A couple weeks ago, we asked the Shapeways community to show us what they thought Siri looks like. We received some astoundingly creative entries in the form of pictures, 3D models, sketches, gifs, and illustrations via twitter. Some people were inspired by Siri's heroic nature, others by its robotic tendencies, and some by Siri's subtle feminine allure.
As we announced with the contestkickoff, we've all heard the multitalented, multilingual Siri speak, and she/he/it continues to impress us with a wealth of on-demand knowledge. Despite all those late night conversations and heart to hearts, we have yet to ever see Siri in the flesh...until now.
We reviewed the entries and are excited to announce that Siri is coming to life, in 3D! There are two winners, one in the 3D Design category, and one in the Inspiring Design category (no 3D design skills required).
Today the Shapeways designer spotlight focuses on 3D magician Lincoln Kamm, we take a peek behind the curtain to see what makes this designer, performer, photographer and artist tick... If you are in LA you can also get to know Lincoln a little better at the first Shapeways LA Meetup on Saturday March 3rd 2012 at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way Suite E Calabasas, Los Angeles, CA 91302.
I taught myself how to use a 3D package (Turbo Silver) on the Amiga in 1989 while going to school (California Institute of the Arts) and studying character animation. Then I worked for 12 years in the animation industry on video games, movies, TV shows, and theme parks.
How would you describe your creative process?
When doing jewelry, sculpture, and other art work, I tend to start with an idea or an emotion and then sketch out loose ideas. From there I sometimes do one or more tighter illustrations, then I move to a CG package. For the more functional devices I usually go straight from loose sketch to CG.
Would you like to see how stuff at Shapeways is actually made? You're
welcome to come over and take a peek in our Eindhoven facility every
other month. On top of that, you get to ask all your questions to our
team IN PERSON!
Friday, April 6, 2012, 3:00 PM
- tour of the facilities (printers, cleaning, logistics, office)- presentation of models and new materials
- questions & answers
Designs from the Shapeways community included Gilbert13, Nervous System, Sevensheaven, Continuum Fashion, Theo Jansen, Stony Smith, David Krentz Dinosaurs, Kaetemi, Bathsheeba Grossman, Bits to Atoms, Kevin Wei, Kurt Van den Branden, Anders Hansen, Tristan Bethe and MineToys alongside 3D models from MakerBot, MGX, Bespoke and more.
Print/3D runs at Material ConneXion, 60 Madison Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY from February 28th to May 11th, 2012.
When Shapeways announced they were offering model builds in glazed ceramic, they caught the attention of Chicago-based designers Jerry O'Leary and Joe Graceffa.
The duo decided to give themselves a challenge: conceptualize, design, model, and upload an idea within a single night.
Five hours later, an "Homage to the Nugget" was born. Of course, you can't just throw out a phrase like "Homage to the Nugget" without answering a few questions.
Q: What kind of nugget are we talking about?
A: That would be the humble chicken nugget.
Q: Why would anyone create an homage to a chicken nugget?
A: The nugget suffers from its associations with convenience, affordability, and mass production. For most adults, its pleasures are of the guilty sort.
The pair wondered if they could design a way to alter these perceptions without getting too serious about it. What about ceramic nuggets? They liked the idea, but realized that a nugget that cracks your teeth isn't much good.
A big breakthrough came when the designers learned that there are only four shapes of nuggets, and that some people refer to these shapes by the states that they most closely resemble: Georgia, Louisiana, Illinois, and Arkansas. Jerry and Joe were intrigued. There was something about the distance between the historic, stately names (no pun intended) and the humble nugget. They decided to see if they could bridge this gap by serving "exquisite" nuggets. They really liked the idea of serving domes--those fine-dining ones everyone has seen on TV but few have had the pleasure of actually experiencing.
What else? Nuggets were bought. Over the course of one night, Joe and Jerry sketched, modeled, and uploaded their work. The final result is their attempt to bring emotion and drama the experience of a humble food.
Want to meet other designers, makers, hackers, jewelers, artists, engineers, architects, coders, animators, humans interested in making their ideas real with 3D printing then join us Tuesday the 28th of February at the Mason Jar in NYC for our February 3D Printing Meetup.
Bring along your 3D prints for an informal show and tell, we will have a range of items in different materials and we may even have Bryan Vaccaro bringing along a Kinect to demonstrate realtime 3d scanning with ReconstructMe.
Putting together Friday Finds this week was really hard for me. The quantity of beautiful, creative things coming through Shapeways has just gotten to be overwhelming. I want them all. Am I complaining? Not even a little.
If you're browsing casually, just know that we're only scratching the surface here. The genius that is the Shapeways community cannot be captured in one weekly round up. Please make sure to glance through the "It Arrived" section of the forum, and check through Shapeways shops.
Making your designs possible in the widest range of the high quality 3D printed materials is one of our main focuses at Shapeways and today we are super excited to offer Black Glazed Ceramics to our range of material options for the next two months.
Black Glazed Ceramics joins White Ceramics as our second food-safe material it suitable for cups, plates, bowls, sake sets, almost anything.
The process used to create Black Glazed Ceramics is the same as White Ceramics with the same design rules, level of detail, wall thickness requirements and size restrictions.
We have printed a few models from the Shapeways community so you can see how the finish looks over a variety of surface geometries.
Dublin based design studio and Shapeways community members Curve Creative have been getting some great exposure for the Nanolet Bracelet, Cpt. Jack and are sure to get more love for their Headbuddy. Paget, Alan and Ben were kind enough to give us a peek into the minds behind their 3D printed designs.
How did you learn to design in 3D:
We all studied Industrial Design in the National College of Art and Design in Ireland. 3D modeling is a fundamental part of the course to help communicate ideas and to ready products for manufacture.
How would you describe your creative process?
Specialising in functional products is a big part of Curve and for every creative process we start by identifying problems or areas where there are opportunities to design something new. We will brainstorm creative solutions and aim to execute the final solution in a way that is both functional and looks great. One of our key goals is to always make things simpler. A question most commonly asked by ourselves when reviewing a design is how can we make it simpler.
What do you do when you're not designing?
Design is a constant activity, it’s always in the back of our minds. Ideas just grow, and sometimes we might be inspired by a little nugget in everyday life. For this reason we are constantly ‘switched on’ but when we want to clear our minds, sports is a good place to start, running, rugby and climbing.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Shapeways My Keepon Challenge! We fell in love with the little dancing machine and are thrilled by the number of creative entries from the community, which you can check out here, here and here.
The judges have conferred and are ready to dub a winner. But first, an honorable mention must go to Antohneeo for his DJ Booth Set and Deadmau5 DJ mask. With these outfits, MyKeepon will be ready to hit the Miami club scene.
In theory, of course there are material restrictions but any physical object can be described using Fubini’s Theorem and can therefore be 3D printed. My handsome Aussie friend over at 3D Printing is the Future consulted Professor Alan Branford of Flinders University to get the lowdown.
"He said that Fubini’s Theorem states that an object of n dimensions can be represented as a spectrum of layers of shapes of (n-1)-dimensional layers.
This means that a 3 dimensional shape (any shape in the real world) can be represented as layers of 2 dimensional shapes."
On Saturday March 3rd, SoCal Shapers will be gathering at Marmalade Cafe at 4783 Commons Way # E, Calabasas, CA. LA is famous for being a driving town, and sometimes that means its hard to connect, but it's also filled with a vibrant community of animators and designers. This will be a great chance to meet others and learn how 3D printing is helping them power their business, or grab tricks and tips for getting up and running.
The meetup is being run by none other than Lincoln Kamm (aka novaking), a longtime contributor to the community, and one of the coolest dudes around.
"Entrepreneurs with limited resources, such as
designer Jeff Bare, are increasingly using online service companies such
as Shapeways, which prints uploaded designs and lets members open
virtual stores on the site where they pay a fee for each item they sell.
a furniture designer by day, began designing a cover for the iPad
three months before it was introduced in April 2010. With an estimate
of iPad dimensions, he printed a prototype. After making adjustments,
he was ready to sell his covers when iPad was launched. The first
cover, made of polyimide (nylon-based plastic), sold a month later for
Bare is one of 120,000 users of Shapeways, based in New York.
Shapeways printed 750,000 products last year, ranging from jewelry (a
popular category) to phone accessories. "In China, you have to order
thousands. (Here), you can order one or two," says Shapeways CEO Peter
Weijmarshausen. "The risk of doing business goes down to absolutely
This past Thursday night in Baltimore we welcomed the Mid-Atlantic Shapeways Meetup. As we've been mentioning, this is the first member-led Shapeways meetup to show up on the scene, and I was pumped to travel down from NY and help kick off the festivities.
About 35 people gathered at The Baltimore Node hackerspace. The crowd was awesomely diverse, between members of the Node, local designers, hardware and software hackers, students and professors from Towson University's Object Design dept. People excitedly showed off their work and some of the students from Towson even helped one member of The Node set up his desktop 3D printer. Someone serendipitously dropped off snacks, and Michael Rosner, the Node's resident photographer generously jumped in to take photos with his awesome DSLR (check out the album!).