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?"
The Médaille Coloniale -- the French Colonial Medal -- is a prime uniform decoration for any good 19th-century soldier. Adding some campaign clasps to a recreationist friend's medal seemed like an excellent project to test out the Shapeways workflow, from reference images to final prop.
This instructable is mostly concerned with the method(s) of working in scale from photograph to final item.
He takes you through the following steps:
Gathering reference material and processing it in Photoshop.
Setting up your working size in Carrara Studio.
Designing the clasps.
Checking if the model meets the Shapeways design rules.
One of the things I simply couldn't wrap my head around is how people design Rubik's cubes mechanisms. Eitan Cher shows us how to do it - it involves some clever Solid Works tricks and a LOT of manual labour.
Some of you may have seen the plethora of puzzles that have been uploaded to Shapeways in the past few years by members such as Tom van der Zanden and Oskar van Deventer. Well, I'm one of these twisty-puzzlers, and I've just made a video showing how to do it.
Bored out of my mind in freshman CAD class, I decided to find better things to do with my time, and promptly began to design twisty puzzles. In the 5 minutes that follow, I'll walk you through through the design of my most recent puzzle, the Master Heximate, ending with me holding the finished puzzle in my hands. It goes by kind of fast, but if you've had any experience with CAD you should be able to get the gist of it.
Eitan is currently finishing up his 3rd year in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. If anyone out there is looking for an enthusiastic product design intern for the summer, a single email would seriously make Eitan's day. To see some of his other designs, pay a visit to Eitan's shop.
What a month March was for the Shapeways community.
We started the month with an invite to join us at Makerfaire UK in Newcastle, which turned out to be a great success with Ralph and Bart joined by community members Euphy and Stop4Stuff who had an awesome time talking until their throats were hoarse about 3D printed coolness.
We launched the ICFF contest to give you the opportunity to have your 3D printed designs on show in NYC, already the contest is hotting up with some great entries, make sure you get yours in soon.