The students are already exposed to 3D printing via there in house FDM machine but were blown away by the range and quality of materials that are available via Shapeways. We also discussed how they can use on demand digital fabrication in an online marketplace to sell their designs and gauge market interest with zero risk and very little financial investment. How this can help them to develop their own brand and/or give them experience that makes them valuable to potential employers.
A big thanks to Stephen Faletti who is doing a great service to his students in preparing them for the change that is currently underway in the world of product design, where digital tools and digital fabrication go hand in hand with design theory and a deep understanding of traditional hand skills and craftsmanship.
The recent post on the Universal Connector Kit reminded me of the value of free downloadable files for 3D printing. It gives those with no 3D modeling experience a chance to experience the thrill of seeing a digital file translated into a physical object and gives 3D modelers the chance to give a little something back to the community.
We know you spend a lot of time, energy and expertise making awesome 3D models that hold great value both personal and financial. If you have some 3D models that are not selling or are a previous iteration of a current design, why not share the love and make the item downloadable to others. All you need to do is tick the Allow Downloads in the product edit window and others can then access your file and print your designs.
There are of course other repositories on the web for 3D files but many do not take into account the materials and processes available at Shapeways and are therefore either unprintable due to wall thickness, mesh, normals and countless other issues or they are files suitable for DIY machines that currently have less resolution and cannot handle the complexities of overhangs and interlocking parts that Shapeways 3D printing can achieve..
During SXSW last week, I caught up with David Noel, Community Evangelist at SoundCloud, to talk about the launch of the The Vibe. We discussed what happens when creative communities join forces and combine their mediums of choice (3D printing and sound). Naturally, we recorded our conversation with the SoundCloud app and uploaded it.
So last week me and my team were in Austin launching The Vibe at SXSW. You know the deal, it's the new app that lets you take your favorite SoundCloud track and use the wave form to make a 3D printed iPhone case. Amazing, right?
You know what's even cooler though?
All the independent, mind blowingly talented folks who pour their creativity into their own unique work, and are using Shapeways to put it out into the world. Friday Finds is always a nod to these people, but this week I want to give an extra little shoutout, just to let you all know how incredible all if us at Shapeways think you are.
Beautiful 3D printed jewelry inspired by a visit to the Gemological Institute in the San Diego.
They have a variety of fine cut gems but it
was really the uncut pieces that interested me. They have some pieces
that look like ordinary large rocks from the outside but when cut in
half reveal these beautiful crystalline surfaces (geodes).
Shapeways community member Aaron Trocola is running 3D Ninja Boot Camp, a primer for all sorts of 3D knowledge you will need if you plan to develop advanced 3D skills. It will introduce some of the concepts related to 3D printing and 3D scanning, and survey the field of 3D modeling programs and file formats. You will receive a hard-copy of the course material and a data disc with lots of 3D models, 3D scan data and other goodies.
If you have been holding out on learning useful tools like Meshlab, this is your chance to get a concise introduction to all the basics in less than two hours. The class also includes a live demonstration of 3D laser scanning with a Next Engine 3D scanner, and is taught by an experienced industry professional Aaron Trocola.
Thu, Mar 15th, 2012
Marina Blvd and Buchanan St, Building C, Room C235
Pinterest is quickly becoming one of the most important websites that send referral traffic to e-commerce sites such as the Shapeways marketplace of your 3D printed products. To make it easier for you and others to share your designs on Pinterest we have recently added a 'Pin It' button on every product page. If you are a shop owner it will be worth your while to 'Pin' your products to help them get into the Pinterest ecosystem...
What actually is Pinterest I hear you ask, well:
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you
find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate
their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people.
Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get
inspiration from people who share your interests.
So take a minute to sign up to Pinterest, submit your best products and check your Google Analytics to see if you see any uptake. As with all social media you may not see results on day one, but having fantastic images and descriptions is the best way to get started.
Be sure to spread the love and Pin other designs you like too both on Shapeways and around the web.....
Silent since October 17th 2011 Open3dp is back to sharing their 3D printing research under a creative commons license. Its original purpose was to disseminate information and foster a community of
people interested in an open sharing of 3D printing information.
Congratulations to Mark Ganter, Duane Storti and their team for managing to cut through the red tape and much respect to the University of Washington for working through this to openly share their findings....