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 brief intro: My name is Artur Tchoukanov and I started my internship at Shapeways a little over a month ago. I am involved in improving interaction and user experience for the Shapeways community.
My passion is making 3D creation ubiquitous and accessible to everyone, so I'm at the right place.
One of my major projects has entered its second phase.
Relying on something most of us learned in kindergarten: drawing pictures. Now anyone can create 3D designs without having to learn special programs.
If 3D printing is to be accessible, then we have to start with tools and knowledge readily available and build from that.
Co-creator platforms also need to be empowered and a step in that direction is this new co-creator for earrings. Now you can draw your own earrings and we 3D print your design for you.
step1. download the sketch sheet - it has a space to draw and make a selection, as well as guidelines that will help you turn it into a success.
step2. Print out the sketch sheet on A4 or letter paper and draw your desired shape of earrings on it. (you can also use image editing software like Gimp, inkscape or Photoshop to draw what you want).
step3. Take a picture with a camera (above 2 megapixels) or scan the sheet (at least 150dpi). (or save from editing software).
step4. Go to our co-creator and click 'Create' button, then upload the picture.
step5. Proceed with checkout, sit back and relax. You (or the person dear to you) will be enjoying your new earrings in a short while (depending on material chosen).
Here's a pair sketched by Denise, our new MarCom manager, and she is proudly wearing them in the office.
You will probably see her wearing them if you ever come across her.
If you would like to try it out you can find the model here and the sketch sheet here
I'm also looking forward to our Shop owners using the sketch sheet idea for their own co-creators.
Calling all Students Want to test your 3D modeling skills, have your object 3D printed in full color by Shapeways and win $100 worth of 3D printing?
The 2010 Shapeways Full Color 3D Print Student Contest is looking for the most creative and innovative model that can be 3D printed in full color. If you are an animation student you could 3D print your lead character, if you are an industrial design student you could 3D print your next prototype, if you are a medical student you could 3D print a dissected toe, the possibilities are open to you.
Simply upload your full color model to Shapeways by the 31st of May with the tag “Student Contest” and you will be in the running to win. The five best models will be printed for free by Shapeways and sent to your door. The winning design will also receive $100 worth of Shapeways 3D printing services.
Judging criteria will include:
Beauty of Form,
Use of Color,
Community votes (so get your friends to register to vote).
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!
Anyone who has attempted to output a full color VRML will be sure to have run into the occasional issue where once a texture is mapped and your model is not quite manifold, fixing the manifold can sometimes destroy the texture mapping. Shapeways community member Akeno of The Biggle Emporium has taken the time to put together a tutorial on how to overcome the problem using Milkshape 3D, Magics RP and Maya (though other modeling packages should work in a similar manner).
A big thanks to Lin Padawer for sharing this tutorial. If anyone else has any tips on how to overcome issues such as this please do not hesitate to share them in the forum or send us an email.
Introducing a new material here at Shapeways takes a lot of preparation. And as many materials come straight out of the Shapeways Labs (where people with thick glasses cause occasional explosions), we're not always sure how they will work in the real world. Will people like the stuff? Will we be able to produce them accurately enough and ship the models in time?
So, sometimes we experiment - like with Alumide. In February we announced the temporary availability of this new White, Strong and Flexible variation. We mixed in a dash of aluminum powder to give it a 'space aged', metallic appearance. It looks great and feels very smooth, but also has some limitations: it's not as flexible as the original and it's brittle.
Alumide was available for only three short weeks, but its unique look made it immensely popular. After tinkering with our machines some more and polishing up our internal processes we're now happy to announce the return of Alumide, and it's here to stay. Enjoy!
Tony Bignell is a creative engineer and inventor that has used Shapeways to make a stereo macroscope and twin rig 3D camera system. We asked Tones-3D, as he is known on Shapeways, to explain his 3D printing projects to us.
Tony Bignell: To talk about the stereo macroscope, I really must talk about the whole 3-D twin-rig camera system, most of which uses parts printed by Shapeways. It starts with the camera base. This allows me to trigger both cameras simultaneously, using the USB socket (and an ingenious camera software hack called Stereo Data Maker), and a set of batteries-and- switch contained within the printed baseplate. I use this setup for taking 3-D photos, but there's a limitation: I must be a minimum of 2 meters from the nearest part of the scene or there will be too much stereo differential.
The Stereo Macroscope works like a pair of sideways periscopes, and reduces the minmum distance to about 600 millimeters; this, plus a little bit of zoom-in on the cameras' lenses, allows me to take some of the macro 3-D photos I love taking. Here's a sample of one of the photographs.
I have also made a 3-D camera for my wife Robin. The reason for setting up camera upside-down is to get the lenses closer together than on my own rig, because Robin take more social photos, and getting a bit closer is desirable, and possible thanks to the closer lens spacing.
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."
You can 3D printed in glass on Shapeways. This is the first time ever that you can get a design of yours 3D printed in glass. The Milky White Matte Glass costs $5.99 per cm3, with a start-up cost of $15 per model. This price is an introductory price valid until the end of June. We think this is a huge step forward in 3D printing and the democratization of design and manufacturing.
This process is coming straight from the lab to your house. Therefore we must include a bit of expectation management. The material is not smooth as regular glass is. It is porous and a much much rougher surface. The material is also brittle and of course fragile. It is also not see through.
Not all of your models will work in glass. All walls have to be 3mm for example. The dimensional stability of the material is also not as good as the other 3D printing materials we have on Shapeways. There are several other considerations too and you can find them here on the 3D printed glass design rules page. Because this process is so new we are only accepting newly uploaded models for the 3D printed glass. We're sorry about that but we want to ensure as much as we can that the models we try to print are designed for glass. We thought that this would be the most democratic way in doing it. So please first check out the design rules and then upload your model before ordering it.
The printing process 3D prints recycled glass powder. The glass powder is spread out on a bed and then 3D printed using a binding material. The parts that will become your model are hardened by the binder and the rest remains as glass powder. A new layer of glass is added and the process repeats itself. The fragile model is then gingerly lifted out of the powder and fired in a kiln. The binder evaporates and the model fuses. You can watch the glass video below.
One of the most exciting things about this process is that the 3D printing medium is recycled glass powder. The powder is made from recycled glass bottles and plate glass from windows. The glass used is the same regular soda-lime glass that surrounds you. The "support material" that remains behind to support your model can also be recycled completely until it is all used up. Your designs can be recycled completely also. If you're bored with your design just toss it in a glass recycling bin. This is a huge step forward in making 3D printing even more environmentally advantageous.
Check out all models which you can already order now!
The maximum build volume is currently 7.5 CM cube
The minimum wall thickness is 3mm
The density of the material is 2.35 g/cc
The melting temperature of the material is 730 C
Your models will take 21 working days to arrive
Please tell the world that you can now 3D print in glass.
We had a lot of response to our “Co-Creator Creativity in Co-Design Contest” (seriously – who came up with THAT name? . To recap, the aim of the contest was to create surprising, beautiful designs that are a good showcase of our Co-Creator platform.
With a Co-Creator, a real designer somewhere on the internet will adapt his or her design just for you. They will tell you the kinds of changes that can be made, you give them your input and off they go!
Some participants ran into a problem with our tagging service, so we took a good hard look at the recently submitted creator models to make sure we didn't miss anything (and yeah, we fixed that pesky bug).
Our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen was interviewed live on FOX Business News yesterday! The piece turned out really nice - the presenters were amazed by the concept, using words like 'science fiction' and 'fascinating', and spent close to 5 minutes talking about Shapeways. Great job, Pete!