Learn how to design and 3D-print your own soda/vinegar-powered toy rocket and
launch it into the sky. Select and use a software of your choice:
Tinkercad, SketchUp, Sculptris, or Rhino and Grasshopper. I will
introduce the basics and work with you side by side to design your own
Our VP of Engineering Josh Levine shares the process of making our site performance as nimble and innovative as the 3D printing technology we use:
Inside Shapeways, we all have the highest aspirations and the deepest admiration for our community. We remind each other daily of the service level we seek to provide, and the multitude of ways we can improve.
We've been pushing out new code on a weekly basis, so you may have noticed some of the major improvements we've accomplished over the last nine months. I want you to feel and know that your priorities are our priorities - it gets complicated because this Rubik's cube of technical debt is taking several steps to solve. Here's how we're explaining our path and future towards excellence.
Frosted Ultra Detail is the material of choice for people 3D Printing very small things at Shapeways with the ability to 3D Print o.3mm walls and details down to 0.1mm but we do see other materials used too. Take a look at just a few of the thousands of 3D Printed miniatures in the Shapeways gallery....
Formula 1 Miniatures - 2011
Autocannon arms v0.5
1:144 US M24 Chaffee Light Tank V3 (Set of 4)
1:144 WWII German Landwasserschlepper I (Set of 3)
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Kostika Spaho. Turning his hand to designing everything from coffee cups, jewelry and iPhone cases, he's an architect inspired by natural forms His most recent project is a fashion collaboration on a pair of shoes modelled after a bird skull...Read on to find out more!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am an artist with a Master's Degree in Architecture, and currently live in Worcester, Massachusetts.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Nature's genius along with some of the latest 3D-modeling programs fuel my design tank. I am inspired by deriving beautiful and elegant forms through trying to read "The mind of God" (scientific version) and through observing the natural environment and its rhythms.
Tell us about this current project you are working on?
The Biomimicry Shoe is the result of a unique collaboration between Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and myself. The idea for this shoe highlights the aesthetics and the shape of the bird skull, along with the characteristics of the lightweight and highly differentiated bone structure within the cranium. This kind of structure requires minimal support material, resulting in optimal efficiency, strength and elegance. Nature has been the main source of inspiration for the making and shaping of this shoe. Fast developing techniques such as 3D printing make it possible to approximate nature.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I discovered Shapeways in 2009 when I was a student at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. One night, while taking a break from school work, I stumbled across Shapeways through randomly searching for digital 3D-models. During this time, I was working with a Zcorp printer, which produced models in only one material. Once I saw what materials Shapeways had to offer, I immediately signed up.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
Since 3D-design is highly integrated with architecture, I was lucky enough to go to a university that offered almost all the Autodesk programs and a few others. Therefore, I took advantage of this situation and learned as many as I could handle. Today, I always find myself using multiple programs in order to execute one project.
How do you promote your work?
I promote my work through actively contributing to blogs, social websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, physical meet-ups, and literally tell everyone I have a conversation with. Lately people in town, refer to me as the "bird-shoe guy".
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
Some of my favorite designer's are: Peter Cook, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen, Sergio Loureiro Da Silva, Pierre Sabas and Pawl Howse.
Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Around once a month we send an email out to the Shapeways Shop Owners to keep them up to date with latest news about selling their 3D printed designs in their Shapeways Shops. In the latest email we covered Shapeways Labs, updates to the inventory management tool and a little about selling their 3D Printed products via Behance Network.
We are seeing a tidal wave of traffic heading towards Shapeways from YouTube from all of your 3D Printed designs, whether they be instructions, promotions, unboxings and even fan videos. It is super important to include a link to your design on Shapeways to make sure people can find them once they discover them on Youtube.
Every time someone joins the team here at Shapeways, we ask them a short Q&A to try to tease out some of the things that make em special. And since being a character is prerequisite to work here, the responses can be pretty hilarious. We also have the privilege of working with highly creative people, including Greg Dreisen who will be joining the team this August as a Production Planner in our NYC factory of the future.
Here's a short video he made about learning SolidWorks and using it to print a replica of his 1987 Univega Gran Rally bike Pedal at 40% of the original size, in Red, Strong and Flexible.
Oskar van Deventer has put a small but important twist on the classic Rubik's Cube to make it easier to solve single handedly and for speedcubing with the HandiCube.
It looks like a Rubik's Cube and it turns like a Rubik's Cube, but what is it? Of course, it is a Rubik's Cube. HandiCube was suggested by Jens Renders. The regular Rubik's Cube is impractical to solve one-handed, as the solver would need to block two layers to make a slice move (middle-layer "M-turn"). This problem is solved in HandiCube by building the puzzles from a 2x2x2 cube, and having the edges and centers hang between the corners.
Following is a reposting of an interesting post by Virtox aka Stijn on the history of a digital object, Gyro the Cube... Fascinating to see the evolutions of a very cool design.
A little over three years and leading a life of its own.
After the first trials in early 2009, with the final model published in March of that year, it spiked some interest among peers, which was pretty cool! Posting it on YouTube and showing it on a few fairs and trade shows, resulted in a wide variety of unexpected (and sometimes hilarious) responses:
My new favorite desktoy That's fake, that's a time-lapse video! Is that a real perpetual motion machine?
It took a while to break out of the 3d printing niche, but it slowly kept gaining in interest and to this day I see it pop up all over. But, I would never have guessed that it would be as inspiring and popular as it has been the last few years! Which (can't help it) just makes me really proud of my little Gyro the Cube, they grow up so fast don't they?
It appears on blogs and blurbs by people who are happy to have bought or gotten it as present, which is very rewarding!
"While smaller than I thought, it works exactly like it does in the video. Its going on my desk at work. The coolest thing about it is that it's made on a 3d printer." Nerdy but Good at It
"The Gyro Cube from Shapeways, one of our many amazing wedding gifts." 365.25 on Tumbler
"It is not only the objects themselves that fascinate, but also the fact that many of them really couldn't have been manufactured any other way." The Age of 3D / Let's Play!
The little guy even made it onto several television shows (argh, where are those links), with the help of the wonderful people at Shapeways. And it got a spot on their T-shirt! (bottom right)
Burritob0t is the thesis project of grad student Marko Manriquez at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. This is in many respects similar to the Cornucopia. I'm skeptical if the world's first 3d printed burrito has happened yet or if this is just concept but I am so hungry. Mmmm, extruded piles of beans, cheese, guacamole & sour cream. Imagine the implications in the fast food industry & @ 2am when you've maybe had too many drinks...instant burrito! Enjoy.