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The One About Forever and a Day

So, it has been a while…sorry about that. I have been working like a crazy on the following for Autodesk:


Fabrication Lessons:

So, i am trying to get back into the swing of regular(ish) postings and thought i would share the following that strongly relates to the preceding:

That includes the following video:
All things considered…i am ready to start scaling up! Time to go build a concrete printer.



The One About Printing “Fun Size” Slices

Still moving through the Revit to Real lessons, this one slices the model into print-sized (or “fun size” in honor of the BUCKET of Halloween candy in the pantry) pieces for the MakerBot.


The One About the Model Prep

We are still a few years away from 3d printing technology to be as simple as “file, print,” or in the case of Revit “the big ‘R’ and print.” While that day is coming, we shouldn’t be waiting for it, we need to invest time in learning now, so we can remember fondly when we used to wield X-Acto blades and cork backed rulers, had to modify families, and were required to leverage three pieces of software to make a 3d print. A few simple steps will set a BIM model up for a printable .stl file ready for all typical FDM 3d printers. Hmm…come to think of it, the big “R” and 2d printing require more than just a bit of set up as well…so really all, this is simply nothing new. A bit of study, and bit of experimentation, and you will be ready to deploy your BIM models to 3d printers:


The One About 3d Printing From Revit – Massing Models

The following is the fourth video in the Revit to Real series…in this screencast I cover isolating and moving massing models to Makerware and 3d printing on the Rep2.


The One About Building Site Context in Revit

Descriptive titles rule, they keep my writing to a minimum.  This is the second video on the Revit to Real series – please don’t hesitate to post any questions or concepts about the process!


The One About the First New One About Revit to Real

I have been working away and fine tuning several processes on moving objects from Revit into the real world.  This is video one in a 10 part series – enjoy!


The One About Revit to Real

Moving files from Revit to 3d printers is not a tricky process, but, as new technology always does, there are a few hurdles to jump through for predictable results.  This is the first of two videos that will cover 3d printing.  In particular, this tutorial will cover exporting a video from Revit, scaling the object in Max, and basic modifications to prepare for printing in ReplicatorG.  NOTE:  Skip to the 9.20ish mark if you are interested in printing at a scale (building design application process).

Part two later this week.  *UPDATE:  The TOM is down…sorry for the delay.  A new delrin plunger is on the way, and the next tutorial should be up late this week.


The One About Lasers

There are several methods floating around the cloud/web/net for connecting your Revit model to a laser cutter to begin the prototyping process…this method (and our preferred method at HSA) skips the attempt to automate, and uses detail lines to drive the cut paths. After a bit of practice, we are convinced that the detail line tracing method provides better results, with more control, and additional design exploration as opposed to pushing out new line colors from a default elevations, and desperately trying to hide what you don’t want to cut. Trace, copy, design, cut…that’s our motto.  Our process is outlined here:


The One about One-Off Building

The printing of the one-off (desktop virtual model direct to final digital prototype) of all kinds of things, big and small, is around the corner.  The exciting/interesting/confounding news is that the process is the same as sending full scale as it is to the Makerbot.  The only issue is that there are issues:  How does this impact design thinking?  What does this mean to the construction industry (technology has been historically proven not to destroy jobs, but to create new ones)?  When we get a pile a spaghetti with the Makerbot, what is the full scale equivalent when a print goes wrong…an enormous slump test looking pile of gloop??  Where should this be employed in the world and to what end??  The talk begins with 3rd world thinking, but i am not sure it resolves the potential….  Regardless, it is a topic that is going to be in the forefront of digital design thinking for the next decade:


The One From the UK…

This was forwarded to me from my good friend RichC. Great find by Rich, and to Alastair Parvin – brilliantly insightful!  Well worth your five minutes…and it also reminds me that i am still addicted to TED, and have been away too long.;TEDLondon