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!
This video shows how BMW uses rapid prototyping in their design process for consumer cars and F1 racing cars. It includes different techniques such as Selective Laser Sintering (our 'White, Strong & Flexible') but also Beam Melting (metal printing) and Stereolithography. Interesting stuff.
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.
The reason for this downtime is that our hosting company is moving
its data centre. So, they will actually have to uplug our servers, carry them to a truck, transport them to the new data centre and install them there.
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.
We have a brand new tutorial live that shows you how to export from Maya to Shapeways using the COLLADA file format. This tutorial was made by Shapeways member Bryan Vaccaro aka bvicarious.
Bryan did an awesome job in making a tutorial that shows you exactly how to do this using the ColladaMaya plug-in by Feeling software. The tutorial has lots of screenshots and also shows you how to clean up your model using Maya, how to check for inverted normals and how to hollow your model out. I think it will be a great resource to help more Maya modelers get into 3D printing. We're very happy with another community made tutorial and would like to thank Bryan very much for it!
Check out the tutorial here. If there are other people out there that would like to share their expertise with other software packages then send me an email to joris (at) shapeways (dot) com.
Some people say that 3D printing is like 'growing' objects. I would dispute this, Tokujin Yushioka, he grows things. He grew a chair consisting of crystals. The production process seems to be a bit slow for Shapeways but we should consider it.
So you've received your Shapeways model and you want to share it with the world? You may find that it's not always easy to take a good photograph that nicely shows all the fine details of your work. Unless you take great care in setting everything up properly, the details can easily 'wash out'. We gathered a few tutorials on product photography that will help you:
Intro to Product Photography
"These particular tips are intended for shooting small to medium sized projects that can be maneuvered relatively easily, and put in a studio environment. But even if your particular project doesn't fit these criteria, many of the tips I'll be giving are universal, and can be applied to any photographic documentation".
DIY Light box for product photography
"Building a light box is pretty easy stuff. A light box is particularly useful for product photography where you need a nice white background. Many people find that their products will actually sell faster with a more professional looking photo. Here you'll find a step by step on how to build your own DIY light box"
Do YOU have any tips or links that really helped you improve your photography? Leave them in a comment and we'll add them to the list!
The confluence between animation and street
art is bound to be something that I enjoy. This
is a video showing you a wall painted animation. As in an
animation made up of graffiti. It is like one of those 'flip books'
that people used to have, only the city is your flip book.
Nike has 3D printed an individual prosthetic for an athlete. I do love the idea of a large company using its resources to do something nice. And cool, highly functional prosthetic legs and arms would be good for atletes who need them. But there is something quite scary about Nike making replacements for body parts.
That is the new contest for October. Together with AWN, Animation World Network we will be holding the contest from today until the 22nd of October. Check out the entries here. Enter by adding the tag AWN to your model. The lucky winner gets $250 in 3D printing from us, their own model sent to them for free and the top three designs will be featured on AWN and Shapeways.