We have thousands upon thousands of amazing products for sale in the Shapeways shops designed by the Shapeways community. We are always on the lookout for great products to put on our home page, to share with journalists and take to events to promote the amazing quality and breadth of items designed by you. For us to promote your designs it is essential that you have high quality photographs that properly capture your designs.
Possibly one of the most touching stories of using 3D printing to create a unique, personal gift and we are not just talking a photo printed on a cup...
Shapeways community member Phelicia Ramlogan created a gift straight from a child's imagination and 3D printed it in full color. Kira wanted a submarine duck, mocked it up in ZBrush and Photoshop (yes she is 4 years old), her father cleaned up the 3D model a little then had it 3D printed by Shapeways.
You must read the story below from the parents perspective.....
When a 4 year old understands that they can 3D model to design and 3D print exactly what they want, nothing is going to hold them back....
The Xmas day festivities and food coma are less than 48 hours away. You might still be in the office, contemplating how much longer before you can break out the egg nog, and whether your boss will really mind… The Shapeways community has still been busy making awesome stuff these last few weeks though. So before you settle in, take a moment to marvel and get inspired for 2012.
Happy Friday, and happy holidays!!
TurtlesAreCool's homespun present for his brother Eric (nicknamed Eric the Red…) printed in WSF and hand painted:
thvoelker made a tribute espresso cup with the Sicilian symbol on the side, sitting atop a saucer shaped like the region in Italy. Pictured here in ceramics.
Happenstance Heroes recently placed their first order from Shapeways, including this Pressed Flower Pedant in Polished WSF. Hopefully they keep it up!
Geometricity's Dodecaball, in WSF, is looking good.
For those of you not familiar with the squishy yellow robotic wonder called My Keepon, brace yourselves. We just got one in the NYC office last week and have fully regressed into childhood glee. The robotic toy, which responds to touch or music, is a lovable, awe-inspiring dancing machine. And its size and demeanor make it perfect for photo shoots and late night digressions (e.g., our music video below).
We're even more smitten by My Keepon because of its fascinating history: the toy, which hit stores this October, is based on Keepon Pro, a research robot created by Dr. Hideki Kozima and Dr. Marek Michalowski of BeatBots. They have been using Keepon Pro in playrooms to study social development and autism. Just as Shapeways' goal is to make high-end 3D printing accessible to all, BeatBots wanted to make the Keepon character and technology more widely available to fans while advancing the use of research robots in therapeutic settings. So they partnered with toymaker Wow! Stuff to make this incredible, inspiring technology accessible to kids of all ages (including those in their 20s and 30s) in the form of the My Keepon toy. Meanwhile, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each toy is going to be used to distribute Keepon Pro robots to researchers and practitioners around the world.
It has been just over a year since Shapeways moved it's headquarters to NYC and it has been an amazing ride so far. The New York office went from one solitary NYC hire (Dan) and three Dutchies (Peter, Robert & Marleen) to a team of twenty one over the course of the year and still growing FAST.
Yesterday was the biggest single day for shipping with 594 packages of your 3D printed goodness heading out the door yesterday. Our friends at UPS had to bring two vans to handle the load and the very last box only just squeezed in. The record for last year was a peak at 396 packages but this year it is a more constant flow. If you have missed the chance to get your orders shipped in time for the holidays, you can always give the gift of indecision with a Shapeways Gift Card.
After all, it's never too late for a last minute gift.....
The December shop owner payments are currently being processed so Shapeways shop owners will soon to see a payment into their Paypal accounts (in time for the holidays). We usually pay shop owners once their accumulated mark-up exceeds $30 but as a gift to all shop owners (and the accounts department) we will be paying out all shop owners, no matter how much they have earned.
Please note this will be for all completed sales up until November 15th. For those of you who have not opened a Shapeways shop yet, the holidays is a great time to set yourself up to start making cash from your designs.
The Kapsule Lightstand by Pieco is everything that you need to make your Kindle complete. It's the highest quality reading light available, and it gets its power straight from the Kindle. It has a slide-out kickstand for hands-free reading, and it provides a comfortable ergo-style grip for long reading sessions.
Thanks to all who came to the Shapeways NYC 3D Printing Meetup, it was inspiring to meet so many new people interested in creating their own products with 3D printing. From jewelers and architects to animators and software designers. Birch Coffee was a great venue but we may need to find somewhere a little bigger for the next one as it was getting really crowded before last drinks were called and we dispersed into the New York night.
Visit the Shapeways Meetup page to find where and when our next 3D printing Meetup will be to meet people in your area.
As you may know, today is the last day for our North American customers to order Shapeways plastics and receive them in time for Dec. 24th (sadly, the date has passed for the rest of the globe). But if you're anything like me, and you're still running behind, we've got your back!
Below is a handpicked collection of ornaments, all in our Strong Flexible materials. If you hurry up and order today, you'll still be able to give your loved one a custom-made, 3D printed present. Special thanks to Jeff Bare, who suggested an ornament feature, and helped me curate!