Last Friday, about 30 Shapeways enthusiasts met in Amsterdam. This made it the largest usermeeting so far! Many brought their own work, and we discussed all kinds of topics like what's going on in the company, technical stuff and how to start up a Shapeways-based business.
Many people asked me if we had already planned a new meeting, and you've made me realise we should do this more often. So: stay tuned - I'll make sure there's another meetup in Amsterdam this year. I'll also make sure there's space to present your own project next time.
It certainly was a very inspiring evening for everyone and it was awesome meeting you all. Thanks for coming, and see you next time!
Each week with Friday Finds, we bring you a sampling of the amazing things we see in the Shapeways community. Over these last two weeks we've seen a few seriously awesome designs meant for Apple products, so I present to you, Friday Finds - The Apple Edition.
jeff's new iPad 2 Wrap, designed to work flawlessly with the cover on Apple's iPad 2.
dizingof's awesomely elaborate Steampunk iPod Dock, pictured here with a prayed metallic paint finish.
Michiel Cornelissen's simple, wonderful CableGuy keeps those unwieldy earbud cords a bay.
There was a bit of attention recently surrounding a video theoretical physicist David Kaplan visiting 3D printing technology company Z Corporation where the process is demonstrated by the company's Vice President of
Product Management, Joe Titlow. The clip show the "printing" of a
replica wrench, which, when complete, is used to tighten a nut in the
same way that a "real" wrench would be used.
Now Objet has released a video too getting in on the wrench action..
Kind of interesting considering the long history of use of rapid prototyping in toolmaking. Are you ready to start toolmaking with Shapeways 3D printing?
UPDATE: There was a bit of heat online about the inaccuracy of the footage between the scanning and printing process as the 3D scan was in no way used to create the model 3D printed. Check out David Kaplan's response to what must have turned into a torrent of negative responses from the CAD and 3D print community.
If you caught yesterday's Shapeways Live, I took a chance to update everyone who watched on the status of all of our material lead times. In case you missed the show, I'm back to share them with you here. Since we've added so many changes, and upped our capacity in the last couple of weeks, we're seeing improvements, but some materials are still taking more time than others.
Silver - We're currently up to speed on silver, with just a few late orders left. There's been great progress here and we're working to improve lead times further.
FD/FUD - We are 3 weeks behind on Frosted Detail materials and expect to be caught up in 4 weeks. FD/FUD is catching up, but not fast enough, so we're reworking our process with our partner, and seeking further capacity.
White & Colored Strong Flexible - There are currently no delays in Strong Flexible materials.
Polished WSF - Polished Strong Flexible is currently 2-3 weeks behind. However, this material is catching up quickly and capacity here will be increased significantly in about 2 weeks time.
Alumide - There are currently no delays in alumide.
White, Transparent & Black Detail - There are no delays in White Detail or in Transparent Detail. Black Detail is experiencing a 1 week delay. This is because our partner's Black Detail printer broke down and the interim printer moves at a slower pace. Black Detail will be back on track in 2 weeks.
Ceramics - We're behind on certain orders in ceramics going as far back as May, and we expect to be back on track in 4-5 weeks. Part of the delay is because the new, larger firing kiln was experiencing some temperature problems, which are being dealt with.
Stainless Steel, Bronze, Gold & Brass - There are currently no delays in metals or glass.
Full Color Sandstone - There are currently no delays in Full Color Sandstone.
Hopefully this helps keep the community informed, and helps you make the best decisions for your creative works. If you have further questions or comments, please share below, and thanks for your patience.
Once you have uploaded your photograph there is an option to specify Main Thumbnail Image, the Shapeways greyscale render will be called Default and all you need to do is select the image you would like to be used as the thumbnail.
Ensure you have a clear, well lit image cropped nice and tight to the object for the thumbnail image. We are always on the lookout for great designs that are well documented and we will only feature them on the front page or any other galleries if there is a suitable photograph as the thumbnail...
Ensure your images are 450x324 or 700x519 so they fill the thumbnail correctly.
If you want to sell your 3D printed designs be sure to open a Shapeways Shop and if you want to embed your Shapeways shop or favorites into another site check out the Shapeways widget.
I'm taking your questions ahead of time in this forum thread to help make sure I discuss that topics that are most important to the community. Materials, lead times, contests, shops, whatever.
See you there!
For those who may be joining for the first time, the one type of question I won't be answering is support-related stuff dealing with specific orders. Since Shapeways Live it a community conversation, I want to be sure to focus on topics that affect everyone. Thanks for understanding. :)
Hey guys, just a heads up that we have a momentary hold on our combinatory manufacturing. The hold will last for 2-3 weeks, and afterwards it will be back better than ever. Here are the details:
Those nifty necklace cords that some of the community orders along with their 3D printed pendants have run out. They were actually made available on a trial basis, and there was one initial order of necklace cords that was intended to be used until it ran out. The batch of cords ran out a lot slower than expected, hence the fact that I'm here sharing this info 1 year later! Still, in the last few months, the demand for necklace cords really picked up, and it's become clear that this is a resource the community would like to continue to have on hand.
If you've placed an order for a free necklace cord to accompany one of your designs, you will receive it. However, we're waiting for a new shipment of cords to arrive. So we'll send along your 3D print, and get you your cord a couple of weeks later, as soon as the new batch arrives.
As for the future of combinatory manufacturing, we're also taking measures to make it into a sustainable part of our service over the long term. We're still doing our research, but we'll make sure we continue to offer these items, and we may even be offering free options, and even nicer paid options. Thanks for working with us during this hiatus, and stay tuned for better news!
It's time for a user meeting in the country where it all started: the
Netherlands! Meet us at 'De Waag' in Amsterdam on Friday, July 22nd at 6pm and
bring your 3D printed goodness. Bart will be there with samples of our new 3D printed materials. Previous Shapeways meetups have been a lot of fun, it is always interesting to match faces to names and check out some of the post production techniques people are using. We would love it if you could join us for a beer!
As the tools of manufacture become available to more people through 3D printing, we are going to see an increasing number of products that are very similar to each other hit the market/internet at exactly the same time. The whole issue of patents, ownership and attribution of ideas is also going to become increasingly complex as simultaneous innovation occurs.
We recently featuredThe Canon Capholder by Spruce (above right) on the Shapeways blog, citing it as a great example of a simple solution to a common problem for all photographers, be they amateur, professional or accidental. At about the same time as Spruce posting his final design on Shapeways, so to did Kitlaan on Thingiverse (above left) and Mark Stevenson on Kickstarter (bottom) having already raised $14,623 after seeking only $3,900 in backing. There was a little bit of a flurry on the social networks as to which if any of the designs were a copy of the other and it seems as though all three were developed simultaneously without being aware of each others designs.