This is the first of an army of Selective Laser Sintering machines we are installing in our "factory of the future" we are currently building in New York City (Long Island City to be precise). We are using this EOS machine to laser sinter your Nylon plastic parts. This is the second printer we've installed in our temporary space after starting with UV cured acrylic this summer. We have some more exciting news coming up over the next few weeks as we continue to expand our materials and processes in NYC, so stay tuned.
If you are in New York this weekend, be sure to come and visit us in the 3D Printer Pavilion, zone D at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, take a look at some cool 3D Prints and meet the Shapeways team.
TinkerCad is a perfect tool to get started designing for 3D Printing thanks to it's drag and drop capabilities. Because it is browser based you never need to download or update the software. You always have the latest version.
Thanks again to the team at TinkerCad for putting the video together...
We have updated the downloadable files for customization now that we have been able to test the fit, especially around the corners for the iPhone 5, the case can be downloaded here, and the bumper here.
This is the first company that I have seen so far that offer replacement parts to be 3D Printed by their consumers. This is an incredibly smart move as it takes away the need for them to warehouse and distribute replacement parts. It also means that their fans have an opportunity to modify and customize aspects of their synthesizers.
We work hard to make our OP-1 users happy with free OS updates and added functionality. But sometimes we fail. As some have noted, the shipping cost of the OP-1 accessories is very high. This is because we can't find a good delivery service for small items. Meanwhile, we have decided to put all CAD files of the parts in our library section for you to download. The files are provided in both STEP and STL format. Just download the files and 3D print as many as you want. Next fail is the OP-1 manual update. We are almost there...we promise it will be ready sometime next week. Thank you all for your patience, we promise to work even harder in the future to make you happy.
Ikea is using 3D Renders as it is faster and cheaper than photographing an object in different settings, it also means they can prepare the catalogue artwork before the product is in production. Ikea as a brand is reliable enough that we understand the basic quality of product we will receive if we purchase from the catalogue.
Kickstarter is moving away from 3D renders so backers can better understand the quality of the product they will receive. The projects on Kickstarter are not (often) from a reliable brand, so people are taking a risk that they can actually deliver the product they promise, to an acceptable quality, in a timely manner.
Shapeways renders your 3D model as soon as you upload it so you can preview your design before you 3D Print it for yourself. We recommend that you do 3D Print and photograph any product you would like to sell so that your customers can see exactly what they will get. Like Ikea, uploading photorealistic renders is often faster and cheaper than taking photographs but like Kickstarter potential buyers of your designs are relying on these images to determine the look, feel and scale of the design as proof that your design will work. This is the reason we only promote products that have photographs, not renders to ensure that your customers have a better understanding of what they will receive.
We would love to get your thoughts, are there any scenarios where you think a render is suitable?
Arts collective panGenerator has created an interesting piece entitled FLOAT. It has surrounded a fish tank (that has a fish in it) with cameras. They plot the fish's movements, compile that & turn it into a 3D Printed sculpture. Exceptionally interesting shapes & patterns made by the random wandering of a fish in it's prison. Always wonderful to see information in a form we can study & appreciate. Would like to see this done with a colony of ants, a flock of starlings...or us in Times Square.
Cutlery refers to any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and
especially eating food.
Aside of the functional aspect of tableware, silverware has always been
and will perpetually be an ornamental figure. Conceived to pleasure the
eye while fulfilling one of our most primary needs of food consumption
and or squander. Cutlery is unique in its ability to sustain time and
carries a remarkable family heritage. Sets of knifes, spoons, forks have
been passed on from generation to generation all over the globe,
traveling the whole world as a piece of personal history. Key elements
while designing this set was the notion of decay/processing, ornamental
and aesthetic excess as in former rococo and barock times, moments of
collapse/disequilibrium and a balance in between etiquette dining and
painful torture tools. By subverting the logic of perfection and beauty,
non-perfect images coming from controlled methodologies were generated.
What used to be about mastering the result of a non-perfect process is
now about the production of monstrosity and the grotesque throughout
very accurate mechanisms, like 3d printing. Which creates an unlimited
range of possibilities concerning material usage, design
approaches/aesthetics and form production.
Only once a technology becomes boring does it truly start to make fundamental changes to the way we live our lives.
The internet is amazing at connecting people around the globe, social media gives us all voice to simultaneously broadcast to many and have intimate conversations in both real time and asynchronous fashion, but it only becomes powerful and life changing when (almost) everyone has access to it. So to with 3D Printing, we have had around 20 years of 3D Printing being available to a privileged few who have had access to the design tools and digital fabrication machines. Now that everyone can get access through online 3D printing services such as shapeways we can start to see it used in commonplace, everyday scenarios, like the toilet.
All the elements from the level are there: every mushroom, turtle, cloud
and star. They are all carved out of the surface at different heights,
which looks fantastic when you have a light coming from the side, and
each block casts a shadow.
It's a great piece to have on your desk, or to hang from a string to let it spin around.
The first video shows the surface of a Nylon laser sintered part, which shows the varying grain shapes and sizes, some partially sintered powder and a couple of random particles bonded to the surface.
The second video shows the 3D Printed Nylon part with super glue applied.
"I don't have pure cyanoacrylate, my glue also has polymethyl
methacrylate. The glue doesn't seem to change the macro structure of
the surface at all. It soaks down into the cracks and coats the grains
which makes them reflective and refractive but doesn't do much else."
The third video shows the Nylon Powder next to a single human hair so you can get an idea of scale.
This is a 3D Printed brake or gear cable stop designed for use on a bamboo, wooden
or carbon fibre bicycle where fittings such as these need to be glued
and screwed on, rather than welded.
This cable stop has two countersunk
screw holes with 3mm diameter to allow for a M3 screw to be used to
affix to the bicycle frame. The bottom of this cable stop is curved for
tubing 35mm in diameter, so it's suitable for use on down, top and
seat-tubes. See my other smaller diameter design for use on seat and
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Susan Marie Kosor, an architect and designer who turns her fascination of the 50's Mod Era into textile-inspired jewelry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a designer living in Brooklyn, New York. I have a masters degree in architecture and fell in love with 3D modeling while working on an architectural competition after grad school. I now also design and print my own jewelry.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
The designs that are up right now on the Shapeways site were inspired by textile design, particularly from the 50s, mid century modern. I love textile design and I am fascinated by the options and possibilities involved in making a 2D image into a 3D form. 50's design fascinates me as well as it was an experimental time. I love the amorphous forms and brilliant colors.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I discovered Shapeways a few years ago at Maker Fair in New York. I am so happy I did!
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I was first introduced to 3D modelling in grad school while working on my masters degree in architecture. My skills really developed while working under other designers after school.
How do you promote your work?
I sell on Etsy and at craft shows, and rely on those along with word of mouth.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
I am more inspired by historical design movements than particular designers. I am very interested in mid century modern design as well as the Bauhaus movement. There are so many designers on Shapeways, I think they are all great!
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I would just go larger and create furniture. It would be so much fun!
Beauty the Bald Eagle was shot in the face, destroying her upper beak. Birds of Prey Northwest nursed her back to health but without an upper beak she could not properly care for herself and was set to be euthanized until raptor specialist Jane Cantwell and mechanical engineer Nate Calvin got together to design and 3D Print a new beak...
You do not need to settle for this double disc of 70's nostalgia when you can design your own thanks to an Instructables by our latest hero Fred Murphy aka Fred27 aka Fred27.
"Attached you'll find the new version of my Fisher Price music editing
software. It's included as an executable and (if you don't trust
randomly downloaded software from the internet) the C# source code is
there too. Feel free to take a nose around in the source code and
compile it with the free version of Visual C# 2010 Express.
You'll also need a copy of OpenSCAD.
This amazing software allows the scripting of 3D CAD objects and is
what turns the idea of what you want into the STL file that a 3D printer
Wow - all this software and no need to pay a penny for any of it.
If this all sounds like too much trouble, then you can just open one of
the pre-generated STL files. Your jukebox comprises of Stairway to
Heaven, the Star Wars theme and You are my Sunshine. If none of those
float your boat then don't complain... get editing. I'd love to hear
what you can do."