We get a lot of questions about the material properties of our 3D printed models and the materials themselves. Because of this Bart and I made a little movie showing you how strong and above all how bouncy our material White, Strong & Flexible is. You should be able to get a good idea from the video. One thing to keep in mind: the strength and robustness of your model also depends a lot on your design.
The winner of our metal 3D printing in titanium contest is...Huang Yanying with her model Spiral Cage. In second place is Whystler with Nocturnal. In third place ReedCSY with Cruxoid 2.0. The entries this time were phenomenal, and we hope that the two days we spent judging the contest, the time we spent pouring over your files to see which ones were the most printable and the discussions we had were worthy of all the work you put into this contest.
We choose ReedCSY's Cruxoid for the third place finisher because it was an agressive looking model that played with symetry, shape and looked cool.
Whystler's Nocturnal is quite simply one of the best models we've ever had on Shapeways. For those of you that have missed his discription you need to check it out. His model is a working clock that tells the time by the stars. We love it and it would have been difficult at any other time to find a model that could top this.
Huang Yanying's Spiral Cage however captured our hearts with an elegant model that was emminently producible as well as well as demonstrating the capabilities of the process well.
We are really awed by the effort and skill that was put into this contest and would like to congratulate all the winners as well as thank all the participants, you can check out all the entries here.
I love Threadless, a lot. Threadless (just in case you missed them) is a community site where people can submit designs for t-shirts and vote for them. Winning designs get produced, the winner gets $2500 and everyone else gets to buy fun, funny and creative T-shirts.
So, Exactly how much do I love Threadless? To the right you can see a
picture of most of the Threadless t-shirts I own. There are about 50 in
that picture (taken in Amsterdam, where I live) and there are more in
Eindhoven (where I also live).
Indeed Threadless has a lot to do with why I came to work for Shapeways. What Threadless is for T-shirts, Shapeways will be for all other stuff. Which is what makes what happened to me the other day quite interesting indeed.
A friend of mine lives in Chang Mei, Thailand and was in Amsterdam to visit his family and friends. As a present he brought me a T-shirt. He talked about markets in Chang Mei where you could get the funniest shirts for next to nothing and gave me one that combined my love of reading for my love of cool t-shirts.
I can be an idiot at times and was so immediately after he gave it: exclaiming in short order that not only did my girlfriend have the very same shirt but that it was a Threadless shirt, making it abundantly clear to everyone that his gift was pirated. This was a complete surprise to him, and just one more incident of me ruining something by blurting out what I'm thinking. To the right you can see both t-shirts side by side, with the Threadless shirt on the left and the Thailand one on the right. You can see the shirt on Threadless here.
This incident has many far reaching and interesting implications for communities such as Threadless and Shapeways as well as the future of "peer production", mass customization and intellectual property in general and is interesting to me for 9 reasons:
As of today we've gone live with the Shapeways Shops. The Shapeways Shops
mean that everyone that can 3D model can now sell tangible products
worldwide without any start-up costs. So if you are a designer you can join us and within a few minutes your products can be shipped, distributed and sold all over the world.
Here is a short overview:
The rights of the designs will always remain with you.
You can choose your own URL, Shop name and upload your logo.
You can decide how much money you would like to make on each model.
Shapeways does the production, shipping, billing and customer service so that you can concentrate on designing.
We are proud to be the worlds first marketplace for 3D printed goods.
We hope to inspire: you, our community of members, to new heights in your
creativity. This in turn will enable more and more people to create and buy unique
objects that better reflect what they want and need than today's mass
produced products do. As this happens we can add new production techniques and lower prices making the products on Shapeways even more acessible. Meanwhile as we grow and prosper our community members also grow and prosper. This reinforces our ability to inspire you and the whole thing becomes an autocatalytic cycle. That is basically the plan, so want to join in and be a part of that?