Until the 10th of October we will be offering you a significant discount on large White, Strong & Flexible models. You can calculate your discount using the hyper-mega-awesome-discount-calculator-tool(its an Excel sheet). You can download that here.
If you order a model, in White, Strong & Flexible, that is above $500 then you will get a 25% discount.
Any amount above $1000 gets you a 75% discount.
For example: if you purchase a model costing $3000, you would get a discount of $1625 and pay $1375. 25% discount over the amount above 500, and 75% over the amount above 1000.
This discount is valid for the first 50 models. email
firstname.lastname@example.org, put Think Big in your subject line and include a
link to the model or a model name that you would like to order in the
email. The discount will be over the price of the 3D printing not the
mark up portion of the amount that goes to the designer.
So why are we doing this until October 10th?
We've been thinking and tinkering a lot with our pricing model lately.
We know a lot of you would like to make larger things but are being
held back by cost. We also think that if people see larger 3D printed
objects they will be inspired to make lots of things that are not yet
models do cost a lot more to make because they take up more space and
time in the 3D printers. But, larger models equal bigger orders. And
one large model worth $2000 requires less handling, cleaning etc. than
500 smaller models that would cumulatively equal the same amount.
is an experiment, to see if you guys love this, to see if this
stimulates you to Think Big, to see if after we do all the production
and then the math our assumptions on pricing will turn out to be true.
We know that not everyone has a few thousand or a few hundred dollars,
right now, that they can spend on 3D printing. Even though we can
understand if you're sorely tempted by a Geary Cube,a captured heart or a Fractal Conch.
But, we hope that the few people that do take advantage of this help us
all learn on how to make Shapeways cheaper for everyone.
University of Washington's Solheim Rapid Manufacturing Laboratory, and Professor Mark Ganter are at it again. The same people, the same University that just months ago brought us Ceramic 3D printing have now come up with glass 3D printing.
Professor Ganter is a Shapeways community member and announces ceramics 3D printing and glass 3D printing breakthroughs on our forum which is one of the most ridiculously flattering things ever to happen to us.
In the press release Mark is quoted as saying, ""It became clear that if we could get a material into powder form at about 20 microns we could print just about anything." The Vitraglyphic process uses the powdered glass and a binder. The research was done by graduate student Grant Marchelli.
The cost of the 3D printing material is much less than other materials and the material should be great for artists and consumer materials. Opinions are divided around the office if it looks good but, we all think it is a huge breakthrough.
The best thing is that Professor Ganter, Grant Marchelli and Solheim Rapid Manufacturing Laboratory decided to make their invention available for free for general use!!!
I mentioned Mani Zamani and the awesome model Rose Keeper in the previous post. Mani used Shapeways Steel 3D printing and existing Revoltech joints to make a movable, pose able model that is just amazing.
Below Mani explains to us, a great and inspirational story, the journey to Rose Keeper.
Well I am a foreign
student and graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven and as
long as I remember I was always fascinated by those giant robots from Japanese
animation specially the old school ones. So based on that background, believe it
or not, I decided to become a designer.
After coming to The Netherlands,
in my forth year of study I started a project in the plastic course which the
focus was designing a robot action figure based on injection molding in a form
of kit model for kids. For that project I used the simple technique of making
all the parts with balsa wood and simply vacuum form them with polystyrene (the
same material used for kit models) and I used Lego parts for the joints.
A month later a friend of mine
who is also a computer nerdintroduced me to Shapeways. And that was a big deal really big deal. See
after 5 years of modeling in Rhino3d and printing data sheets to make parts in
foam and balsa, Shapeways was a big eye opener.
So I decided to go straight and
without any test print I ordered my first model which was also a very human like
robot inspired by ninja-samurais (The Samurai-Poet Project).
you can see every thing is printed by Shapeways except the ball joints system
which I order them from Japan. I did
some test prints of the same ball and socket system with SLS(White, Strong & Flexible) but it was not as
strong as I expected to be specially for the hip joints where there is more
weightbut I did use the SLS ball
joints in arms where there is no weight issue there .
It was after this experience
which I came up with the conclusion that ratchet and klicky ball joints are
better solution for heavy models and after some research I found Revoltech.
Now what is Revoltech: Revoltech is an action figure line from the
Japanese company Kaiyodo. The main selling point
of the line is the 'Revolver' joint, which all of the figures utilize. This
gives the figures a high degree of articulation, allowing for many dynamic and
Exactly 4 months before my visa expired I
saw an announcement of metal 3d printing for all on Shapeways and I went nuts for
it. I had to design a robot all in metal (I have a goal in my life and it is to
design and build robot figures in as many different materials and techniques a as
possible and become a master of it)
So in order to over come the costs I decided to cancel my summer trip to Zurich and spend the money on this project.
Rosekeeper became a different project
during designing. The organic shape of a rose and a background story that I had
in mind lead to this creature which is not a robot but a rejected demon from
hell which has to find the perfect rose in order to bring balance between the
world of angels, demons, humans and birds.
It has 14 points of articulation together
with 2 point extra for knees (double joints).
Unfortunately even with Revoltech joints it
is heavy for some poses but I am really pleased with it and this brings me to my
next project which will be to design my own joint system this will also let me
sell my works without any restrictions. (the figure itself is 205 mm long).
Rose Keeper is just an incredible stainless steel 3D printed model by Mani Zamani. It was made by using Shapeways together with Revoltech joints. The model is unique and by using the standard joints, good movement is added to the model at little cost.
It is a great example of what I call Combinatory Manufacturing. Combinatory Manufacturing is using a high end production process that produces unique parts and then combining them with existing mass manufactured parts to add functionality. The unique characteristics of the high end process coupled with the standardized, cheap and available parts. We have lots of examples on Shapeways of this happening ranging from the technological such as the RC helicopters to jewelery such as the Marble Pendants. You can see a video of one of Magic's great marble pendants here and his Shop is here.
Combinatory Manufacturing is a best of both worlds approach using pre-existing functionality in mass produced parts in a novel, useful or interesting way. Some uses such as Mani's use of Revoltech joints in his Rose Keeper model use the mass manufactured parts in expected ways but to great effect.
Chris Jackson's hot Watering can re-purposes a hot water bottle as a dual use hot water bottle & watering can by adding a 3D printed fitting to it. An earlier example of something like this is the 2006 Meta-Morphose initiative. These kinds of products extend the functionality of mass produced products into new areas.
I believe that we will lots of very very interesting things occurring with Combinatory Manufacturing in the coming years. It will be a simple way for designers to design much more complex items and also allow them to leverage their way into people's lives much easier. Instead of coming up with all the functionality within the confines of your own design you can simply make something that bolts on to something else.
Of course Combinatory Manufacturing is nothing really new. Marcel Duchamp was making his readymade's as far back as 1913. His repurposing of the Bicycle wheel seen here or the urinal as seen in his hugely important Fountain piece(that pissed off a lot of people), would fit comfortably into what I'm describing above. Indeed Chris Jackson portion of the TEN XYZ show that includes the water bottle is called "Digital Readymades." So in Duchamp we all have a precursor. And Duchamp not only deserves credit for his huge influence on the art world but also in being remarkably prescient as far as the development of technology is concerned. Duchamp's repositioning of the functionality of art, artist, spectator as well as the objects themselves however was, in my opinion, intended as more of a theoretical exercise. Combinatory Manufacturing differs because it will become a purely practical endeavor.
What could you combine with a 3D print so that the combined product could exceed the functionality of both the print and the mass produced part? What is something standard that you could repurpose? What technologically complex but cheap item do you have that you could do amazing things with?
Like all technologies, you can put 3D Printing to dubious use as well..
Today's news is a German hacker, Ray. Ray likes to collect handcuffs and find crazy ways to open them.
This time he was able to duplicate the key to Dutch police handcuffs (there's only one key format - duh!). He simply took a high-resolution photograph of a key that was dangling from a policeman's belt, reconstructed it in 3D software and printed it on a 3D printer. And yes, it worked!
It's probably not legal to own such a key so I don't advise printing one, but it does make for a very interesting demonstration of what happens once production tools become democratized.
Now handcuffs are only for temporarily restraining suspects (at least by the Dutch police), so I don't think this is a major issue for them. Still, the trouble with the interweb is of course that once a file it out in the open (as it is in this case) it's extremely difficult - if not impossible - to remove it, making the key in question virtually useless. If this had happened to, say, a master key of a building, you'd have to replace every lock..
This story is not unlike the British police chief Bob Quick, whose secret document was photographed on the street. Do we need to be more careful 'out there'? I makes me wonder what's next; people taking an ultra-high resolution photograph of your thumb to replicate your fingerprint? (yes Ray, we have your fingerprint on file now, too Replicating your car keys when you leave your car?
My name is Mathijs and I’m a student from the “Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen”. I study Industrial Product Design and am starting my second year now. For five months I will join the Shapeways team to learn from their technology as well as create some designs of my own. At school I learned to design with Solidworks. I know the basics and will come a long way with mechanical shapes. You will see some of my parts in the coming weeks when I’m uploading parts for the 3D Part Database.
In my free time I like to play online games on my xbox, mostly shooters, just to slaughter those noobs! Also I like to relax with my friends and drink a beer or two.Besides making fun I would also like to learn some other 3D software. Of course this is fun as well! But in a different way. I’m thinking of giving blender a try in the coming weeks. If you guys have any tips for me on blender or maybe other software, let me know!
My first task will be to increase and improve the Shapeways 3D Parts Database for you guys. I will add more file extensions to more common file types and add a lot of new designs. I hope this will improve the accessibility of the files and make the database even more useful. Here is a forum post where I tell you some more about the ideas I have and where you can leave your ideas and feedback.
While I’m here I will try to help the Shapeways community the best I can. Of course I have a lot to learn but that’s why I’m here. If you have some tips, comments or any other notes feel free to leave them here or let me know! You can contact me on my Shapeways mail which is mathijs(at)shapeways(dot)com
Mitchell Whitelaw's Weather Bracelet is a stunning piece of wearable art. The 3D print visualizes one year of the weather data in Canberra. The outer edge is determined by the daily minimum and maximum temperatures. The holes indicate rainfall. I love this piece, both the look of it and its concept. Mitchell(
Mitchell Whitelaw: I'm interested in ways of manifesting data , making it tangible - visualization, but also other forms. Data-sculpture isn't an original
idea, I'm inspired by others including Andreas Nicholas Fischer and Fluidforms.
I'm also interested in weather and climate (and the line between the
two) and how we can make long time-scales tangible - this relates to an
earlier project, Watching the Sky.
J: Where did you get the idea from? The data?
MW: Mostly the idea of wearable data - making abstract patterns literally
tangible. Also I'm a huge fan of Nervous System's jewelry (http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com)
and have been watching their 3d printed work closely. A bracelet seemed
like a good template to use - I did an earlier experiment along those
lines. I also
have a thing for radial time-series, as in Watching the Sky. Then it
was a process of playing with forms - I used Processing to generate the
geometry from the data.
J: At what show are you going to exhibit it?
MW: It is called Beginning, Middle, End - at the School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra - opening 6pm Friday 18th September!
J: Is it actually going to be used as a bracelet?
MW: I hope so, it depends if anyone wants to wear it! The current form is
really a prototype; I'm planning to fabricate some different versions -
including a large one in cut paper. I'm also thinking about other
time-spans and locations, and the mass-customization approach that
people like Fluidforms are exploring.