Take your vacation memories to the next level with loci, a 3D Printed sculpture of your flights.
With loci, users are able to highlight important flights to them, such as their
honeymoon or a memorable summer adventure, through a custom software.
The software also connects to Tripit or Foursquare data to help make the
tracking process a bit easier.
Each loci comes with a special card with a map featuring all the airports flown to in order to help the user visualize his or her travels. The card also displays a chosen title, total distance traveled, number of airports visited and the number of flights taken.
The product is currently a prototype made by Netherlands based interaction and sound designer Andrew Spitz, who also co-created a soon-to-be-released iPhone app called Flying. A large part of the app is the ability to track one's flights, so he hopes to eventually include loci directly in the app.
Sometimes we see some of our really popular products on Shapeways enter the world using other manufacturing processes. On some occasions, due to licensing reasons a product may no longer be available on Shapeways if it is being produced by another manufacturer, and sometimes it remains available simultaneously as a 3D print and a mass produced item when the designer retains all ownership of IP. We are always incredibly proud to help a designer take their product to market no matter which way they go, a little sad if they leave Shapeways, like sending a child off to college, but happy for the designer's success.
The latest product looking to go down the mass production path is a recent favorite on Shapeways, the MagSafe Adapter Key Ring by jbobrow now hitting Kickstarter as the Keybit. Jonathan's Kickstarter campaign pays tribute to the speed and ease of 3D printing and taking a product to market with Shapeways in his video and in his rewards which includes a Shapeways 3D printed version at reward levels over $30. Jonathan also offers a one on one google hangout to help a backer over $200 take their own product to market using 3D printing.
Check out the video and support Jonathan on Kickstarter.
Check out fellow community member Lily Su's fine arts exhibition, Alchemy & Art - Part 1, opening this Friday and Saturday in New York's Lower East Side.
The exhibition focuses on the use of 3D data as a tool for creating work that partakes in the dialogue of contemporary art, and it will feature 3D prints from Lily Su and Heidi Lee with collaborative efforts from designer, artist, and instructor Stuart Rentzler.
In addition, there will be live demonstrations, including Kinect body scanning and 3D printing with Ultimaker and Up! desktop printers.
Whether you're fascinated by evolution theories or not, check out this amazing replication of Charles Darwin's first ever sketch of a tree of life by joabaldwin.
The detailed replication pays homage to Darwin's original sketch found in his private notebook, "Notebook B on the transmutation of species," 1837-1838.
The finches perched upon the end of each branch represent the
A, B, C and D marks on the original drawing. Each is slightly
different; the more apart the finches are from each other in the
evolutionary tree, the more distinct are the differences between
From a side view, the shape of the printed tree mirrors Darwin's sketch exactly.
This fantastic piece also comes in the form of a necklace.
As taken from Darwin's notebook itself, "I think ... Case must be that one
generation then should be as many living as now. To do this and to have
many species in same genus (as is) requires extinction. Thus between A
& B immense gap of relation. C & B the finest gradation, B &
D rather greater distinction. Thus genera would be formed.—bearing
Today marks a milestone for Shapeways. On behalf of the
Shapeways team, we are truly excited to announce a new round of financing of $30 million led by
Andreessen Horowitz, with Chris Dixon joining our executive board. Our existing investors – Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, and Lux Capital – also participated in this round.
All of our investors believe, like us, that 3D printing has the potential to completely change the world. With this funding, we will grow our team (we’re hiring!), build more factories around the world, and solve challenging technology problems. Though many people have heard about 3D printing, we have a ways to come. We will make our service much easier to use. We will explore the frontiers of 3D printing materials, enabling YOU to make and purchase any product imaginable.
As we embark on this next phase in our company’s journey, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back at how far we’ve come.
3D Printing is Changing the World
When we started in 2007, very few people had even heard of 3D printing outside of the engineering and design communities. It was mainly used for prototyping. Today, 3D printing has taken the manufacturing industry by storm and everyone is talking about this groundbreaking technology. President Obama even recently called out 3D printing as one of the important technologies that can bring manufacturing back to the USA.
We believe that 3D printing is fundamentally changing the manufacturing ecosystem in its entirety – how and where products are made and by whom. For the last century, big companies were in charge: they determined what consumers wanted and made those products in large quantities using mass manufacturing. Now, thanks to 3D printing, those days are over. This technology enables everyone to create unique products on demand, putting the customer in control and localizing the manufacturing process.
How Shapeways Fits In
We founded Shapeways in 2007, but weren’t a typical startup: we made things. And we built our business around four key elements:
We want to enable everyone to turn their ideas into reality. We pioneered the first customization software called Creators, or 3D printing apps, and we’ve now made this technology accessible through our API. Over 1 million designs have been uploaded to Shapeways.com to-date. And not only can you work with a designer to customize a product, you can also create a product from scratch with easy-to-use templates.
Back in 2007, 3D printing was expensive. We knew that if we wanted to make the technology affordable for everyone, the price needed to drop. We’re proud that we have already succeeded in lowering prices significantly, but we‘re not stopping there. Remember, the cost of an iPhone case was about $70 in 2008. Today, it’s below $20. We believe we can lower the cost much further and this will result in lower prices for everyone using Shapeways.
In the early days, in addition to higher costs, the variety of materials was limited and the quality of the products made was quite low. Today, we offer over 30 materials and finishes, including high-quality sterling silver and food-safe ceramics. We plan on adding many more.
Shapeways Shops enable anyone to launch a business and sell products worldwide. Today, the Shapeways marketplace is comprised of over 10,000 shop owners. They are the future of small business: they don’t have inventory, they rapidly iterate on products, and they have direct access to customer feedback. We will continue to invest in tools and resources to ensure they become even more successful.
Our community is a very important part of Shapeways. You share the belief that 3D Printing is incredible and are as passionate as we are about making products. In the forums and during meetups, you continually surprise us with the ideas that you bring to life. We are thankful for your passion and inspiration.
Looking back, we are encouraged by how far we have come. But we are even more excited for the incredible journey ahead. We hope you will join us for it!
This weekend we sponsored the NASA International Space Apps Challenge in New York. All around the world, over 9000 people collaborated to work on 50 different challenges ranging from a chicken farming in your backyard to lassoing asteroids.
Coco is known for her business acumen, charitable work and tech savvy. She has appeared on the cover of a kazillion magazines (check out her site for proof) a number of tv shows AND was mentioned by Kanye West...
We look forward to seeing how Coco takes 3D printing to the fashion world.
We'll be spending a fair bit of time in Great Britain this week. Traveling from the London College of Fashion to Maker Faire in Newcastle, and having several user meetups along our way.
Check out our schedule below, come over to say hi and meet fellow community members!
London - April 25
We land on Thursday, April 25. Our first stop is the London College of Fashion, where Shapeways sponsors the 'Layer by Layer' exhibition on 3D printing. The College wants to show the diversity of our materials and printed a large series of shoe lasts. Bart will also be giving a lecture to a group of 50 students.
That evening we're planning to have drinks with you guys (we still need a good spot - some help would be great!). There's space for about 20 people, so be sure to RSVP quickly on our Meetup page for this event.
Newcastle - April 27-28
In the weekend of April 27 and 28 Bart and Kevin (from our unbeatable Customer Service team) are at Europe's largest Maker Faire in Newcastle. And we're not alone! Four well-known British community designers are traveling up to Newcastle to help us out: On Saturday, you'll find Peter Chapman of Tofty and Andrew Walker of UniquePlastique on our booth. Steven Gray of MyGadgetLife and Richard Gain of microcubology will be joining us on Sunday.
And did I mention we'll have balloon car races at our booth? Without doubt, Maker Faire Newcastle is THE most brilliant maker event in Europe. Come and visit it if you have a chance!
And what's Newcastle without some drinks? Let's meet up on Saturday evening and spend some 3D printing quality time. Again, we're still looking for a good spot. If you know the area well, please leave your suggestion onthe meetup's page.
Start your own meetup!
Are London and Newcastle just too far away and can't you join us? Then why not start your own meetup? It's easy, head over to the Shapeways Community 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are very excited to announce that a handful of Shapeways Shop Owner's designs were featured on the Today Show this morning! We wanted to give a special congratulations to the creators and highlight the products that were mentioned. Check them out below!
Today we have launched the first stage of the Shapeways Educational Program with an awesome 10% discount on 3D printing for all students and educators with a Shapeways account registered with an .edu email address.
This is our first step at helping students and educators have better access to high quality 3D printing through Shapeways. We will be rolling out more features as part of the Shapeways Education Program so that everyone from elementary to post graduate students can use 3D printing to help them learn, understand and communicate their ideas whether they be technical, artistic or conceptual.
The cube contains a total of 28 gears, all of which turn from manually rotating only one (though the designer notes that rotating two gears results in a smoother motion). The outermost gear on each side has handles for easy rotation, and each is linked to its adjacent gear in an interlocking pattern. Once one gear is spun, the others correspondingly spin along.
In addition to the fascinating pattern and mechanics, the cube has a tray in the middle for holding various small objects. The product also comes with a stand and a lockable lid, which is placed on top of the cube and can be locked and unlocked by rotating the gears.
The piece comes printed as one fully assembled object straight off the printer. Check out the video below to see it in action!
How do you plan to test the limits of 3D printed moving parts?
3D Printing isn't just about photorealistic bulldogs, beautiful jewelry and iPhone cases, it is also a way to design, prototype and produce more complex products by integrating other components. Check out this working stepper motor constructed around a Shapeways 3D printed frame along with some nails, magnet wire, neodymium magnets and a digispark microcontroller.
If a simple motor can be constructed, what is the next step? (pun intended)