Valentine's Day may have come and gone, but love is still lingering in the air! Just a reminder about our contest to come up with innovative designs for a 3D printed wedding.
Don't forget to upload your wedding designs by 5PM EST on Thursday February 28th for your chance to win $200 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing!
For tagging, include two tags: "wedding" AND the category tag ("decor," "party favors/gifts" or "bridal accessory"). For instance, decor entries would be tagged "wedding" AND "decor." Though you can include multiple category tags, you can only win in one category - so pick the best one! Remember to include a description of your design, too.
Guest judge Kelly Phillips Badal, senior editor and in-house crafter at Country Living magazine, will join the Shapeways team to pick a winner.
We've had some great entries so far and are very excited to see what else you guys are creating, so be sure to enter soon!
Terms and Conditions:
Free prize draw, closing date: 5pm EST Thursday February 28, 2013 ·
Each winner will receive $200 worth of 3D Printing from Shapeways. ·
Each winner be notified in writing by March 8, 2013. · No purchase
necessary. · Multiple entries allowed. · 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
Without doubt, the best Shapeways community events are our Meetups. Every time we attend one, we meet great people, hear inspiring stories and make new friends. People are often surprised to find fellow community members in their town and stay in touch.
So far, we've had Meetups in cities all over the world, including New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Newcastle and of course Eindhoven (Shapeways' birthplace!). We can't be everywhere all the time and we know you're eager to share Shapeways with your friends so we're excited to announce...
Shapeways Community World Meetup
This year, on Thursday February 28th, we will be hosting our first ever Shapeways Community World Meetup, and we need YOUR help to make it happen!
During the World Meetup, we will have as many local Meetups on the same day as possible, sharing pictures and videos with each other. We'll be partying around the world!
Join a Meetup, or host one!
We now have meetups planned in almost 50 cities around the world. You will find Shapeways team members at the meetups in New York City, Amsterdam and Helsinki. Check out the list to see if your area is listed as well, and join! Don't be afraid to leave a comment on the event page if you have a question or suggestion.
Is your city not listed yet? Then why not start your own meetup? It's easy, head over to the Shapeways World Meetup page and search for your location. If there's no meetup for your town yet, just add one so other people can join you and help you with organizing the event.
Also send an email to email@example.com and tell us where you are! We'll hook you up to other people in your area and give you the low down on hosting a meetup, no experience necessary, just a willingness to meet likeminded people. We will also send a box of samples and a Shapeways T-shirt to the largest meetup groups. If you have questions or suggestions about this event, please leave them on the forum
Welcome to the second edition of the Shapeways Community journal. We collected the best of your stories on the forum and social media and compiled them into a nice read. This month we're covering the Shapeways World Meetup day, an amazing collection of WWI miniature airplanes, a free PDF magazine from the Blender community focusing on 3D printing, printing Second Life jewelry, a mindblowing sculpture and a quick report of a visit by a community member to our Eindhoven facility.
We hope you'll enjoy it. If you have a suggestion for the next edition, please leave a comment.
Bart, Michael and Natalia
Shapeways World Meetup: February 28
The Shapeways World Meetup on Thursday, February 28th is picking up steam. 48 local events have been started around the world so far, and more are added every day. It's the perfect opportunity to meet other Shapeways and 3D printing lovers, so join a meetup now or start your own!
'In Clouds of Glory' is a miniature war game representing the air combats over Europe during the first world war. The game uses 1/350th scale 3D printed airplane models mounted on 80 centimeters high carbon-fibre rods for a true representation of the relative altitude differences between the aircraft.
Svend Ask Larsen writes:
"For many years a friend and me have been working on a very specialized tabletop wargame on WWI air war. The narrow scope of the game has always made it economically unviable to make a production of the miniatures needed for the game. And as the game needed small scale aircraft that were light enough to be mounted on high flight stands.
With the advent of Shapeways we decided to start working with a couple of designers who had already produces a number of 1/144th scale biplanes available at Shapeways and had them rescale the planes for the 1/350 scale we needed for our game. And as planes were now available we decided to make the game available for the wargaming public for free under a Creative Commons license.
You can see the result here along with a 60+ long link list of available Shapeways FUD models for the game."
BlenderArt Magazine Features 3D Printing
BlenderArt is a community-powered PDF Magazine for the Blender community. This month's edition is dedicated entirely to 3D printing and also features Shapeways community members Ben Dansie and Dolf Veenvliet. It's an interesting read, even if you're not a Blender user. You can download a copy here.
Second Life Jewelry Escapes Virtual World
Second Life arist Maxi Gossamer (her avatar's name) is using Shapeways to make her virtual jewelry real. I presented her work at the Second Life summit in the Netherlands last month and she was present as well - virtually
"The jewellery is amazing. It's like magic, I can't quite believe it!
I am especially pleased with how the Marrakech Heart turned out, quite lovely, totally exceeded my expectations. I'm going to oxidise it and antique it to bring out the detail of t"he design and I'll post photos of that too once it's done.
I'm getting a great response from the Secondlife community so far. I'll be blogging about this more soon and will add a link to the virtual Conference presentation that took place the other day."
"My hands were shaking when the parcel arrived here. The sculpture was so much work to do. Because of the complexity of my works the array of my products here at sw is very little at the moment. I wrote an article about all this as well."
Alexander posted a request on another site when he was looking for someone to make the windows to a doll-house in the shape of the Nautilus submarine from Jules Verne's book "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". I've always had a love of Verne's books and grew up at a time when a few of them were made into movies. I immediately saw the possibility of 3D printing the windows and wrote to Alexander. I'm not sure how much Alexander knew about 3D printing which is something that I find a bit of a problem when approaching someone as a maker - the technology still hasn't quite hit mainstream consciousness and to some people the phrase draws nothing but blank stares!
After modeling the windows Alexander ordered them and I continued discussing the project with him; I was curious about what else he was making and wondered if other parts could be printed. Sure enough, next up was the diving port that the occupants of the Nautilus would go through when going on deep-sea walks. I didn't want this to look too pristine and new so I actually modeled it with dents and dings to give it that aged look.
Throughout the project Alexander showed me pictures of the work to date and I was very impressed at the level of detail he was putting into it; how many hundreds of brass brad nails to represent rivets?
But, the most challenging part, for me anyway, was what came next - the diving helmets! Alexander directed me to images on the internet of helmets made by Disney and other reproductions. There were two versions that I made and they required a LOT of work in Rhino and ZBrush. Not having the miniature characters in front of me I was working off measurements given to me and the first version sat far too high on the figure. More remodeling for one version and then again for the second and they were finally done.
I think Alexander's paint-work on all the models really brings them to life, and indeed, the entire project shows the kind of love that only a parent can put into something like this for his child.
Looking a few years into the future, when most people have a 3D printer of some kind in their homes, a project of this kind would make perfect use of the technology with many more of the parts being made on demand.
I will now spend the next two years or so adding additional levels of detail (furniture, equipment, decorations). I think that the next thing for the kitchen will be a wooden hutch table (or small aluminum if I can find one), cast iron pots and pans, and lobsters. Then I'll see how that looks and go from there!
When designer Remi van Oers received his latest order, he saw room for improvement in its quality. Instead of just sending us an email, he decided to take his models, come over to the Shapeways office in Eindhoven and give us a presentation on how we can do better.
The result? 15 people attended his talk, we had some great discussions on what to improve and why, and we kicked off a project already!
Can you tell us how to do better as well? Just email Bart or Natalia with your suggestions - we'd love to invite you over!