Pete Zich pointed us to a great way to export to Shapeways from Maya. He took some screenshots and explains how to do it. Pete reports that, "I've uploaded over 20 items and all of them have been done this way, with excellent results." Thank you Pete! We will turn your info into a tutorial soon.
"The only steps involved are selecting the meshes you want to export, choosing "Export Selected" and selecting DAE_FBX."
[...] I set out to design something in the shortest amount of time and yet would still give me a good ‘feel’ of what 3D printing is capable of today. The time constraint was probably also due to the fact I read about the offer at midnight and wanted to send it to print before I sleep :) Result? Concept, Design, Upload, Ordered all within 2 hours!
Very cool! Any chance of a video showing the diaphragm in action, John?
A few weeks ago I designed a Christmas decoration: a small angel with some movable parts. The result was awesome - check out this little movie I made from it [2.4MB Quicktime]. In this short tutorial I'll teach you how to make a similar design yourself. All the necessary files (including the full Christmas angel) are included.