Instructables Joins Autodesk

The Instructables community is incredible: you build, bake, and create amazing things, then share your projects and ideas with the world. I think it’s great when someone builds a project using instructions from our site, but it’s even more amazing when we inspire someone to start (or finish) that project they’ve always dreamed of. This has been my vision for Instructables: to have a positive impact on the world by giving passionate people great publishing tools to document their projects, and connect them to a community full of like-minded people. Today I’m able to share my plan for accelerating that vision, and making Instructables an even better place to be. I’m proud to announce that Instructables is becoming part of Autodesk. Everyone here at Instructables HQ is absolutely thrilled, because this is going to be awesome for the entire Instructables community. Instructables will still be the same site you love: we’ll keep the Instructables name and URL, the whole team is staying on, our policies haven’t changed, you still hold copyright to your projects, we’ll still run awesome contests, and the Robot isn’t going anywhere. However, we’ll now have the resources to make some improvements to the site I know our authors and community will love. Autodesk gives us the scale and support to grow and improve Instructables, build some great apps, and continue our mission of creating a positive impact on the world. Everyone on the Instructables team will become Autodesk employees, but we'll still wear our Robot t-shirts with pride. Autodesk is a great cultural fit for Instructables. They make tools for creative people: they’re the world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Even if you don’t recognize the name Autodesk, their software has powered the movies you watch, and designed the cars you drive and the buildings you work in. Instructables will be the community arm of the same team that makes 123D, SketchBook, Homestyler, and Pixlr, which will help provide creative tools, inspiration, and services for all types of creative people. Here’s Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO, talking more about his vision for the future of DIY. We’ve had a great time building Instructables, and look forward to taking it to the next level. Thanks to the Instructables team for all their hard work, our investors including O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures and Baseline Ventures for believing in us, and to all the authors and community members who have made Instructables a great place to learn and share ideas. I’m confident Autodesk will be a great home for Instructables, and will help us make Instructables an even better place to share your projects and ideas. I’m excited to join the Autodesk team, and get right to work. I’d also like to hear what you think: click here for info on an upcoming live Q&A; event, and click here to suggest how we should co-opt the resources of a multi-national corporation to make Instructables even more awesome. This announcement is duplicated on our blog here.

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Instructables + Autodesk, the beginning!

Yesterday was my first day as an "artist in residence" here at Instructables - which also happens to be the first day that we all became employees of Autodesk! Good timing on my part, I think. :) Last night we got to visit the Autodesk offices here in San Francisco to become official employees and get a tour of their gallery. They also fed us lots of fancy tiny foods (if Autodesk ever offers to feed you, I recommend the spring rolls, samosas, and brownies. nom.) and gave us drinks. Oh, and water bottles and books. We have been courted! And I have to say that everyone I met on the Autodesk staff was so nice and so excited about bringing Instructables on - they all had so many questions about how the site worked and how it was run. They were very curious about every little thing, and wanted to hear our suggestions as well. Many people had already looked at the site and talked to me about specific projects they liked or asked me about what projects I had worked on. They also told us tons about projects they were working on - all the stuff they thought we could work into the site in the future to help our users. It sounds like there a lot of possibilities out there for us right now. :D I am feeling very optimistic after meeting the Autodesk folks... they showed so much enthusiasm for the site the general gist of all of my conversations with them is that we're only going to improve on what we've got here. I'm excited to see where this will go! I can say that nothing has really changed as far as the interns and crazy projects from when I was here a few years ago - just yesterday SHIFT!, penfoldplant, and I were on the roof finishing up penfoldplant's latest ible, which should be quite exciting. (Let's just say it involves giant plastic bags, duct tape, safety goggles, and shooting each other in the face.) And today the office is busy as usual... people are working on projects, Eric and Christy are doing the live chat, contests are being worked on, moderation is happening, bugs are being fixed, the internets are being scoured for new content, etc. So, you know, business as usual. Hopefully made more awesome in the near future. :D P.S. Random photos from the gallery below... I didn't take as many as I liked because I was eating and drinking and talking!

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply


Autodesk software recommendations?

I was going to ask a general question about software, but I was reminded that, as an educator, I can get free Autodesk software. But, which do I choose?  Browsing the site, they all seem to produce the same things... I have two general tasks: create files to run a lasercutter, and create files to be printed in 3d. The latter is mainly for fun (I want to make a head-start on some files to print over the Summer), the former is longer term (by the time I get back to school in September, we will have a laser cutter of our own). Is there one programme that does both?  Or would you recommend separate specific programmes? (Free bonus question: I know Inkscape can be used to create laser-cutter files.  What format do I save them in?  .eps?)

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Autodesk Design For Industry

HELLO!  You may have come here from the GE Appliances Home Robotics Challenge, if not, be sure to check it out.  It's easy to enter, just submit a photo or video explaining "What should a home robot do for you?" through the Giddy mobile app (details and download link on the link above). The GE Appliances Home Robotics Challenge runs from August 1 through August 15.  On August 22nd we will launch an expansion of the challenge right here on Instructables.  The topic will remain the same, but we'll ask participants to take it a step further and submit CAD files.  More info, prizes, and judging criteria to be released on 8/22/2017.  We'll post a link when it goes live! Details on the Autodesk Design for Industry series of challenges, a new flavor of the Instructables Design Challenges are also coming soon! 

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My Autodesk Residency

I was an Artist in Residence at Pier 9 from January through March of 2014, just a few months after the facility opened. I completed three projects during my residency, but split some of my projects into several Instructables. Citrus Juice Press with Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery "Tiny Planet" 3D Printed Mechanical Sculpture "The Manhattan Project" Cocktail Machine (Coming Soon!) Here are some things that were wonderful about my Residency: -Vanessa and Noah were extremely supportive as coordinators/facilitators/etc. They worked tirelessly to organize and improve a rapidly growing program filled with newbies like me. Whether it's just bouncing ideas around or getting connected with a person who has a particular skill, they were always willing to take a minute and help out. -Shop staff and Instructables staff were very helpful in navigating the tricky details of the shop, writing and publishing Ibles, etc. I relied heavily on help from Sean, Gabe, Dan, and Martin to help me work with tools in the CNC, Metal, and 3D Printing shops. They were patient and interested in helping me become a skilled operator. -Having access to the tools at Pier 9, particularly the Omax Waterjet and the Objet 3D Printers, allowed me to quickly move from design through prototype to final product. As a mechanical sculptor, I am used to spending months on a single project, waiting days or weeks for waterjet/lasercut parts to ship to me, etc.  -Classes and workshops, both formal and spur-of-the-moment style, gave me the resources to use so many tools that it was sometimes overwhelming (see below), but always awesome. Gabe's weekly software sessions, Audrey's photography tutorial, and of course all the Safety and Basic Use classes in the shop, were excellent ways to gain experience with new tools or learn how to better use familiar ones. -Free, endless coffee. Here are some challenges I faced during my residency: -The open-office style space at the Pier makes it quite difficult to focus (for me at least). Wearing headphones can help, but I also found that doing computer work elsewhere was more efficient. I know that the layout is meant to facilitate community, and it does, but I have found that I have to be vigilant so that my "talking about doing cool stuff" time does not eclipse my "doing cool stuff" time. -CNC tools can do incredible things very quickly, but they are fickle and, especially in the hands of novices, break often. Other times, they are just so popular there is a line to use them. Shop staff do a superb job of keeping the shop running smoothly, but I learned to always head to the Pier with a list of projects to work on, in case the tool I most wanted to use was unavailable. -There is an overstimulation that seems impossible to avoid at the Pier. New ideas come so fast, it becomes hard to pin yourself down to one and begin the nitty gritty work of actually making it happen. It can be quite difficult. -There is some pressure at the Pier, and I imagine it will grow, to use Autodesk software. As much as I would like to gain experience using Inventor and Maya, I decided that I would get more done by sticking with the software I was comfortable with.  -Free, endless coffee. I walked away from my Residency with a host of new skills, a number of new friends and professional colleagues, and a few projects to boot! It was a great time, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks Pier 9!

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Cannot log in with Autodesk account

Hi The last two days I cannot log into Instructables with my Autodesk account It keeps popping up with this message: 403 Forbidden Request forbidden by administrative rules. I am on Win 8.1, Chrome. I tried different browsers and all have variations of the same error. I am able to log in with other accounts.

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Autodesk email validation issue

Hi there, I am just new here so I dont know how it works but I have got a Autodesk problem, I get the email for a Autodesk validation code to my old company email which I am not able to use any more and I changed my Autodesk account already to my private gmail email account, still it doesn't reach me! Any thoughts on this?

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Autodesk Employee Halloween Contest

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: https://www.instructables.com/id/Winners-Autodesk-Employee-Halloween-Contest/ Want to win a Macbook Air for sharing a Halloween project? Instructables, the DIY project-sharing robotic arm of the Autodesk Consumer Group, would like to invite all Autodesk employees to participate in a special internal Halloween Contest. We run contests all the time, and we wanted to make one especially for us (since Autodesk employees are ineligible for our public contests.) All Autodesk employees are eligible to win something awesome just for sharing photos or a full step by step Instructable of your Halloween costumes, decorations, or food. The only requirement for entry? You must have done it yourself, and it must be Halloween-related. To enter: simply create an Instructable, then send the Instructable link to halloween@instructables.com. Neutral third parties will judge, and may the best Autodesk project win! Check out what has been entered so far! Your Instructable must be published between October 11 - November 7 to be eligible for the contest. Prizes Include: Grand Prize (1 winner): 11" 64GB Macbook Air First Prize (3 winners): the new iPad Second Prize (6 winners): Dremel Rotary Tool Kit

Topic by Carleyy   |  last reply


Autodesk and Makerbot are joining forces

Great news!  Autodesk and MakerBot Industries are working together to take personal design and manufacturing to the next level. Now you can simplify the process of printing your 123D designs directly to a MakerBot Replicator. Soon, you’ll be able to purchase MakerBot 3D printers through 123Dapp.com. If you sign up for a 123D Premium membership today, you’ll also receive a special discount that you can apply towards the purchase of a MakerBot 3D printer.

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Autodesk: Art Residency of Generosity

I’ve had the good fortune to participate in many art scenes over the last 15 years. These range from making large-scale fire installations at Burning Man, in proto-hacker spaces (2001-2003), a rigorous MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004-2006), and a professional and international new media art career (2007-2012). What fuels my creativity is an ongoing quest for communities that support new modes of engagement: repurposing new technologies for art, encouraging others to make and asking why it is important for us not to simply be cultural consumers. I strongly believe we need ongoing DIY culture coupled with critical thinking to keep our society vibrant. In 2012, I took a break from my usual new media art practice of showing in museums and galleries. I felt like the art world — for a variety of reasons — was sequestered and wasn’t reaching as wide an audience as it could. A friend of mine forwarded me a job posting for a New Media Exhibit Developer at the Exploratorium. I applied for the job and got it. At this world-famous science museum, I learned about interfacing my art ideas to the public sphere. I worked with scientists around ideas of data visualization in Life Sciences. I designed exhibits that would last for the long-term rather than a 1 month exhibition. This changed my art practice so that I begin thinking about work that had a broad appeal: from school kids to the elderly, and above all else to value curiosity. After my fixed-term position at the Exploratorium was over, I began a residency at Autodesk, which intrigued me because it was my first artist residency in a corporate environment and they also had unbelievable resources. I expected to be in an amazing shop environment but also to be interacting with suit-and-tie corporate types. I certainly got the former but the Pier 9 environment surprised me. Everyone from the engineers to other artists to the marketing folks were curious about creative uses for 3D technologies could be used. Pier 9 was more a laboratory than a shop. With the Instructables-writing directive, it was also one where people shared their ideas rather than hoarded. Within my first week, I adjusted my expectations. The secret about Pier 9: It’s not about the tools but about the people. Yes, the water jet is amazing and I’ve fallen in love with 3D-printing, but more than anything there is a cross-section of smart and kind people, ranging from traditional artists, new media artists, various flavors of makers as well as engineers. Everyone has some sort of skill, ranging from drawing to fashion design to 3D modeling. No one knows everything. We all check our egos at the door. “What are you working on?” is the question we all ask one another. Each day, I’m surprised by someone’s ideas. The enthusiasm in the space is infectious. In those rare moments when I’m alone at Pier 9, I can gaze out the window at the Bay Bridge, where I feel connected to the rest of the world. I’ve been amazed by my co-resident’s projects ranging from the Playa-inspired costumes by Mikaela Holmes and futuristic fashion by Anouk Wipprecht to the playful work by Paolo Salvagione to the material experiments by Andreas Bastian. There are many more...too many to call out everyone. We work very, very hard. Yet, the environment is casual. When you have an problem there are people to help, and conversely, when someone is stuck on a project, I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to help them out. I never wear my headphones. Generosity fuels this community. There is no single type of artist that comes to this residency, which makes for intersecting circles. I’ve listened to many others. I’ve had to explain my conceptual practice. I’ve been (happily) forced to re-conceptualize my own artwork. I still don’t have the answers to my concerns about art-sequestering, but this is the right place for me to be. With this residency, I’ve found the path that I’ve been long searching for. Thank you. Scott Kildall

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Can you make your ibles account an autodesk one? Answered

Is it possible to make an ibles account and then use that for Autodesk? Because I want to use Pixlr...

Question by NebulaIX   |  last reply


I hear about it through Tech Shop

I went to the I3d summit this past week during the Autodesk event in Vegas. I found out about this event through the new Techshop Chandler location, and with my ASU ID I got a free ticket to the event which was awesome. I was mainly interested in this event to find out more about design software and 3d printers. I found the event to be very useful for getting a general idea of what the industry is doing and where it is going. Being a non engineering or design expert, just a guy with an interest, I didn't get as much as I would have I liked. I heard from a lot of speakers but one of the most interesting to me was Alice Taylor who is CEO of MakieLab. She was one of the few speakers who are currently running a competently 3D printer based company and discussed how they have found success. Also, the key note speaker, Jeff Ma, was very interesting and drove home one of the main points of the day; just try, don't put to much time or effort into over thinking, put more into action. That is kind of the vibe that I got from the whole event, that a lot of people don't know what this industry is but there much hope for its growth and impact on society. www.techshop.ws

Topic by travisb   |  last reply


Autodesk is sponsoring a kinetic sculpture contest!

We're kicking off a fantastic contest Monday with some incredible prizes from Autodesk! Create any kinetic sculpture (yes, any - it may be powered by anything you like, so long as it moves) and enter your Instructable for a chance at winning some prizes that will make you the envy of many many people. Get working now and enter your mind blowingly cool Instructable. The competition will be fierce on this one. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!  Top prize is copy of Autodesk Inventor + Inventor Publisher, second prize is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro!  Check out the prizes at http://usa.autodesk.com/ and look for free apps and downloads as well as trial versions of some software.  This contest is open to international entries. 

Topic by Culturespy   |  last reply


Autodesk Layoffs: Any affect to Instructables??

Http://investors.autodesk.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=117861&p;=irol-newsArticle&ID;=2135242    Autodesk lays off 10%, did this effect Instructables?

Topic by Doug Costlow   |  last reply


Lion Brand Yarn @ Autodesk Gallery

On Thursday, May 1 Instructables partnered with Lion Brand yarn to host a workshop at the Autodesk Gallery Design Night. We made a Parabolic String Lamp using Lion Brand Fun Yarn.  Check out these pictures and share your yarn related projects in the comments!!!

Topic by Carleyy   |  last reply


Instructables Halloween Party with Autodesk and Techshop

 **UPDATE**   The party is now on Monday, October 29th from 3-6 pm     Trick or Treat, robots! This Halloween season, we're teaming up with Autodesk and TechShop to throw a boo-tastic DIY bash - and you're invited! The party will be on Tuesday October 23, from 3-6 pm. We'll be playing around with 3D printers, taking spooky pictures, making candy wands, perfecting our zombie makeup, and plenty more! If you're in the Bay Area and want to join in on the fun, please RSVP here: autodesk@theoutcastagency.com  Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Topic by kazmataz   |  last reply


Autodesk 123D contest acceptance requirements

I have a project I want to post in the autodesk contest, but I'm really scared of posting to much information about it because it's an invention I'm working on for some time and still don't have an invention patent for it. In addition, the hole thing isn't fully printable due to some metal parts. I was wondering if the lack of information presented; and non-fully printable projects are accepted in the contest. by the way, I saw some licensed projects. Is it for all the contesters.

Topic by fares algahtani   |  last reply


Autodesk Halloween Party Costume Contest

I just wanted to share some pictures from the Autodesk Halloween Party yesterday. There was a costume contest with 6 categories.  Instructablers managed to win 3 of those categories! Congratulations: Christy - Best Scary Costume - Dune Sandworm Paige - Best Homemade Costume - Wall Mounted Taxidermy J, Noah, Gabe, and Julia - Best Group Costume - Shop Accidents Other winners: Best Female Costume - Breaking Bad, Heisenberg Best Male - WWII Fighter pilot Best Funny Costume - Monopoly Man

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick   |  last reply


Autodesk Spark 3D printer models

Yesterday we announced Spark, a new platform for 3D printing, and that we were going to build a 3D printer.  We've decided to share some more details about the printer here on the Instructables forums. Here are two images of prints made with the prototype printer. Things are very exciting here! We'll have more to share over the coming weeks.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply



Use Autodesk Password for Sketchbook and Instructables

Hi, is it possible to use the same Autodesk-acount for Instructables and Sketchbook? Both look like they are owned by Autodesk, but Sketchbook doesnt recognizes my email when trying to login? Any ideas? :)

Topic by InevitableCraftsLab   |  last reply


Never Swerve When Driving the Bus

Here's an interview with Autodesk's CEO, Carl Bass, that hits many of the reasons why I'm still fired up to do the stuff we're doing on Instructables and in Autodesk.  There are frustrations and challenges being in a big company, but the positive impact we can have on the world is undeniably larger.  I particularly like the analogy of measuring the light from a star far away -- the light might still be visible when the source has long ago faded away. And the analogy for me is that a small company’s a ball-peen hammer; you can move it back and forth really quickly. Big companies are more sledgehammers. It takes a lot to move them, but when you do you can actually have a big impact. So you start realizing that a lot of the work you’re doing, which might not feel that satisfying in the short term, is really necessary so that you can swing the sledgehammer and have a bigger impact. .... This is my current fascination: it’s this whole idea about keeping companies entrepreneurial and innovative and cutting-edge. The thing that I worry about a lot is how companies measure themselves. The analogy is that you can see light from a star that burned out a long time ago — it’s 100 light years away, and three years ago that star died.  Never Swerve When Driving the Bus

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Simple Design and Digital Prototyping Software

Hi guys. I've been making some very simple mechanisms for a steampunk Instructables series I've got planned, and have been prototyping using cardboard and paper. This has actually worked really well, but I'm a fan of the digital realm, too, and was wondering if anyone could recommend some simple, cheap (ideally freeware) digital prototyping software to help me eliminate (or minimize) the paper and card phase? As I say, the mechanics are very simple. Cams, pulleys, levers, gears -- nothing more complex than bell cranks, linkages and basic drives. I think a scotch yoke is about as adventurous as it's got so far. So I'm looking for some nice simple software that'll allow me to build and test the mechanisms digitally, if such a thing exists. I've looked at the likes of Autodesk and Blender, but they seem like a sledgehammer to cure a headache. Even something that runs online in a browser, or an iPhone/iPad app would be good (I've played some physics-based games on the iPad that would almost be ideal if they weren't puzzle games!). Any advice? Cheers guys!

Topic by SpannerSpencer   |  last reply


Student discount or AutoDesk discount for Pro Membership

I'm just wondering if anyone knows if there is a discount offered for college students or a discount if you have an Autodesk subscription?

Topic by nsarzyns   |  last reply


Lawyers...

I guess the Autodesk Lawyers get paid by the word?

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


The Autodesk 123D Design Challenge is now open for makers between 13-18 years old!

The contest has just started! It runs from now until 10/21. Click here to view the contest. Innovation! Cool, innovative products are all around us, many that we use every day. But do you ever stop to think about where they came from? From intelligent robots and cooking utensils to water purifying pitchers and self-parking cars—no matter how simple or complex the product, it all started with an idea and a design. Think you can design the next amazing product? Enter the Autodesk® 123D® Design Challenge, apply your inventive skills, and you could win cool prizes and earn bragging rights among thousands of students! To enter, simply reimagine an existing product or design a new one that can take the world by storm. Use the easy and powerful Autodesk® 123D® Design app to model your innovation, then show off your skills by creating an Instructables® project and posting it here. We dare you … are you up to the challenge? Here’s how to enter. Please read the Official Rules for more information. 1) Get the Autodesk 123D Design app for free!* •  Go to http://www.123dapp.com/design. •  You can try the app online, get it for your iPad® tablet, or download to your Mac® computer or PC. •  Select the option you want, and start creating!   2) Learn how to use the app by watching these video tutorials: •  http://www.123dapp.com/howto/design •  http://autode.sk/19ZcDCo •  http://autode.sk/19ZcIG0   3) Create your amazing product idea or enhancement with the Autodesk 123D Design app. Remember that you can use a product that exists today as your inspiration, but you should not copy it in a manner that infringes another party’s intellectual property rights. 4) Post a step-by-step photo or video Instructable that explains how you made your product come to life by using the 123D Design app. Be sure to include screen shots from the app, and tell us what cool features you used to bring your product to life! Remember, you are creating a step-by-step tutorial so that we can follow along using the 123D Design app. Don’t forget to include details on how to use the app, so that we can create your amazing product too! Learn how to create an Instructable here. Submit your invention and you could win loads of fun prizes, including a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D printer, a 123D Design Premium Account Membership, a free 3D print of your design, e-patches, the right to have your work showcased on the Autodesk® Facebook and Community pages, and much more! We’re awarding one Grand Prize package, 10 First Prize packages, and 25 additional prizes. You are responsible for the payment of any taxes or other costs related to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize. See the Prizes page for additional information. 

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply


Peer Recognition: jessyratfink

Congratulations Jessy! Autodesk takes the time to recognize those who have gone above and beyond their duties and done what they can to make everyone's job easier.  Jessy was recently chosen as one of those to be recognized! Check out her profile and the 269 projects she currently has! (also, she is at over 12 Million views now)

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick   |  last reply


TechCrunch takes a Tour of Pier 9

Techcrunch takes a tour through Pier 9. Check out the video!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 


I'll turn your technical drawings into files for 3D printing. [$5 per part]

I have access to Autodesk Inventor Pro and I can convert technical drawings into 3D models that can then be printed using a 3D printer.  If you are interested, please email plans for a small test piece (cube or similar simple object) that I will draw and send for free to make sure everything is compatible. The most common filetype is .STL. I accept payments via PayPal after the model has been reviewed by the customer.    

Topic by JamesRPatrick   |  last reply


Ember's Mechanical Designs are now Open-Source

We released the mechanical design files for the Autodesk Ember 3D printer in Fusion 360. Here's what I wrote about it on Ember's blog: The full design of Ember in Fusion 360 is now available for you to freely view, download, inspect and modify.  I've been having a blast with the explode model function! We're sharing these designs under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, the same license Arduino uses to share their design files. Just like the formulation for our resin, we're explicitly inviting you to understand, remix, and remake Ember.   Ember's Mechanical Designs are now Open-Source

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


Friends in high places

Evening all, Following on from what Jessy has already said, I'd just like to weigh in with my own views on life at Instructables and the company's decisions to work in cahoots with Autodesk. I've been an Artist in Residence at Instructables now for two weeks, and they've been an amazing two weeks. The atmosphere in the lab is the sort of laid-back but productive work environment you can only find among people who really love what they do. They work, they play, they somehow produce an awesome, widely-loved website. And now it looks like a big, grown-up company has decided that the site's awesome too. As far as I can tell, that's a good thing. Everyone at the Instructables lab seems genuinely, if cautiously, optimistic about what the new regime will mean for the company. A bigger company can provide more resources, taking some of the load of the team's shoulders so they can introduce new features and more extravagant contests. At the lab, there haven't been any changes. Everyone's still doing the same jobs they were doing a week ago and, yes, yesterday afternoon we were still up on the same roof, shooting shaving cream at the same intern. All is as it should be. Instructables is run by a small tightly-knit team of makers, so I think there were a few concerns about how Autodesk might try to warp the company to fit it into a standard, corporate mold. So far, Autodesk has been doing a good job of putting those concerns to rest. The success of Instructables is deeply tied up with its staff being a flexible little troupe of amiable nutcases and the managers at Autodesk seem to appreciate that. They know as well as we all do that if they mess with the winning formula, they'll only screw things up. Instructables is built on its community (that's you, reading this) and the community won't put up with any changes that make the site a worse place to spend time. If they try to screw the site up, you lot will rebel. If they try to make us wear ties, Randy will rebel. Their plan seems to be to nurture and support the site with funds, people and expertise while interfering relatively little with how it actually runs. We've been over to the local Autodesk offices to meet up with some of their employees and they seemed like a bunch of overenthusiastic, slightly geeky maker types. Which is to say, they seemed just like the rest of the gang here at Instructables and, as far as I can tell, just like much of the Instructables community. They're people who like to make things. A lot of them have been using Instructables for years. As a company to work alongside, they seem like a good fit. It will be very interesting to see where the site goes from here, but my gut feeling is that it will keep on doing the same things it's always done, just more so. Hopefully that's something we can all look forward to.

Topic by PenfoldPlant   |  last reply


All Ears, The Future of Making in Singapore event

The crew from Autodesk Pier 9 and Instructables is coming back to Singapore! We are so encouraged by the growth of the maker and innovation scene there. This international movement is growing and evolving and sometimes it's important to take stock and see where we're going and what we want to be doing. So we'd love to invite you to The Projector on June 4th  2016 from 2pm - 5pm to discuss the Future of Making in Singapore. We're hoping to reach broadly and invite some of the active members and organizations in Singapore, feel free to FWD this invite someone you think we've missed! You can RSVP and find out more details here. We are also inviting speakers to give a 10-15 min talk on any topic related to entrepreneurship, maker movement, 3D printing or anything that might be interesting! Feel free to reach out to us if you are keen to present a topic or know of someone who might be. Following the presentation session, there will be a panel discussion with Eric Wilhelm and community leaders in Singapore to share their thoughts on what the future holds for the sunny island nation. We will also be holding an Instructables Show & Tell on 7th June 2016 from 6 – 9pm at Autodesk Asia, where we would love to see what crazy and amazing projects people have been building here! More details can be found here.

Topic by ewilhelm 


Live Chat with Instructables

We have a live chat to discuss our recent announcement, and anything else, scheduled for Tuesday, 2011-08-02, at 3 PM PT.   Thanks to everyone who joined the chat and asked tough (and easy) questions! I think I only made a fool of myself twice.  Clicking on the play button of the video above takes you to Ustream to watch a recording of the chat.  

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123D's first weekly challenge has begun - Steal Public Art

We've extended the challenge deadline! It's now ending August 5th, 2012. For more information and links to the Catch software and tutorials, please head over here. Head out and use 123D Catch to steal some interesting pieces of public art! What is Catch? It's free software that allows you to turn photos into 3D models. You can download it for PC, use the iPad app, or run it in your web browser. For more information about the software, please check out our youtube page for tutorials and demos! 1 grand prize winner will win a Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Digital Camera and a print of their winning model! 20 runner up winners will win prints of their winning models! To enter, follow these steps: go out and get an excellent Catch of your favorite piece of public art upload your creation to the 123D gallery anytime between July 9th and August 5th, 2012 tag your model with "public art" and tell us a little about it! We love stories. For more information (including complete rules because those are very important!), explanation and inspiration, be sure to check out our official contest page! Please note: this contest is now open to residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia but excluding Puerto Rico), Canada (excluding the province of Quebec, Canada), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Norway, and Switzerland... though we would still love to see what everyone else can catch!

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Can somebody help me with this autodesk challenge? Answered

Hi I wanted to enter in this autodesk challenge http://blog.123dapp.com/2011/12/123d-snowman-challenge My problem is that I don't seem to be able to download the base snowman template. If somebody could please help me I would really apreciate it.

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Are there any other free CAD programs that I canuse with .123d files in place of autodesk?

I was wondering if anybody knew of some free CAD programs that I can use with .123d files other than autodesk. The reason I want this is because I can not get autodesk to work on my computer. Thanks.

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What interest does Autodesk have in Instructables? Answered

Hi, I was wandering why is the Autodesk company interested in Instructables? I know they bought Instructables, I know they sponsor contests that cost thousands of $ per month, so what do they gain from it? Just curious, thanks!

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Where can I download .123d files?

I was wondering if there was anywhere on the internet where I  can download .123d models for free. I have downloaded them from autodesks website but they have a rather limitted selection. Thanks.

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Tell Us What You Think!

Instructables has just joined Autodesk, a cool company that makes some of the ultimate DIY tools: they’re the world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Now that we’re a part of Autodesk, we’ll be able to do some neat new things for and with Instructables. What do YOU think we should do? Please suggest how we should co-opt the resources of a multi-national corporation to make Instructables even more awesome.  

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Girl Geek Dinner at Techshop

Girl Geek Dinner at Techshop On Wednesday August 14th was the 46th Girl Geek Dinner Sponsored by Techshop, Autodesk and Instructables. The activities included a talk from Brig Morin of Brit + Co, Laser Cutting, Book Binding, Silk Screening, Lego Jewelry and Lace Underwear. These events are so popular you have to get your name in a lottery to see if you get to go.  The next lottery is up and closes tomorrow, so check it out now!

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Ribbon Cutting at Pier 9

Yesterday (Thursday September 12th) was the official ribbon cutting at Pier 9.  There were many people in attendance including Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. In Instructables' tradition of being nontraditional, the ribbon was made of metal and cut by Carl with a grinder. Tours were given after the official cutting to those who haven't yet experienced the awesomeness of our workshop! Read some more in the article on San Francisco Business Times.

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Favorite 3D design programs to use in the classroom?

I have been using Tinkercad from the beginning and really like how easy it is to use.I'm curious what 3D design programs you find easiest to use and teach? Do you feel there some are better for different age ranges than others?

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Method for "extrapolating" a skull from a 3d model of a head?

Forensics teams can "estimate"/"extrapolate" a face from a skull, so what my question is would it be possible to do this in reverse? I have been playing around with the 123D apps and i was already planning on making a 3D model of my head with 123D Catch for both the purposes of having a nice 3D model of my head and also so that i might be able to create a "form" , probably with 123D Make , that could be used to create masks that actually "fit" my face, so i was thinking, with the 3D model of my head could i "extract" even a basic model of my skull from it? And if so , does anyone have any ideas on how i might go about doing so?

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Instructables at Conference on World Affairs at University of Boulder April 9-13, 2012

I'm speaking at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Boulder this week in Boulder, CO.  The conference is free and open to the public, so if you are nearby I encourage you to attend.   I'll be speaking on the following panels.  Let me know if you can make it to any of these -- I love meeting the Instructables community in person! 1116 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences 9:00-10:20 on Monday April 9, 2012 ATLAS Black Box Panelists: Henry Butler Michael Fink Vivian Siegel Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Paul Bauman 1869 Extreme Living: Taking It to the Edge 4:30-5:50 on Monday April 9, 2012 Chemistry 140 Panelists: Arlene Blum William Nack James Tanabe Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Adam Chase 2612 DIY: Hipster Economy 2:00-3:20 on Tuesday April 10, 2012 ATLAS Black Box Panelists: Mark Frauenfelder Tom Preston-Werner Kiki Sanford Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Josie Heath 2768 New Business Models Powered by Technology 3:30-4:50 on Tuesday April 10, 2012 Visual Arts Complex 1B20 Panelists: Donna Morton Yolanda "Cookie" Parker Tom Preston-Werner Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Andrew Franklin 3714 The New Masculine 3:00-4:20 on Wednesday April 11, 2012 UMC East Ballroom Panelists: Tom Edmonds William Nack Howard Schultz Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Lew Harvey 4466 The Future of 3D 12:30-1:50 on Thursday April 12, 2012 ATLAS Black Box Panelists: Jim Emerson Michael Fink Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Patti Bruck 5116 More Technology, More Isolation 9:00-10:20 on Friday April 13, 2012 UMC West Ballroom Panelists: Maggie Koerth-Baker Tom Preston-Werner Jon Sinton Eric J. Wilhelm Moderator: Luke Beatty

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I Need Help With This Autodesk Challenge? WHOEVER PROVIDES HELP THAT LETS ME COMPLETE THIS GETS A PATCH

I want to enter in this Autodesk 123D Challenge: http://blog.123dapp.com/2011/12/123d-snowman-challenge The problem is that the free Autodesk 123d program does not work on my computer. I have tried everyhting but I can't get it to work. I don't know if there is some way I can dothis with another freee CAD program. If someone could please help I would greatly apreciate it As mentioned in title anyone who provides me with help that allows me to complete this challenge gets a PATCH

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can someone post an instructable on using "autodesk inventor pro"

We are using it in school and i need to know how to use it

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use google sketchup model in edgecam? Answered

I want to use a landscape i made in sketchup(a mountain range) and mill it out of polystyrene using edgecam. Maybe there is a way to convert to  autodesk inventor first?  The model is only a face, which is why its hard to use in a solid modeling program. Ive used a rough face before on the cnc machine.

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A Perplexing Plurality of Privacy Policies

Near the bottom of many of the pages found on Instructables.com, there is a section labeled "About Us", and underneath that heading there is a list of various links,  titled: "About","Advertise","Press","Contact","Jobs","Legal","Help", and "Privacy Policy" The problem is this:  The link titled "Privacy Policy", does not always link to the same URL. On some pages it links here: https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp However on other pages it links here: http://usa.autodesk.com/privacy/ One of those pages is the simple, honest PP that Instructables has had for as long as I can remember, going back to the distant bygone era of at least 2008, by my recollection at least. The other page is, what I am guessing is, the privacy policy "inherited" from Autodesk, back in 2011, which was a long time ago, but not that long ago. In contrast to the old Instructables PP, the newer Autodesk PP seems to me to be a little bit more labyrinthine.  You know:  you follow a link, then you follow another link... http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id;=14175119 http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id;=14175119#9 http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id;=13252943 and that leads to an op-out form, which contains the plural question: "Would you like to receive information from Autodesk, our affiliates, or partners including information about new products and special promotions? Via Email?Via Phone? Via Postal Mail?" And there are three little [Yes][No] radio buttons for those. For some reason, maybe it's just the voices in my head,  I don't even want to know what happens to anyone who submits that form. I mean its probably mostly harmless.  Probably.   But, still, I don't want to touch it. Anyway... my point here is that even though no one ever actually reads the privacy polices, it would be nice if all the links that say "Privacy Policy" on Instructables point to the same page.  I think it  would look more consistent and sane that way. Moreover, it would be extra special nice, if the PP page all Instructables pages link to is the nice, simple one, on the Instructables domain, here: https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp And maybe everyone here could just ignore that other PP on the Autodesk domain. I mean, that's my suggestion for solving the consistency problem. In fact there exists a clause in the Instructables PP under "Business Transfers", and the language in that sort of infers  the Autodesk PP may be in effect.  That is, assuming everyone knows about Instructables being owned by Autodesk. What I'm saying it that you could just leave it up the members who read the Instructables PP, to conclude that the AutoDesk PP may be in effect,  that might be good enough, and interested persons could look into that can of worms, on Autodesk's domain, on their own if they want to. In conclusion:  Just change all the links titled "Privacy Policy" to point to: https://www.instructables.com/about/privacy.jsp and call that good.  Because the alternative, links to plural PPs across different domains, is confusing, and kinda looks inconsistent and bad.

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Instructables Pier 9 - One of the Most Amazing Office Spaces On The Planet

At least according to Business Insider who recently posted an article of the 9 most amazing office spaces on the planet.  They included Pier 9 and even listed it second! Check out the article

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2D motion tracking help?

I'm trying to utilize 2D motion tracking as seen here. I want to track a 2D image or video onto a wall. So far, I have used Autodesk Matchmover to track a scene and add a 3D test sphere into the scene. However, I just want to import my own 2D image/video.  There are dozens of tutorials for Apple Motion and After Effects but I don't have those. I have access to: Windows 7 Voodoo Icarus Premier Elements Autodesk Matchmover I also have access to most Autodesk's newest software.  Any help from an experienced user would be greatly appreciated.

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