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.
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.
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.
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.
Igloo.org are about to launch The Igloo configurator, a web-based platform that enables design
professionals to reach a global audience of engaged consumers. With 3D printing? I hear you gasp in anticipation, it looks like with a few case studies on their site that hint at the potential including a pendant lamp, bowl and shoe configurator (his and hers).
A tea set was created by purchasing non-matching tea set components,
scanning them with a Z-corporation 3D scanner and roughly repairing the
digital mesh files. The mesh files are then 3D printed to create an
instance of this tea-set data that inherits the glitches from the
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez studied MA Design Products at the Royal
College of Art (2007 -2009) soon after a BEng Computer-Aided Mechanical
Engineering at Kings College London (2002 – 2005). Since then he has
received commissions through ArtsCo, Selfridges, It’s Nice That, Digit,
Designersblock and Mint Shop.
If you want to try this for your own ... if
you need some hints... ... There are also a lot of
links in the web how to do this. All you need is a glass, water, salt, wire and a 12 volt dc power supply.
Sounds like dangerous fun... For a slightly less electrically charged option you could try Mark Cheng's methods.
Tom Kluyskens of Made on Jupiter has made the perfect, Sweet As! wedding gift using Shapeways 3D printing. Not satisfied with the standard coffee maker, kettle or toaster as a gift, Tom designed and fabricated a tie and bracelet in the wedding theme of Sweet As!
The pieces were modeled parametrically in Houdini (a high end digital film effects tool), and the resulting 3D model was sent to Shapeways for 3D printing. We (digitally) engraved the two key sterling silver pieces with the theme of the wedding:
Hey there! Below is a small sampling of the wild and wonderful things made by the Shapeways community this week. If you want to find more, head on over to the "It Arrived" section of our forum or the Shapeways tumblr. Enjoy the inspiration, happy Friday!
News in that Steve Jobs has passed away, whether you are an Apple fan or not (there is no in between) Steve has been a pivotal player in the way we interact with technology. Taking the computer into the broader public realm, redefining the music industry and the way in which we listen to music, changing the cell phone into a portable computing device, even helping to take computer animation into the cinemas and children's dreams with Pixar. Following are some designs on Shapeways inspired by Steve Jobs and Apple..
UPDATE: It is a sad day for the Jobs Family and Apple, my thoughts go first to them. I woke up to the news (in Australia), and thought of all the amazing things Steve Jobs has achieved in and outside of Apple and I really wanted to pay tribute to the amazing work he has done. I did not intend this to be a sales pitch for designs on the Shapeways site, but to show how he has inspired others to be innovative and creative as well. Steve jobs has changed the world for many of us, his vision will live on through his achievements, but his presence will be missed.