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.
3DMTP is a cloud-based software service, focused on making 3D architectural models 3D Printable. 3DMTP automatically transforms 3D designs, from BIM, 3D CAD, SketchUp software and other 3D visualization software into scalable and 3D printable model files.
3DMTP helps overcome the complex challenges sometimes faced in making 3D scaled models printable for architects, developers and designers. The innovation is based on algorithms which study-the geometric structure of the model, identify and AUTOMATICALLY fix problems that would have prevented it from being successfully printed. Sweet.
are ready to turn your design into a 3D printable model, upload your
design file and set your parameters: scale, profile, and desired 3D
printer. 3DMTP automatically processes the file without any additional
operator interface. 3DMTP also fixes holes between polygons and facets,
repairs reverse surfaces, changes the thickness of walls to minimum
print tolerance for the selected printer, fixes non-volumetric geometry
(making objects "watertight"), and fixes many other problems of
degenerated geometry that otherwise would prevent the model from
Check out some of their 3D Printable architectural models already in their Shapeways shop.
Using 3D Printers housed in a shipping container, unmanned drones and GPS tracking system Project Blue Sky promises to freak the hell out of unsuspecting Burning Man participants. The project is run by a non-profit called ReAllocate.org, which curates teams of world class talent and pairs them with specific technical projects, humanitarian organizations (other non-profits, NGOs) and resources to solve global challenges. Right on.
Imagine that you are in
Black Rock desert close to Center Camp. You step into a brightly
decorated space surrounded by ancient statues. You are ushered into a
shipping container that has been converted into a high-tech innovation
lab. You and your fashionable friend strike a pose which is captured
with 3D software and converted into a 3D model. You are given a GPS
transponder and specific instructions for your mission. On the way out
you catch a lecture on 'Scientific Exploration' and watch some aerial 3D
footage of flying over Burning Man projected in a 3D imax dome.
After you leave, your image scan is 3D printed into a miniature
statue and loaded into a capsule on a multi-copter. The copter navigates
to your GPS location.
When your GPS transponder goes off, you look up as the multi-copter
hovers above you. It gently lowers a padded capsule with your statue of
you inside. You unwrap a 3D medallion of yourself.
Your only responsibility is to return the transponder and tell us your story for our documentary.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Pete, Daniel, Carl and Rob, a group of four rambling drinkers living in New York City. They make up Gotham Smith, a line of accessories for the fashionable gent.
What's the story behind your designs?
We had long gathered in lower Manhattan for drinks and lively conversation. We found that we shared not only an appreciation of the care that goes into a well mixed cocktail, but we also shared values on what accessories befit a man and tended to complement one another accordingly. Over the course of a year, our conversations flowed into sketches, sketches flowed into models, models flowed into final products, and products flowed into the company that you see today.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
After some attempts to build products out of stamped metal and wood, we quickly realized all of the difficulties involved. We had known about Shapeways and 3D printing, but we had never tried it out. We decided to print up some cufflinks for a friend's wedding and immediately loved the instant feedback of 3D printing via Shapeways.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
We are fortunate enough to have a resident mad scientist industrial designer in our midst. He actually cut his teeth with SolidWorks through a previous job building a vegetable-based lard factory. He handles the first pass at the 3D model and then we print, discuss, modify and repeat until we feel we have something ready to launch.
How do you promote your work? Do you have tips for other shop owners?
There are a variety of ways that we promote our work. We try to have a strong presence through various digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. We do have our own website along with our Shapeways shop to provide even more of the story behind our designs. Probably the biggest thing is that we were written up by many blogs right at launch which gave us a great boost in awareness.
Every designer should constantly be looking at various ways to reach their audience. There are so many platforms out there and you never know which one will be best for your audience until you experiment with many.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
The cluster of current fascinations change every few weeks. We love so much obscure stuff that we actually keep a secret tumblr to pass references back and forth amongst the group. In the Shapeways community, Theo Jansen's Animaris Geneticus Parvus is our favorite: it's complex, impossible to understand, and totally awesome to watch crawl around. We also love the Bugaboo Locking Pin by the Bugaboo Repair Guy. Because it's a real solution to a real problem of modern products made with 3D printing. Simple, elegant, and the kind of thing we can get behind.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
We are very interested in adaptive modeling. Perhaps a model changes according to when a customer ordered it or by the number of vowels in their name. Being able to tweak very fine details on a by order basis to give our consumers an even deeper story about their product would be amazing.
Anything else you want to share?
The world of 3D printing is so exciting right now. We encourage everyone to talk to as many people as possible, partner with as many people as possible, and be as open as possible so that we can really make sure 3D printing changes the world!
With this series of 3D Printed Soldering attachments for a BIC lighter you can be like MacGyver and repair your PCB's anywhere. Sure, it may be a little more geeky than MacGyver, and perhaps without the brown leather jacket and frosted tips, but MacGyverish all the same....
strvct refers to structure. With 3D
printed nylon, delicate looking forms are actually incredibly strong
while also being impossibly lightweight. We present a triangulated spin
on the classic wedge pump, which brings to mind Cinderella's glass
slipper in its transparency. Expanding on this idea, we created a sandal
with a 3D printed base and origami tyvek butterflies.
Get a pair custom designed and 3D Printed to fit your feet for $900 in any style from a platform to a pump.
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.
The Gartner Hype Cycle graphic has been used since 1995 to highlight the common pattern of overenthusiasm, disillusionment and eventual realism that accompanies each new technology and innovation. The Hype Cycle Special Report is released annually to track 'emerging' technologies along this cycle and provide guidance on when organizations should adopt them for maximum impact and value. 3D Printing has been steadily climbing to the peak of 'Inflated Expectations' over the past few years and now sits on top, poised for the drop into the 'Trough of Disillusionment, or is it.
It seems in the 2012 report they clarify 3D Printing as 3D Print It at Home, not 3D Printing in general and this does change things considerably.
In this scenario, 3D printing allows consumers to print physical objects, such as toys or housewares, at home, just as they print digital photos today. Combined with 3D scanning, it may be possible to scan certain objects with a smartphone and print a near-duplicate. Analysts predict that 3D printing will take more than five years to mature beyond the niche market.
Although we agree that 3D Printing is not yet being used by everyone around the world, the awareness and use is growing incredibly fast, and we are betting with all of our time and energy that it will reach the 'Plateau of Productivity' in WAY under the 5-10 years that Gartner predicts. Looking at the growth of Desktop 3D Printing over the past 3 years we have seen an incredible improvement in the quality of the 3D Printers, a considerable drop in price and massive variation (on a theme/patent)
There is a very good chance that we will see even greater growth out of the niche, and into the mainstream as Shapeways ramps up production in the USA (new machines being installed right now, eeeek), Obama invests in additive manufacturing, and the Shapeways continues to grow, designing AMAZING 3D Printed products that make it into the hands of people all around the world....
Where do YOU think 3D Printing is on the Hype Cycle???
No, it is not a giant Shapeways order, the Obama administration has announced as part of it's We Can't Wait public-private partnership that it will invest $30 Million to fund the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute matched by $40 million from a consortium in in Youngstown, Ohio, turning the Rust-Belt into the Laser Sintered Belt?
Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding region knows what happens when manufacturing production declines. But in this area once known as the 'rust belt', investments like this new pilot institute demonstrate the potential within a region to bring together the capabilities of America's companies and universities, in partnership with the federal government, to invest in the cutting-edge technologies and skills our manufacturers need to compete. With this initiative, Youngstown is poised to become the epicenter of burgeoning new industries from its leadership in additive manufacturing or 3-D printing.
Our VP of Engineering Josh Levine shares what's in store for Shapeways this weekend and moving forward:
Last month, we announced that we have taken on a seemingly impossible task: to rebuild the architecture of Shapeways.com. Over the past few months, all of us at Shapeways have contributed to this massive undertaking and through hard work, determination, and a lot of listening to our customers, the time has come to reveal the fruits of our labor!
Notice the little man standing next to this massive 200 ton stone in the
temple Baalbek. This stone is a metaphor for ~60% of our current
software architecture. Most of what you'd like us to build involves moving
the "little" stones (several tons each!) laid neatly beneath the 200
Tonight we are rolling out a major milestone for Shapeways - internally this project is called Inshape 2.0. Tonight, we're moving the 200 ton monster.
Inshape 2.0 completely replaces our back-end systems for Order Placement and Order Fulfillment systems with up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology and processes. In the past, we have had to hold off on so many great ideas from the community - 99% of that is washed away with this release. We anticipate faster turnaround times on orders, and on improvements to our systems.
Another 3D printerview with a Shapeways team member to hit the internets courtesy of our favorite podcast EngineerVsDesigner. This time Josh Mings and Adam O'Hern had the questions coming from all directions, mostly, but not exclusively about Shapeways and 3D Printing. Listen, learn, laugh and subscribe to the hottest CAD related podcast on the block....
For all those who are interested in toolkits and 3D printing there is good news. During the forthcoming Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, a 3D printing hackathon will be organized. The challenge is to develop a toolkit to 3D design and 3D Print, based upon Wii or Microsoft Kinect, Leapmotion or any other innovative device, not being a mouse, in 32 hours.
The results will be presented at the 3D Printing Event on 23 October where Shapeways will be present as well. The hackathon will take place some weeks before. Follow this website for more details and registration information.