Shapeways has always been on the cutting edge of technology. We have brought you the ability to hold your ideas in your hand, and now we’re giving you more ways to improve them!
Last month, we launched Wall Thickness Visualization to help you see areas where your model might need improvement to survive 3D printing, and now we help you fix them. Wall Thickness Visualization identifies weak points in your models with areas below our recommended wall thickness guidelines.
Wall Thickness Fixing is an add-on to the Wall Thickness Visualization tool that actually thickens walls to the minimum recommended wall thickness for the material you’re working with. You can click ‘Save and Exit’ to apply your fixes or Download the fixed model files for use in your 3D Modeling software.
Excited? Check out this example of a model fixed with Wall Thickness Fixing:
All Aboard, Savannah here, coming to you from the observation car of #AmtrakLIVE, the SXSW rail journey from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. We are halfway through our 35 hour ride to the South by Southwest Interactive festival and guerrilla 3D Selfie scanning around town. The digital influencers aboard have been documenting the whole experience, including many of the designs by our Shop Owners! Special thanks to everyone who sent products along for the ride.
Long distance train travel is often forgotten about, but I can tell you after 17.5 hours on the Texas Eagle, it's worth remembering. We have a very vibrant model train community here on Shapeways and it's all the more clear to me now where the passion for locomotives comes from.
(Amtrak Staff checking out the awesome masks by Lumecluster)
This weeks Designer for Hire has spent the past six years pushing the boundaries of 3D print, and is here to share his knowledge with anyone looking to get their models printed. Though Eric van Straaten lives in the Netherlands, his colorful, lifelike 3D printed sculptures have been exhibited throughout the world—from Tokyo to Berlin to San Francisco.
Eric can help you create a 3D model from scratch or fix a model so it can successfully be 3D printed. An expert with colored (textured) modeling, Eric is experienced in retaining color information, which is sometimes lost during the model-fixing process. Contact Eric to help you make your ideas real.
3D Modeling Specialties: character, organic
Services Offered: file repair, commission art pieces
3D Software Used: among others: Materialise Magics, DeskArtes 3D DataExpert
With SXSW kicking off this week, the Internet will soon be flooded with SXSW selfies. Sure, they are fun. But they get old. So together with our friends at Occipital Shapeways will be providing a #3Dselfie to anyone who shows up at the parties below!
Follow @Shapeways on Twitter for our pop-up scanning locations and tweet us to tell us where we should go next! Also, remember to tag all of your photos and videos with #3Dselfie.
If you are active on Facebook, joining a 3D printing or 3D modeling group would be a great way to show off your work on Shapeways, share ideas, or find inspiration through what others are doing.
Facebook is the largest social networking site on the planet and is a goliath platform for engaging and interacting with people who share the same interest and hobbies that you do. One of the very early features of Facebook prior to the fan page were Facebook groups. There are still millions active of Facebook groups out there which you can join and be part of to interact with people around the world who share common interests.
By doing a simple search on Facebook you can find a list of groups that best fit your interest. Before joining a group be sure to read the “about” section of the group to make sure you know the rules for posting and participating on the group.
Joining a 3D modeling group is a great way to show off your 3D designs and get feedback from the fellow members in the group. It’s a great way to see what people think of your work before you upload your work to Shapeways.
Think of Facebook groups as an open platform like our Shapeways forum where collaboration and discussion related to 3D printing is encouraged.
How are you currently showcasing your shop and 3D printed work on social media? Let us know! Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Check this this video from Facebook about finding your niche because whatever you're into, somewhere out there is a group for you.
Autodesk MeshMixer is a fantastic free tool for importing, editing, modifying and painting organic models.
This video showcases just how much fun it can be to use Meshmixer for 3D modeling
MeshMixer has been updated with an all-in-one suite for 3D printing, making it one heck of an app. For example, with this update, you can:
Generate an integrated 3D Print Preview with model analysis.
Automatically “make solid,” converting multiple shells into a single solid.
Automatically repair or hollow out models to prep it for 3D printing.
Experienced users can still manually use re-meshing, sculpting, and healing tools.
By clicking “Print,” an arsenal of simple analysis and layout tools that help visualize strength, stability and slicing loads automatically. The mesh can be sent to a desktop printer or exported to .stl.
This week, inspired by upcoming International Women's Day (March 8th), we'd like to introduce Jordan Graves. Living in a world of design, you can tell Jordan has been inspired by motion graphics and digital influences, and all kinds of colors. We think the combo is pretty great.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I design a little bit of everything: jewelry, textiles, motion graphics, really anything as long as it’s digital. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with my BFA in Motion Media Design in 2012 and have continued to live in Savannah, GA since graduating.
The Sochi Olympics may be over, but we are celebrating some monsters over here! A big thanks to everyone who participated in our #monsterlympics contest, and thank you to Monstermatic for making such a fun app. We received lots of great entries, but it all came down to the gold, silver and bronze.
Join Shapie Kurt from Far Lands or Bust this Saturday March 1st as he embarks on a day long livestream exploration of the Far Lands in Minecraft culminating into him revealing his coordinates. Over the last 17 months Kurt has been playing Minecraft and raising money for Child's Play Charity, a organization dedicated to improving the lives of sick children by donating toys, books and games to hospitals worldwide.
At the end of the FLoB-athon Far Lands or Bust Livestream, Kurt will press 'F3' in Minecraft. Pressing 'F3' displays the player's coordinates in the Minecraft world, and gives a glimpse of how far a player has walked towards the Far Lands. Tune into Kurts livestream Saturday anytime before 6pm CST for your chance to win a $100 gift credit from Shapeways.
All you have to do to enter is guess Kurts coordinates on Minecraft at the end of the livestream. You can enter the contest here.
Today we'll be showcasing some creative ways people in the Shapeways community are using Raspberry Pi with 3D printing. Raspberry Pi is a small and capable mini computer that can fit in the palm of your hands. The Raspberry Pi is essentially a caseless computer board which serves as a base where you can construct your own DIY computer from parts like the keyboard and USB outlets, to configuring its operating system.
For makers, designers, and tech enthusiast; Raspberry Pi is a way to create creative DIY projects. Raspberry Pi can serve as a customizable general purpose computer, media device, or even as part of robotics / electronic experiments. Watch this video to see more on what you can do with Raspberry Pi.
If you own a Raspberry Pi we've got some awesome 3D printed cases for them. Here are a few Raspberry Pi inspired 3D prints from our community.
For more inspiration on how people in the community are using Raspberry Pi here's a wonderful example of how a father built a custom rig and scanner to do a 3D scan of his son using raspberry pi, then sent the 3D file to be 3D printed with Shapeways. You can read about his story on Instructables here.
Do you have a project that you've done with Raspberry Pi or with 3D printing? Share them with us by tweeting @Shapeways using the hashtag #Pi3D with a photo or link to your creation and we can showcase them to our community!
Heading to Austin for SXSW 2014? So are we! It’s time to ditch the polar vortex, dust off our cowboy boots and talk tech at the biggest interactive festival of the year. Follow @Shapeways on twitter to find out how to get your 3D SXSW Selfie Scan and be sure and add these speaking engagements by Shapeways team members to your SXSW itinerary.
Reddit is a powerful platform to utilize for promoting your shop or showcasing your 3D printed products. If you're a avid Redditor or lurker then you're in good company. Many Shapies spend time on Reddit and in some cases the products that they design are inspired by Reddit, for example Spaho Designs and Ryan Kittleson's Sculpture. Reddit is definitely a powerful platform to utilize for promoting your shop or showcasing your 3D printed products.
Reddit can be a great source of referral traffic for your shop and can lead to increased exposure and sales. The "homepage of the internet" can be a tricky landscape to navigate, so here are some tips to get started.
Tip 1: When submitting your work to Reddit make sure to choose a subreddit that best fits your niche. For example if you love doing Minecraft sculptures submit to the r/Minecraft subreddit.
Tip 2: Follow and be respectful of the subreddits posting rules. Read carefully and be considerate before posting.
Tip 3: Posting at the right time is important. Keep in mind if your content is relevant and when people will be online in your timezone for the audiences that you're trying to reach. Most importantly make sure your post is not spammy.
Tip 4: Engage with your post, especially in the comments section of the thread. Answer questions that commenters might have.
Tip 5: Use a clear or catchy title for your post. Make sure your post links to a trusted site or url link.
Here is a specific example of shop owners who have used Reddit well for promoting their shop.
Shop owners somersault18:24 used Reddit to showcase their beautiful and attractive Neuron Pendant to a greater audience on Reddit. As a result they saw over 5k visits and a huge lift in traffic to their Shapeways shop.
Imgur is another great resource for linking images to your Reddit post and to your Shapeways products. Take a look at this album by Shapie Jeff Wong for example here. Jeff does a great job of using Imgur to tell the greater story of the process it took from him to 3D model his design, 3D print his model using Shapeways, all the way to the final product.
For more additional tips and tricks on leveraging your shop and products through social media platforms like Reddit feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @NinjaRAWLegend.
Do you want your products to be in the hands of the technology evangelists at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival this year? Then get on the train, literally! I (Savannah) am traveling via rail from Los Angeles to Austin this year on a train full of technology influencers, sponsored by Amtrak, and would love to show off your work.
We chatted with Fernando to better understand the inspiration behind his figurine and his design process.
What inspired you to create this model?
I wanted to make something unique, of my own, and I liked politics and always wanted to make political figurines. I had an idea for Obama, but it wasn’t "hot." When I was watching Gov. Chris Christie’s interview, he mentioned cones, overalls, and I got a mental picture of him wearing a construction vest directing traffic and just started modeling.
How long did it take and what 3D software do you use?
About 40-50 hours. My figurines are original and copyrighted and so it's a worthy use of my time. I use Maya, Meshlab, sometimes Netfabb, but I tried almost everything out there.
How did you get into 3D printing?
I learned 3D modeling in school, but I learned most of what I use today on my own. I have always worked in design, and had an idea for a custom iPhone case (iPhone case + wallet + money clip + bottle opener), which was almost impossible to make. So, I decided to try 3D printing it — that was the first thing I ever 3D printed with Shapeways and I was really happy with it. I now also have my own 3D printer and run a prototyping company called nuPROTO.
Why do you use a 3D printing service like Shapeways if you own a 3D printer?
For prototypes and things I need right away, I use my 3D printer at home. You guys have the highest quality and can print in detail that home printers can't. I find it valuable to be able to use both.
How would you describe Shapeways to a friend?
3D printing for the everyday guy. You don’t have to know how to model, you can just find something you like and buy it.
Want to see more of Fernando’s designs? Check out his shop or his prototyping company, nuPROTO.