The demand for Frosted Detail and Frosted Ultra Detail has been overwhelming, and we hear your enthusiasm! We have learned a lot running the trial for these 8 weeks--much about design limitations, material properties, and most importantly how talented our community is at designing amazing things.
We are extending our trial period for an additional week until the end of next week. Over the course of the next week we will be doing a thorough evaluation of the entire trial. Rather than stopping to trial to evaluate, we want to continue ensuring that your designs can be 3d printed while we look back and plan forward. We are doing the utmost to ensure your demands for high detail materials and prints are met, and we hope to find clever ways to make this material a permanent part of the Shapeways material family while maintain great quality and lead time. In the meanwhile, we will also be working hard to get late orders out and to better manage lead times going forward.
We hope to have some good news for you next week, so until then--please hang tight and we look forward to helping you create!
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
UPDATE: Another 500 eMaker 3D printers have now been made available for $550!!!! Expect a delay in delivery, but get em while they are hot...
No big surprise that a fully functioning 3D printer for $475 (or with $465 without 3D printed components needed) that eMaker made available through crowdfunding site IndieGoGo has sold out their first batch of 150 with 16 days still to go and exceeded their goal of $30,000 by raising $75,545....
The eMAKER Huxley 3D printer is a Replicating Rapid prototyping machine, or RepRap for short. It is derived from the open source RepRap project which was started at Bath University, UK.
Machine specifications: - Build volume: 140x140x110mm - Overall size: 260x280x280mm - Printing materials: ABS, PLA - Build surface: Milled Aluminium, heated. - Resolution: 0.0125mm - Speed: 12000mm/min - Deposition rate: 33cm3 / hr - Motion: Linear bearings on X and Y axes, Igus low friction bushings on Z axis.
Congratulations to the team at eMaker and the 150 lucky people who have scored themselves a 3D printer for under $500.
Todd Blatt aka Baltmore has five minutes and twenty slides to show a crowd of unsuspecting Baltimoreans how to make with the Hans Solo Carbonite action in real life.. If you are nearby check in to Ignite Baltimore #8 on June 16, 2011, 6pm at 2549 N. Howard St , Baltimore, Maryland 21218 to see how it can be done.
Through the use of 3d scanning and 3d printing technology,
Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Kids style shrinking technology is now in the hands
of the general public. Todd will share how he recreated an extremely
accurate shrunken version of one of the most iconic props in film
history, Han Solo in Carbonite, using this cutting-edge technology.
About Todd Blatt:
Todd Blatt is a maker from Baltimore. He holds a
Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMBC, is the Vice
President of the Baltimore Node Hackerspace, and loves 3d modeling and
3d printing. Todd has been an active Shapeways community member with his Shapeways shop filled with a wide range of designs from jewelry, to replica film props including Tom Selleck's Mustache.
This coming Friday, Shapeways is participating in Walkabout NYC as part of the local celebration of Internet Week. What's Walkabout NYC? It's a city-wide startup open house, and an opportunity for a behind the scenes look inside Shapeways and lots of other awesome up and coming tech companies.
Since Shapeways moved to NY, people have been very excited to see our office, which, as you might expect, has an impressive array of 3D printed designs. If you've been waiting, this is your chance! Drop by on Friday June 10th between 12pm and 6pm to 419 Park Avenue South, Suite #900. Get a look around, and get your hands on a 3D printed giveaway...while they last.
We are proud to announce the first 3d printed bikini,
made in partnership between Shapeways and Continuum Fashion.
It started in August of 2010 when Mary Huang of Continuum Fashion
visited our booth at SIGGRAPH and was immediately captivated by our Digi-Fabric
sample printed from White Strong & Flexible. "You could make a bikini
from this," Mary said, and the project started. Jenna Fizel then also
joined Continuum, contributing her background in 3D computational geometry, and
together they aimed to make the first wearable, accessible 3D printed garment.
Over the following months much research and trial and error was done to model
the highly complex 3D structure that would create a design that is visually
striking as well as comfortable to wear. Early in 2011 the first samples of the
now finished product were printed, and the photoshoot with the first full
prints were done in May. Today the product is ready for launch and is available
for sale at a reasonable price through Continuum's Shapeways shop.
The significance of this launch should not be underestimated. Of
course there has been some 3d printed fashion on catwalks around the world, but
those were concept pieces that are impractical for usual wear, and not readily buy-able. Continuum is demonstrating that with the current state of the
technology and a platform like Shapeways you can make an innovative fashion
design that is immediately accessible to everyone. This is a totally different
industry that can start to use 3d printing for personal production, which is
huge. The Strong & Flexible material (selective laser sintered nylon) is very
versatile, and has proven itself in a number of unexpected applications. As the
technology gets better and even smaller and thinner structures can be printed
the possibilities for 3d printed fashion will grow.
It is great to see the first 3d printed clothing. It will hopefully
inspire the fashion and couture industry to imagine new directions in how to
use 3d printing. Meanwhile we are proud to have to worked with Continuum on
this product and further possibilities. It truly shows that 3d printing is a
serious production technology. We can't wait to see what's next!
High-quality 3D printing at home has just come one step closer. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have presented the smallest 3D printer to date. At the size of a carton of milk and weighs 1.5 kilograms, it currently costs around €1,200 but the makers expect the price to drop quickly.
The printer uses stereolithography: it hardens layers of synthetic resin by an intense beam of light of only .05mm wide. So not only is this printer small and cheap, but it also prints at a very high resolution!
As part of the VIVID festival in Sydney this year, the organizers have arranged a series of discussions examining major issues across the creative industries. Sessions offer
panel discussions on education, technology, investment and more. This year the final (and I assume most exciting) discussion will be DIY World: The Rise of the Citizen Engineer, featuring Andrew Simpson, Founder of Vert Design,Colleen Morgan- Catalyst-in-Residence at The Edge Digital Culture Centre and founder of ThreadTech, Damien Butler - Assemblage Studios and fabrication lab and last but not least Duann Scott of Shapeways....
The discussion is aimed to explore:
Open source culture provides blueprints to create almost anything.
Forums, hackerspaces and networks offer expertise and opportunities for
collaboration. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing automate the building
process and make it instantaneous. So what does the great tech leap
forward mean for creativity. Designers, artists and technologists
explain how they are transforming the production process, democratizing
technology and empowering people to become citizen engineers.
It is a really important step we are seeing at the moment when major festivals, not just those already orientated towards maker and DIY types start to integrate these streams into their programs. At the same time we are seeing Universities (I just visited Bert Bongers at the University of Technology of Sydney) encouraging cross disciplinary tinkering.
So now we have the groundswell coming from you the Shapeways & maker community, we have the cultural intermediaries recognizing the movement and tapping into the unbridled creativity, then we have the universities formalizing and analyzing the tinkering. This starts to triangulate, strengthen and create a really strong framework for the culture to grow.. Exciting times for the citizen engineer....
The event is being held at in the Playhouse within The Sydney Opera House and has been fully booked up for weeks now but I will be sure to post a recap of my impressions of the evening. If anyone is already booked to attend come and say g'day after the event. email me duann(at)shapeways.com if you would like to meet up as well.