We're making magic happen this holiday season, with our new Holiday Gift Guide, the Wired Pop-Up Store, and some more treats headed your way over the next few weeks. For our shop owners, we hope that by sharing all your awesome designs with a broader community, you'll also see some magic happen in your stores.
There are so many great products, and we want to make sure we don't miss any gems. If you're interested in having your product featured by Shapeways this season, don't be shy! We'll be paying close attention to the "Feature this!" section of the Forum and will look for great products to feature across the site.
In particular, we'll be looking for designs that make great gifts - and those which are well-photographed.
The sooner you share, the better! We want to ensure everyone gets orders in time for all their gift-giving needs.
It's that time of year again...The leaves are on their final descent, and the stress of finding "the perfect gift" for your family and friends is starting to settle in. Luckily, the team here at Shapeways has come up with a fantastic Holiday Gift Guide so that you won't have to opt for the Hello Kitty sticker collection or bunny-shaped Chia Pet.
We're thrilled to announce that NYC will get to experience 3D printed awesomeness firsthand this holiday season! We've partnered with Wired and will be showcasing several products made by community members in their holiday Pop-Up Store in Times Square. We'll also have an interactive station where you can learn more about Shapeways, 3D printing, and the stories behind each design.
The Store will be open from November 18 to December 24, and for those not in NYC, you can visit the online store and check out the full range of tech goodies.
Oh you nylon materials, sometime you're so perfect. Sure, you may not have the wow factor of silver, or the homeyness of ceramics, but sometimes your simplicity and versatility can be downright striking. The designers featured in Friday Finds this week have proven that much!
If you're looking for more 3D printed awesome (in all sorts of materials) swing by the "It Arrived" section of the forums. Happy Friday!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our monthly Shapeways NYC meetup last night!
It was wonderful to see some old and new faces, and bring everyone together. A special thanks to Aaron Trocola (aka 40 West Designs) who provided gorgeous prints of his Timekeeper as giveaways for the group. Wow! If you missed this month's NYC gathering, make sure you stop by our meetup page and RSVP for the next Shapeways event.
It's an exciting week for personalized manufacturing and 3D design -- our friends at Tinkercad received $1 million in seed funding to make 3D design and printing more accessible to a wider audience. Their browser-based software has paved the way for people of all tech backgrounds to experiment with 3D design.
The interface is very user friendly and provides an excellent starting point for people who want to learn (or teach!) the fundamentals of solid 3D modeling. As TechCrunch explained, "The company's mission is to 'reach and teach' a wide audience on the use of CAD software and creating 'fun and meaningful' things like jewelry, toys, cars parts, and whatnot, using 3D printers."
While the Christmas lights might not be up just yet, it's definitely not too soon to start preparing your stores for what we expect to be a very busy holiday season here at Shapeways. We've put together a calendar to help you and your customers make sure you get everything printed and shipped in time. As always, orders are made on-demand, so our holiday planning accounts for all the customization magic that takes place for each product.
We recommend updating your store pages to remind everyone about the holiday shipping calendar, particularly if your products are printed in materials that take a little bit longer.
Final order dates vary depending on the material and where you live in the world, so make sure to check out the holiday planning page so you get your personalized happiness by December 23!
Join us this Wednesday, November 9th, at 7pm for our monthly Meetup. We'll be hanging out with other NY-based 3D designers at Birch Coffee in the upstairs library. There'll be great coffee and wine, but don't forget to bring along a few of your favorite 3D prints to share!
After all the stimulus overload at DDW, we're feeling a bit of a withdrawal here at Shapeways. We had an incredible time meeting thousands of community members, designers, artists, and of course, the steady stream of locals who are lucky to call Eindhoven their home.
It was incredibly energizing to see everyone's excitement about personal manufacturing and 3D printing, from potters who were awestruck by the new and improved ceramics to the woman I met who was looking at a key necklace and was thrilled that she can now print a custom key for her rackety antique dresser. After seeing the creative wheels turn among 3D designers and non-techies alike, we're looking forward to the designs inspired by the show.
A few weeks ago, we announced the relaunch of ceramics. During the past few months, we've been working hard to take all the feedback learned during the initial ceramics trial and feedback it back into the process. First, our production partners have been working very hard and refining the glazing process. Glazing was one area where we received the most feedback on during the trial, so we made sure to get this right. Today, we received our first batch of prints and check out the quality difference from before and after the relaunch of ceramics. Check out the quality improvements:
Second, I'm happy to announce that our production partners have found a new facility that can support more machines, and a growing team. This means orders can be produced quicker. Check out the happy new team below!
Wong Wong enlisted the help of Shapeways community member and 3D Ninja Dotsan to realize the first in a series of trophies recognizing the best & worst of football.
The Best Dive Trophy is to be awarded to the player who is judged to have executed the art of 'The Dive' and successfully deceives the referee. The Worst Tackle Trophy goes to the player that executes the dirtiest tackle against an opposing player.
Panoramic photography creates fascinating images. Very wide angle images are closer to the human field of view than conventional pictures. If seen through a panoramic viewer they let us experience a location as if we were there. Panoramic image stitching can create panoramas from pictures taken one after another. Unfortunately, acquiring the images takes a lot of time and moving objects may cause ghosting. It is also difficult to obtain a full spherical panorama, because the downward picture cannot be captured while the camera is mounted on the tripod.
In this work, we present a throwable panoramic camera that solves these problems. The camera is thrown into the air and captures an image at the highest point of flight - when it is hardly moving. The camera takes full spherical panoramas, requires no preparation and images are taken instantaneously. It can capture scenes with many moving objects without producing ghosting artifacts and creates unique images.