Artur lead the way in showing us all how anyone can co-design for 3D printing.
As a designer you can use that idea to work together with someone in
order to create something unique with them. We know that there is much
more creativity to explore in this area, that's why we're doing the
Draw it contest. Who can come up with the most interactive, fun and
expressive co-creator that has a hand drawn drawing as its input? Who can design the best combination of drawing and 3D printing?
1ste prize is $100 coupon for 3D printing
the top 3 models will be featured on the Shapeways homepage for one week
The top 5 winning models will get their model printed for free
You can enter until the 30th of May.
The terms and conditions for the contest can be found here.Your model has to have a sales price between $25 and $60, excluding mark-up and VAT. The model has to be available as Co-Creator. Tag your uploaded model with the tag "Draw it" in order to enter.
For some of our community the fact that all our prices are Dollars was one of life's minor annoyances. They wanted to see Euro prices on all the models. We have just implemented it for you. From now on you can see the prices of all the models in both Euros and Dollars.
A few months ago Vijay Paul of DotSan was showing off some of his 3D printed creations to two cousins aged 6 and 7. The two were inspired by Vijay's designs and wanted to make things too. The pair of aspiring designers could not 3D model however so Vijay decided to co-design with them. They made drawings of the models they wanted.
Vijay then turned these designs into 3D models. We hope to see the results soon!
Vijay is not the only ones letting children in on the 3D printing game. Ivo Beckers (Ibec)has let his kids design a number of things.
Meike, who is 7, had her signature drawing turned into a great pendants that were 3D printed in plastic, color and metal. You can check out her Head Heart model here.
Another daughter Esmee, 10, used a neocube magnetic puzzle to design a ring. Her dad then 3D modeled that design to make a metal 3D print.
Opening up alternative ways for people to design really lowers the barriers to entry to 3D printing. We really want "everyone" to be able to 3D print. Vijay and Ivo's innovative approaches illustrate the path to the future. Design by proxy, design by explanation and design using existing tools are three key ways in which design and with it production can be democratized. Over the coming weeks we will show you some of our own work in allowing more people to get into the design game.
Sean Dabbs made an amazing cat woman 3D print. Catwoman is 3D printed by Shapeways in the White Detail material. The color is all hand painted and the cat suit is hand sown. It looks so much like Michelle Pfeiffer! You can check out more pictures on the forum or on Sean's own website. Please also check out Sean's rendition of Drill Sargeant Navarro.
A few weeks ago we introduced glass 3D printing. Today we're shipping the first glass 3D printed models. The results so far are encouraging but we do have to mention once again that this is a very new and very experimental process. Below are some pictures of some of the newest test models We hope that you guys share your glass creations with the world once they get to you!
Now that Shapeways users can 3D print Milky White Matt Glass it is a great time to showcase some works by established artists that use 3D printed glass and ceramics.
One of the leading proponents in the field is Michael Eden whose research entitled "The Hand and the Glove: actual and virtual explorations of the ceramic container" at the Royal College of Art explores the use of additive manufacturing in the context of traditional ceramics making.
"The ceramic container is a form that I am both functionally and aesthetically engaged with. The pots I previously made were designed to drink tea from, to serve food from and to play an accepted role in domestic life.
Alongside the mechanics of the container I have become increasingly occupied with the way in which we perceive the relationship between the container and it’s surrounding space. The aim of this work is to put our perception of things in tension with our conception of them.
Between 2006 and 2008 I undertook an MPhil at the Royal College of Art to concentrate on the development of a new body of work that explores the abstract qualities of the container. I have used a combination of drawing, 3D software, traditional hand skills, and digital technology in the development of this work. The main outcome of the research project is to have brought together revolutionary tools and materials for the first time to create a body of work that explores a new creative language."
He designed it and printed it weeks before it came out. Some friends quickly bought an Ipad in the States and brought it to Finland. Pekka was the able to test the plug holes and the buttons to see if the 3D print & his design were correct.
There were some issues with his initial design but he corrected them and now he is able to put an Ipad compatible accessory on the market worldwide. Pekka has the product design skill, he prototypes using us and then we provide him with a scalable manufacturing infrastructure so he can sell a product worldwide while we do the shipping production and all other things boring. You know what, the more I think about it the more I am beginning to believe that there might be something to this whole 3D printer and 3D printing hype after all. Pekka's 3D printed case for the Ipad cost $50 and you can get one here.
There is a lot of hype currently about desktop 3D printing. A lot of people are saying that the dream is to be able to make anything with desktop 3D printers.
I love the entire "be able to make anything." But, why "desktop 3D printing"? Why is the predefined form factor part of the dream?
Is it because paper printers went from large expensive things to cheap desktop things? Are we stuck in this allegory?
Is it because when you're making a 3D printer it is much easier to make one with a small build volume than a large build volume? Is it therefore because making a desktop 3D printer is so much more achievable than a larger one?
Is it because a cheap printer is important and so smaller ones are advantageous in this regard?
Is it because the Star Trek Replicators are desktop sized?
Is it because this is a good size for a consumer electronic device?
Is it because of the development of cell phones and other technologies that seem to indicate that small is more advanced?
Is it because making them this size would increase the adoption rate because more people could fit them in their homes easier?
Or is this desktop somehow in some other way important? Somehow crucial to the entire endeavor?
What am I missing?
My fridge is not desktop sized. My washing machine is not desktop sized. In fact my washing machine would be near useless if it were desktop sized and it could only wash two socks at a time. My dishwasher would be less efficient as a device and less useful to me if it were smaller. Bicycles & ovens would also suck as a smaller devices. I'm not saying that someone will not find a use for a tiny fridge or tiny oven: just that the most useful versions of these devices tend to not fit on your desktop.
We operate on a human scale and so the things we will print will be in this scale too. We make small things with 3D printing currently because big things are expensive. But, I totally want to make big things too: houses, couches, cars etc.. I want to be able to make anything. So why should the technological development of 3D printing be limited by a seemingly arbitrarily chosen form factor? Would "backpack portable" 3D printing or fridge sized 3d printing not be easier or better?
We now got to interview Dr. Sivam Krish, the Co-founder of Genometri. Sivam studied aerospace engineering and architecture and became a university lecturer. The next logical step was of course to found Singapore based Genometri a software company that sells generative design software. Whereas a lot of companies are starting to get into personalization and coming up with mass customization tools Genometri is ahead of the curve and wants to be a vendor that supplies easy to use mass customization to companies by using generative design software.
Joris Peels: What is Genometri?
Sivam Krish: Genometri is about genes and
geometry. I believe that the future of design is going to be based on
biological models. We developed technologies that will help designers
create genetic representations of design that may be used for
generative design or mass customization.
Joris Peels: So you sell software? What kind of companies do you sell it to? Who do you expect will be your customers in the future?
Sivam Krish: We were one of the first movers in generative design. We were a bit too
early. We had to explain to people what generative design was all about
and we found designers to be very resistant. That has changed now,
especially in architecture. We made a mistake of focusing on product
design. What has taken off in the last few years is parametric design
(not generative design) Parametric design is an essential step for
generative design. Generative designs will allow computers to spew out
thousands of designs and let designers select and improve them. This is
not happening yet, but it is about to. This technology has now reached
adolescence – but is not producing babies yet. The time is now right
for the technology we have developed. We are currently revising our
strategy to focus on design education and make our technology widely