Design Darlings Droog Enter the World of Mass Customization and 3D Printing.
During the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2011, Droog will present furniture and accessories designed for download by EventArchitectuur and Minale-Maeda, including CNC cut tables, cupboards, desks, side tables, shelves, couches and 3D printed electrical outlets, flowers and charms. Droog will also present digital design tools that allow ordinary computer users to easily make functional design decisions, automatically generating blueprints for local execution in various materials. The tools also enable communication between designer and customer, streamlining and lowering the cost of a custom design process. The presented products have been customized by Droog for its collection.
At this occasion Droog will present the outcome of its Design for download investigation, announcing the coming of the first platform for downloadable design, which will feature curated and open content, easy-to-use parametric design tools and a network of local low- and high-tech manufacturers. The launch of this platform, featuring various brands and institutions alongside Droog, will occur later this year. The platform will not only include products, but also architecture, home accessories, fashion, food, wearables, inventions and more.
Wow, so obviously Droog have been taking note of some of the awesome designs that are emerging from sites such as Shapeways and Ponoko, the huge potential of customization and personalization of product designs, that this is where the cutting edge of design currently resides, with bespoke, personalized products.. Awesome. This adds greater validity to what we the Shapeways community already know. It will be interesting to see the level of customization that will be possible with their 'configurators' or whether the downloaded files will be completely open once purchased. Will the purchased digital files then show up for Download on Shapeways or Thingiverse? Will they have an option to share and show off co-created designs or will it be a fully closed, curated eco-system?
I am sure we will see much debate on the Droog angle, but in the meantime, get your entries in to the ICFF contest and lets show them how amazing truly open design can be
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.
Last week, Nancy and I assembled the "Transformer" USB drives, lovingly modeled by Duann, so we could offer them as giveaways at the office opening party we threw last week. What ensued was a fascinating crash course in how WSF responds to adhesives.
If you're not already familiar, an earlier version of Duann's model can be seen in action here.
In theory, this would be a relatively simple procedure, where we could just use a dab of hot glue on the edge of the USB stick, insert it into the 3D printed transformer and let it sit.
The problem was that even though Remco at our Eindhoven printing facility worked really hard to clean these things out, there was still a significant amount of SLS powder on the inside of them. So much, in fact, that it prevented the hot glue from keeping the USB drive in place. After a few failed attempts, we decided I'd take the transformers home from the office, run them through my dishwasher, and try again.
I returned the next morning with significantly less powdery transformers, but when we tried again, the hot glue still wouldn't quite take. So I ran out to get some super glue. Creating an ad hoc assembling line, I hot glued the plastic end of the USB drive, then brushed super glue onto the metal part (being careful to apply it only where the metal came in contact with the WSF) and handed it over to Nancy to hold it in place while it set. After leaving them be for a few hours, I came back and tested each one to ensure that they not only stayed together, but that the USB drives were functioning properly.
The results were mostly great, but there were still a handful of stubborn models. At this point, hours before the party, I engaged in a quick regluing process.
The final result? One of the wildest party favors anyone had ever seen.
This informed me and the rest of the team a whole lot about what the cleaning process of SLS can look like, and where we can improve it. We'd like to hear, what's the wildest post-production feat you've ever accomplished?
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.
The Kinect and the 3D printer seem poised to be the perfect match in realizing the dream of making replications of real life objects for repair, replacement, amusement and art. A recent project by blablabLAB entitled Be Your Own Souvenir took the art route in a very public application. I asked the collective a few questions about the project, process and future experiments.
First tell us a little about the project? This project was inspired by our daily life in Barcelona, a city flooded by tourists and everything that tourism implies. This fact, the rising prices, the feeling-abroad-at-home, the topic-culture, the not-productive disappearing places... produces a weird and contradictory sensation on us: actually we are “guiris” (tourists) in La Rambla. Talking about the city and the people is what its all about.
How was the reaction from the public?
The public at the beginning seemed shy, not understanding what was happening, but after a few minutes viewing somebody performing and seeing the reward for it, the result in print, many wanted to try. We ended up with a long queue and unfortunately we couldn’t attend everyone, since the resolution-performance ratio is very different in the two systems: the Rapman prints way slower (10 minutes) than the Kinects scan real fast (real time), which is a pity, because the Rapman can plot real accurate model, while the real time scanning wasn’t mandatory for this specific project.
Stabilizer For Remote Controlled Airplane for FPV and Aerial Video
So many cool things about this project I don't know where to start.
This (if I understand fully) is a beautifully designed pan-tilt-roll gimbal for a GoPro HD camera to attach to a remote control airplane and stabilize the footage.. Ok, already very cool. SFX is using servos from Hobbyking (MKS470) or other places, and you can use a remote control with v-tail or elevon mixers to drive this as a 3-axis pan tilt unit. For the gyro stabilization you'll need some 3-axis gyro and micro-controller to generate the servo signals.
Plenty of things I know nothing about but get excited when I see a video of the unit in action like this.
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.
Yes, you heard it here first. Starting today we are introducing a new material that has been in research and development for quite some time. Our R&D team has labored long and hard on perfecting this material, testing it, getting it ready for mass production. Thousands of cups of coffees and sandwiches later--it is ready.
The best thing about this material is the freedom to design. The material has no minimum wall thickness, geometric limitation or detail restrictions. That's right, if you can think it, we can print it--for reals. Do you have a train model with .0001mm detail because the April 1st, 1941 Edition B-8924 Theta train has window scratch that you MUST replicate? We can print that too. Are you a mathematical artist and want to print your favorite Mandelbrot set? We can do that too. Do you want to print a 3000-sided thorn dice to match your 3000 likes on Facebook? Upload away! Big walls, small walls, transparent walls, imaginary walls. All possible right at Shapeways.
Without further ado, we are happy to bring you this season's Spring Aeros Uber-Transparent Detail & Flexible! Can't wait to see your designs!
See below for samples:
Want more information? See below for the mechanical properties of SAU-TD&F
Hey Aussies, I am going to be in Sydney on April 11th 2011 and would love to meet up with any Shapeways users, drop by the Hotel Coronation at 6pm and the first beer/wine/alcopop is on us. The Hotel Coronation is at 5-7 Park Street, Sydney, RSVP via our MeetUp page or just drop in if you are near by. It will be a nice, casual opportunity for us to meet and discuss Shapeways, 3D printing, the weather and beer. Cheers.