Not much information here other than with a 250mW laser, a kg of plastic powder and 50ml of thermo-gel, Replaser has managed to laser sinter some basic polymer forms in a kinda 2.5D printing (not quite 3D) that are really quite strong.
Check out the pull test at 5:40 and the comparison of how brittle the material is with and without the thermo-gel.
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?
Shapeways has a new development we are considering that would allow you to embed your shop (or part of it) using a HTML snippet into almost any page such as a on your own website, blog, forum post and possibly sites such as Facebook or MySpace.
"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?
Shapeways community member and jewelry designer Improbablecog has just launched a Kickstarter project to to fund the release of his three most popular jewelry designs from commercial slavery.
So instead of making a small mark-up each time a piece of jewelry sells, Improbablecog will get an up-front payment ($1500) from 'investors' freeing him up with a cash influx to design more jewelry. Very smart, how many pieces of jewelry would he need to sell, over what time to make that cash?
The CADspan engine uses your geometry to perform a virtual 'shrink-wrap' and outputs an entirely new STL file that describes the exterior of your CAD file. This new STL file is a single, solid object, ready to 3D print. This may of course lead to very expensive models, but it may just work perfectly in some instances, I would love to hear of anyones experiences with it.