Every Product Page on Shapeways has a Favorite button to the right so that you can let designers know just how awesome they are. The Wishlist Button helps you to keep track of the 3D Printed goodness you want to have and hold. Clicking either button will send love to the Feed, so everyone can see what 3D Printed products are popular at any one point in time. Let's take a look at the 10 most popular 3D printed designs for the past week in order of popularity from number 10 up to number 1.
Launched by Mayor Bloomberg at the Shapeways Factory of the Future, Next Top Makers is New York City's is challenge makers, designers, and engineers to create product prototypes.
New York's Next Top Makers is a challenge to prototype new designs
that have commercial potential. The goal of the challenge is to support
design-driven production, and promote a culture of innovation and
commercialization within New York City's industrial business, design and
Starting in mid November, makers, designers, engineers and others
will be invited to enter prototypes in the challenge. It is anticipated
that New York's Next Top Makers will be open for submissions until
mid February 2013.
Finalists will be selected by an expert judging panel, and will
receive assistance on the path to commercialization during the studio
phase. Assistance will include studio space from sponsor NYDesigns,
business support, and mentorship from industry experts such as Adafruit
Industries, Honeybee Robotics and Shapeways. It is anticipated that the
studio phase will run from April to August. Judges will award an
additional cash prize to the most promising winner following the studio
We are very excited to share that we have improved our dying processes and quality and are launching new colors in our Strong & Flexible family!
Starting today, you will be able to order 3D prints in our dyed & polished red and purple, as well as two new colors: Royal Blue and Hot Pink. The new dyes are a potent mixture of pigment and dye which saturates both the surface and the interior of the nylon plastic. The results are vibrant and consistent, and means that the colors will last longer and appear brighter.
Most excitingly, all Colored Strong & Flexible plastics will now be polished first. By polishing and then dying, 3D prints look and feel like final products and the quality rivals what you can find in a store. We have gotten great feedback on the quality, consistency, and aesthetic and hope you like them!
This is the first of many more colors we will be introducing. We chose to add blue and pink based on your feedback and we can't wait to see what you design for these colors.
New Colors: Properties and Design Guidelines
The design rules are slightly different as the models have to withstand polishing first. The bounding box for polished colors is slightly smaller at 150x150x150mm and the minimum for unsupported wires is 0.9mm.
For more details, please see the Product Detail page here and refer to the design rules for polished products. Remember, you can still order White and Black Strong and Flexible in unpolished.
To celebrate this new addition and help you prepare your shop for the holiday season, all colored Strong & Flexible plastics will be 10% off until October 31st.
Thereafter, the prices will be:
White Strong Flexible - $1.50 startup, $1.40 per cc - no change
Black Strong Flexible - no price change
White Strong Flexible Polished - $2.00 startup, $1.50 per cc
Colored Strong Flexible - $2.25 startup, $1.50 per cc
What this means is, excluding black, everything over 2cc will now be cheaper. That's right, not only are we introducing new polished colors, we're making them cheaper too!
Your Shapeways Shop: What does this mean for you?
Shop Owners, as of today, you will have the ability to add these colors as a new material option with enough time to get some samples before the holiday season kicks off.
If you currently have colored products in your shop, these will be added automatically enabled, though we will not automatically enable blue and pink. That's up to your discretion.
If you do not have colored products in your shop, you will have the opportunity to add these material options starting today, October 17th.
So try them out! Print your models in these vibrant new colors and get ready to be amazed at the vibrancy and finish! Let us know what you think! What colors would you like to see next?
Sivam Krish is a busy man. He co-founded Genometri, an early generative design firm which we profiled in 2010, and just last week launched a Kickstarter to fund One just One, his new 3D printed jewelry brand. There are 26 days left to go, so head over and check it out.
Generative design is a design process that uses advanced algorithms to explore potential design possibilities. The results mimic what happens in nature, no two items are the same, each is unique. One just One is initially working with a small group of designers to build collections of unique designs that were each generated from a single genetic base model, with the goal of eventually building a larger global community of technology-savvy and skilled designers.
As Sivam puts it, "Generative design is inspired by natural design processes where genetic structuring of design data enables the creation of variations. No two people are alike and now, no two products need be alike."
The One just One Kickstarter campaign offers pieces of original jewelry in exchange for pledges of support, starting at $20. And if that's not enough to get you excited, One just One orders are filled by the one and only Shapeways.
We have already received some very impressive entries so the bar has been set quite high but it is always worth entering because there is always room for more awesomeness and hey, if it does not win it still might sell if you have it for sale in your Shapeways shop....
To enter the contest:
Upload a new design to Shapeways with the tag iPhone5_3D by 5pm EST Friday October 19th 2012.
Upload a description of your design specifying the use/context.
Make it awesome.
Terms and Conditions:
Free prize draw, closing date, 5pm EST Friday October 19th 2012.
Winner will receive $500 worth of 3D Printing from Shapeways.
The winner be notified in writing by October 30th, 2012.
No purchase necessary.
Multiple entries allowed.
Entry must be a new design uploaded after September 13th, 2012.
Entry must be on display to public to be eligible
All IP for all entires remain property of the designer as per standard Shapeways terms and conditions.
All entries, images, renders and 3D prints may be used by Shapeways for promotional purposes
By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
No cash or other alternative prizes available.
The prize draw is not open to Shapeways employees or their families.
The promoters decision is final and no correspondance will be entered into.
Promoter: Shapeways LLC, 419 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016, USA
Ben Chapman, a designer on the Thingiverse, has come up with this great looking knife sharpener.
The 3D printed sharpener works by fitting onto the bottom of a standard size ceramic coffee mug. Chapman, in a moment of genius, realized that the bottom of a coffee mug usually has a ring of exposed unglazed ceramic. The knife blade fits in a slot at the proper angle to hone the blade on the ceramic as it is pulled across it.
The protruding stand on the side allows the sharper to be used with the mug tipped at an angle and the blade moving vertically through the slot, or with the mug resting on its top lip, for sharpening at a more horizontal angle.
Awesome design, and inspired use of an existing household item to complete the sharpener. Now, maybe we can convince Mr. Chapman to get the design up on Shapeways?
We introduced Polished White Strong & Flexible Nylon 3D Printing back in May 2011 and have seen your prints coming out looking much more smooth and professional feeling. Those making twisty puzzles now assemble their designs without the need for sanding prior to assembly and those painting their 3D Prints can do so with less preparation time and effort.
One downside is the size of 3D Print that can currently be polished is limited to 150x150x150mm so not all Nylon 3D Prints can be post-processed in this way. To polish your 3D Prints we place them in a giant vibratory tumbler with an abrasive medium that smooths the surface. The tumbling process can be a little rough on really fine 3D Printed wires so the minimum thickness for these kind of features in your design must be at least 0.9mm, over 1mm is preferred.
We do not currently offer smooth color 3D Printing but it is something we may offer in the near future. The current dying process does not react well to polishing but if we were to introduce polished colors we may need to limit the size from the current 230x180x130mm to 150x150x150mm. The result is there may be a few models that cannot be printed in color, but all color models would be nice and smooth, less stepping, less rough edges.
Let us know what you think? would you like ALL of your 3D prints to one day arrive at your doorstep silky smooth, is there any other post processing you would like to see? Let us know your thoughts...