I have been trawling through the Shapeways site checking out some of the amazing designs you are all 3D printing with Shapeways and I am a little overwhelmed as there is currently over 1600 Shapeways Shops full of an incredibly broad range of items. It is no longer possible for me to keep track of all the new shops that are opening let alone the thousands of models that are uploaded each week.
To help me keep on top I would like you to let me know your favorite Shapeways Shop? I will feature the favorite on the blog and randomly pick a winner from the people who suggest shops who I will personally give a $25 3D printing voucher!!!
I will keep this running til the end of the week and let the winners know over the weekend..
So, For $25 worth of 3D printing, Which is Your Favorite Shapeways Shop?
The STL has been the quasi-default file format for 3D printing/rapid prototyping since the mid 80's when it was developed by 3D Systems but a lot has changed in 3D printing since then with increased quality and complexity yet STL has remained the same.
Now we have a new contender called AMF (Additive Manufacturing File Format) that is better suited to today's and hopefully tomorrow's) 3D printers. Developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials under the leadership of Professor Hod Lipson of Cornell University AMF addresses what STL lacks with a more advanced file structure including object, material, texture, constellation and metadata with a specifiable unit system, curved triangles, Metadata and all of this in half the size of a comparable STL file.....
Friday Finds is here, with some of this week's most beautiful and daring designs from the Shapeways community. Want more? You can find it in the It Arrived section of the forum, or on 3D Printspiration, the Shapeways' tumblr.
Lukas.Suess' algorithmically generated Broad Thorn Pendant in 3D Printed Silver, garnished with gemstones
stop4stuff, wielding the power of Frosted Ultra Detail, has created an atmospheric 3cm (!!) Kiosk 6 Telephone Box
Museum of Small Things shows off their organic-looking Black Crown Ring -- 3D printed glass and 3D printed steel, living together in harmony
Andehans City Grid Coasters, use ceramics to outline the grids of Oslo, NY and other cities chosen based on personal significance.
You may know of 3DTin, the very cool, easy and intuitive browser based 3D modeler that started out as a very 8-bit cube assembler that is getting increasingly more sophisticated while maintaining the intuitive user interface. You may not know of Cadmium, a library of Python scripts for 3D modeling curated by the man behind 3DTin, Jayesh Salvi.
Jayesh was kind enough to answer a few questions about his projects, the philosophy behind them and what he hopes to achieve with them.
Jayesh your projects include 3Dtin and now cadmium, a python library for solid modelling, tell us a little about your background and what has brought you to create these projects.
I am a software engineer currently based in Mumbai, India. I started work on 3DTin in March 2010. I always had a fascination for 3D modeling tools. I had tried to learn Blender for a long time. But even after using it on and off for a year I couldn't use it meaningfully. It was clear to me that there is a lot of scope for improving usability of 3D modeling tools. But I have no prior background in Computer graphics - neither as a programmer nor as a user, therefore I didn't consider it an option to develop a 3D modeling software on my own. However in late 2009, as WebGL started gaining ground, I saw a new platform that could be game changing for CAD tools. WebGL can do to CAD tools, what AJAX did to productivity tools (document/spreadsheet editors) a decade ago. Moreover the emerging interest in 3D printing clearly shows demand for easy to use CAD tools.
This gave me a very challenging project to work on, something I was looking for since I started working on my own in early 2009. In a previous life, I worked at companies like VMware and Symantec for 4 years in the US, and studied Computer engineering at Univ of Minnesota earning Masters. In Feb 2009, I relocated back to India to work on something of my own. At first, I developed couple of Android apps with moderate success, but I was clearly looking for something big to solve. Fortunately, the idea of 3DTin started taking shape and it provided a big enough challenge that I needed.
$500 worth of 3D printing is just a photograph away.
To celebrate the holidays and all things summer, Shapeways is giving you the chance to win $500 worth of 3D Printing. To enter simply take a photograph of Bowie the Bunny out in the wild and upload it to Flickr with the tag 'Shapeways Photo Contest'. We want to see Bowie the Bunny EVERYWHERE!!! If you go to Paris, take Bowie, if you go to Rome, take Bowie, if you go to Niagara Falls, take Bowie.
To make the contest even easier to enter we will be including a 3D print of Bowie the Bunny for free
in as many orders as we can over the coming weeks but we cannot
guarantee every order will get one, depending on how many of the bunnies multiply during the breeding period until August 19th when entries close. If you want to ensure you have a chance to win
$500 worth of 3D printing you can always order a Bowie the Bunny designed by Baroba for yourself for as little as $4.90 (that's less than 1% of the prize).
This past Saturday, the NY team held the first ever Intro to Design for 3D Printing workshop, in collaboration with CASE Inc. The concept was a simple one -- provide a forum where people who've been excited about 3D printing but have no modeling skills can get their hands dirty. Tickets for the event quickly sold out.
Each month, I hold Shapeways Live -- a webcast where I share some of the latest Shapeways news, and take questions from a live chat. It's an awesome chance to connect with the community on a personal level, but it's also been tricky to strike the right balance of sharing news, and keeping up with questions in the chat room.
So this time, I'm experimenting with something a little different, and I'm hoping you'll join in.
I'm taking questions from the community ahead of time, via this forum thread. Then, on Wednesday at 2pm (that's 8pm CET) I'll jump onto Shapeways Live, give everyone a rundown on recent news, and answer some of the questions from the forum thread. Finally, I'll leave off shutting down the camera, and dive into the chat room for the remaining time to hang out with everyone directly. Hope to see you there!
An incredibly ambitious project by A1 Kitbashing taking 3D Printing Transformers to the next level....
Chibi-Devs splits into his six
Chibi-Structicons, all of which transform individually from robot to
vehicle and back. Chibi-Devs himself is articulated everywhere, with the
ubiquitous joints all there, knees, hips, shoulders, neck, elbow.
As we all begin gearing up for the weekend, here's a look at some of the amazing pieces the Shapeways creative community has fabricated this week. If you want to see more, you can check out lots more treasures in the "It Arrived" section of the forum. We hopes it's as inspiring for you as it is for us. Happy Friday!
unellenu's otherworldly Fractal Shade, designed for an LED candle.
Gibell's Exploding Ball Puzzle is a 3D printed remake of the wooden one. In Polished WSF, the pieces come apart properly for the 1st time!
archenemy76's Faceted Cuff Bracelet is another Polished WSF front runner this week. Efficient use of materials, combined with beautiful mathematical shapes.
Virtox shows off Gyro the Cube, a crowd favorite, printed larger than ever before! (Catch the video to experience the full effect.)
Hello all! We've been busy printing and learning about 3D Printing Ceramics. Thanks to all your awesome designs, we've learned quite a lot over the past few weeks about what types of designs work best for this new material.
We've updated the Ceramics Design Rules, which will be the "Golden Source" for all ceramics related design guidelines from now on.
Macouno is using IndieGoGo to crowd source funding to fully realize the creation, and exhibition of a series of limited issue, highly collectible, art pieces. They are artificial life, generated in the computer, 3D printed, grown, and presented in classic specialist entomology style. In august of 2011 the Entoforms will be exhibited in association with a renowned art gallery in Amsterdam.
At Shapeways, we want the power of 3D printing to be available to everyone. That's why we're running our very first Intro to Design for 3D Printing. If you've been one of the many people who's excited about personalized manufacturing, but aren't sure how to get started, this is for you.
On Saturday June 18th, from 1-4pm at the Union Square Ventures office, we're teaming up with NY based architecture firm CASE to get you started in the world of 3D design. We'll help you personalize your own case for the iPhone 4, and give you a voucher to get your case printed up for free on Shapeways. We're also giving everyone who attends the workshop expedited shipping, so you can experience the satisfaction of holding something you made in your hands in just a couple of day. We'll be providing pizza, you just need to bring your laptop, and an open mind.
Wow, we thought the first ever ready to wear, fully 3D printed article of clothing would get some attention, not only because it is a bikini, but also because of the innovative use of materials and software processes, but the response has been huge.
The N12 has been featured on MSNBC, Time, Wired, Gizmodo, cnet, dezeen and hundreds more blogs around the world with much excitement about the prospect of 3D printing clothes to fit.
It is important to note that the garment/fashion industry is one of the few remaining industries where mass produced items are still assembled almost entirely by hand. This means that although design may happen in the first world, production is often outsourced to the third world where labor is cheap and working conditions can range from questionable to appalling. The N12 3D Printed bikini may at first impression seem like nice story with little depth, but what it represents is a possible end to the sweatshop with a completely 3D printed garment pulled direct from a machine. This of course may not be about to happen with the material properties currently available to produce 3D printed fabrics but as the materials become more complex, stronger and more flexible with simultaneous decreases in wall thickness we will see 3D printed garments become increasingly viable.
We will follow up soon with more images of the N12 3D printed bikini
in use, how it responds to water and address questions about the comfort
of the fit and fabric, but for now we would like to go over the
fabrication process in a little more detail, to share how Continuum
Fashion designed the N12 and what might happen next.
For starters check out the intro video by Continuum Fashion