Bart and I had some fun painting some of our models with arcylic paint. You can use arcylics to paint White, Strong & Flexible and we wanted to show you guys that. For the both of us the last painting training & practice we ever did before making this video was in kindergarten. But, we can not wait to see what you guys will do with paint & Shapeways
Bvicarious also known as Bryan Vaccaro has two Youtube movies online where he tests our White, Strong & Flexible material. He bends and manhandles a small piece to show you the material properties. We think that this is great and it should be really helpful in showing you what our materials can do.
The material White, Strong & Flexible is made by SLS(Selective Laser Sintering)on an EOS Formiga P 100. The official name of the material itself is Fine Polyamide PA 2200. If you are familiar with SLS parts and think that they are brittle, weak and don't look good then you probably have seen other materials made on other machines. I know I'm tooting our own horn since we have an EOS Formiga but this stuff looks amazing compared to all the other types of SLS out there. If anyone is on the market for an SLS machine, you simply have to pick EOS. And once you've seen Bryan's videos I think you can see why we named the material White, Strong & Flexible.
Some of you have met me already at
Siggraph, but up to know I have not introduced myself yet at our
website. My name is Marleen and since June I became a team member of
Shapeways. I am responsible for finance. I have a quite diverse
background that combines logistics and operations in paper
manufacturing with strategic advice and mergers & acquisitions. I
have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and Shapeways is the perfect
place for me where Internet, production and lots of hard and fun work
Some weeks ago I was contacted by Hans
van de Burgt working at TNO,
and secretary ofthe
Beneluxspoor.net foundation. This foundation runs several
websites for model train enthusiasts and her objective is to spread
the passion and fun of the model train hobby in the Benelux(Belgium,
The Netherlands and Luxembourg). Hans and his fellow model train
friend Karst Drenth- who happens to be one of the specialists
in the Netherlands in building handmade model trains out of
‘plotter-cut’ styrene – wanted to test whether 3d printing
could be a feasible option for all model train hobbyists.
The great thing about 3D printing for
model trains, is that it cuts back the amount of time of building a
train from 3 months to just a few days. This makes it fun for so many
more people than just the small group that has a lot of patience. In
addition, it makes customized models affordable !
I immediately liked the idea, and
because I have worked in the past for a train network operator (the
REAL trains) I have an interest in anything to do with trains. Karst,
Hans and I decided to print a scaled carriage in the materials
that Shapeways currently offers. We learned a lot from this exercise.
The train hobby demands a very high level of detail and easy
finishing with sanding, spray painting and gluing. The material that
right now suits well, is our White Detail but we are determined to
take it even a step further; so keep checking our material pages. In
the near future we will place an interview with Karst on this blog to
share all the details and photos of our tests.
I was honored to be invited by Hans and
Karst to visit Eurospoor 2008, which is a convention for the model
train hobby. The Beneluxspoor.net Foundation had a huge stand with
enthusiasts that are specialized in the electronics, scenery, model
train building and so on. It was great to be there, share ideas and
to learn that 3D manufacturing can be a solution for many
enthusiasts. Hans, Karst and me have lot’s of great ideas to
inspire, help and enable the model train community. So keep checking
Shapeways, because encouraging members to buyKarst's
modelis only the beginning.
So, I was at Dutch Design Week and I'm looking around and thinking about all the awesome stuff there: the design-y chairs, pretty frames, beautiful book cases etc. And out of all those things I fall in love with one item. This item is a six foot bright green foam filled dolphin made by Geboren im Wald.
After the design week was over I bought it. It is cuddly, soft and you can lie on it and I just think its a lot of fun. I do admit that it was a bit of an impulse buy and that it is not a very standard furntiture item.The net result is that I now have a unique design item and that my mom and girlfriend think I'm nuts.
Apart from the whacky and loveable appearance of the thing I really enjoy the concept of it. It is an indoor version of a common inflatable pool toy. Another piece by Geboren im Wald is "the island"(pictured below) which you might recognize as resembling quite closely the largest of these toys. So the deisgner took something standard and cheap that is for the outdoor use by playing children and turned it into something made for living rooms and grownups. Although some feel, incorrectly, that this purchase disqualifies me from belonging to this category.
Wouter Scheublin was one of the designers on the Virtual Making stand at Dutch Design Week. He became interested in the mechanical possibilities that 3D printed models provide. He used the Selective Laser Sintering process and the Nylon 12 material(aka SLS, or White, Strong & Flexible as we call it at Shapeways) to print small working 3D printed cars. I do not want to be decieving here, these things are tiny, about 10cm by 10cm by 5cm. And they are not the get in and drive variety of car or the internal combustion engine type of car. But, I did not want to call them model or toy cars because this is clearly an experiment in design that goes much further than this.
You can see the working gears and the spring clearly. These mechanisms as well as the axles work as soon as the support material is removed. The mechanism is intentionally exposed so that people can see what you can design and build with 3D printing. The entire car comes out of the machine in one piece. The only exception is the rubber for the wheels which is made up of standard O rings.
When you pull the car back over the ground the wheels wind the gears that in turn wind the spring and once you let go the car zooms over the floor. You like?
On Sunday Mieke Kleppe came by to pick up her DDW Punnik2.0 Waistband. This design by Peter Hermans(her boyfriend) won our Dutch Design Week competition and was designed specifically for her. I love the way it looks and hope that it will get a lot of other Shapeways members to start thinking about 3D printed jewelry. We like the idea of something unique designed for that unique someone.
Look at the lamp to the left made by Geboren im Wald(born in the woods in German) it looks cute right something that you put on your bedside table perhaps.
It was milled out of one solid piece of wood by a man using a water
powered mill that is hundreds of years old. The man who milled it
usually makes centerpieces for wooden spiral staircases. The lamp was
finished by a high gloss paint that is very much in contrast to the
wood it was made of. So far so good right.
Now look at the designer standing next to his lamp.
Niels Schuurmans, who
is a really nice guy by the way, displayed his Balloon Furniture at his
own stand at Dutch Design Week. It is the most fun furniture that I've seen in a while. It
looks great and he is working on turning these demo models into an
actual product. As soon as he has, I'm buying one. When is the last
time you've seen a chair that can be described as hilarious?
Design Drift is a design duo made up of Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. They are part of Virtual Making together with Shapeways, TNO, 3D solutions and 4 other talented designers.
Their Oillight is quite the statement. The lamp explores the scarcity of natural resources, fluctuating oil prices and consumer demand. There are several different oillights each made on a different day. Because of the differences in oil prices also affect prices for oil derivatives such as the plastics that are used for 3D printing the lamp becomes bigger or smaller on each different day depending on how high the oil price is on the day when it is ordered.
Each little barrel represents $1 and so the entire lamp which is a cluster of them accurately represents the price of oil on that day. A series of oillights then make up the Oillight work which shows you the fluctuation in oil prices over a given period.
Well, it actually was a very orderly
day. What I did? Today I had the honor to speak about the democratization of production trend, the user
generated object and how Shapeways is enabling these developments at the Creating
Chaos 2008 event.
Again, from the responses to my session
and from remarks in the hallway it is clear that a lot of people
would really like to bring their creativity physically to life but
were unsure how to. They were pleasantly surprised that Shapeways is
doing just that via our 3D design upload service
and our Creator.
Would you like to have a look at what I
presented? Here it is!
Our Fruit Confession is now live! This is our second Creator Shape and it allows you to personalize a completely unique bowl. You can determine its height, shape, profile, size, contour and add a message to it. If you play around with the Fruit Confession you will see just how much variation and customization is possible with it. The end result should make an interesting center piece for a table or living room that is exactly as you would like it.
We think that this is a big step forward in mass customization and, once again, can't wait to see what kind of creations you will design.
One very important note: at the moment there is a bug in the Fruit Confession that causes problems with models created while using a Mac. This will be fixed within several days.
Right in time for Halloween we are introducing a new material: Black Detail. To make this introduction extra special we are giving you a 66.6% discount on this material up and until the 19th of October.
This means that 1 cubic centimetre of this material now, for a short time, costs $ 0.97 cents, including shipping. That is certifiably, insanly low so go order something already! 3D printing has never ever been this cheap!
So we now have a dark material suited for nice art objects, dark characters and perhaps some scary Halloween models.
The material shares the same
characteristics as the White Detail and Transparent Detail materials
and looks different, from a full black to a light grey to a silver,
depending on which light you see it in. This material won our community poll to decide if we would introduce black or blue and we'd like to thank everyone that voted!
When you create an object with Shapeways, the order price is determined
by the actual printed volume (not by the model's bounding volume). An
easy way to save some money (well, sometimes a LOT of money!) is by
making your object hollow. This short tutorial will explain the basics
of hollowing objects.
Dr. Michael Shaw is an acclaimed sculptor whith many solo and group exhibitions to his name. As well as having won prizes for his work he has a PHD in sculpture and makes inspiring and thought provoking work. He is currently an AHRC research fellow at Loughborough University where he is exploring rapid manufacturing and digital design. Loughborough University by the way may not sound familiar to you now, but they do cutting edge work in rapid manufacturing and as far as we are concerned is one of the most relevant and exciting places to be right now. You can check out Michael's website and work here, his 3D printed work here or his faculty page here.
Suffice it to say that we are very proud that Michael, or rather Dr. Michael Shaw, is a Shapeways member and one of our best customers to boot. We're also glad he took the time to answer some questions we had for him.
Why do you use Maya?
Maya, despite being horrendously
complicated, is quite user friendly because the basic means for
changing geometry are easily visible and there is a simple logic to
things like the attributes editor and the history capability.
However, I wouldn’t like to have to learn it again, that’s not to
say I’m anyway near mastering it, but that I have no desire to go
right back to the beginning! It is in some ways like Pandora’s box,
once you open it all sorts of stuff comes out; for example how
animation and particle systems can be used to modulate geometry. So
it’s is an incredibly rich tool, but at the end of the day it’s
just a tool; a really complicated pencil. What’s key is the
geometry you develop with it, and without any kind of real world
underlying philosophy it’s likely to be quite vacuous.