We are always on the lookout for new materials like the Very High Detail Wax and will keep you posted of anything else we are experimenting with. Likewise, please let us know if you find any new materials or processes you would like for us to include?
I am looking to find Australian Shapeways users so that we can unite to promote Shapeways products locally. This could be something as simple as a stall at a local market or design event such as Finders Keepers, Design Made Tradeor Bowerbird Bazaar? We may even be able to organise (Australian English spelling) a chance for some of us to meet up so that we can get to know each other and get some feedback in person?
Send an email to duann(at)shapeways.com if you are interested?
Also if you are interested in starting your own local chapter (secret handshakes optional) let us know and we may be able to help you out with sample products, t-shirts or other assistance to help you promote yourselves and Shapeways.
It is the final week of the Draw Your Own Earrings Sweepstakes and your chance to share in one of 1000 prizes. If you have already entered get your mother, brother, sister, cousin, hairdresser, daughter, parole officer or pizza delivery boy to sketch their own design and enter for their chance to win too. We already have some great entries but with so many prizes to give away every entrant is bound to win something.
In just a few days time, from july 27th-29th, SIGGRAPH 2010 will break loose in Los Angeles.
SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques, in full) is the world's largest conference on computer graphics and 3d technology, and it's THE place to be if you're interested in 3D. Cities that host SIGGRAPH turn into a madhouse: all hotels are full, movie and game studios throw parties every evening and you have a good chance to run into 3D celebrities.
Even better: you can run into Shapeways! We'll be there for the third year in a row, showing 3D artists how they can transform their work from the virtual into the physical. If you're in the area, we'd be thrilled to meet you! Come on over to say hi and meet the team, check out our sample prints and meet fellow Shapeways users. (We still have free tradeshow tickets left - get them here). You'll find us at booth number 538. You can download a map of the event, and our SIGGRAPH leaflet.
Whilst keeping an eye on the Shapeways Twitter stream, I often notice little exchanges that may be of interest to Shapeways users like the one below. It shows how Twitter can be used to expose and sell your 3D printed models on Shapeways.
@cialina http://twitpic.com/8a19n - Please please please tel me where you got this!! My life would actualy be compete if I had one.
@alice_morrissey cant buy it anywhere. designed it in engineering at school. had it 3D printed. only 2 were made.
You can now embed Youtube links into the pages of your Shapeways shop so you can show a video of your product in use, an animation, assembly instructions or a simple rotation of the product to help communicate your designs. Put a link on your Youtube page back to your shop to drive sales. Easy.
I have 50 free tickets to the SIGGRAPH 2010 Tradeshow for you! To get one, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and your community nickname. I'll be giving the tickets away on a first come, first served basis. Later this week, I'll be giving away 3 tickets to the awesome SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival. Stay tuned!
As Shapeways is about to integrate YouTube links into the Shapeways site, now is a nice time to check out some of the amazing videos uploaded by the Shapeways community on to YouTube. Following are a few that I have found doing a simple YouTube search and this is the value of YouTube as it is currently (circa 2010) the second biggest search engine on the internet. So take a look at what some of the Shapeways community has posted, subscribe to the Shapeways Channel on YouTube, and start thinking about what you might want to post and link to your shop on Shapeways.
A quick reminder: tonight I'll be hosting Shapeways Live at 8PM Amsterdam time (click here to see what time that is for you). I'll be talking about combinatory manufacturing, glass (I have some cool samples to show you), our new packaging material and more.
During our last Live cast we found out that the chat required people to register at the UStream site. I've tried to make it easier by creating a dedicated Live page with integrated chatbox - without registration:
Personally, I always forget to attend these events although I really DO intend to, so I added a 30-minutes email reminder service thingamajig to the page.
Have a good day, and see you tonight!
PS: If you can't make it, I'll make sure the show is recorded and published on the site tomorrow.