always have a way to the camera to our mountain bikes, motorcycles, etc. For our mountain bike ride in Moab, Utah, we were looking to get a camera down low enough so we could see the terrain of the trail and also stay out of the way of our rider’s legs while they pedaled.  So as you’ll see in the video below, we designed and 3D printed a mount to attach to the universal water bottle mount.  It’s a quick set up and made for some cool camera angles.  The chest-perspective was filmed with a GoPro and the front wheel perspective was filmed with the 3D printed mount and an old school ContourHD which

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