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.
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.
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.
Friday Finds is here with an awesome array of 3D printed art from some amazingly talented community members. If you'd like to find more, check out the "It Arrived" section of the forum, or 3D Printspiration, the Shapeways Tumblr. Happy friday.
After lots of practice making digital Doyle Spirals, the one below is fdecomite's first real world version!
cunicode's octocup, from his 30 cups in 30 days series, ensures you'll find a way to grab your coffee, no matter how tired you are.
Each year Cut&Paste hold the Digital Design Tournament, a competitive showcase held throughout the world where designers go head to head live on stage to find the global champions of design in 2D, motion graphics and 3D modeling.
For the 2010-11 championships just passed, we were super excited to be involved in the final event held in New York City, where designers from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Seoul, and Tokyo went head to head and Eugenio Garcia Villarreal was crowned Global 3D Champion. Part of his prize, along with the glory of knowing he is the best of the best, Eugenio is now the first 'virtual' Designer in Residence at Shapeways.
With the assigned theme of Free Speech, in twenty minutes, working live on stage with no prepared assets, Eugenio designed his packaged Tongue to take out the championship.
OK Michiganites, we are getting all geared up for Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford on July 30-31 and we want to take the opportunity to meetup with some locals, drink some beer and find out more about you, your designs and what we can do to help you make with the 3D printed awesome..
We need some local knowledge though to help us find the perfect place to meet nearby on Saturday the 30th of July at around 7pm. Let us know where we should meet and we look forwards to seeing you there.
We've arrived with your weekly dose of 3D printed awesome direct from the Shapeways community. And if you want to find more you can always check out the It Arrived section of the forum, or 3D Printspiration, the Shapeways tumblr. Happy Friday!
Darren Abbey couldn't find a suitable model of his favorite fossil creature, so he made one himself.
novaking's Rib Cage Heart pendant in sterling silver is beautiful, and it's being offered at a sale price, for a limited time!
owlposse's Gear Ring is part of a current wave, but hers steps it up a bit -- moving pieces!
CoreyC's Signet Stamp, pictured in two stages, is one of the first wax seals seen on Shapeways!