"Through events and online programs, Cut&Paste works to increase
relationships between emerging designers, creative companies and media.
Our mission is to help designers be better understood for better
opportunity. Born in New York City in November 2005, Cut&Paste's
signature event is the Digital Design Tournament, a live, competitive
showcase held throughout the world each year. Cut&Paste additionally
powers design-driven contests and events with industry partners
Take a look at the video from last year and book your tickets via Eventbrite.
This seriously fun site uses WebGL to assemble and customize your own robot ready for 3D printing. This is one of the easiest systems I have played with so far that makes it fun to create your own model, absolutely perfect for kids, addictive.. Go and play...
Over the past half year, the Production Team has been busy with a few new materials. Combined with all the amazing designs we get from you, we really learn a lot about what types of structures works and what type needs to be tweaked. Over the past few months, we've been working to get a better understanding of how to best design for our Frosted Detail and Frosted Ultra Detail. We've sent test models through, got customer feedback, and revised the design rules.
The new design rules will go into affect next Monday. With this set of rules, we hope to help everybody build stronger prints, and decrease the number of items delayed due to breakages.
We split the rules into a "simple" section and a "nuanced" section. The nuanced section goes a bit more into details on how to design very delicate structures, but there are more things to consider (ratio between dimensions, etc.).
We also make different recommendations to suit the most common design structures and areas where we see issues (thin wires, wires supporting larger objects, etc.). This way, the design rules will be more targeted towards your specific design needs. In short, we recommend that unsupported walls to be at least 0.6mm thick, and wires supporting larger structures to be at least 1mm thick. Supported walls and wires can be more delicate, to read all the technical goodness, visit the design rules page.
Every day we try and post cool stories on the Shapeways blog about what people are doing with Shapeways 3D printing from information we gather in the forums and from your model pages. Bart had a great idea to simply use the blog to ask what the Shapeways community has been working on over the weekend, any cool ideas, projects, tips, experiments or links you would like to share? Let us know so we can start the week with a little Shapeways inspiration...
If you have a replacement part you would like to share either for sale in your own Shapeways Shop or for free download, it is important to make sure you specify it is not an "official replacement part" but a "part that fits xxx". You may also want to consider not using official logo's or trademarks if you intend to sell the items.
When Shapeways was featured in the Economist back in February the cover image was of a Stradivarius Violin 3D printed by EOS. Following is a video of 'In the Meadow' being performed on the very Stradivarius that inspired
the Economist Article 'Print me a stradivarius: the manufacturing
technology that will change the world'. Sounds amazing to me....
Shapeways joined thousands of design enthusiasts experiencing stimulus overload yesterday and kicked off Dutch Design Week 2011, unveiling 3D printing awesomeness to the well-heeled masses.
Located in the Klokgebouw Building, Stand #53 (Klokgebouw 50, 5617 AB Eindhoven), it's hard to miss us between our newly printed bright blue shirts and the incredible Hybrid Male sculptures by Catharina van de Ven and Dotsan that mark the entry with their sleek Ferrari black and bronze cast finishes.
Today we met hundreds of community members, Shapeways fans, and soon to be makers who were mesmerized (like we still are!) by the incredible designs created and printed by the community. We've brought an array of materials and products to DDW, including too-good-to-be-true ceramic cups and metal jewelry, such as the jaw-dropping designs of Nervous System.
We'll be joined throughout the week by talented Shapeways community members: Virtox, Tristan of Shoe burger, Bo & Tim of Strandbeest fame, and the inspiring collaboration between Catharina and DotSan. Come early and often so you get a chance to meet them all!
We also hope to see you Wednesday night at our DDW Meetup.
Roland have released the iModela, a desktop 3D mill aimed at the consumer market.
... the iModela is an inexpensive ($1000), easy-to-use (cough) desktop device that mills
wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and
iModela also comes with iModela Creator design software to create and mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns along with free-hand drawing tools so users
can sketch out "more complex ideas". With iModela Creator, users can
either download a file or create original 3D models and designs right on
a personal computer.
Friday is the day we take a look at some of the latest 3D printing awesomeness to be shared in the It Arrived and Feature This sections of the Shapeways Forums. Be sure to share your models as they arrive to inspire the Shapeways community and staff. We especially love seeing any post production techniques realized on your 3D prints.
Printing directly from CSG is much more robust than using the flakey
(literally) STL file format. A CSG file can be wrong - we can all make
mistakes - but, unlike STL, it always represents an unambiguous solid.
It should also be faster (5%)........
Finally, it should allow us easily to do fancy things like filling
solids with scalar and vector fields representing build parameters, so
you can have an object that is flexible (and/or green) at one end and
rigid (and/or blue) at the other.
Visit the RepRap Wiki for instructions on how to use this process on your RepRap.
Perhaps this will actually pave the way to better communicate multiple materials to Objet 3D printers which currently require multiple STL files to create multiple material parts?
Australian company uses 3D printing for it's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
The CyberQuad is an Australian made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed by Cyber Technology in
Western Australia that uses 3D printing for the production of it's parts, not just for prototyping. It is interesting that this is one of the first waves of waves of manufacturers using the ability to make extremely complex, lightweight parts in in extreme conditions from military applications, to investigate chemical spills/napping employees, or to just peer through your window.
We were all very
excited to get visitors at the Eindhoven Office. Models were put into
place and desks and closets were tidied up.
3 o’clock we opened the doors to welcome our community who came all the
way to our office. We hit it off with some chit chats while enjoying
drinks and cake then it was time to show them around the office. First
it was Customer Service’s turn, where fun is the key word,AC/DC
on the wall, pictures of employees, decoration and lights give a
positive vibe. Next stop the Supply Chain Department, Marcel (Supply
Chain Manager) talked about our vision and how Shapeways is conquering
the market. Then we hopped to
the production department where Remco gave us an insight into how
trays are built for your 3D prints. Moving downstairs to the most exciting part, the cages
where our BEASTS, the 3D printers roar. Final stop was a visit to our Shipping Department where the models are in-bounded and sent to you with a love stamp.
The community members had a lot of questions which we could immediately answer.For all the European community members that couldn’t be there you know you missed out. See you at the next open day on Friday December 2nd.
After a brief hiatus while we refined the fabrication process, we are now bringing 3D Printed Glazed Ceramics back to Shapeways. The previous trial was so popular we had to pause production while we organised more infrastructure to handle the massive volume of designs submitted by the Shapeways community every day.
We are maintaining the same price of $0.18 per cm2 with a few tweaks to the Design Rules. For example, we've increased the build size over 70%! The new max build size is 30x22x17cm (11.8x8.6x6.7 inches). Minimum wall thickness and details remains the same at 3mm and 2mm, respectively. Note, glazing process can add up to 1.5mm of thickness to your item so some finer details may be lost or softened. This is especially true for the nooks and crevices, as well as the bottom portion of cups.
This material will be off by default and mark-up set to zero so if you would like to make it available in your shop you will need to manually update your products. It will also take a while to propagate through the entire database so check back if your model is not available in ceramics straight away.
So Cunicode, we can start printing your 30 Cups in 30 Days project again, Studio Hansen can bring their coasters back, Virtox can drink coffee whether hung over or sober, and you can start designing your own food safe table ware..
Want to purchase some Ceramics goodies right away? Check out Cunicode's A Cup A Day project. Cunicode took on the ambitious challenge of designing a cup every day for 30 days. You can browse and buy the collection right now in the Cunicode Shop.