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This is my tutorial to show you how I made the prototype to my soap-tile concept. 

To make this tutorial you will need;
a pillow
the 123d catch app
Meshmixer
123d make
Illustrator
lasercutter
cardboard
glue
wax
heatgun
metalbowl
mdf pieces (mine are 4x4 in)
 
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Step 1: Doing the Catch

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I had an initial shape in mind for my soap tiles, and I chose to catch a pillow. I took 32 pictures with the 123d Catch app from different angles, checked that the catch was complete, and uploaded it from my phone to the community. I then went on the community webpage with my computer, and downloaded my file. 

Step 2: Cleaning up your catch

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Import your file into Meshmixer and clean up your file. delete the surfaces you dont need, and fill out the holes your model might have.

Step 3: Make your Catch Smooooth

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I wanted my model to be as smooth as possible, so I used the smoothbrush/1 to make any small imperfections go away.

Step 4: Import your File to 123d Make

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Import your file to 123d Make and start deciding what your output will be. 

Step 5: Decision Time

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Go through the instructions on the left side of your screen. Decide on sixe, thickness of material and what I am doing when the photo was taken, deciding on slice direction.

Step 6: Assembly Preview

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123d Make also presents you with an assembly guide and preview to clarify how the pieces will fit together

Step 7: Plans

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123d Make created the plans that needs to be lasercut. So save the file and move into Illustrator. As you can see, 123d make doesn't place the pieces in a very good way so I always spend a couple minutes rearranging them in Illustrator so that I save as much material as possible.

Step 8: Lasercut Your Pieces

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Charge up your laser-ing powers and get those pieces cut!

Step 9: Glue

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Glue all your pieces together. I needed a couple of shapes. So I printed two pillow shapes so that I could make four shapes with a flat base, instead of round shapes. In this case I used these mock-up prototypes as a shape exploration. Ill make the next prototype separately.
This is a amazing idea you need to patient it ASAP before someone steals your idea
This is a amazing idea you need to patient it ASAP before someone steals your idea
MonkiMan1 year ago
...so wheres the soap?
shteef1 year ago
Hi, although I won't be making soap tiles, your instructable is brilliantly written and has inspired me to do a couple of projects, thanks!
dmiller471 year ago
But then you would also be rubbing up against the soap scum, mildew, calcium deposits and bacteria that are on the shower wall. Hopefully it would be antibacterial soap?
iApple guy1 year ago
Will the soap run out over time? Or maybe could it be replaceable?
M3G1 year ago
That is an awesome idea!
this soap tile idea sounds really cool, I'd love to hear more about it!
hellichius (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
thats so nice of you. Im in school at the moment and this was a one week project we had that was centered around Autodesks new software 123d catch and 123d make. it would be normal tiles with a soap add on, when the soap is used up it will just look like a normal tile. Im working on creating an add on tile, so that you can exchange it when you run out.
Lorddrake2 years ago
a very easy to follow prototyping concept .. but what is a soap-tile?
hellichius (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
Its a concept Im working on in school, Its a tile with a soap add on that you can rub up against. You'll never drop the soap ever again.