After a brief intermission filled with trade fairs, flu and flights we return to our regular friday feature of the latest amazing models to be shared on the It Arrived forum by the Shapeways community. If you would like to be featured next week be sure to post your clear photographs and descriptions....
First up and quite mind blowing is the Minime by Tristan Bethe from a full body 3D scan. Can't wait to see the results of the 3D scan of his wife in her wedding dress!!
Stunning first attempt at 3D printing is the Pilot and accessories for an Remote Controlled Mustang by Lupus. Amazing level of detail achieved using Softimage XSI and Zbrush with clean and clear detailed prints.
The first silver prints have started to be shipped with Václav Mazaný's Holey Ring showing the polished finish you can expect with Shapeways silver.
The Bike Mount for iPhone designed by Purligar lets you attach your Apple iPhone 3G / 3GS to your bike’s handlebars so you can track your GPS position, your speed, or distance travelled while you ride. Or perhaps you could use it to video your downhill ride, but not for watching videos during same said ride.
Worth trying out for the name alone, I Get It offers online tutorials in 3D software packages including AutoCAD, Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Solidworks, Solid Edge and a few others.
Sure, you have to pay for their courses that start at U$95 but more like U$473.96 for a Solidworks Training bundle that includes 106 courses, 21 assessments AND certificates.
If that is a little too much you can try a free trial to see if it is worth the cash outlay for you or your company.
I managed to get myself a two day subscription at some point when I was studying industrial design and literally watched the tutorials until my eyes bled (not literally) and learnt more about what the possibilities were of the software then how to really do too much. Even now I just took a quick look and learnt more about testing cogs, gears and pulleys in sketch mode in Solidworks, something I was vaguely aware of but did not Know how to do, but could probably figure it out from the two minute micro tutorial.
Oh, and what would I do with this new found knowledge of cogs, gears and pulleys? Maybe 3D print something like Braley Litwin's Mechanicards?
Attention all architects, interior designers, furniture makers and anyone who has come up against the build envelope of White Strong Flexible, you can now supersize your 3D prints...
Now any models that are larger than the previous limit of 230 x 180 x 310 (WxDxH mm) will be sent to a new machine in our SLS arsenal that can print up to 700 x 380 x 580 mm or 27.6 x 15 x 22.9 in or approx. 7 x 4 x 5 MakerBots.
So if like Scott Summit you are in the business of prosthetic limbs you can now 3D print them with Shapeways.. Or if like furniture designer like Chris Hardy you can 3D print your furniture components without having to break down the parts into sections to fit the build chamber. If you are an architect or interior designer you can 3D print scale models for client presentations, sales centers and architectural competitions.
Check out this video behind the scenes at Aardman and what went in to making the world's smallest character animated film using 50 3D printed models, hand painted with microscope and tweezers. The models were printed at only 9 mm in height which according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Dot is the smallest model of her type, and was shot using a Nokia N8 to celebrate the Cellscope.
Note: This does not mean it is ok to do all your images & videos on Shapeways with your cell phone!!
Warning! May come across as a Nokia advertisement but it is still worth watching.
Will Gorman of BattleBricks has built himself the MakerLegoBot, constructed of Lego bricks it constructs with Lego bricks.....
The MakerLegoBot uses 3 Lego Mindstorms NXT Bricks, along with 9 NXT motors, and is inspired by the by the MakerBot and RepRap teams. A Java Application that runs on the PC takes an .ldr MLCad file, determines a set of print instructions, and then sends the instructions via USB over to the MakerLegoBot for printing. The current design works with 1x2, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2, and 8x2 Lego bricks. Once a brick is grabbed, the next brick in line falls into place. Once a brick is retrieved, the printer head rotates vertically and moves to the exact location where the brick should be placed. The printer then places the brick, and uses an axle based release mechanism to leave the Lego in place. Immediately after placing the Lego, the bottom of the printer head applies pressure to the brick to ensure its proper placement. Once each layer has completed printing, the printer rotates up a single brick height. It can print objects that are up to 12 bricks tall.
the MakerLegoBot, a Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Printer will be appearing at LegoWorld October 22nd through October 26th, 2010 in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Of course if you cannot wait till then you can always follow the 447 step by step (brick by brick) instructions to make your own...
This project has been bouncing around the internet a little but it is well worth mentioning here on the Shapeways blog.
A couple of guys designed an iPhone 4 accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iPhone to a standard tripod, and acting as a kickstand to prop your iPhone up at an angle. They made their first prototypes with Shapeways (having to order a couple to make the minimum $25 order).
Cool idea, nice design, they were interested in taking The Glif into mass production so they put it along with a quick video on Kickstarter seeking $10,000 in backing to get it into production. Those who pledge $20 or more get an injection molded plastic version when it goes into production, those who back $50 or more get a 3D printed version (way cooler).
Ever wanted to point a friend to a showcase of some of the coolest designs on Shapeways but you didn't want to send them 12 separate URL's? Or make a gallery of the 10 best puzzles from Shapeways to put on your Facebook wall? Or an easy way to send a page of a few of your own designs to a retailer? Or just provide a list of cool things to your loved ones so they will know exactly what to buy you for xmas from Shapeways?
Now you can now easily share your Shapeways favorites.
Maker Faire New York was a huge success for Shapeways with thousands of new potential users flocking to our stand to check out what Shapeways is all about, the models, the materials, the people. We had a chance to get to meet some members of the Shapeways community and we also picked up the Editors Choice Award for our third Maker Faire in a row...
We also managed to get yet another mention in the New York Times in an article looking at the continuing rise of 3D printing. Taking Maker Faire New York as an example with the amount of 3D printing represented being indicative of an ever growing wave of popularity.