RECAP: 3D Printer Gurus San Francisco Hangout – July 2017

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From left to right: Chris McCoy from You3Dit, Jason Reynolds from Jinxbot and Thomas Campbell from Gantri all talking about the future of digital manufacturing at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.  Unfortunately not photographed are the big dog, laser-cutting guru Weldon Hall from Oaklabs and the jack-of-all-trades Gideon Lee.  

In this second meeting, lots was discussed about 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, design, etc.  at Gotts Roadhouse in San Francisco’s Ferry Building yesterday, but here are the highlights:

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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:

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 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

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 zero-motorcycles-logo-324x116 Zero

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 image0016 Bolt Motorbikes

Bronze

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.

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! 

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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!

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Rules:

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: info@You3Dit.com

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: http://you3dit.com/)

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

We’ll definitely post the winning piece to Thingiverse.com 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

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 still works like a champ.  We’ve uploaded the model to http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:312744 so you can download the model and print for yourself. Enjoy and let us know if you made one!

Also a huge thanks to Poision Spider Bikes in Moab, Utah for loaning us a 3/16″ allen key to tighten the 1/4-20 screw and hooking up the duct tape!

Don’t know how to get your hands on a 3D printer?  Drop us a line: www.You3Dit.com and we’ll take care of you!  Make Anything, Anywhere…today!

HD camera mounts for your skateboard

Although it was some time ago, Chris—our co-founder—had the opportunity to work with Fox News and the founders of Z-Boards electric skateboards to film a news story on their company.  As part of that story, action shots were needed of the skateboards and they needed to be made quickly.

Z-Board Electric Skateboard with a 3D printed Contour HD Camera mount

Utilizing Solidworks 2011 and a Makerbot Replicator 2 from the TechShop in SF, both the design and print were completed within a couple of hours.  The design leverages two mechanical clamping springs to pinch the skateboard deck and a through hole to w/a countersink / counterbore hole to accommodate the ¼-20 screw head.  The story was covered by Michelle Macaluso from Fox News and we were happy we could assist in some quality news-worthy film.  For details on the solid model and photos, check out Chris’s blog.

You can watch the Fox News Segment at this link.

Also, you can download the Skateboard Clamp from Thingiverse.com

 

Don’t know how to get your hands on a 3D printer?  Drop us a line: www.You3Dit.com and we’ll be glad to help you Make Anything, Anywhere!