"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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
While Liver of Sulfur is usually used to form a black or gray patina on silver, there are a number of intermediate interference colors formed, especially if a weak solution is used. These include yellow, reddish brown, purple and blue. Some people recommend adding a small amount of household ammonia to the solution claiming it intensifies the lovely blue-green-red-purple interference colors one gets when using a dilute solution and slow approach. These pretty colors are not very stable over time because they continue to react with sulfur in the air and darken. You can sometimes 'save' them by spraying a lacquer over them. They may be retained if the surface is properly sealed. Acrylic resin is the recommended sealer for durability and resistance to darkening in light. Some jeweler's lacquers also work. Envirotex® works very well for this.
Using Liver of Sulfur on Silver
1.Take a piece of Liver of Sulfur, about the size of your finger nail, and dissolve it in a cup or more of warm water.
2.Heat the piece of metal to be treated and then dip in the Liver of Sulfur solution.
3.Rinse in water after each dip. While Liver of Sulfur is usually used to obtain gray and black colors on silver, there are a number of intermediate interference colors formed, especially if a weak solution is used. These include yellow, reddish brown, purple and blue. Some people recommend adding a small amount of household ammonia to the solution claiming it intensifies the lovely blue-green-red-purple interference colors one gets when using a dilute solution and slow approach. These pretty colors are not very stable over time because they continue to react with sulfur in the air and darken. You can sometimes 'save' them by spraying an appropriate lacquer over them. They may be retained if the surface is properly sealed. Acrylic resin is the recommended sealer for durability and resistance to darkening in light. Some jeweler's lacquers also work. Envirotex® works very well for this.
4.The piece may be sanded lightly and polished. Raised areas will show the original color of the metal, recessed areas will remained blackened.
5.Be sure to wear gloves and protective clothing when working with Liver of Sulfur. The fumes are dangerous and it should be used with good ventilation and covered right after use. It must not be allowed to come in contact with acids as a toxic gas is then rapidly evolved.
Joshua Harker's 3D printed skull project on Kickstarter has 7 Days to go and he is already around $59,000 above his goal of $500.... If you want to launch your own project on Kickstarter take a look at some of the stats of Kickstarter backers and see how you can best aim your campaign.. Congratulations to Joshua, and if anyone wants a skull of their own to play out your favorite act from Macbeth you have 7 Days to back Joshua.... How high can it go?
To help you usher in some pre-weekend daydreaming, below are a few bits of art & inspiration from the uber talented Shapeways community. If you're looking for more, hit up the Shapeways tumblr, or the "It Arrived" section of our forum. Happy Friday!
If you are in Eindhoven come and visit us at Stand 62 Klokgebouw, Klokgebouw 50, 5617 AB Eindhoven, entry is free and along with the Shapeways booth there will be plenty of contemporary design to inspire... While you are there come along to our 3D printing meetup for a beer and get to know your local Shapeways community members in an informal show & tell session.