Hi Shapies! I'm Ana, and I'm excited to be joining the team as the new Community Manager. I'm incredibly inspired by everything you guys are doing, and I can't wait to get to know you and be a part of this awesome community of makers.
A little bit about me: I grew up in New York City and was surrounded by artists for the first half of my life, and computer programmers for the second. I've worked as the community manager for the popular Manhattan-based coworking space New Work City, and then spent my time consulting with tech startups. I geek out over digital communities, innovation, and personalized manufacturing, which is why I'm here. I believe that if you give people the tools to create the world around them, more often than not, they'll surprise and inspire you.
My being a New York native is something I think will come in handy as we grow. I plan to help Shapeways make a big splash with my local geek friends, and in NY's many networks of designers. We already serve an amazing international community, and I'm looking forward to keeping us connected, and making us more than the sum of our parts.
When working with communities in the past, I found myself running lots of in-person events, and got see firsthand how valuable it is to make sure you connect with people face to face. That's something I'd like to take into my adventures with Shapeways. Wherever I travel to, if there are community members there, I want to hold a meetup, grab a beer, and bring us all together.
Shapeways represents a revolution in product design, and a new frontier for using tech to make things that matter to us. I'm honored to be part of it. I believe the community is Shapeways' greatest asset, and we need to continue making this a place where daring, creative people are empowered to defy boundaries. I'm excited to make friends, listen, learn, and help keep you guys at the center of the equation.
Luckily, Bart will be sticking around, helping me settle into my new role and continuing to support the community on the tech side of things. I'll see you on the forums, on this blog, during our screencasts, and in person at our meetups. I'll also be available directly through the contact form, so don't hesitate to shoot me an email.
Congratulations again to Oskar, his 17x17x17 Over the Top Twisty Puzzle has caught the imagination of THOUSANDS of people with coverage on many of the major design, technology and culture blogs including articles on:
All of us at Shapeways are excited to announce that our community now includes a world record-breaker. Renowned puzzle designer and long-time Shapeways community member Oskar van Deventer has seen his ambitious 17x17x17 rubiks cube go from a wild idea to a real-life 3D printed puzzle. Congrats Oskar!
Oskar started designing his puzzles as a boy at the age of 12 in the Netherlands. More than 30 years later, he has a reputation as one of the world's most prolific puzzle creators. Oskar first started 3D printing twisty puzzles thanks to Bram Cohen, who began posing challenges to Oskar back in 2008. Today, several of his innovations are being sold in traditional toy stores and lots more are available through 3D printing in his Shapeways Shop. Most recently, Oskar's twisty puzzles have been used as a very original way to propose.
When Oskar heard of the world records being set for twisty puzzles, like the 7x7x7, 9x9x9 and 11x11x11 by Panagiotis Verdes from Greece, he wanted to try his hand at setting a new record himself. With sponsorship from his close friend Claus Wenicker, Oskar set about designing and testing a number of prototypes, and his third attempt was printed successfully with Shapeways. Sorting and dyeing all 1539 pieces took Oskar 10 hours of work, followed by 5 hours of assembling. The result is an oversized (140 millimeter, 5.5 inches) and fully functioning "Over The Top" 17x17x17 puzzle.
Oskar will be in New York City on Saturday Feb. 12th, where he'll be unveiling his "Over the Top" cube.
Selling through Shapeways is becoming more fruitful as time goes on. With the media attention and the virtually constant website upgrades sometimes all you have to do is put up some nice photos of a creation to get sales flowing. However, there are many benefits to expanding your Shapeways products to other online markets. 3D printed creations are pretty new to online shopping venues, and there certainly is an appeal to be one of the first few to sell these sorts of things. It's like being on the ship that discovered the 3D printed Americas.
Here is a "treasury" I compiled of 3D printed creations that are currently on Etsy.com (I did shamelessly include one of mine on there , and no, it's not the home printed moustache hair clip):
On a recent trip to Soho this past weekend, ee had a chance to stop by the Ingo Maurer Showroom. Upon entering the shop, I was familiar with most of the designs. Constructions of paper, metal wire and light performing a spectacle of well balanced compositions. Yet, some new favorites (such as his LED table) suggest Maurer’s playfulness with technology.
In the basement den of lamps, amongst the array of creations, was Swingading (above). Seemly fitting to Maurer’s works of paper, Swingading was 3D printed! Well at least the shade and tip.
I'm Ben, the new product lead for the Shapeways web presence. In my first two weeks here, I've done a lot of startup-y things--setting up furniture and helping arrange the new office workspace, meeting new colleagues (and introducing some to the experience of working in New York City and the USA for the first time).
My core focus, however, has been taking website suggestions from our community and merging them with plans developed by our company's leadership team to develop the Roadmap of our site growth over the next 6-month period. This is an intense task, and one that is really a lot of fun.
I'm also planning the implementation of tools to make both processes more efficient and more community-centric. Lots of people are familiar with idea collection systems like Dell IdeaStorm and Ubuntu Brainstorm, and I want to set up something like that for Shapeways as well. You'll be hearing more about this in the next few months.
Our website is a solid workhorse right now, but I see room for improvement. We'll be adding features and fixes at a steady pace, but with a renewed focus on web design and user experience, there are a lot of areas where we'll add polish and enhance the ease-of-use for shop owners, designers and customers.
With our huge selection of products, it's important to ensure people can find things they like. To address that, I'm working on ways to help visitors discover items of interest, and to personalize their experience when shopping on shapeways.com.
Finally, for would-be designers who want to learn about 3D modeling and get started creating and selling their own designs, our team is planning to highlight and expand the documentation and tutorials we provide on the site.
(We've even implemented a few changes to our website already--nothing big yet, but if you see little things that have been changed, that's because of us!)
I'm looking forward to learning from and working with you, members of the Shapeways community!
As Shapeways is getting more and more press such as the recent article in the New York Times, we are increasingly getting requests for high resolution images that print publications can use for their articles. This is great news but we are in desperate need of more of these high resolution images from you.
If you would like to have your images included please send them to duann(at)shapeways(dot)com and I will add them to our existing database. You can also post them in the Shapeways Flickr Group where many of the Shapeways community are already sharing images of their items.
As a rule, images need to be at least 300 dpi and 5” x 7” to be suitable for publication.
Also if you include a bio about yourself, your design/art/company practice and product, we may be able to leverage this into an article about you and your designs rather than about Shapeways, it's services and the products it enables.
Most designs on Shapeways are printed as one whole piece, but one thing to consider is that if you happen to want a big piece and be able to disassemble it for storage and then use on the go, or for an added artistic aspect, or for when you move and would like to not squish something that's hollow inside, or in order just to jump on the DIY bandwagon, where sometimes the novelty of Doing It Yourself (or at least assembling it yourself) is an added marketing bonus to a product.
The Winter Colors are coming to an end we need your help to pick the next Strong & Flexible colors.
The Winter Red is staying until end of February for Valentine's day, and the rest will retire at the end of January. What next batch of colors would you like?
Nancy has made a poll so you can to help us decide on the next batch of colors (deadline to respond is next Wednesday end of day). We have selected a range of colors available from our suppliers, and includes colors we've had available before as options as well. Take a look at the color chart and let us know what colors you would like to see next?
We will take a look at your suggestions, do some testing and introduce a new batch of colors as soon as possible.
Also let us know if there are any colors you would like to see as permanent options like Black Strong and Flexible or are you happy to have seasonal and event based colors?
"Just as personal computers have dramatically changed everyday life, 3-D printers will profoundly affect how products are made, designed and consumed, say Cornell professor Hod Lipson and analyst Melba Kurman in a new report."
Recommendations include: 1. Put a personal manufacturing lab in every school 2. Offer teacher education in basic design and manufacturing technologies in relation to STEM education 3. Create high quality, modular curriculum with optional manufacturing components 4. Enhance after school learning to involve design and manufacturing 5. Allocate federal support for pilot MEPs programs to introduce digital manufacturing to regional manufacturing companies 6. Promote published and open hardware standards and specifications 7. Develop standard file formats for electronic blueprints design files 8. Create a database of CAD files used by government agencies 9. Mandate open geometry/source for unclassified government supplies 10. Establish an “Individual Innovation Research Program” for DIY entrepreneurs 11. Give RFP priority to rural manufacturers that use personal manufacturing 12. Establish an IP “Safe Harbor” for aggregators and one-off producers 13. Explore micropatents as a smaller, simpler, and more agile unit of intellectual property 14. Re-visit consumer safety regulations for personally-fabricated products 15. Introduce a more granular definition of a “small” manufacturing business 16. Pass the National Fab Lab Network Act of 2010, HR 6003 17. “Clean company” tax benefits should include efficient manufacturing 18. Offer a tax break for personal manufacturing businesses on raw materials
19. Fund a Department of Education study on personal manufacturing in STEM education 20. Learn more about user-led product design
Lipson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and computer science, and Kurman, of Triple Helix Innovation, make the case for strong government support of such digital fabrication technologies as the authors of a report commissioned by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Phil Renato is a designer, jeweler, metalsmith and artist. He earned his BFA in Painting, Metalsmithing, and Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University and an MFA in Metals at the University of Washington. He is an Associate Professor, and the Chair of the Allesee Metals/Jewelry Design Program at Kendall College of Art and Design.
Check out his website for more work, and his Flickr account for MANY photos...
If you have any images of post processed 3D printed materials please share with us, especially if the images are of such fantastic quality as these. Check out the photobooth Phil uses to take these shots.