Another gem from the p2p foundation blog, in a piece about resilient communities they talk about the infrastructure needed for these communities to exist. The gem, "products can be improved by vast global tinkering networks." That to me sums our wildest dreams up perfectly. A vast network of global tinkerers.
Hack your guitar is a blog about hacking, changing and modding guitars. DJ Dual Core, runs us through his efforts at using Google Sketch Up to do solid modeling. Some of this will seem all to familiar to our members who have tried to use Sketch Up as a solid modeling tool. It's a good run through for anyone that wants to try use Sketch up to create functional 3D printed parts.
The mass customization and open innovation weblog tells us about indi, company dedicated to making custom jeans. Their slogan is fittingly, "fits your style and your genes." It seems to be a great idea, I know a lot of people that take the fit of their jeans very seriously and that are very loyal to jeans that fit well. If you could completely customize them why would you ever buy anything else? I got stuck on page three of the ordering process, all sizes are US and there was no conversion tool present. Also, some questions were confusing, "what is your seat shape?" and "what is your thigh shape?." I might have to ask my girlfriend about the answers to those. Be it as it may I think the idea is wonderful and it should work if they get those boo problems sorted.
I just found this 3D sculpting video on YouTube from 2006. It shows how you can sculpt in 3D by manipulating a 3D clay model using motion capture technology. So you bend or press on the clay and the 3d mesh on the computer changes. What happened to this?
We're going to a bunch of conferences this year but sadly not Breeding Objects, it sounds amazing.
Stratasys the 3D printing machine
manufacturer that makes some of the machines we use has just hired a new VP of Business Development in Direct Digital Manufacturing. Jeff Degrange is a former Boeing tech manager will "accelerate Stratasys’ development and marketing of DDM applications." Yawn, right? It is a telltale sign though of the increasing push of the machine manufacturers away from just prototyping and towards actual production.
George Hart has a nice set of models on his site. The great thing about his models is that he lets you download his STL files and use them, as long as you give him credit. His rhomball(pictured above) is very pretty and if you print it out in SLS you can bounce it off walls.
We spotted an object in our gallery called 'part of a robotic clamper'. It was used by designer André Bois to fix a broken robot from 1984. The work caused quite a bit of excitement here at Shapeways (drop the word 'robot' in a group of techno-geeks and they'll be talking about little else all day), so I decided to find out more about this project. André really took his time to answer all of my questions. Thanks, André!
To my surprise there are people out there that do not yet know about PostSecret. PostSecret started out as a simple art project where people could make postcards detailing secrets they have. A lot of it is sad, some of it is funny but it all feels very pure. A good friend somehow completely missed one of the few actual user generated content sites in existence, so I thought I'd post it here just in case someone also missed it.
This Virtual Goods Summit video details, "the comming boom" in the virtual goods market. The VC's and business people in the video feel that those virtual roses you can give to people in Facebook will make the next wave of billionaires.
3D Printers are still expensive toys. So, what do you do when you love technology and you have enough time on your hands? You make your own!
You've probably already heard of RepRap, Fab@Home and CandyFab. All three are 'Open' projects (all the building plans are available for free) and they aim to design and build cheap 3D printers that will be able to replicate themselves (RepRap), or to print out delicious candy (CandyFab).
They are all very cool, but some people are going low-tech and they're using what they already have in their own home: LEGO! Check out these two tutorials on Instructables.com on how to turn your old pile of LEGO into a functional 3D printer!
is a conference and sadly I've never been able to go. From what I've
seen and heard it should be quite the experience. They have a lot of
videos on their site. These videos are some of the most inspiring,
awesome and exciting things you can find on the internet. And I do not
think I am overselling them. They are all presentations, sometimes by
politicians but also by doctors, other academics and regular people.
They are aboutoutlining research, stories of people's experiences and a lot of them are simply mindblowing.
Within the Shapeways team, I'm overseeing Marketing. Getting here was an interesting journey, in many ways.
A little over a year ago I joined Peter to bring an innovative & entrepreneurial project then named U-Design to life. It took quite a bit of inspiration and transpiration (the proportions I will let you fill in) and a great team (e.g. Robert joined shortly too) to get where we are today. But now Shapeways has a brand name, a team of about 10, a vibrant community and is happily interacting with the external world. All very inspiring indeed. Did you know that Google has already registered 126000 mentions of Shapeways!?
Before my wife, 2 children and myself moved back to Holland, we were living in the idyllic village of Versoix, at the border of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. As it was unlikely that our friends and family would join us there, my wife and myself decided that we wanted to move back to Holland at some point. Shapeways came up just at the right moment. After the unavoidable move, we're enjoying Holland again. So much in fact, that my kids (Karlijn of 4 and Marnix of 2) will shortly get accompanied by a baby. This will make sure that we will not get bored, if that was ever possible with Shapeways
Coming back to Holland ended my 9 years with P&G, where I learned a lot about international consumer marketing in different assignments: introducing new brands like Swiffer and Pringles as well as numerous new Beauty Care line extensions on brands like Head & Shoulders and Olay. Also, I worked on Olay skin care innovation, resulting in new products and marketing campaigns introduced across western Europe.
Now there is nothing wrong with FMCG-style innovation, but bringing Shapeways to life is just in a different innovation league, and simply the best job in the world!
Credit: Lake Geneva by Erik Charlton (released under Creative Commons license for commercial use)
How about actually
building a real house yourself, according to your inspiration, needs and tastes? Cool idea, right? With digital fabrication it's not as futuristic as you might expect.
Via Contour Crafting, a layered fabrication technology
developed by Dr.
Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California, you
could basically 3D print with concrete instead of plastics or metals.
Using this process, a single house or even a group of houses, each with
possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a
single run. Best of all, embedded in each house are all the conduits
for electrical wires, plumbing and air-conditioning.
On top of opening up new creative possibilities, Contour Crafting can significantly
reduce the cost of commercial construction while speeding up the process significantly. Projections indicate costs will be
around one fifth as much as conventional construction, while construction
projects will be accelerated. A 2000 square foot house can
actually be constructed in less than 24 hours.
Now this would
effectively put an end to the terror of monotonous new neighborhoods
springing up, which unfortunately is so common these days (especially
in Holland, known as VINEX locations).
The Long Tail in housing
enabled by digital fabrication is firmly in sight!
Shapeways is all about designing unique
objects, personalizing the world around you. What we hope to do for a
lot of 'things' in the future people are doing now with mash-ups of music and web applications. In an age of ever present media and
advertising clouding our world people are also increasingly re-mixing
branding and marketing messages put out by companies. The most famous
of these groups is AdBusters. They have a hilarious
and at the same time thought provoking gallery here.
This is food for thought for consumers
but poses interesting problems for brands. Unilever won a lot of
awards and attention with their Dove
real beauty campaign. If you watch the movie it squarely blames
the beauty industry for a lot of self-image problems women have. It
promotes Dove as the brand that cares about women. The
campaign website is all about making a difference and The
Dove Self-Esteem fund. This, “was developed to help free the
next generation from self-limiting beauty stereotypes.”
The campaign is a fantastic one, way
ahead of the curve. But, in a connected world where everyone has a
lot of information as well as the tools to re-mix any message it also
sets them up for a fall. You see, Unilever also owns the deodorant
brand Axe. Those of you familiar with the Axe
campaigns will probably know that the way that Axe depicts women
might not exactly be in line with the lofty values outlined by Dove
and its' Self-esteem fund. It was only a matter of time really until
someone juxtaposed Axe footage alongside Dove footage to chilling
effect.It seems that in connected world with few limits to information one person with a little leisure time can take on a corporate giant.
The whole Open-source, make, hack,
re-mix and mash-up movement, as disparate as it is, stands to redress
the balance in a lot of industries, advertising is just one of these.
If advertising is about getting your message out to as many eyeballs
as possible open source tells us that “given enough eyeballs all
bugs are shallow” the plane where those two intersect will be one
of the most interesting one's to watch in the coming years. Will consumer empowerment crush corporate communications like a bug? Or will the eyeballs themselves become shallow?
Together with TNO(a large Dutch research
institution) and five designers we will be organizing Virtual Making.
This will be an exhibit along with series of lectures and master
classes about the possibilities of rapid manufacturing. It will
showcase the 3D printed art and design object made by the designers
and give people the opportunity to see a 3D printer and a fearsome
looking CNC machine. We hope that the technology showcase coupled
with the inspiring work from the designers really show what is
possible with 3D printing and other direct to digital manufacturing
The talented designer's who will be
exhibiting at Virtual Making are: Studio
Thol, Kocx Ontwerpen, PeLiDesign, Wouter Scheublin and Design Drift. All these designers are industrial or product designers and
this is also the focus of the Dutch Design Week. We're in awe of
their products and success but think that we might have the raw talent
in our community that could make a 3D printed work that could
comfortably sit along side theirs at the exhibition.Could you be that talent?
So the theme for this contest is:
Every Day Design. A completely unique every day object. Something in
your home, in your hands that no one has ever considered. Would
kitchen cutlery be different if it were 3D printed? Would a new
object find its' way into the home because of these new manufacturing
techniques? We hope this gets you guys thinking and designing.
To enter simply upload your design to
Shapeways and add the tag DDW to it. You can submit designs to the
contest until Sunday the 21st of September 12:00 CET. The
winner will be design with the highest rating on Shapeways and will
be announced on the 30th of September. The winner's model
will be printed out and exhibited at the Dutch Design Week for
thousands of designers and the design-curious. After DDW it will be
shipped to you so you can have it. In addition the winner will
receive $250 in free 3D printing from Shapeways!