The Wired Store in Times Square NYC is currently featuring the coolest gadgets, gizmos and technology from around the world so of course the Shapeways community is representing the best of 3D printing. As mentioned on the Shapeways Blog the pop-up store is open until December 24 so if you can brave Times Square head on in to see the 3D printed goodness in context of some of the coolest stuff around.
Just when you thought Theo Jansen's 3D Printed Strandbeest could not get any more creepy cool, Tim van Bentum and Bo Jansen have helped take the Strandbeest into the fourth dimension with a 3D Printed Wind Propulsion add on for the existing Strandbeests.
The 3D printed Strandbeests can now walk autonomously, powered by the wind, just like Theo's full-scale Strandbeests. The new propellor add-on gives new and existing owners of these kinetic sculptures a new way to set them in motion!
This Thanksgiving, the team at Shapeways is incredibly grateful to have such an awesome and talented community. To all those celebrating, hope you have a wonderful holiday!
And to our friends on the other side of the Atlantic who may not be as familiar with the American tradition, we share with you the wise words of Stephen Colbert (thanks to HuffPo):
"Thanksgiving is a magical time of year when families across the country join together to raise America's obesity statistics. Personally, I love Thanksgiving traditions: watching football, making pumpkin pie, and saying the magic phrase that sends your aunt storming out of the dining room to sit in her car."
We have made some changes to the lead times for a few materials. As we learn more about production, we are able to produce some materials more quickly. Conversely, we are also learning about some potential problems and sometimes need to extend the lead time of materials to ensure we're not making promises we can't keep. With that, I'd like to present new lead times for a few of our materials.
- White Strong & Flexible Polished: 14 business days
- Milky White Glass: 14 business days
- Glossy White, Glossy Black Glass: 16 business days
- Frosted Detail & Frosted Ultra Detail: 15 business days
That's right! WSF Polished and Glass are getting lead times slashed by about a week! On the other hand, we continue to have issues with producing Frosted Detail and Ultra Detail. We are asking for an extra 5 business days to account for the risk of print failures and breakages. Although we have tried multiple fixes to improve the lead time, it seems that the problem is still persisting. There are some longer term solutions we are examining, but in the meantime, we believe it is better to communicate accurately than over-promise. Thanks for being patient with us as we grow, and hopefully lead times will continue to decrease on the whole in the future.
These changes will go into place Thursday, Nov 24th.
A pledge of $499 or more will get you all of the parts needed to make your very own Printbot 3D printer. A pledge of $750 will get you a fully assembled and calibrated printer while a $999 pledge will get you a 3D printer customized by an award winning hotrod painter... Very cool.
Sure the print quality may not be up there with other commercial 3D printers, or even the Ultimaker or Makerbot but for under $500 you could get yourself a printer with a 5x5x5 inch (127x127x127mm) build bed.
Make your own slide-on macro lens for the iPhone 4 or 4S with $11 worth of 3D printing and a $4 lens from the Surplus Shed. This is an interesting use of 3D printing to help extend the capabilities of an existing product. Quite an amazing level of detail is achieved with just a few inexpensive parts, see the image below of the ruler taken with the slide-on macro lens.
Because the use of tools is what sets humans apart from the animals (except animals that use tools).
Back in the 80's in Australia, a Triton Workcentre in your shed/garage was proof that you were a serious handyman, like a DIY badge of honour. Sure if you took it to a real worksite or cabinetmakers you would be labeled a weekend warrior, but many a house, verandah, automobile has been built, renovated or repaired thanks to the 'Trusty Triton'.
Inherited from his Father in Law, the Triton was Happy in Motion's reliable carpentry companion until he lost the locking pins. Purchasing a pair was totally impossible so he modeled himself up a couple in Solidworks, 3D printed them in Stainless Steel and he was back to work.
Of course no sooner had Happyinmotion repaired his Triton he found the old pins in a dusty box...
"Anyway, at least I now know that other people can replace their locking
pins, should they do a better job of loosing their parts."
For all you creatives out there who have yet to dive into the nebulous 3D design rabbit hole (i.e., most of the world!), Shapeways has an early holiday present for you! We launched a new Creator that lets you easily design cups, tumblers, vases, plates and other kitchen friendly creations.
We're trying to make "making stuff" with Shapeways super simple: open up the Sake Set Creator, move some points around, save your design, and voila! Get it made in food-safe 3D printed ceramic. It's not magic, but it sure feels like it.
It is so inspiring to see old world musical instruments being produced with the most advanced fabrication processes currently available, it will be interesting when we start to see musical instruments 3D printed that cannot be produced through any other means.
The detailing on this piece is really lovely, it must have taken hours to 3D model all of the components but what really makes it work is the beautiful, almost 'handmade' finish. Not what one might expect to come out of a 3D printer.
Check the video of the 3D printed Shakuhachi Flute in action, after the break.
Here at Shapeways, we're working hard to bring to life our saying, "Personalized products, for you and by you." Since our launch over 3 years ago, we’ve expanded the definition of “you” so that everyone can now create their own products. We've launched a marketplace of over 3,500 shops where designers can share their products with the world, and built tools to help people personalize, and even create, the stuff in their lives. By providing a platform for our community to share ideasand gain access to cutting edge 3D printing technology, we’re bringing personalized production to everyone.
Since establishing our headquarters in NY in late 2010, we’ve had amazing growth. We grew our NYC office to 19 people, and we expect to double by mid-2012. Our community grew to 100,000 Shapies, for whom we currently make 30,000 unique items per month. With over 300,000 products on Shapeways, we have become the largest marketplace for printable 3D designs. Our technology keeps getting better, and we’ve introduced incredible materials that match the quality of traditional manufacturing, such as glazed ceramics, polished nylon, and silver. We offer by far the widest range of 3D printing processes to a growing market of creators of all stripes.
What we’re doing is still quite new (dare I say revolutionary?), and we’re working to solve three core challenges. We want to make it easier for everyone to make anything. We want to make it more affordable. And we want to make it faster, and faster.
So it is with great excitement that we announce a major stride toward solving these challenges: Shapeways is going to open up its own production facility in NYC in 2012.
Shapeways is participating in American Censorship Day. Today the US Congress holds hearings regarding two laws called Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). These laws will change the Internet landscape forever if they are signed into law. They will give content owners unprecedented power to act on any alleged copyright infringement of their content.
So what is wrong with these two laws? If put into effect, the following things become reality:
The US government can order Internet service providers to block any website because a user has posted copyrighted material
The blocking of these websites is using a fundamental basis of the Internet called domain name system (DNS) and can prevent the Internet as a whole from functioning properly