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.
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?
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.
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.