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: 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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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: Blue 3M Masking Tape, 2″ (~$6) (Amazon) Leatherman of any kind (we use the “Wingman”) (~$30) (Amazon) 6″ Digital Calipers (~$20) (Amazon) Tape Measure (~$10) (Amazon) Personal Notebook (~$10-20) (Amazon – Makers Notebook) Pens (black, blue, red) (Amazon) Sharpies (Amazon) Hand Sanding Block: 3M (~$6) (Amazon) Sandpaper: 150 grit, 12″x12″ sheet (~$2/sheet) (Amazon) Uline Indestructo Boxes: 4″x4″x2″ (100x) ($42) (Uline) 4″x4″x4″ (100x) ($57) (Uline) 6″x4″x2″ (100x) ($48) (Uline) Return address labels – Avery  (Amazon) Packing tape (Amazon) Elmer’s Wood Glue (Amazon) Superglue (Amazon) Roll of 3D printer filament (Any roll, PLA or ABS, Essential Smartphone Apps: Shyp (works only in metropolitan areas) Dropbox – cloud storage Trello – task tracking You3Dit 🙂  

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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NRI hosts You3Dit and other 3D printing enthusiasts

“Balancing model-making artistry and expertise in various fabrication technologies, NRI’s 3D Labs offer the beginner and advanced 3D designer the ability to transform their computer-generated models into real, physical objects.” That’s NRI’s homepage tagline and they’re really getting involved with the 3D Printing community in San Francisco. You3Dit was stoked to be invited to present on “upcycling” on September 9th and Chris McCoy shared with the guests of NRI’s meet up how You3Dit helps to enable upcycling via its global platform of 3D designers and fabricators.  How you might ask?  What the heck is upcycling?  Download the presentation “Upcycling with Digital Fabrication” here below: Upcycling with Digital Fabrication – by Chris McCoy, Ph.D. Enjoy!

Don’t just lend a hand, give one

Enabling the Future is an amazing organization that connects 3D printer owners with people who need prosthetics.  Since Chris–You3Dit’s founder–first 3D printed one of Enable’s prosthetic hands back in December of 2014, it changed his view of consumer-grade 3D printers and the potential they can unlock. My name is Sanjeet Sanhotra. I’m a recent high school graduate and soon to be college student at UCSC. I’ve been working with You3Dit for over a year and have recently took on a project with them to “give a hand” to the amazing organization that is Enabling the Future! I want to bring the You3Dit community together to print and put together hands for those in need. I hope to do this by having volunteer fabricators around the world in out network send us parts as well as have leads in specific countries to help put these hands together. By all of us working together, we can really make a difference helping out those who really need

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IDF 2015 – Design for 3D Printing – Take 1

Had the opportunity to have a nice interactive discussion with the folks from Intel Developer’s Forum.  We talked about some basic “Design for 3D Printing” rules for beginners getting into the game. Here’s the PDF of the talk in case you couldn’t make it or simply want access to the presentation for your personal reference: Download the You3Dit IDF talk on Design for 3D Printing If you’re interested in learning a little bit more on Design for 3D Printing, you can read an older blog post about this topic using a Dimension Elite Professional-Grade, 3D Printer. Did you enjoy the presentation?  Was there something you would have preferred to hear more about?  Let us know!  Thanks:

MakerCon and MakerFaire here we come

You3Dit is going to MakerCon and Maker Faire!  Come find us!  We’ll be tweeting with the hashtag: #sketch2solid and likely whatever the MakerFaire recommends (possibly #MakerFaire15).  Get your tickets now!! Did you come visit our booth?!?  If so MANY THANKS!!  Hope you had fun at MakerCon / Maker Faire.  Here are the digital download versions of what you likely found at our booth: How to use a 3D Printer (overview) (PDF) How to use a Laser Cutter (overview) (PDF) Did you forget to sign up for our Newsletter?  Sign up for our newsletter now!

You3Dit and UL Tackle Corporate 3DPrinting Education on the West Coast

Today’s #3DPrinting workshop with Underwriters Laboratory (aka UL) will cover a broad span of the entire 3D printing industry followed by an up-close-and-personal exposure to Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) style 3D printers.  Of the 7 major #3DPrinting technologies, FFF (very similar to FDM or Fused Deposition Modeling) are the most common amongst consumer 3D printers. Onsite today are 4x of Printrbot‘s fleet of 3D printers: Printrbot Simple Metal Plus – their newest, 10″x10″x10″ machine Printrbot Simple Metal – their tried and true, “best value”, 6″x6″x6″ machine Printrbot Simple Makers Edition Original – kit version assembled by Chris from You3Dit We will have the smaller machines printing smaller 3D printed parts from the fun RaverRing Kickstarter project and on the larger machines, a more meaningful project known as eNABLE – where 3D printer owners sync up with an organization that matches them with people who need prosthetics–not just lending a hand, but actually giving a hand. We’ll show how these entry-level, yet powerful machines

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Is that RaverRing White and Gold or Blue and Black?

When musical cues are accompanied by flashes of bright LED light coming from Kickstarter’s RaverRing Project, people often experience “the best night of [their] lives.” The RaverRings in Question A photograph from Instagram was posted the other day from user @You3Dit that asked, “What color are they?”  Some people see a nightlife dancing enhancement ring, other people see a device to help get the attention of inattentive drivers while exercising.  Some people see them doing both exceptionally well. Let’s Take Some Averages The Gold and White RaverRing on the left is bare skinned, “Bling Gold” PLA from with a white LED.  The RaverRing on the right is dark blue but covered with dark grey Performix Plasti-Dip.  If we take the two RaverRings and average the colors in a Dance Party, Rave, High-school Pep Rally or at an all-night event, we get the most epic party of our lives. How Do We Interpret these RaverRings? Our eyes, minds and bodies are only

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