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?
Ok, so it's not yet another new material. We are exploring novel ways to use the White Strong & Flexible material.
We started calling them digi-fabrics here at the office. The first 2 samples really feel like fabric and rubber in the way they behave. We'll be demoing these samples at SIGGRAPH, but also wanted to share with the rest of the community not attending the event.
We have made them available as download and put them up for sale, so have fun.
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.
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.
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.
Due to the positive feedback and fantastic models, Shapeways has decided to reintroduce Gold Plated Stainless Steel as a permanent materials option for the Shapeways community.
With this reintroduction there is a change to the pricing from a flat rate with start up, to a stepped, non-linear pricing plan whereby the larger the volume the better the rate. Larger models are comparatively cheaper for us to produce so we would like to pass on that saving and encourage users create models of greater volume.
During the initial introductory period Shapeways did not cover its costs on the Gold Plated 3D printing and processing, especially with the smaller parts, so for Shapeways to remain viable we have introduced a new pricing structure for Gold Plated Stainless Steel.
So here is how it works:
0cm³ < to ≤1cm³ = Min. price $20 1cm³ < to ≤ 5cm³ = $11/cm³ 5cm³ < to ≤ 10cm³ = $10/cm³ > 10cm³ = $9/cm³