We have already received manyfantastic entries but the contest is still open until Wednesday the 1st of September 12:00 CET, finalists will have there model 3D printed by Shapeways, promoted on the Despoke & 100% Design websites while the winner will also receive a $100 Shapeways 3D printing coupon.
Shapeways will also be running a stall at the 100% Design fair in London so if you are in London come and see us at stall D27. 100% Design is the UK's leading design & architecture event. Held September 23rd to 26th in Earls Court, London, 100% Design London features world-class interiors show 100% Design, architectural and interior materials exhibition 100% Materials and emerging talent showcase 100% Futures.
Our regular Friday post to show some of what the Shapeways community have shared this past week in the It Arrived! forum. Please keep on posting your pictures and if anyone has any other superlatives that start with 'F' (keep it clean) to name the Friday post please do share.
Realbot robot by MrAckoy looking very impressive for his very first 3D print with a photo so clean I would have thought it was a render.
Eve by Virtox is elegantly showing of the new Bronze Glossy material is available here: I want Eve!
We have started to see some real spikes of heavy traffic on Shapeways Shops based around a handful of really successful designs. The products do not have much in common in themselves other than being clean, simple designs, but the presentation of each is impeccable with great images and descriptions that are easily shared in articles and blogs.
Whenever we ask the Shapeways community what materials and processes they are interested in being made available we always get many requests for 3D printed silver. In response to these requests Shapeways has been experimenting with a few silver processes, testing for quality, reliability, best pricing. 3D printing silver is quite difficult to perfect, so it has taken us some time to get the quality we would like for the Shapeways community and we are now very excited to share with you our first silver samples...
Take a look at the images below and let us know what you think?
"Digital fabrication services have the potential to transform craft practice, both technically and commercially. But having used them, I am also struck by how this networked production changes the maker´s experience.....mail-order making certainly feels different to a more hands-on process."
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of April, 2013, Shapeways no longer offers this high polygon workaround. If your model has over a million polygons, use this handy tutorial to reduce them so you can upload your model in the normal way. Thank you for your understanding!
Ok Zbrush users, organic algorithm artists and character modelers, Shapeways have developed a workaround so that your models can now exceed the 1,000,000 polygon limit currently in place.
It is not elegant, and takes some negotiating, but if we get enough demand we will try and automate the process to make it easier for everyone. Let us know what you think, is this something you would like to see as standard?
Check out this first of a 6 part tutorial on the ZBrush YouTube page by character artist Jeff Feligno takes you through the steps needed for creating a model in ZBrush and preparing it for 3D printing.
Any ZBrush users please let us know if this tutorial is helpful to you?
Big thanks to Jeff Feligno for putting these online and to @wusashi for pointing this out on twitter.
A 3D printed spatial object by Drzach & Suchy, based on shadow clouds.
A shadow cloud is a three-dimensional object, consisting of multiple shadow-casting elements semi-randomly arranged in three dimensions. A shadow cloud can be viewed as a generalization of shadow casting panels, but of course the basic idea is already present in the so called GEB-triples.
All runners up will now be notified via email to claim their prize, be it Gold Plated, Dyed Strong and Flexible, Alumide or a 20% discount on purchasing their own earring design.
We also just launched the Draw your own ring available from just $6.00. So if you, your friends or family are interested in designing your own jewelry but do not know how to use 3D software, this is the perfect way to start.
New Simplicity showcased the work of both established and emerging international product designers, presenting classic simple design, with many of the new objects produced using Rapid Manufacturing technologies. New Simplicity ran in London until 8 August. Lets hope it tours....
Pictured above is the Key set by Oscar Diaz (check out his version of the lightpoem), The design allows keys to be clipped together (kinda like the Split Ring Key), stored with existing keys on a key ring or attached directly to accessories such as wristbands when performing activities.