Following is a post by Industrial designer Noel Wilson. Noel has worked in Australia, the UK, Africa, Canada and the USA, on a wide range of projects from playgrounds to bike carts, with tools as diverse as rapid prototyping machines to hand chisels, here is his take on getting things prototypes and slowtotyped in Malawi. Thanks Noel....
Access to rapid prototyping in remote countries is not as hard as you might think. All you need is an internet connection and a CAD monkey (or at least the CAD monkeys email address, or if you are one yourself then all the better).
I was based in Malawi, so the internet was kind of a challenge, but I managed to get my file uploaded to Shapeways, and my model delivered. I needed a model to partake in some ‘Slowtotyping’ (Slow Prototyping), using high-tech to inform an old-tech art form. After failing to communicate sufficiently with 2D drawings I wanted to use a 3D printed version of my toy design to communicate what exactly it was that I wanted to be replicated by a local artisan. Using 3D printing to communicate...
form made for much better results, making it so much easier to transcend the different ways we had of working. Although there are FAB LABs in Kenya and South Africa, Shapeways was much more accessible for me (and had free delivery!). I will be Slowtotyping again in January, this time in Tanzania, and will be aiming for product prototypes rather than finished toys. Stay tuned.
Love this design, now I wish I had not featured the Minimalist first, but I know that this was in prototyping before the post. I wish there was one for the iPhone 3G so I can stop walking around with my creditcard held onto my phone with a rubberband like some sort of hightech hobo..
The sleek snap-on case not only protects your IPhone, but also replaces your wallet. The CardCase can comfortably hold 2 credit or ID cards and the integrated card slot on the side allows you to use any available card as an instant stand!
Available in White, Black, Green, Red or Silver Alumide.
Fabriek has been kind enough to share more images of architectural models 3D printed with Shapeways..
Always a pleasure to see some larger models that capture the interplay of light and shadow with enough volume to let the designs breathe. The cost of producing a similar scale model with such detail using traditional model making techniques would be a very expensive undertaking compared to the use of 3D printing. Visit Fabriek's web site for more information on his work.
Everything I can tell you about selling your own pieces to customers face to face is only what I've experienced in the past few months since I started to take my Shapeways art to various events. One key piece of advice I would give is to have a small spiel ready explaining as briefly as possible what 3D printing is, in layman's terms. Of course if you're not much of a talker you can bring your smart phone or laptop and have a nice explanatory YouTube video handy. You would be surprised how many people don't have the slightest clue about 3D printing despite all the cool media attention it's been getting lately.
I personally started off selling my creations (a few themed stainless steel and sandstone pieces) at a Japanese Animation convention in their "Artists Alley". More recently I also started selling at an Arts Market in downtown San Francisco and in March will have a go at my first big convention which is Steampunk themed. A good way to go when starting out is to share art space with friends, it brings down costs and lets you take a few breaks. Sometimes things will sell, and sometimes they won't. If you try a selling venue out make sure to bring something to pass the time. You'll know by the first event or two if selling your pieces in person is your niche, or if you want to go running back into your pajamas to make all of your sales online.
To keep the Shapeways blog fresh and inspirational we have invited Shapeways community member Christina Westbrook to start writing articles and sharing her experience and insights into design, 3D printing and selling 3D printed products. Please join us in welcoming Christina and feel free to ask her questions or if their is anything you would like her to write about. Thank you Christina....
From Shapeways customer to a Shapeways blogger I've had a long journey. My name is Christina, I live in San Francisco, California and a few years ago graduated from art school with a bachelors degree in 3D modeling for video games with no idea 3D printing existed. Towards the very end of my studies (at the point it was too late to turn back without adding a couple years onto my schooling) I became disenchanted with my major, finding more interest in a metalworking class I took on the side. I loved that I could hold a creation in my hand and know I was the one that made it.
If you can ignore the muzak for a minute and a half, check out the video by Objet that shows how to vacuum form from 3D printed parts (from transparent detail) using your home oven and a vacuum cleaner.
There are a myriad of videos on YouTube on how to make your own vac-form bed, perfect for making your own holiday chocolates..
When you purchase the Shapeways Gift Coupon we will dispatch the printed coupon within 2 working days to the receiver, the buyer will also receive a digital version should they wish to send the gift online themselves.
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 3D Printed DICE!
Dice designer extraordinaire Chuck Stover AKA Ceramic Wombat has chosen his 12 favorite 3D printed dice on the Shapeways site. An eclectic mix of dice from minor tweaks of the standard design to radical experiments in form, here they are in no particular order.
Dice a gogo by eriind A simple design with a pleasing organic shape.
Step Twin - stepped edge D6 by Stop4Stuff This design pushes the edge of what the material will handle. The choice of font integrates with the rest of the design extremely well.
Oloid D4 by dizingof Another unique take on the d4 with clean lines and a pleasing shape.
.....I was ordered by the court to stop work on the vehicle and the Ford dealer stated that he was representing the interests of the Ford Corporation’s Intellectual Property and to stop the construction of counterfeit Ford parts for sale at a commercial enterprise. At court, the judge ruled that since the automobile manufacturers were only required to make/have replacement parts available for seven years after the original date of manufacture of any model vehicle and since that the vehicle and part in question is over ten years old, for all intents and purposes, with the exception of any badge displaying the company’s copyrighted logo, the vehicle and it’s parts have passed into public domain,…therefore any other part can be created in the part’s original image for repair or reconstruction or likewise, can be modified to suit the owner’s personal tastes.... J. Netherland, a SCRIPTed reader
This incident appears to have happened in the UK and laws will be different for each territory, but what is interesting in this case is that there was a commercial transaction over the replacement part being produced, not somebody making it for themselves, so it follows that one could in the same way sell 3D printed replacement parts for automotive parts that are 'in the public domain'? Interesting to see how this will unfold...
TechnoLlama may be a site worth keeping an eye on as it covers cyberlaw topics with an emphasis on open licensing, digital rights, software protection, virtual worlds, and llamas. Ok, no llamas.
Made up of twenty flakes just lightly touching each other at the tips, the gaps between form five pointed pseudo-snowflakes through which you can view the words you've chosen on a shape dangling freely inside. Simply describe the simple outline you want in words (or link to a picture of it), include a short inscription, and a designer will personally create your one-of-a-kind piece, contacting you personally if the shape you've chosen needs modification to work properly. With seamless and fully interlocking pieces, as only modern 3D printing technology can achieve.