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.
My colleagues? No, what I will miss is the Shapeways Makerbot. We got a beautiful Makerbot Industries Cupcake CNC some weeks ago. Our Makerbot is quite noisy but we love it. Hans put it together for us and he is trying to add things to it all the time. We really wanted a 3D printer around the office and we're very happy to have this now.
The entire process of getting a Makerbot and putting it together is a lot of fun.
Assembling a Makerbot is not difficult if you're a Dremel owning techie type of person.
Your Makerbot will not work all the time so you have to keep at it.
You will get stuck but there is a great Makerbotting community out there to help you.
Owning a Makerbot will make you feel like you came from the future.
Watch the rather noisy video of our Makerbot below (and I was kidding I'll miss my colleagues a tonne!) .