So, you know about 3D Printing, can write engaging stories about design, technology and the people who make awesome things while making everyone and everything look perfect, then we need you.
If you are interested in contributing to the Shapeways Blog send a sample post, with Title, Body, Links & Images (640 px) to Duann at Shapeways dot com
Also include a one paragraph bio about yourself and why you want to contribute to the Shapeways blog.
Take a look at existing posts to get an idea of the tone and the length of the posts along with quality of images. There is so much going on around Shapeways 3D Printing we need help to capture it all and spread the word.
We are looking for regular contributors that can post consistent, interesting posts that will entertain, educate and engage the thousands of people who read the Shapeways Blog every day...
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!
If you want to learn to Design for 3D Printing and you are in NYC then we have a range of classes to get you started over the next couple of weeks. Come along and try your hand at making your ideas for real with 3D printing in a relaxed, friendly environment..
We had a great time at the Solidworks User Group NYC thanks to Matt Rohr for inviting us to come along, drink beer, eat pizza and talk 3D modeling with engineers, artists and experts at the VERY cool Kingsland Design & Engineering Lab.. We talked a little about how good Solidworks is for outputting 3D models for 3D Printing with Shapeways. Some had already used Shapeways in the past such as Mary Wallis for her sculptural lighting works...
If you have a group you would like us to come and talk to please let us know, we are always happy to meet more people interested in making their ideas real with 3D Printing.
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.
The spark. It appears late at night, in a daydream, while doing a million other things. It often scurries across the forefront of your mind when you least expect it. But that fleeting spark, that spark has the potential to turn into a design, a product, a company, a community.
Starting today, Shapeways has a new look and feel. It starts with the spark - the idea, the laser - and continues with you, and the future that the Shapeways community is making a reality.
Why the change? Just as the 3D printing materials have improved and your designs have increased in complexity and beauty, we started growing out of our old clothes. We felt the need to break out of the box as this future is boundless. We also wanted to show your designs in the best possible light, and alas, our old sad dolphin blue isn't flattering on anyone.
Most importantly, though, we wanted to make sure that the experience you have on Shapeways.com and in the wild has deep roots in our core values.
While we could continue to wax poetic about our inspiration and color
theories, hopefully the design speaks for itself. Many thanks to our
talented designteam and engineers who made this real. And big thanks to the whole team for tirelessly shaping what's to come.
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.
For the 4th Minneapolis Shapeways Meetup, I'll walk you thru making a model in Sketchup that can be 3D Printed, upload it Shapeways, and choose a material for printing. This meetup coincides with a Sketchup meetup, which you can read more. The location is same as our previous Shapeways Minneapolis Meetups: The Mill, 2300 Kennedy Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Look for the green building at the end of the building complex at 2300 Kennedy St NE.
The organizer is Marcus Ritland aka Denali 3D Design, a freelance CAD designer specializing in making models for 3D printing.
The Shapeways 3D Printing Elasto Plastic trial is drawing to a close on July 20th. We are temporarily suspending this material to make improvements requested by the community.
Why are we putting Elasto Plastic on hold?
We launched Elasto Plastic as an experimental material that stretched the limits of 3D printing design. While we were all excited about the potential, there are a few improvements we'd like to make before it goes to prime time.
From a material perspective, the material's minimum wall thickness requirement prohibited cost-effective and super flexible models, which in turn limited the designs you could create. Elasto was also rejection prone, which was not a great experience for you, nor for your customers.
Though we LOVED the innovative and distinct nature of this material, we're going to put it on hold for the time being. We're exploring alternative processes to make Elasto Plastic thinner, airtight, and smoother. If you have any other feedback, please let us know!
What does this mean for you?
If you're a designer who has Elasto Plastic models available for sale...If your models can be printed in other materials, all you have to do is ensure those materials are enabled on your product page. Given that the design rules for Elasto Plastic were relatively restrictive, most models that were designed for Elasto Plastic can likely be printed in WSF or other materials. We recommend testing these models in new materials before making them available for sale.
If you seriously love Elasto Plastic and can't live without it...Stock up while you can! The last day you can order a model in Elasto Plastic will be July 19th.
Thanks for creating the future with us as we continue to stretch the boundaries of 3D printing.
We have seen quite a few of your Shapeways 3D Printed Products go viral through social media recently which brings a massive spike in traffic to a particular product, their shop and the rest of the Shapeways site. Following is a quick case study of how the 3D Printed Rocket Espresso Cup went viral over the past week.