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:

  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.


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

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


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  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:

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


 lander_typea Type A Machines


 techshop TechShop SF


 printrbot Printrbot


 kawasaki3greenlines-centered Kawasaki USA


 breathe-3dpblack Breathe-3DP


 buildtak_color-logo Buildtak


 cubicity-logo-rect Cubicity


 esun-logo Esun


 hrs-original Hawkridge Systems (Solidworks)


 parts2bunlimited2blogo Parts Unlimited


 akari_logo Akari


 logo-ucberkeley UC Berkeley


 zero-motorcycles-logo-324x116 Zero


 image0016 Bolt Motorbikes


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).


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––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: (@sfmototype)

Twitter: (@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:


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 for details.

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:

  1. 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
  2. Use Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools to fabricate their market tests on a 3D printer
  3. 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 use all those tools in three days is tough enough…the participants will have to put these new tools to use in solving real-world business challenges within Essential Oils and they’ll then be evaluated by a panel of business executive alumni and faculty from Barowski School of Business.

Because this is a tough mental, physical and emotional challenge, we have prepared some prep work so that you can stay focused on learning and solving the challenge at hand.  If you’re reading this and you’re not registered for this one-of-a-kind event, then maybe we’re just helping you get your 3D printer software and hardware up and running.  So kudos to you!

To access the PDFs presented during the weekend, you download them here.

Access to the Judging Rubric is here

Install the required 3D Printing Software:

  1. Cura – a free, slicing program that takes the user’s STL file and converts it into the GCODE the 3D printer needs to generate the designed parts.
    1. Download for Mac / PC / Linux
    2. Upon installation, it will ask you to “install a 3D printer profile”, you want to install the Printrbot Simple Metal profile.
    3. If you need a video walkthrough, here’s an installation video for Cura which installs a different 3D printer profile…but its the same process (Install Cura for Type-A Machines)
  2. Repetier – a free, 3D Printer Control program which effectively drives the 3D printer along the path generated by Cura.  It’s needed to prep the 3D printer for printing, change & load filament and to produce your 3D printable design files.
    1. Visit the Repetier Software Download Page
    2. Choose your operating system
    3. Once you do that, the page will ask you to “donate”.  You don’t need to pay anything, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the small link that says “download now”
    4. Once you get the software installed, you still have a little more work to do:
    5. You need to create a “profile” for the Printrbot within Repetier as well.  It allows the controller software to understand the proper dimensions of the machine
    6. Here are the critical “Printer Settings” parameters for Repetier:
      1. Connection Tab:
        1. Connection / Port
          1. Mac: usbmodem#####
          2. PC: PORT #
        2. Baud Rate: 230400
        3. Dimension:
          1. X Max: 150 mm
          2. Y Max: 150 mm
          3. Print Area Width: 150 mm
          4. Print Area Height: 150 mm
          5. Print Area Length: 150 mm
    7. If you would like a video walk through, here’s a dated yet still accurate video on the installation process and setup of Repetier for Printrbot Simple Metal.
  3. 3D Printer Accessories:
    1. A z-height Calibration nut:


Install / Register for CAD tools:

  1. – a very easy-to-use, in-browser CAD tool that allows their users or “tinkerers” to generate 3D models ready for 3D printing.
    1. Most of these programs have tutorials, we strongly encourage you to watch those and build the models they suggest.
  2. – a more intense, engineering-level CAD tool that allows users to draft engineering-grade, 3D models ready not only for 3D printing but also nearer to being manufactured by professionals.
    1. Most of these programs have tutorials, we strongly encourage you to watch those and build the models they suggest.
  3. – quickly convert a 2D sketch or logo into a STL file ready for modification in TinkerCAD or straight to 3D printing.
  4. – don’t reinvent the wheel, Thingiverse has millions of pre-designed 3D models for you to download and 3D print.  It’s a great starting point to see what’s possible on a 3D printer.

Other resources for learning: – we have a TON of software, design and other digital fabrication tips, tricks and videos there to help you get started. – this is the official site for Hands-on Rapid Innovation, where we have a bunch of tools to help students perform their market tests.

That’s the nuts and bolts of 3D Design and Printing.  If you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone on our team:

Best of luck to all teams and we’re looking forward to an amazingly fun weekend!




You3Dit Logo Design Competition – Summer 2014

Hello You3Dit Design Team,

We have a Design Competition for you!  We need your help designing a 3D printable object based on our current logo! 


We’re looking for this to be easily 3D printable and small enough to give away. Here’s the logo file and creativity will go a long way here!! Winner will get $25 credit to print objects in our network!


1) The design should be easily 3D printed – see our articles relating to design for 3D printing.

2) Should be designed using common 3D printing materials

3) All designs for submission should be submitted by August 15th 2014 @ 17h00 PST in the form of an STL file.

4) Any questions can be directed to:

5) Have fun!

We’ll announce the winner in our August 2014: Make Anything, Anywhere Newsletter.  Sign up for the newsletter now if you’re not already subscribed: (right on the homepage:

If you have any further questions about the competition, please let us know! 

We’ll definitely post the winning piece to and we’ll have a follow on competition for the 3D printers in our network.  Should be fun.

Many thanks and we appreciate your help!  All the best and happy 3Ding!

Team You3Dit