Take a look at the tutorial, experiment with your own website, share your examples and let us know if this is something you would like integrated into your Shapeways Shop to sell your own 3D printed designs?
Dolf Veenvliet aka macouno of Enotforms fame has been working on some fun tools to generate 3D forms for the 3D Cad illiterate. Under the ShapeWright moniker Dolf has produced a random space ship generator entitled ShipWright that generates unique configurations of space ships ready for 3D printing with Shapeways... Yeah, awesome.. You can also have a personalized Space Ship generated by your name, or whatever text you enter into the build system... Yeah, super awesome. ShipWright is another awesome project that uses the Shapeways API to upload 3D files to Shapeways, if you have a project to generate 3D forms take a look at the API documentation to see how you can send the files to Shapeways for 3D printing too.
The original version generated space ships based on the nicknames of all Blender 3D coders The code is based on the entoforms scripts... which you can find here: http://www.entoforms.com
Create your own silver ring on your Android device and 3D Print it with Shapeways!
kelecrea is developed for the Android platform by Shapeways community member Lajos Kelemen that lets you add text as engraving or embossing to 3D models. Currently you can modify a choice of rings, pendants, nameplates, coins, brooches and hairpins. You can already see some of the designs generated in his shop gallery.
3D print a miniature version of yourself with just two photos and ShapeMe (developed by Archipelis).
Shapeways community member Archipelis has developed a really fun and mildly addictive app that lets you make a miniature version of yourself with NO 3D modeling skills needed. You simply download the ShapeMe app, take a front on and profile head shot of yourself, use the simple interface to map your head onto a range of bodies and you are ready to 3D print in our new full color... You can also add other elements such as hair, glasses and a base.
ShapeMe is currently only for Windows but soon to be released in the Apple app store so you can also use ShapeMe on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.. Being so easy to use it is a perfect way to get friends and family to start playing around with 3D printing. What better gift for grandma than a miniature grandchild to put on the mantlepiece, or perhaps you could do a personalised wedding topper, with the bride and groom imortalised in full color. Whatever you choose to do the ShapeMe is fun and easy. Take a look at the gallery of ShapMes so far.
Check out the tutorial page (download link is in the tutorial page), and the video below to get started.
The dream of self-sufficiency and sustainability has become true.
Everyone is now able to produce goods, to communicate with anyone
without being charged or tracked and to fulfill their basic needs
without forgoing modern conveniences.
The project is based on two main opposing inspirations; research trips
to learn about intentional communities like the Amish, who neglect
technological progress, and an extrapolation of current scientific
research which embraces technological alteration of nature. The outcome
of the project is a fantastical caravan, a nomadic module of illusionary
freedom, which explores our belief in technological progress. This
enabler questions our human desires for comfort and prosperity and
illustrates the dream of total autarchy and the possibility of a
different social, political and economical system.
The utopian idea of a different society on a micro scale is
reinterpreted and brought in a contemporary context where existing and
near future technologies as synthetic biology, genetic engineering,
bio-printing and new form of production methods are made public to every
individual rather than being owned, administrated and distributed by
venture capitalists and politicians.
The model was build in Modo and Toxiclibs for the synthetic garden.
3d Fabrication in Alumide. Each part of the caravan can be downloaded at shapeways
Mark Frame from RHSC Glasgow recently used CT-scan information and Shapeways to 3D print models of bones with fractures for surgery preparation. Here is his story. File under Awesome.
One day in surgery an opportunity arose, a patient needed a 3D model
created of their fractured forearm to plan their surgery to realign it.
This had already been done via a university department and the model
produced was out of proportion and only a truncated portion due to cost
issues. Even with this it was still north of $1200 for the small model. I
then realized I could do better and for less and challenged my self to
produce a model. I trawled the blogs and the shapeways forums, gleaning
help and advise from many members of the shapeways community. Having chosen my tools I got to work.
There have been many applications of rapid prototyping within medicine, especially recently in maxillofacial (face) surgery and orthopedics (bones). Being able to produce physical models from your 3D scan images are useful for education both of surgeons and patients, preoperative planning and procedure rehearsal, trying out your procedure before you do it in real life.
The issue has always been accessibility. Its has tended to be limited to well funded research projects or to private units with bottomless budgets. This is not the model the NHS use, especially in this financial climate.
As an orthopedic surgical trainee and a big fan of any new tech or gadgets, I couldn’t fail to have noticed this upsurge in talk about 3D printing. Filling up pages of blogs on many sites such as Engadget and Gizmodo. One company that kept getting mentioned was Shapeways.
Ok, so the HP LasertJet Pro 200 color MFP M275 (catchy name) does not really 3D scan an object in any way that is 3D, it does not create a point cloud capable of being converted into a 3D object nor does it make multiple views available instead:
A total of six images are captured per scan or copy—
three with flashes from different angles and three in ambient light conditions with different exposure
levels—producing virtually glare-free and shadow-free images. These separate shots are then
automatically combined into one seamless image of exceptional quality. With HP TopShot Scanning,
you’ll see images similar to or better than those captured by your hand-held digital still camera and
with better depth-of-focus than images from a flatbed scanner.
So this really makes it a handy way to document small objects which HP are hoping people will use to sell their goods on Ebay, Etsy and Shapeways, though they do not explicitly mention Shapeways I am sure it is a prime market. Here is there scenario they paint thanks to some imaginative persona modeling.