In this walkthrough, we will walkthrough designing and printing a very simple multi-material project using Autodesk Project Wire; an (fictitious) antenna (see Picture 001) .
Picture 001: An antenna designed in Autodesk Project Wire and visualized in the Voxel8 Dashboard.
Registering for Autodesk Project Wire
1. When you first registered for the Voxel8 Dashboard, you will have received an official Project Wire invitation code in the Voxel8 welcome email (see Picture 002).
Picture 002: Registration email with Project Wire Invitation link (002A)
If you have not yet registered for Project Wire, you should check your email and use this link to register for an account to have access on the circuits site (see Picture 004).
2. Click the "hamburger icon" (see Picture 003A) to drop down and access the Project Wire selection (see Picture 004) from the Circuits 123D site.
Picture 003: Project Wire home page. (A) opens the dialog to reveal Project Wire.
The Project Wire selection is now available to select from the menu choices (see Picture 004).
Picture 004: Project Wire location once registered with invite code.
Starting a new Project
1. After selecting the Project Wire selection, the next step is to click the "New Project Wire" button from the main page (see Picture 005).
Picture 005: Starting a new project in Project Wire.
NOTE: If Project Wire asks you to use the new editor, then click "Yes" to access the latest version (see Picture 006) of the Project Wire user interface.
Picture 006: Modal dialog asking if you want to use the new version of Project Wire.
2. Once Project Wire has loaded up, there will be a blank stage upon which to start your work (see Picture 007).
Picture 007: Empty Stage in Project Wire.
Project Wire Core UI Feature Areas
There are some core parts of Project Wire (see Picture 008) which we will elaborate on, below:
- A.) Project Wire name: The current name of the Project Wire work file. This can be modified by modifying the text and hitting enter.
- B.) Operations to: Copy, Paste, Duplicate, Delete, Undo, and Redo are provided in this menu.
- C.) Operations to: Group, Flip, Align, Enable/Disable interactions of modeled objects on the stage.
You can also import .STL & .SVG files, as well as export to .STL and send print jobs to the Voxel8 Dashboard from the export button in this area.
- D.) In this area there are selections for: Sketch, Workplanes, & Rulers.
- E.) Shapes Model Primitives & (Electrical) Component tab selections.
- F.) Shape and Component Library: listings of primitive shapes and electrical components.
- G.) Project Wire Stage: where a project is modeled and worked on.
- H.) View Port User Interface: for changing the orientation of the stage during modeling.
- I.) Grid layout spacing for Stage (in mm, min = off and max = 5mm).
Picture 008: Project Wire features and functionality areas.
Assigning a name to the Project
1. Now you should assign the work a valid name (see Picture 009) and hit enter.
Picture 009: Naming the project.
2. Once the project is named, it's time to create the plastic body; next.
Creating the thermoplastic body
1. Note that orientation defaults to a slightly top and front view (see Picture 010).
Picture 010: Designing the part in Project Wire.
2. The first thing to do is change the orientation to top down view in Project Wire. This will make it easier to generate the first thermoplastic body (see Picture 011).
Picture 011: Reassigned to a top view for working on the plastic part.
Picture 012: Project Wire is now in a top-down view mode which is easier to draw 2D shapes.
3. By selecting the "Shapes" tool from the far right, the box primitive tool shape will become available (see Picture 013).
Picture 013: Shape Primitives area.
4. Select a box shape, and drag it to the stage so it may be manipulated (see Picture 014).
Picture 014: A Box shape is being dropped on the stage in top-view mode.
5. Confirm that box on the stage floor by clicking away from it (see Picture 015).
Picture 015: A box has been placed on the stag.
6. Now set the box dimensions to 35mm in the width direction (see Picture 016).
Picture 016: Width of box is set to 35mm.
7. Set the box height to 35mm as well by clicking within the control points on the shape (see Picture 017).
Picture 017: Height of box shape is set to 35mm as well.
8. Now set the viewport to a side profile of "Right" as indicated below