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.
We all know nightclub lighting can play tricks on the eye, harsh fluorescent lighting may reveal a different face, but did you ever think you could mistake Albert Einstein for Marilyn Monroe?
Drzach & Suchy, (previously mentioned on the Shapeways blog) have been working on a series of 3D printed shadow casting panels that allows multiple images to
be encoded within a single physical object, a white panel, which
displays the separate images under specific lighting conditions.
"The underlying principle of our technique is based on a simple
observation: the shadow cast by an object depends not only on the
object itself, but also on the light; therefore the same object
under changing lighting conditions can totally change its
With Conversation, the technique is used to make an image of Albert Einstein transform into an image of Marilyn Monroe. See the video below for a vaguely unsatisfying demonstration.
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!
Shapeways community member and mathematician Henry Segerman was recently interviewed on BBC Radio show Outriders about mathematical shapes and their transference to the physical world as sculpture via 3D printing. Listen to the interview, check out Henry's site and ponder visualizations of a multi dimension universe. You may remember Henry's Hilbert Curve 3D print (pictured below), and Knotted Kog. Henry is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne doing research in 3-dimensional geometry and topology, particularly involving ideal triangulations.