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.
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.
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.
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.
Vienna University of Technology unveiled their prototype for the world's smallest 3D printer in May this year developed by Klaus Stadlmann and Markus Hatzenbichler. Klaus recently presented the micro-printer at TEDx Vienna, on crutches..
Fret not, Shapies. Though the deadline has passed to guarantee pre-holiday delivery, we've got your back. You can now get a Shapeways Digital Gift Card and give your friends and family access to the latest 3D printed creations, which they can personalize to perfection.
The gift card is available in increments of $25, $50 or $100 and will arrive in your email inbox within 24 hours of purchase. You can then email it directly or print it out, and perhaps decorate with glitter pens for the very special recipients.
The credit is applicable to anything on the site, so you can recommend an awesome iPhone cover from the Gift Guide for your Hipster coworker, share the gift of creation with the Sake Set Creator, or encourage your architect buddy to use his CAD skills to make his own stuff.
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!