FINALLY a podcast of 3D CAD fueled edutainment for the tweet attention span generation...
According to the bio:
Engineer Vs Designer is the dankest product design podcast on the block all thanks to JOSH MINGS of SolidSmack.com, and ADAM O’HERN of cadjunkie.com. Each week we’ll bring you the latest digital design news, tips & tricks, Q&A, and an industry special guest.
Engineer Vs Designer is an entertaining and informative twenty minute podcast on all things 3D CAD and product design related, delivered at Red Bull speeds. Subscribe to the podcast to get your weekly fill and listen to the likes of our very own Jeff Bare discuss the division of the brain when designing, being part engineer, part designer, and (ahem) Shapeways..
Wow, we had so many really great entries in the Shapeways Photo Contest I am continuously in awe of the creativity and imagination of the Shapeways community.. Of course we see it every day in the models you upload to Shapeways to be 3D printed but it has been really fun to see how you have taken Baroba's Bowie the Bunny and put him into some 'interesting' situations. Take a look at all of the entries on Flickr..
So, I guess it is time to reveal the winner of $500 worth of Shapeways 3D printing....
This past Friday, despite a massive thunderstorm, the entire Shapeways NYC team along with 150 community members and local friends took over the lounge of the Thompson LES Hotel to eat, drink, and commemorate our 3 year anniversary. Music was spun live thanks to SkyeFlye and a table with a spread of a few choice 3D prints was stationed near the DJ booth. If you'd like to see more pics, check out our Flickr stream. It was an honor to have some of you join us from out of town and in some cases, to meet you guys in person for the first time!
From all of us at Shapeways, thank you for pushing us forward with your amazing designs, and helping us all stay passionate about creating. We couldn't do this without our community. Thank you!!
We have introduced the Materials Production Status page to keep you informed of the current status of our production facilities. We will use this to let you know current lead times for delivery, the length of any backlog, or if a material is temporarily put on hold until our production is back up to speed. For even greater transparency we will also use this to keep you informed of the reasons behind any delays. Think of it as a little window into the machine that makes your 3D printing happen. Let us know what you think, does this help to manage expectation, is there anything else we can do to help you understand the status of your 3D prints.
We are proud to introduce Michon, another integral member of the Shapeways team based in Eindhoven. Michon will be keeping you up to date on the blog with all things supply chain related. She will let you know if you can expect any delays in your deliveries, the status of each of the materials as well as any new milestones such as installing a behemoth new 3D printer into our workflow (stay tuned). Please join us in welcoming Michon to the Shapeways blogosphere and of course if you are in the area, take a tour of Shapeways and meet Michon in person..
Hi Shapers, my name is
Michon and I work for the Supply Chain Management at Shapeways.We are in direct contact with our partner
production facilities and strive to deliver your models earlier than yesterday.
Would you like to have a glimpse behind the scenes at Shapeways to see how the 3D printed goodness makes it's way to your door? You're welcome to take a peek in our Eindhoven facility Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:00 PM.
You will get to see some of our 3D printers in action, check out the cleaning and distribution process and meet the people who make it all happen...
We will be running these tours every couple of months but if you would like to attend, be sure to RSVP via our Meetup page as spaces are limited.
We are looking forward to seeing you there. Now, time to 3D print a megaphone.
Sure, all of us at the Shapeways NYC office are getting ready to party our faces off later this evening, but we'd never deprive you of your weekly dose of 3D printed inspiration. This week, there were so many cool designs, it was hard for me to pick. Hope you enjoy, happy Friday!
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Adelaide, South Australia on the 3rd of September head on up to the Bradley Forum, Level 5 of the Hawke Building, University of South Australia, City West Campus (enter via North Terrace) for a discussion between innovative young designers, architects, academics and yours truly about the use of 'rapid prototyping' in design. Arrive around 1:30 to ensure you get a seat and continue the discussion afterwards at the Jam Factory whilst checking out the Prototyping: Making Ideas exhibition...
After lots of hinting and planning, we're ready to party! Shapeways is celebrating its 3 Year Anniversary this coming Friday in New York, and you're invited. We'll be enjoying drinks on the rooftop of the Thompson LES hotel with music from SkyeFlye from 8pm-12am, to commemorate this big milestone.
We are coming up on the end of our 3 months trial with 3D Printed Glazed Ceramics. We've seen some pretty amazing pieces and once again, are wow'd by the creativity of our community. We've also experienced some hiccups in the process, heard your complaints and improved based on your feedback, and are learning everyday about how to better the quality of this material, and improve the reliable of production.
We would like to continue offering this material permanently, but we need to take some time to improve on some of the things we've learned in the past few months--everything from glazing techniques to operational logistics, from increasing structural strength of the material to implementing more secure shipping methods. Thanks to you--our very vocal, creative, and passionate community--we have a lot of feedback to work on over the upcoming weeks. Rest assure, your feedback has not gone unnoticed! Now our team is going to start chipping away to make things better for you guys. We hope to re-introduce this material in the future (we will have news very shortly--be on the lookout next month for updates), and re-introducing with better quality and more consistent lead times. With that said, we will stop offering this material Monday at the start of the business day (NYC time).
Last but not least, I like to thank you all for your enthusiasm and creativity--stay passionate about creating!
A big thanks to all who came ans said hello to us at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, we had an amazing time, met thousands of people and the Shapeways team survived pulling down the 3D printed booth which did require an impromptu tug of war between Peter, Michon, Alan and Ana to disconnect a few components..
A big thanks to Rene and Todd for coming along and helping us out at the booth, handling questions and explaining the massive potential of 3D printing with Shapeways. Our next events are Maker Faire in New York, Tent in London and Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, we are looking forwards to seeing you there.
The Shapeways booth at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver has been an incredibly exciting place to be over the last few days. We have seen thousands of people come through and the most common word I hear from almost everybody's lips is awesome.
The Shapeways team here have been doing a fantastic job of explaining how 3D modeling experts, teachers and students can use Shapeways to make their 3D models into reality with 3D printing.
Our booth is one of the busiest at SIGGRAPH with many people returning multiple times a day, bringing friends and colleagues to see examples from the Shapeways community to show the huge range of what can be produced with 3D printing with popular items including the work of Batsheba, Virtox and Ceramic Wombat.
Even our booth is 3D printed with the entire structure held together by 3D printed connectors to showcase the strength and flexibility of 3D printing, an ambitious endeavor that even caught the attention of some seasoned booth designers/constructors... The booth would not have been possible without the hard work of John Briscella, many thanks.
If you are in Vancouver be sure to drop in to booth 816 to say hello.
Shapeways Helps Users of Autodesk 123D Make Their Awesome Ideas Real with 3D Printing.
We are super excited to announce while we are mixing it with the 3D modeling glitterati at SIGGRAPH that users of Autodesk 123D can use the power of Shapeways 3D Printing to make their awesome ideas a reality.
123Dis a free 3D modeling software program based on the same Autodesk technology used by millions of designers and engineers worldwide in software such as 3Ds Max, Maya and Inventor. With 123D's simple yet useful interface you can 3D model your own designs ready for 3D printing with Shapeways.
Once you have created your 3D model in 123D you can export your model in STL for most of our 3D printed materials or VRML to 3D print in full color.*
123D works as a solid modeler with tools ideally suited for creating objects for 3D printing. You can start from a sketch or you can download and modify an existing design, this is a great way to get started if you are new to the concept of 3D modeling and 3D printing. There are also a number of tutorials to help you get started or to just introduce you to the tools and how they function.
Head on over to 123D and download it for free and give it a try, at the moment they only support windows but there are some rumblings in their forums asking for a Mac version which would be awesome. Also, when you download 123D keep an eye out for updates, 123D is in Beta version and they are rapidly adding cool new features and squashing bugs.
*There is an issue in the current build whereby when you export a file the scale can be too small by a factor of 10. If you face this problem you can use the scale tool to scale your model up by 10 in 123D before exporting to correct this for now, but the bug has been reported and will be implemented in the next build soon to be released. Also, you can export full color VRML's but there is currently no provision to export the bitmaps in a way to make it suitable for 3D printing with Shapeways. You can assign color to geometry and print that in full color but no maps for now.
We are happy to announce the beginnings of a new Open Source
toolkit for 3D printing, called AbFab3D. Shapeways is already the host of a wide set of tools that enable you to create and customize products without the need of 3D software. We call them creators. AbFab3D is designed to help speed
the development of these creators and other 3D printing tools.
The goal is to make software development of 3D creators easy. We are curious to see what
sort of creators people will want to create. Can you make the first creator
to fab a million products?
Why are we doing this? Shapeways is looking to accelerate the 3D printing revolution. AbFab3D
greatly simplifies the creation of 3D creators and printing tools. These 3D creators (made using AbFab3D) will enable a
new class of Makers and Shapers to take the
next step on the way to transforming manufacturing. Using an
Open Source model allows the community to reuse common code together.
Shapeways is releasing this code to kick start the community of editor creators.
As a part of the toolkit, we're releasing a sample creator for you, called the Image Creator.
This creator takes a base shape, embosses or engraves an image and then applies
a connector. The creator is good at creating custom pendants. By
customizing this creator you can easily make it work for Dice, Phone Covers, LightSwitch Covers,
Drink Coasters and Trivets. Perhaps you'd like a jewelry box with a custom top? All
of these variants are easy to create with the toolkit.
Inspired yet? It's quite easy, grab the toolkit and start creating new editors. Make something
cool and then open your own shop at Shapeways.
Here are some items we're working on next for the toolkit:
Hollow Out - A set of tools for hollowing out a model.
Remove Unattached - Remove parts of a model that will fall off.
Automatic Upload to Shapeways - Calls to the Shapeways API to upload models, get price etc.
Come visit the SIGGRAPH 2011 Web3D Tech Talk on the exhibition floor this Wed 5pm - 6pm to see
the new toolkit in action (near the Shapeways booth #816)
The name you ask? Let’s say I’m a fan of British Comedy.