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
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Jamie Spinello, whose creations in Stainless Steel captured our imagination.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am Jamie Spinello, a designer and artist currently living in Austin, Texas. I have a shop here at Shapeways called Cactusbones, where I sell my 3D prints. As a designer I have been making almost all of my designs by hand, so 3D printing is a relatively new venture for me and has opened up a new world of possibilities.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I am inspired by similarities between our ancient past and the modern world, as well as the similarities between plant and animal anatomies. I love making designs that teeter on visual boundaries. Making designs that are loaded with symbolic meaning that hopefully can be transfered to and empower the wearer is important to me. In addition, some of my general inspirations are fossils, insects, astronomy, astrology, alchemy and mystical stories.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
Stainless Steel. As soon as I saw that Shapeways was offering prints in stainless steel I spent a weekend coming up with my first design and got it printed. I had been creeping on Shapeways since 2010 watching all the magic others were making and finally decided in 2012 to start making models myself.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I am still in the infantile stages with my knowledge of 3D design, but I have taught myself through watching YouTube tutorials and exploring the programs for hours trying to see how everything works. I try to integrate my working knowledge of other 2D graphic programs with programs like SketchUp to create my designs. I find the forums here very helpful and love that there is a community to turn to when I have questions.
How do you promote your work?
I have a shop over at etsy as well as a Facebook page where I share my new designs both handmade and printed. My Facebook page is my alternative to a mailing list and it allows me to share my process and studio practices with others. My drawings, paintings and sculptural work are on my website.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
Lee Bontecou, Greg Lynn, Frank Lloyd Wright and Theo Jansen.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I would love to be able to buy 3D prints composed of solid copper, bronze, and brass as base metal materials lend themselves to more post production adaptations and integrations through sawing, soldering and forging. I would also love to be able to print sculptures on a large scale rather than being limited to smaller scale projects.
Check out Jamie's wearable sculptures on her Shapeways shop, and if you'd like to be our next featured designer, email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Chinese mythology, the legend of the Snake is not one steeped in honor. The story is told that the reason for the order of the 12 animals in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. In ancient times a race was held to cross a great river, and the order of the animals in the cycle was based upon their order in finishing the race. The snake compensated for not being the best swimmer by hitching a hidden ride on the horses hoof, and when the horse was just about to cross the finish line, jumping out, scaring the horse, and thus edging it out for sixth place. Because after all, who wants to be seventh?
Despite the dubious sixth place honor, we will celebrate the year of the snake in the best way we know how, by 3D printing them.
Happy Valentine's Day! Are you in love with 3D printing? To showcase the love within our community, we're running a contest to see what innovative new designs you can come up with for a 3D printed wedding!
Upload your wedding designs with the tag wedding (and the tag for the category your design falls into) by Thursday February 28th for your chance to win $200 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing.
Full contest details can be found here! We've seen some incredible submissions so far and can't wait to see more!
As we see more and more fashion designers like Kimberly Ovitz embrace 3D printing as a way to take their designs direct to market we need to discuss what directions are most suitable to be explored in 3D printing fashion. Jewelry is an easy win when we can 3D print items in materials such as Stainless Steel and Sterling Silver but we are also seeing more and more textile like geometries being 3D printed in Nylon to create digital fabrics.
Eyebeam in New York City is hosting a panel discussion on Fashion Innovations in 3D Printing on the 27th of February to explore the intersection between fashion and 3D printing highlighting collaborations between fashion designers, technologists and manufacturers such as Shapeways.
As part of the Computational Fashion program series, Eyebeam presents an exciting event featuring designers and producers using cutting edge 3D printing techniques to push the boundaries of fashion. From the runway to the DIY hackerspace, 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become an increasingly popular and accessible way to produce objects that are both highly complex and easily replicable.
Joris Debo, Creative Director (.MGX by Materialise)
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
Using an aerosol jet technology, Optomec are able to 3D print electronics onto complex 3D printed structures with conductive nano particles. The potential to add 3D printed conductive components to your designs will be a massive step forward in 3D printing when you can add another level of complexity to the products you design.
It will be interesting to see how 3D CAD software will approach this technology, because without the proliferation of software to design these electronic components, the adoption of the technology will be relatively limited. Similar to the ability to 3D print mulit-materials with the Objet Connex machines, it is the software and file handling that is still retarding the adoption of the process at Shapeways.
The demand for novel consumer and military electronic devices that pack more functionality into less space is driving the need for advanced manufacturing methods that tightly integrate electronic circuitry with physical packaging. 3D Printed UAV Wing The unique ability to print electronics directly onto 3D surfaces, for example on a cell phone case or an aircraft wing, makes Aerosol Jet an ideal solution for reducing device size and weight. Common electronic materials including conductor, dielectric, resistor, and semiconductor inks can be processed by the Aerosol Jet system to print conformal sensors, antennae, shielding and other active and passive components. Printing these electronic components directly on or inside the physical device eliminates the need for separate printed circuit boards, cabling and wiring thereby reducing weight and size while also simplifying the assembly process. Device performance can also be improved by eliminating protruding components such as antenna thereby reducing aerodynamic drag.
When you can 3D print electronics, what will you design? How much is the ability worth to you? Do you think this will be another game changer?
When the President of the United States mentions a technology such as 3D printing in the State of the Union address, you know his staff have undertaken substantial research from every possible angle, that his aides have spoken to engineers, economists and experts in manufacturing to understand the revolutionary potential. When Obama mentions a "network of additive manufacturing hubs," he is at the same time validating the Shapeways business model that consists of a network of manufacturing hubs, in both the USA and Europe, a network that brings manufacturing closer to the people that buy the products. Creating products and jobs locally.
When Obama says 3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing, he is not only speaking of the technologies we have at hand today, the technologies that allow Shapeways users to create their designs in Nylon or Stainless Steel to sell to people around the world, but also he is speaking of the technologies that will soon evolve. When you will be able to 3D print plastic and steel composites in a single 3D print, when you will be able to 3D print electronics into your products, when you will be able to make things that are beyond the realm of the imagination right now.
Think back to five years ago, when the ability to 3D print your ideas was extremely expensive and the option to buy and sell 3D printed products simply did not exist. Now for us at Shapeways it is the new normal. Obama and his advisors obviously think that 3D printed products will soon be the new normal for the rest of the world, really soon.
After an overwhelming response to the Nautilus project we featured last week, including a re-tweet by Wired's Chris Anderson, we asked Alexander to share the whole story of how that incredible project came to be. This is an amazing example of a project that combines traditional hand craft and 3D printing to create something that couldn't be made any other way...
The story of the Nautilus begins thusly: I was driving my 6 year old daughter to school one morning, about two or three months before her birthday, and I asked her what kind of toy she might like for her birthday. I usually start to ask her this question well in advance of her birthday because she very rarely says she wants anything. We had been previously watching the 1954 film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" based on Jules Vern's book, and my daughter had fallen in love with the main characters. I should say that she fell in love with some of the characters, because she absolutely loved Captain Nemo and hated Ned Land like poison. So when I asked her what she might want or her birthday, I was not completely surprised to hear her say, "I would like the Nautilus," but nor did I take the request too seriously. After all there wasn't really a toy Nautilus that would be very appropriate for a six year old, excepting some terrible small plastic models made by slave labor in China. So I told my daughter that although she might like a Nautilus submarine, there wasn't one to own. She did not appreciate that answer.
But her request got me thinking. I have almost three decades of modeling experience (building tanks, aircraft, ships, and dioramas) as well as miniature painting experience, strictly as a hobby. And over the last eight years or so, that skill set developed further when I renovated our house. In particular I developed extensive wood working skills. And since my daughter's birth I have also dabbled in making toys for her. So it occurred to me that I might be able to actually design and build a Nautilus from scratch. That is what I decided to do.
After telling my daughter that I intended to build the Nautilus for her as her birthday present I got to work. Without going into detail here about all the various stages of the project and the endless challenges I faced - the challenges were many and multifaceted, and would easily require thirty pages to lay out - I brought the Nautilus to its first stage of conclusion on 17 December 2012, after six months and more than 500 hours of work. I gave up counting the actual monetary cost at a certain point since doing so was causing me, mentally, to avoid working on the project. I am sure the current cost - excluding all labor - is over $3000.00, but I would not be surprised if it were a lot more than that by the time it is finished. The second stage of work, in which I am currently involved, is the further decoration/renovation of the ship, which I fully expect will drastically change the look and feel of the dollhouse for the better. I see this stage as lasting another two years.
With respect to Glenn and 3D objects, the story is quite interesting. One of the first design challenges I had in building the Nautilus was what to do about the iconographic Bullaugen (large portholes) in the salon of the ship, the diving ring and the diving helmets. With regard to the former, at first I tried to find large size O rings from a variety of machine manufactures to serve as the Bullaugen, but I was unable to find anything suitable, since the size, the type of material and weight were factors: I needed something that was 6-8" in diameter, light weight (so that it could be mounted and would not put too much stress on either the bonds holding it, or the deck of the ship under it), and capable of being decorated. But during my failed search for O rings, I came upon a site, Custommade.com, that introduced people working on projects to people that could help them with those projects. It was here that I met Glenn, who is also an active Shapeways community member.
I owe Glenn a great debt of thanks for his kind generosity, beautiful work and patience. Glenn agreed to design the two Bullaguen, which we would then send to Shapeways to be printed in 3D. He also agreed to design the diving ring in the dive room, and the helmets for the crew. With respect to these latter two projects, I decided in favor of 3d printing because there was simply no other objects that could be suitably modified or pressed into service that would provide the proper look and feel. No one is making dollhouse scale (1/12 scale) diving helmets, as you can imagine ("Tea anyone in the parlor? Don't forget your certified to 1000 feet brass and copper diving helm!") I did find, at one point, keychains with brass diving helm decorations, but the helms were too small for the dolls' heads, and I wanted the dolls to be able to "get dressed" for diving and going through the diving ring.
For the 3D projects to work, I had to go through the film multiple times taking photos of the objects from various angles. Glenn then worked up the initial take and we went back and forth discussing the design as it developed. This process worked very smoothly with respect to the two Bullaugen and the diving ring. And I had to be very prudent in this process due to cost, since the objects themselves were not inexpensive to manufacture and Glenn had his costs for design.
Things almost came to a screeching halt, however, in the design and manufacturing of the helmets. Here we had a variety of issues that caused us many problems and drove the unit cost far beyond what either of us had envisioned. To make a long story short, in creating the helmets we experienced design snafus (things crept into the design that neither of us actually visually caught), miscommunication (especially visualizing differing measurements and proportions), and uncertainty (how would things really fit and look on one of the dolls). The result was that the first 3D helm we printed was expensive and unusable. It was, in fact, three times too large for the dolls, and would not fit through the diving ring. The second attempt at the same helm was stopped in production by Shapeways because of unworkable geometry (a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" to the team! Ed note: You're welcome!), and had to be redesigned again. Only the third time did we finally get a product that we could use, and, by then, costs had exceeded the budget by a wide margin. Even then I had to modify Captain Nemo to be able to wear the helmet, though for the rest of the crew the helmet was a perfect fit. As a consequence of the costs I am still buying helmets one at a time!
The ship itself is entirely handmade, handpainted and hand decorated by myself. So, for example, there are somewhere between 3000 and 4000 brass 1/8" brads in the ship serving as "rivets," all of which were put in by me by hand, and which constituted THE most repulsive decorating project in the Nautilus by a wide margin. The contents of the ship are either handmade by myself or handmade by someone else, and sometimes they are joinly made. For example, the bookshelves in the ship are partly made by me out of teakwood. I then enlisted a coppersmith I found on etsy and had him manufacture the copper "spirals" that mimic the style of the shelves in the movie. After receiving those, I glued the teak shelves together, stained them by hand, glued on the copper spirals and sprayed the entire shelving with lacquer. These were installed into one bedroom and the salon.
The map cabinet in the Navigation room, as yet another example, was made entirely my myself out of mahogany that I carefully cut, shaped, drilled, stained and painted. I then bought 7mm copper o rings and glued them onto the front of each map hole in the cabient. Finally, I manufactured fifteen sea charts for it. The strange clocklike mechanisms in the Nautilus are also made by myself by hand - they were a huge and physically painful project (bending copper on a micro scale bites into the fingertips terribly). But most of the furniture and some decoration pieces are made either by individual craftspersons (books, looking glass, porcelain, rugs by L DeLaney and evminatures, to name but two of my favorites), or high end dollhouse miniature companies (especially Bespaq, and Reutters porcelain).
So here we are. They Nautilus is now in phase two, decoration and renovation. I am adding additional shelving, rugs, furniture, curiosities, books, maps, fishing nets and more over the next two years. The bottom level of the Nautilus will come in for special attention in terms of its redecoration. In my view it much be much more spectacular, given how difficult it is to see. There will be hidden treasure (ballast, as Nemo tells Ned Land), an entirely redesigned and decorated kitchen and more. And more 3D helmets are coming as well; I eventually want to have four or five for the entire crew!
I will now spend the next two years or so adding additional levels of detail...
What an incredible project! Congratulations Alexander, and I'm sure your daughter feels like the luckiest girl in the world!
As exciting as it is to work in the future here at Shapeways, who doesn't love reminiscing about the novelties of the past? Today, let's forget about the world of iPods and remember stereos and compact disks.
Piece together your music collection with lorenzo_polo's Blazzler. The 3D printed puzzle, shaped like a retro pocket stereo, perfectly blends the past with the future by providing an innovative holder for all those old CDs you still have lying around.
But don't feel restricted - the puzzle can be used in a variety of different ways. Anyone down for a game of musical Jenga?
Check out this cute stop motion video to get a better idea of the creative possibilities.
New York based fashion designer Kimberly Ovitz took the idea of natural defense, an exoskeleton, and brought it to Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. Together, we pioneered a fluid, organic jewelry collection that molds to your body like armor. During New York Fashion Week, Kimberly Ovitz presented her first jewelry line that you can buy straight from the Fall 2013 runway, custom made for you. The future of fashion is now.
What's the story behind this particular line? Where did you draw inspiration from?
I studied animals and insects with natural defense mechanisms and found inspiration in the intricacies of their innate built-in protection systems.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
My team and I are very interested in technology. We read a lot about it and found out about Shapeways through some research.
How has thinking in this new medium changed the way that you approach design?
It has granted us the ability to do things we couldn’t do before because of timing or volume. 3D printing has no limits which is amazing for small designers that do not have a large volume of orders yet.
How do you see 3D Printing being incorporated into your work in the future?
I hope in as many ways as possible! The possibilities are endless and I hope to continue a great partnership with Shapeways.
How do you see fans impacting your designs?
That is the coolest thing about Shapeways and 3D printing. The fact that it is so democratic and that the public can have input on the designs. I think it is important to listen to and hear the consumer and 3D printing makes it easier to produce objects that do that.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
I’m very much inspired by minimal artists such as Sol Lewit and Cy Twombly however I appreciate photography the most artists such as Taryn Simon who not only take beautiful photos but also are educational and provocative at the same time.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Sam Jacob has written an opinion piece on Dezeen that has a somewhat pessimistic take on the future of design and 3D printing. A world where "3D printing will merely bind us even more closely to fewer and fewer corporations" due to an iTunes like DRM controlled ecology with the only alternative being Pirate Bay style sites sharing inferior quality 3d files and bad scans.
Not content with only one negative scenario, Jacob goes on to imagine another, a world full of half finished, half baked mis-prints of ill thought out designs poorly realized. Ok, dropping an academic context to frame an overly negative viewpoint may help to give some credibility, but many people with great business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit think otherwise, people like Jeffrey Immelt the chief executive of GE, Carl Bass the CEO of Autodesk, and thousands of people using Shapeways to make and sell their 3D printed products to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Jacob does have a point when he discusses the division of labor from design;
"There is something undeniably appealing (to designers) in the removal of the production process between the designer and their artifact, a shortening of the distance between their imagination and its physical product. But part of this appeal is that it shifts the value of the object toward the designer rather than the labour of production."
But this division of design from labor is exactly what makes it possible for a designer to successfully scale their works for financial success, this is not something unique to design for 3D printing, it is typical to design. The difference now lies in craft, where a craftsperson can create their work using digital fabrication and thereby scale their work just as designers have. Their craft may be in the manipulation of digital tools, voxels and code rather than with hands and physical tools, but is craft just the same.
3D printing is already starting to free us from mass produced, corporate controlled forms of consumerism. It is relatively early in the growth of a technology and many of us are all still feeling our way to find the best use of the technology, whether it be biological, mechanical, gastronomical or to simply replace current forms of production with a more agile variant. The important thing is that it is already available for anyone to use with an ever growing breadth and diversity of materials and processes. Thanks to open source projects such as the RepRap and research labs in universities around the world focusing on ways to leverage the technologies in a myriad of ways. There may be some major players trying to capitalize on the growth of 3D printing but there are also thousands of bright young entrepreneurs who will leverage the technology in areas that are so innovative they will blaze their own trail into the future.