My Other Instructable
Now you did.
Well a good hello there again and wow, I'm glad that my project gathered a little steam, 3D printing is an engine and people coming together around projects that manage to actually take real world needs, formulate simple solutions to problems and all in a couple of hours solve them. That's power.
Remember I made it at TechShop SF??? This is a really big step.
I sincerely hope that everyone reading this who does not YET have access to some of these tools is lucky enough to live near a TechShop. It took a lot of time and shifting for me to focus my scarce resources on joining TechShop, which enabled my learning all that I have to deliver my first tangible. If you knew the percentages I'm talking about (nearly 100%) you'd realize that I was betting it all on a hunch that this place would be a game changer.
Was it a game changer? OMG yes!
Paradigms have been shifted and mountains have moved in the 6 weeks since I made that choice.
Now that the stirrer has turned so many wheels I hope that sharing with you the step by step of generating the files will help too. This is absolutely going to look like an unscrupulous plug for TechShop, but if you realize the leverage that Google (Albeit an enormous cash machine for it's stock holders) has given everyday people like you and I in the world of information. Then if not today I hope someday soon you're going to realize the value of empowering everyday people to erase the barriers to entry, the barriers to creativity and the barriers to reinventing yourself, will be just as big.
Step 1: Gatherous up all ye parts
Before I tell you how easy it is to design in Inventor 2012 take a mouse click detour (right click and open in a new tab) here. Maya is considered by many to be one of the hardest programs to manipulate and with a day and a book I was able to do that.
Inventor is a 1 on a difficulty scale of 1-10 if Maya is a 10. With just a couple simple skills you can complete a prototype the same day you start using Inventor. I swear! I did it and you all saw the finished product.
The best part? Glad you asked. If you're a member of TechShop you get access to all of the Autodesk tools while you're on site, a free class for members in Inventor and a copy of Inventor 2012 with a 6 month license when you complete the class. It's within reach or will be sooner than later if you don't have these resources near you now.
Caution: once you've test driven these software tools, you're going to wonder how you've lived so long without them.
There is good news though, the shapes and methods for this Instructable are simple and can be done in any 3D modeling program that you can get your hands on. So do go ahead and follow the steps whether you're hooked up with the good stuff or not.
More than anything I want you to see how I did this in 5 minutes with:
Oh yeah, the parts:
A computer that the software can run on (I'm going to guess the one you're on will do)
Parts of the layout:
Four Extrusions (1 is a hole)
One Fillet (applied to 6 edges simultaneously)