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!
With the majority of 2012 behind us, we're excited to announce one of the first of many benefits of our new site architecture, which are improvements to shop owner payments. We've created a simpler payment method, designed to make sure shop owners get paid faster for your sales and the details are easier to understand. Payments to shop owners still go out on the 15th of each month, along with a report of all your sales.
What is changing:
Your markup is ready for payment to you as soon as items that you've sold are shipped. That means we are getting rid of the 30 day freeze period and paying you faster! For example, if your item ships on the 14th you will get paid the markup for that item the very next day on the 15th. If your item ships on the 16th, you will be paid the following month on the 15th. Please be aware that until you earn more than US$30 in markups, no payment will be made.
For this month only, we will pay EVERYONE, regardless of whether you met the $30 minimum, in order to clear the books and start fresh.
For those of you wondering about the details, we have compiled a Shop Owner Payment FAQ with specific scenarios and examples. Please feel free to share any thoughts and questions there! Ultimately, we hope that many of you will be able to run your business on Shapeways, and this is a step to making that seamless.
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...
Continuing our series of Solidworks 3D modeling tutorials for 3D Printing by SolidWize, this week they explain Validating your Design with SimulationXpress:
You just received your bright new 3D printed part and the unthinkable happens; it breaks. With the right model prep, this can be avoided. Last week I did a post on creating a one handed bottle opener modeled after the Kebo from Rush Design. The last thing you would want to happen is to have your brand new bottle opener break the first time you use it. That's why in this week's tutorial by SolidWize, I'll be talking about validating your design using SolidWorks SimulationXpress. The most suitable Shapeways material for this use case would be Stainless Steel.
SimulationXpress is a fairly simple tool to use, and can allow you to quickly verify that your model will have adequate strength.
Watch the full tutorial below. If you'd like to follow along, you can download the SolidWorks file from my GrabCad Profile.
3D Printing can help you make anything you can imagine. But what if you don't know how to design? Or what if you don't know where to start?
With the Shapeways marketplace, people all over the world can get a little bit closer to getting exactly what they want. To help put this into perspective, here's some data that blew our minds: the Shapeways marketplace of community designed 3D printed products contains over SIX BILLION product variations.
Considering the number of publicly available products and accounting for the material and customization options readily available, that gets us a little closer to infinite possibility. This is nearly one unique product option for every person on the planet.
Anna Farmery's The Engaging Brand featured Shapeways in it's recent podcast Emerging Technology and Emerging Markets, looking at the business potential of online 3D Printing, mass customization and on demand manufacturing. Listen to Anna and Duann Scott (that's me) discuss how 3D Printing enables people to make anything they want, sell their designs and revolutionize the business of design.
Shapeways shop owners are already realizing this reality where they can sell their designs on demand with no investment, in inventory, receiving a passive income from their designs. If you are designer you can open a Shapeways Shop and start selling your 3D Printed designs.
Take a listen as the caffeine slowly kicks in and the discussion covers Shapeways 3D Printing, innovation and business.
Thanks to Anna for inviting us to talk, it was a pleasure.
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."
From time to time, you'll likely come across an image of something you
want to create a 3D model from. With SolidWorks, you can use the sketch
picture tool to import an image to build from. This Kebo bottle opener by Rush Product Design Studio makes for a great example, and we'll use it in this weeks tutorial from SolidWize.
By bringing the picture into a sketch, you can quickly reproduce the
desired geometry inside of SolidWorks using just a few lines, arcs, and
the fully define sketch tool.
Watch the full tutorial below. If you right click and save the picture
of the Kebo, you'll be able to follow along. You can also download the
completed model from the Solidwize Shapeways page.
Every day at Shapeways, thousands of people make their ideas real with 3D printing, and as a result, the Shapeways community is igniting a culture of creativity. For many, though, 3D printing remains an unbelievable, futuristic technology that creates physical objects from thin air.
We know firsthand that seeing is believing. So we're thrilled to launch a series of films about 3D printing, our creative community, and how this incredible technology is changing all of our lives.
This first video provides an inside look into the Shapeways vision, community, and 3D printing magic.
If you're inspired, help ignite the culture of creativity and share the film!
This is a 3D Printed right-hand side sun visor clip for the Porsche 911 (993) with an integrated GoPro camera mount. It replaces the OEM sun visor clip and is a direct 'bolt on'. The camera sits next to the rear-view mirror, just below the sun visor. The sun visor is still usable even with the camera attached. NOTE: You may need to file down the groove that receives the actual sun visor clip a little bit. The tolerance is intentionally close to ensure a tight fit.
Autodesk offer free 3 year software licenses under their assistance program for Students, Faculty and Displaced Workers.
This is an awesome program for students and/or the unemployed to get their hands on some professional tools (including 3D modeling software), hone their skills and knowledge of software to make them an asset to an employer or maybe even start your own business.