Mastering You3Dit Beta as a Maker (Part 1 of 2)

Why read this article? Because if you are who we think you are, investing 10 minutes of your precious time now to read this article will save you a lot of time in the future as you bring your idea to life. This is a two-part article which will walk you through five essential parts of the You3Dit Process: Who is a “Maker” in the You3Dit network? (Part 1) How much does it cost (Part 1) Creating a Project (Part 1) Getting your idea designed in 3D (Part 2) Getting your new 3D Design fabricated (Part 2) But first…

Common pitfalls and workarounds on You3Dit Beta

Thank you so much for being part of our all new, fully-functional You3Dit Beta platform–a marketplace of designers & fabricators that transform client napkin sketches into real physical parts.  Starting first with IoT and Industrial Prototyping clients. Eventually, this will become the new You3Dit.com.  However it’s currently in “Beta Test” mode which Google defines as: “a trial of machinery, software, or other products, in the final stages of its development.”  Running a Beta Test allows product developers to quickly find the rough spots in a product so that they can be resolved. This article intends to help you get through the most common roadblocks on your way to developing your new part, product or prototype. These are in order of importance (as measured by the frequency and pain observed in beta clients using the platform): The avatar (for new projects, new quotes, iterations) No email notifications? Can’t login Can’t edit my project Can’t edit my quote Where are my design

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Mastering You3Dit Beta as a Designer

Now that you’ve registered as a Designer on our brand-new, fully-functional Beta Platform, here are some key steps you can take to become a Master: Completing your You3Dit profile Submitting compelling Design Quotes Mastering Design Iterations Designing with digital manufacturing in mind Being proactive and “wowing” the client Designers who take these steps get more gigs, improve their design skills more quickly and in general, earn more money from You3Dit.  We’re also highlighting current BETA WORKAROUNDS that you can use to be more successful while the platform is “under construction”.

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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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!! 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 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

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