Hey everyone, a quick update to the technical difficulties we are experiencing. At this time we have a solution that will probably take 1-2 days before we are completely up and could take a maximum of 4 days in the worst case scenario. We are working around the clock and hope to be up and running again on Monday.
We'll keep you posted on a 24 hours basis, or when new info becomes available that changes that timeline.
A quick update to let you know that uploads to Shapeways are currently disabled as we deal with some gremlins on our server. This means you cannot upload models, images or comments on the forum. We are aware of the cause of the problem and our engineers are working to kill the gremlins and make sure they can never enter the server again.
For shop owners the sales and shopping cart is still functioning so you will not suffer from loss of sales.
Thank you for your patience while we work on this, we will let you know the second we are fully functional again.
At Shapeways we use a range of different 3D printing technologies to create your 3D prints depending on the material you choose. We use terms like White Strong & Flexible, Frosted Ultra Detail and Full Color Sandstone to describe the material properties, not the process or material brand name so that people with no experience can better choose the materials to use for 3D printing. On the materials page you can dig in to get more detail on the materials and processes used to have a deeper understanding.
Shapeways co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Robert Schouwenburg has a personal blog he uses to keep track of his thoughts on 3D printing, online creation & personal fabrication which is a great source of information. We will occasionally 'reblog' his posts as they are a great resource and offer insight into some of the thinking behind Shapeways. The first we would like to post is 3D Printing Technologies Explained which, ahh, explains some of the current 3D printing technologies.
The rest of this blog post will be a direct copy of Robert's post from July 21st 2011.
Shapeways is part of a movement away from mass production towards a more complex interaction between people and products. No longer are we all passive consumers of bulk products be they digital, physical or even edible as we begin to create, customize and curate the contents of our lives.
If you already have a Hub Pass to the event join us Tuesday, February 14 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Art & Culture Content Hub at Hearst Magazines, 300 W. 57th Street, Urban Theater, New York, 10019 or watch the LiveStream from the comfort of your own computer along with the Keynote presentation by Kevin Slavin of Area/Code.
This is a dish for dipping bread in olive oil. Fill the dish with enough olive oil to cover the heart, and then add balsamic vinegar to the heart. The vinegar will sink to the bottom and fill out the heart! You might need to push the vinegar around with a toothpick to fill out the heart really cleanly, but it is easy to do, and continues to look nice even after you start dipping bread.
Phil Cuttance has created an elegant tool to make a series of faceted forms resembling digitally optimized products. Take a look at the mesmerizing video which shows the works being produced and soak in the refined process and beautiful results.
The FACETURE series consists of handmade faceted vessels, light-shades
and table. Each object is produced individually by casting a water-based
resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually
manipulated to create the each object’s form before each casting, making
every piece utterly unique.
Last week, TEDx took a bite out of the Big Apple with a fascinating discussion about "Disruptive Ideas with Near-term Impact." The speakers shared ideas that are likely to "change the world in the near-term, instead of those whose impact is in the past or the distant future."
Pratt Professor and Shapeways community member Henry Yoo created a beautiful TEDx apple for the event. We 3D printed a bushel of them to ensure everyone could walk away with a disruptive idea in their hands.
Photo courtesy of Henry Yoo.
Congratulations to Henry and the TEDx Big Apple organizers for a fantastic event!
ANAT (the Australian Network for Art and Technology) has been working for over 23 years to support artists engaging with science and technology. Recently, they have become increasingly fascinated by the ‘personal
fabrication’ movement – especially the creative opportunity to “make
"Our interest in personal fabrication is partly driven by the potentially
transformative effects that these technologies could have on
traditional manufacturing industries. We also admire the spirit of the
personal fabrication movement – how online collaboration and free
sharing of information, designs and software is driving the development
of these technologies; how ‘Fab Labs’ (fabrication laboratories) are
springing up around the world with the big idea of harnessing “the
inventive power of the world to locally design and produce solutions to
local problems (1).” But perhaps most of all, our interest is driven by
the opportunities the movement offers to empower creative people to
“make almost anything”(2)."
We have managed to pull back the lead time on Frosted Ultra Detail (or as we may have to call it from now on Fast Ultra Detail) from 15 working days to 10 working days so you can get your miniature dinosaur, train, figurine, Siri faster than ever before.
You may have already noticed your 3D prints coming to you faster than before as we fire up the time machine, optimize our 3D printers and press go.
NYC is increasingly becoming the global breeding ground of innovation and entrepreneurship. Unbeknownst to many, it's also becoming the hub for a radical shift in how things are made -- powered by 3D printing. In order to supercharge this shift, we're opening up production in NYC this year and will in turn make 3D printing faster, more affordable, and more accessible for everyone.
As we lay down the groundwork for the "factory of the future," we're hiring the team of all stars who will make this all possible, including the Director of Operations who will lead us into the future. This person (ehem, superhuman) will be tackling incredibly challenging technical and operational problems that have yet to be solved anywhere in the world, questions like: How do we produce, sort, and ship thousands of unique items in different materials to customers all over the world on a daily basis? How do we take best practices from traditional manufacturing and apply them in the context of 3D printing? How do we scale our efforts as demand and product complexity increase exponentially?
Inform your designs with the AMAZING new 3D Printed materials samples we have in the Shapeways office and take a look at some of the post processing techniques we have been experimenting with in the Shapeways Labs NYC version 1.0
Join Nancy and Duann on Monday at 1pm EST via our usual Shapeways Live portal to take a look at what we have been playing with.
As with the usual Shapeways Live set up you will be able to see us via U-Stream and ask questions via the chat.
We are really looking forward to sharing some of these cool materials and finishes, it is so exiting when they arrive at the office and we really want to share some of that excitement with you.
Join us, Monday 13th Feb 1pm EST via Shapeways Live for Material Monday
The recent debate has been fuelled by The Pirate Bay's new Physibles section for product files with opinions ranging from 'the sky is falling' type declarations with demands that CAD files and products be embedded with DRM type devices to 'cue the worlds smallest violin' to copyright holders, even with disbelief and accusations that 3D printing is a hoax, again.
This is something that will require much more discussion to work through but what was interesting at the end of Howarth's article was a quote by Bruce Arnold, a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Canberra:
"Just as with existing counterfeiting options, Arnold said that many
consumers would still prefer to buy the original item. But for some
designers, he said protection may be better achieved through instant
prototyping and continuous product change rather than intellectual