Just how tough are Shapeways 3D Printed iPhone cases? Tough enough to protect an iPhone against New York City subway tracks...
Shapeways Senior UI Designer, Anthony (@loosetony) Cangelosi put his 3D Printed Vibe iPhone Case to the ultimate test when he dropped it (and his iPhone) into the subway tracks in New York City. Soon after dropping the iPhone into the dark, dirty, rat infested tracks along came the subway train, scattering the rats and Anthony squeezed his eyes shut in anticipation of seeing the destroyed iPhone when the train had passed...
When the flying particulate grime had cleared, Anthony was somewhat amazed to see his iPhone and 3D Printed Case, separated but both intact down in the dark depths. He summoned an MTA employee who told him to come back in an hour when someone would be able to retrieve the phone for him.... After another hours of trains, rats and grime, the iPhone and case was recovered from the tracks, the MTA employees put the 3D Printed iPhone case on (backwards), and Anthony's phone still worked perfectly.... Phew.
Once Anthony had taken the case off and put it back on properly, he noticed a small crack on the inside corner, either from the impact from the drop, or from the MTA employee putting the case on backwards. Either way, the iPhone was unscathed, no chips, no cracks, no rat droppings, no problem.
So you can order your Cory Doctorow bust in Satin Black or Eggshell Blue, Gloss White or Pastel Yellow and it will cost you the same low price of only $0.18 per cm2.Remember our 3D Printed Ceramics is calculated by surface area not volume, and be sure to read the Ceramics Design Guidelines before you order your model to ensure your design is 3D Printable in ceramics.
Take a look at some of the products 3D Printed in Ceramics in the Shapeways Gallery.
Want to get started 3D Printing but do not know which 3D application to start with, what material to 3D Print in or exactly what 'wall thickness' really means?
If you are in New York this week come along to General Assembly where you can learn how to start.
This introductory class will cover the basic principles behind design for 3D printing, the free tools available to get started and the materials and processes of 3D printing. The course will also step through some simple 3D modeling techniques to get you started designing for 3D printing so bring your Mac or PC laptop, charger, and an external mouse so you can follow along.
From today until August 14th at 9am EST we are offering all ceramic 3D Printing at only $0.14 per cm2
Whether you want a classic white bust of Cory Doctorow on your desktop to inspire you to get making or the impossible Quintal Candle holder in Avocado Green to bend your mind, all of your ceramic 3D Prints will cost only $0.14 per cm2 in all color and finishes. If you are buying a 3D print from a Shapeways Shop, the material price will be discounted there as well!
You do not have to do anything special to get the discount. All models items ordered in ceramics until 9am August 14th EST will have material prices that are at least 20% cheaper...
Now is a great opportunity to make your designs in 3D Printed ceramic. Take a look at the design rules for 3D Printing ceramic and make sure you have a minimum wall thickness of 3mm and that the cost is calculated by surface area not volume. Solid models, with thick forms 3D Printed in ceramics are sometimes WAY cheaper than the same models 3D Printed in our nylon (WSF), so it may be a good opportunity to 3D Print a solid bust, or any models you have that you cannot hollow out.
During this discount on ceramic 3D Printing at Shapeways, it is also a great time to try out our virtual potters wheel to throw your self something unique without 3D Modeling with our Sake Set Creator and 3D Print it in ceramics.
If you have any designs 3D Printed in ceramics with high quality photographs in your Shapeways Shop, share the link in the comments section of the blog so we can see them and we might be able to include them in the gallery of 3D Printed Ceramic products on the Shapeways homepage.
Shapeways Shop Owners, please note: your markups will not be affected by this promotion.
We are working on a series of videos featuring a few members of the Shapeways community showcasing their amazing work. We are so excited with some of the footage we could not help but share this one of the 'Crania Anatomica Filigre' Skull by Joshua Harker being cleaned, hot from the 3D Printer..... Take a look at this footage of the cleaning and keep an eye out for more videos of 3D Printing action...