We are Rob and Incara from Sydney
Australia. We’ve got a very creative little family here with all of
us having our own styles and forms of expression. I’m 37, Incara is
10 and has a sister named Aurielle who is 12. We’re very interested
in toy design and production at the moment and are planning to get
serious about it in the next year or so.
Shapeways member buho29
printed out parts for a tiny remote controlled helicopter on Shapeways.
The parts cost $25 and there were some issues with one of the
connection points, balance and with the model getting dirty from oil.
But, he 3D printed a helicopter! Of course he still had to do the assembly, and will need some more R&D to get it just right and
added off the shelf parts to his design. But..he 3D printed a
helicopter. I for one can not wait what the next versions will look like! You can check out the movie of it flying below.
I have been playing around a bit with some Transparent details models to find a good way to polish them and make them shine. It will take some time (appr 4 hours for this model) but the result really rocks… if I may say so myself.
Bellow I’ll describe the steps I took to get to this result. These steps will be applicable for almost all models printed in Transparent detail
Pedestrian traffic lights are always more or less the same. Most often you can find two circles that change from Red to Green, the circles tend to hold a boring man pictogram walking when green and standing when red. Ho hum.
When I was in Berlin recently I noticed that there they use the Ampelmannchen (Ampelmaennchen). This is a hold over from East German times and quite original because in the rest of Germany (indeed rest of Western Europe) the boring old man symbol is the norm.
I find the Ampelmannchen to be irrisistebly cute. When the signal is red, he stands there, arms outstreched as if he wants a big hug, is waiting to be joined in a circle of people holding hands or is sincere about stopping you. When the light is green and he is walking he seems hurried and busy, going places. The hat would seem to be more in place on a Spanish bullfighter but I love how they've taken something completely mundane and standard and transformed it into something original.
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?
I was in Berlin over New Years and loved the place. One of the things we did there was walk around Unter den Linden. This large avenue has a lot of flagship stores on it and one of them was the Volkswagen one. As well as all the Volkswagens you could also see the new Bentleys and they also had a Bugatti Veyron.
Surprisingly the luxury cars pulled in more people than the new Volkswagen models. It was the first time I had ever seen a Veyron. It is a very very attractive car. It is sleek, low, the tires are rap star large and the angles are dramatic and make it look very powerful.
So why am I blogging about the Veyron here? Can you see the dash on the pictures to the right and below? Those are some pictures I took of the car from the outside. And that dashboard you can see.That is a 3D printed dashboard. The Bugatti Veyron is, as far as I know, the world's first production car to feature 3D printed materials in the final car.
Car companies were the first big users of 3D printing and have used it for years to prototype cars and car parts. But, until now it really did not make sense to use 3D printing in the actual cars because of cost and production issues.
The Veyron however is produced by hand, is subject to a lot of customization and is comming out in an extremely limited series of 300. Because of all these factors they used 3D printing.
Although I did meet Scott Barett of Black Powder Media at SIGGRAPH and seem to remember that he had a life sized version of himself in Carbonite(a la Han Solo from Star Wars(if this does not ring a bell at the moment, uum it will take a while for me to explain)) which he had 3D printed. Perhaps we should make a Creator for this? How big is the market for people who would like life sized Carbonite models of themselves?