For every person who attempts to use a technology such as 3D Printing for a weapon (and whether the journalistic hype surrounding the drama actually meets reality), there are hundreds of thousands of people who use 3D Printing for something creative such as the iShooter, a 3D Printable ring stabilizer for the iPhone and iPad.. No more shaky videos and may even be handy for some gyroscope based driving/flying games (not first person shooters)...
Possibly the most advanced 3D Print ever to hit Shapeways from browser based 3D modeling software Tinkercad is the Brewster Station by emmyceru AKA Emily AKA Cat Girl.... Simply amazing... And yes, this is a photograph....
Emily based her 3D Model on a photograph from the 1930's of Brewster station from a postcard from the collection of Steve Swirsky and also visited the site to get more of the details.
In what must have been an epic feat of 3D modeling endurance (especially for a first 3D modeling project) Emily assembled the model brick by brick in Tinkercad with amazing precision and stunning results.
Congratulations to Emily on what is a fantastic first effort at 3D modeling, we hope it inspires others to play with Tinkercad and other free 3D modeling tools and start 3D Printing their designs for real. You can see more images and get more info on her blog, I Ride the Harlem Line....
It runs Tuesday 7th August through Thursday 9th August and showcases the products, techniques, ideas and inspiration that are creating the next generations of computer graphics and interactive techniques.
We're excited to be on the West Coast again and we want to hang with Shapies in the area, as well as provide a way for you to meet each other so we're doing a pre-SIGGRAPH meetup on Monday the 6th August!
Do you want to sip high tea from the Teeth Tea Cup 3D Printed in Ceramics by Shapeways?
On Proper Usage and Inhibited Ingestion:
Why is it that we find the cup so unappetizing? Could it have originated
from survival tactics where we relate our proximity to another's teeth
as a threat of life, a reminder of predator and prey, poison and
Is this object then successful in its design to prevent gluttonous
behavior should food and drink only be offered in the cup?
more information at Lily Su's site.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Dario Scapitta, an Italian jewelry designer living in the Netherlands.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I was born in Valenza, Italy, which is one of the most important centers for the Italian jewelry design. For the last two years I've been living in Enschede in The Netherlands, a place where I can find new inspiration and live with more international and multicultural influences.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Design, nature, art, people... everything that surrounds me is an inspiration. Sometime it is just like a flash in the night, before I sleep, an idea that it comes so quickly, just a suggestion, then I have to make some sketches and drawings. I then let them sit for a while, to mature like a good wine.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
One year ago I thought to myself, it's time to think about my own ideas and designs. I thought that Shapeways was a nice place to start to produce and testing my designs. I like that I am able to experiment and test ideas and new materials.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
When I was studying set design at the Accademy of Arts and Crafts Teatro alla Scala in Milan, I started using Alias Studio Tools. Then I went back to my hometown, where I started to work as jewelry designer using CAD and 3D printing.
How do you promote your work?
I like magazines and the internet which is faster of course, but I do love the real world. I like to see people's faces reacting to my designs and to hear their comments and questions. I used to show my designs in different fairs, exhibitions, galleries and design shops but most of the time people are finding me.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
There is not enough space here for my list! Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Giorgio Armani, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, Kusuma Yayoj.
Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Leonardo da Vinci was convinced that man could fly when started to design his helicopter, but was limited by the technologies of that time, so just wait and we might see a real Enterprise spaceship yet!
Michael Williams, Shapeways forum moderator, had an idea one day...
It started one slow day at work. I wanted to sit my phone in a way that I could see the screen, charge it, and listen to a podcast. I set it up against my scanner, and the charger would make it fall over. When I put the phone in a cup I instantly noticed the sound being amplified. I could see the screen, hear the phone, and charge it! But I could not touch the screen as practically half the phone was in the cup. So I looked for something I could put my phone in that would solve this. I put it in a bowl, and was instantly sold.
So I decided to prototype my design using 123D Make. I tried some different versions and even made a paper model. I ended up making one out of cardboard using the stacked slices option. This option will make a fully solid model. So you will have more pieces to cut, but if you are using scissors as I was, it will make it so you do not have interlocking pieces that would be hard to cut out. After a few hours of cutting the paper, tracing onto the cardboard, cutting the cardboard, and hot gluing the cardboard, I had my prototype!
It worked great! With my prototype I noticed I was not able to hook up my charger while it was in the Acoustabowl. So I raised up the stand, and moved it out so that it would still hold phones leaning back and would now be able to hook up a charger.
Today Michiel Cornelissen is introducing the US/Canadian version of The Wrap, a little accessory that attaches to the USB end of the iPhone charger. It mirrors the charger's prongs, to create a convenient way to store the charger cable.
I originally designed The Wrap for the European iPhone charger, simply trying to get rid of an annoyance I'd been experiencing myself. Of course, the European iPhone charger is very different from the one in the US and other countries, so on the web page, I put up a note, saying that if I received 100 e-mails requesting a US/Canadian version of The Wrap, I'd try to design one. I thought that, at most, a trickle of e-mails over a few months would amount to the 100 e-mails.
And there's always the upacking videos, sharing the excitement of a new product, like this ceramic Acoustabowl
As a bonus, here's two even more creative videos featuring Shapeways products that are slightly NSFW (not safe for work!), a bit Freaky Friday but fun - check out an Ether Nightmare and this Voodoo music video.
One of the great things about 3D Printing is that complexity is free, which means customization is free. We have a large number of co-creator designs in the Shapeways galleries that are customizable, which means if you are a designer, you can offer to modify your designs to your customers requirements. If you cannot 3D model it means you have a way of getting a designer to customize an existing designs to your specifications.
Here are just a few customizable iPhone accessories from the Shapeways gallery.
The ultimate geek timekeeper? 3D Printed DIY Minecraft Binary Clock, yes....
This is a binary clock that was built into a 3d printed case created in Minecraft. It shows the current time in a binary coded decimal format. The model was exported with the free tool Mineways and printed on a Zprinter 650 3d printer, with a block size of 25mm3 (so every block has an edge length of 5mm). After printing, LEDs were glued into the case after filing the openings a bit wider. Then, the LEDs were soldered to form a 4x4 LED matrix, and the matrix was connected to an Arduino board. Next steps will be to tidy up the wiring and add some buttons to set the clock to the right time (right now this has to be done in the code).