Theo Jansen is a Dutch kinetic artist, since 1990 occupied with creating new forms of life. He is father to the "Animari" beach creatures, or "Strandbeests", made of PVC tubing, that walk the beach powered by the wind. As time progresses the Beests evolve, with the ultimate goal of living their lives on their own.
Now Theo Jansen's Strandbeests have found a way to multiply by injecting their digital DNA directly into the Shapeways system. From now on several small strandbeests are available from his shop
. Next to being a great abstraction of the inspiring work of Theo Jansen, these strandbeests are also an example of what 3D printing is capable of. Right after birth from the 3D printer these models will work straight away and do NOT require any assembly.
Designing the Beests this way proved quite the challenge. They consist of at least 76 separate moving interlocking parts. Multiple prototypes were used to come to the first viable solution, "Animaris Geneticus Parvus" #5. But the evolution process continues with evolutions #6 with lightweight bone structure and #7 with pointy feet.
3D printing is very suitable for rapid design changes, and as time goes by the Beests will evolve and new types of DNA will be added to the store, while others are removed. Expect more evolutions and variations in the future, with possible variation in size, shape, material or means of propulsion.
Also worth mentioning, a big brother to these Strandbeests is the limited edition "Animaris Geneticus Parvus XL", which is only available from Theo's Dutch Gallery Akinci
Animaris Geneticus Parvus is a joint project of Theo Jansen and Dutch Designers Bo Jansen and Tim van Bentum.
Hello again! Today, I'm proud to announce two new developments in the way Shapeways enables your creativity: the remodeling of our creator page and a brand new creator to go with it!
First, our new creator page…Shapeways is constantly looking for new ways to help people who do not know how to 3D Model to design and create new things. We do this via our Creators and Co-Creation Platform. Over time, we have accumulated a lot of different creators and variations, and our Creator page has gotten a bit crowded. This week, we've cleaned it up a bit. Hopefully this will make it easier to use and understand.
Speaking of ways of helping you create, we are also happy to introduce our Image Popper! The concept is simple, upload a black and white JPG, or draw your own right on screen (currently the draw your own feature only works in Google Chrome). Then tell us how big you want it, how much you want to raise it, etc. and watch your design upload directly to your shop.
I was hanging out with some friends over the weekend, and we were throwing some Shapeways items around. They asked me "how strong is this material anyway?" "Well," I responded, "what better way to find out than to test it out yourself?"
Woody designs a range of Lego Mini-figurine accessories inspired by historical items from the late 17th and 18th century with nearly 500 items in his Shapeways store and he also offer to do custom items upon request via his Facebook page and check out some of his images on his Flickr page.
We are beginning to see more and more micro-businesses built upon Shapeways, using Shapeways to handle the financial transaction, production and distribution so that designers, artists, makers can concentrate on the fun stuff... Designing and making....
Let us know how we can help enable your business, what can we do to make it easier, what are we doing wrong, and if you have a business you are running off of the Shapeways site, let us know how your business is powered by Shapeways?
Hello, I'm Nancy, the Product Lead of Materials & Content, and I have some exciting news! One month ago, we sent out a survey in which we asked people what they wanted in Shapeways material. We found that the top 2 qualities people were looking for are higher detail material, and smoother material. As you know, our number one priority is our customer, so we quickly went to work. In under a month, we found a new material! Starting today, we will be introducing this new materials in two different settings: Frosted Detail and Frosted Ultra Detail. See for yourself what is possible...
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Frosted Ultra Detail vs. Frosted Detail
Frosted Ultra Detail painted
Frosted Ultra Detail vs. White Detail
As you can see from the pinwheel photo above (the first picture on the left), Frosted Ultra Detail is a crisper, clearer material than Frosted Detail. Also, the thinner pinwheel walls survives printing in the Frosted Ultra Detail material, while the same walls breaks off in Frosted Detail wheel (the wheel on the right).
This is also an improvement over our current detail offerings. First, we will allow interlocking parts with this material, which will enable more complex and interesting designs. The material is also smoother, and less yellow than the current detail material (especially the Frosted Ultra Detail, see the comparison photo above). Lastly, because the support material is easier to clean, less parts will get rejected. In the past, hollow parts with tiny holes were very difficult to clean and would sometimes get rejected, in the Frosted Detail materials, the support material is melted out, simplifying the cleaning process, so upload those complex models and off to the printers they go!
We will be offering Frosted Detail materials on a trial basis for 8 weeks. If the community response is positive, we will keep this material permanent, so be sure to give us plenty of feedback on your experiences (both good and bad) with this and our other detail materials.
From the truly-amazing-department: you guys have earned over $100,000 with your Shapeways shops, counting from the moment Shapeways started back in 2008. That's true earnings, not just revenue. I think that deserves a round of applause! How about we aim for another $100,000 in just 6 months from now?
(Picture: record shipment of 136 orders in one day, last month. From left to right: Egbert, Petra en Ramon)
This super sweet design, Mother and a child by Signs is a perfect gift this mother's day with the amazing price for a bespoke piece of jewelry of only $7.50 in Stainless Steel or $40 in Silver......
A little background on Mother's Day in the USA courtesy of our good friend wikipedia:
Anna Jarvis embarked upon a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday. She succeeded in making this nationally recognized in 1914. By the 1920s, Anna Jarvis had become soured by the commercialization of the holiday. She incorporated herself as the Mother’s Day International Association, trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day", and was once arrested for disturbing the peace.
She and her sister Ellsinore spent their family inheritance campaigning against what the holiday had become. Both died in poverty. According to her New York Times obituary, Jarvis became embittered because too many people sent their mothers a printed greeting card. As she said,
A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment. —Anna Jarvis.
OK, so this year, perhaps forgo the empty sentiment of a printed card and go for a 3D printed gift instead...
After the success ot the recent Sydney Meetup now it is Melbourne's turn to get together and talk 3D printing in the warm glow of beer. Bring along your own 3D printed items, whether Shapeways, Makerbot, Rerap, whaterver, especially if you have any post processing tips you would like to share as we saw some amazing items in Sydney. Feel free to bring as many friends as you like and hopefully you can blow my beer budget
Also I (Duann) will be in Melbourne all day on Thursday the 28th of May and I am available to give presentations to any schools, universities, TAFE or Hackerspaces. If you are interested, get in touch duann (at) shapeways (dot) com
I am looking forward to meeting you all and seeing what the 'Cultural Capital of Australia' has to offer.
Imagine if your 5th grade classroom had a 3D printer in it.
If modeling in 3D was something you learned in school, what would you make? Bridges? Models of human hearts? A replica of the pyramids? What if how well you designed an object in 3D was something you were graded on, because it helped show how well you understood how stuff worked? What about your hobbies? Maybe you'd print your own toy cars. Maybe you'd even get good enough to sell them to the other kids... Or their parents!
It's because of the amazing potential custom production has to impact learning that Shapeways is sponsoring HackThink. HackThink is a 3 day education hacking competition being held at Pivotal Labs in NYC. The organizers are big fans of Shapeways and 3d printing, and we're really excited at the opportunity to meet, talk, and make something with inspired folks.
If you're a Shapie in or near NYC who wants to help inspire the next generation of makers join us for a challenging, rewarding weekend. The festivities begin on Friday April 22nd at 5:30pm and go until Sunday April 24th at 9:00pm. And if you move fast, earlybird tickets at a reduced price are available until end of day today. We hope we'll see you there!
have managed to get a great range of experts to take a look at your
designs to judge which is best suited to be 3D printed and shown at
ICFF from the business of design, through interior styling to CAD
commando, from left to right we have:
Gregory Han is managing editor of Apartment Therapy Unplggd, a site dedicated to the harmonious art of balancing technology with home decor. Gregory is also a regular contributor to Apartment Therapy as a house tour contributor/photographer, and worked as the Los Angeles Apartment Therapy managing editor from 2007-2010. He currently resides in Silver Lake with his partner, Emily, and their two naughty felines, Eames and Eero.
Josh Mings is a full-time engineer working in design of aircraft interiors. He writes at SolidSmack.com where he covers product development, design and related technology.
So now along with the amazing opportunity to have your design 3D printed and on display at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair your designs, even if you do not win will also be seen by some of the leading minds in design, another awesome opportunity that you get just by entering...
Time is running short with the contest closing 17th of April 5:00 PM EST 2011, upload your entries with the tag 'ICFF11' to be in the running to win.
The first Aussie Meetup in Sydney was a great success with members of the Shapeways community ranging from long time members, to first time users and even a Makerbot user from Sydney hackerspace Robots And Dinosaurs taking over a corner of the Hotel Coronation for a 3D printed show and tell. It was fantastic to get together over a few beers and get to know each other, share 3D printed experiences, modeling, post production tips and laughs.
Also heard a cool story of two co-workers at a workplace of over 300 people who found each other because of the Shapeways packages that arrived via UPS to their respective desks.... The Shapeways Connection.....
Take a look at our Meetup page to see where we will be getting together next, or get in touch if you would like us to help you organize a meetup in your area. A big thanks to all of you who came to the Sydney Meetup, we will have to do it again soon.
Hey guys, thanks for all your feedback on silver so far! It's great to see so many people inspired and enthusiastic.
In response to your feedback, I am happy to announce that we will be eliminating extra start up costs for pairs of earrings and cufflinks.
We will no longer be charging $40 for each earring or cufflinks!
There is one flat fee for the first 1 cm3 (of $40). Afterwards, each further cubic centimeter will be $20/cc.
Please note though, this does only applies to natural pairings (like earrings and cufflinks), and this does not apply to earrings/cufflinks with more than 2 parts. We incur a lot of costs on a per part basis, hence the flat fee. However, we hear your pain and would like to help you design more beautiful things, so for earrings and cufflinks we'll make an exception.
I hope to see more beautiful things in silver soon! Remember to share your photos in the "It's Arrived" section of the forums.