In the video series Some Assembly Required, host Torben Ruddock shows how to make all sorts of “do it yourself” projects such as a homemade hovercraft, a squirrel deterring bird feeder, and a giant air canon. The series has attracted thousands of fans because the projects are fun. One of the cool things about the show is that 3D instruction sets for the projects are available at no charge on iPads or Android devices.
As mobile devices proliferate, we expect many more software developers to allow designers to publish viewable 3D models to mobile devices of all sorts. That will make it possible for more people to participate in the design process, and to communicate instructions for products that require assembly or maintenance. In the episode below, Torben demonstrates how to do this with a tool from Autodesk.
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