One of the coolest things about my role at Shapeways is that I get the opportunity to see the amazing diversity of amazing stuff that is being 3D printed by the Shapeways community. I get to take a peak into where you all hang out online when you are not hanging out in the Shapeways forums, and I get to see the excitement that spreads into other members of your communities when they see the Shapeways awesomeness.
I recently stumbled across a few sites dedicated to Transformers that have a fertile community including TFW2005 that had a few interesting threads singing the praises of Shapeways and showing some fantastic models that have not cropped up in the It Arrived forum, yet.
James from TFW was kind enough to direct me to a few threads including Share Your Shapeways Finds which at five pages long only starts to cover some of the 3D printed robot action that is happening through Shapeways.
So your iPad is not quite loud enough, you want to stay wireless, don't want to plug into external speakers and don't want to wear your great grandfather's old ear trumpet? Then we have the solution for you, the Mega Toot turns you iPad into a digital gramophone with no additional batteries, no hand crank and 120% style....
There are a few of really unique aspects to this happening on Shapeways.
Firstly the Shapeways 3D print service, with no file reading fee and a $25 minimum order that includes shipping means anyone can afford to replace a rare part without necessarily having to go to an engineer, prop maker, industrial designer or other specialist and pay large amounts of money to replace a small component needed to maintain the function or value of an item. All you need is a way to accurately measure the item then a way to 3D model it and the replacement part is only an upload away in a range of materials, one of which is bound to have suitable material properties for your particular needs. Eventually we are bound to see an extensive inventory of replacement parts on Shapeways 3D Parts, Thingiverse, Google 3D Warehouse or some other 3D model repository to make it easier for anyone to repair, replace, configure or just hack existing products.
An awesome industrial design project that uses 3D printing to construct a custom PC case from scratch. Very ambitious and very impressive project by Pazu....
We see many projects on Shapeways where a 3D printed component is combined with a single other component to improve or extend the capability of a product. We see a lot of protectors and stands for mobile gadgets, especially the iPhone and iPad. We see occasional projects that combine multiple 3D printed materials together to make the most of there different material properties, but we rarely see them combined in one big project. Pazu aka ArkAngel has spent a couple of months designing, detailing and constructing a stunning custom PC case that utilizes 3D printing in an intelligent, efficient and aesthetic manner that is a great example of how to realize a relatively complex item.
We will have loads of awesome 3D printed products from the Shapeways community on show in all of our materials from the classic WSF to the brand new ceramics. Come and MeetUp with the Shapeways crew, chat about the materials, processes, your items and your shop. We love these events as we get to share the enthusiasm and excitement in the flesh...
Designed as a custom graduation ring for a client in the game design field by Action N
A tiny working model of a retro computing icon offers a blend of nostalgia and sillyness by Rossum.
My first computer was an Atari 400. My first disk drive was the magnificent Atari 810. Overwhelmed by a recent wave of nostalgia from playing Zork for the first time in 30 years I have built a working model of an Atari 810 that uses 8Gig microSD cards instead of 5 1/4 inch floppies to emulate up to 8 drives. Maintaining the relative dimensions of drive to media, the model is somewhat smaller than the original.
3D printed by Shapeways then hand painted, this is by far the cutest external drive, ever.
What other retro devices could be 3D printed in miniature to act as housings for electronic devices with thousands of time the storage and processing capability of the original in some kind of size reduction = capacity multiplication equation?
So you have some awesome designs you have uploaded your design, you have set up your Shapeways Shop, you have shown your parents and the neighbors kid to their vacant amazement, so now what are you going to do?
Time to start promoting designs, and what better way than the Shapeways Widget. The Shapeways Widget allows you to embed your shop, or your favorites, or both into almost any website. It is relatively easy to use, you can customize the number of columns and rows, and it is a great way to drive traffic to your shop. We do have one widget that consistently currently drives around 5,000 hits per month to the Shapeways site. Now imagine if a similar widget was part of your website, or a forum you frequent or anywhere that people may be interested in your product, your sales could go through the roof.
Using the widget also really shows how important it is to take some decent photos of your items and ensure they are in 450x324 or 700x519 format to ensure they sit right in the frames.
Below is a widget based on some of the items Cory Doctorow has featured on Boing Boing from the Shapeways community. A simple window that could sit along side your blog, Tumblr page or anywhere.
Here is the code used to generate a list of your favorites with Your Shop Name to replace YourShopName