This weekend in over 75 cities, NASA is hosting the Space Apps Challenge. Citizens from around the world will collaborate to tackle challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and the exploration of space.
Were you the type of child who melted your plastic army men together to make mutant soldiers? Were you like Sid from Toy Story who made mutant mash-ups from all of your toys? Then perhaps 3D printing will help you take your mutations to the next level? Like Trinifigure - Three Legged Minifigure.
A Lego-compatible, three legged, two headed mini-figure. Legs are fully
moveable. Only the torso and the hips/legs are included, you must
provide your own heads and arms.
This class has evolved greatly over the past year and a half. This is an extended version that is essentially two classes: Foundations of 3D Printing, and Introduction to 3D Modeling. The goal of the class is to give a complete primer on printing processes and software, then show how you can apply that knowledge to create your own designs and manufacture them at home or from a service bureau like Shapeways. You will also learn about selling items from your Shapeways shop, custom object co-creation, and the logistics of re-selling printed items through other venues like Etsy and Ebay.
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.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Gabriel Prero, an industrial designer by day, who loves the mistress that is his Shapeways Cufflink Junkie Shop whenever he's off business hours.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Gabriel Prero, and I'm an Industrial Designer based in Chicago, with a love for the technical and tinkering. I consider myself one of the lucky ones who gets to do a job he loves. I've designed housewares, furniture, office products, juvenile stuff, medical supply, tech gadgets, pet supplies and more, and currently work at Home Products International, along with running my own studio, Prero Design LLC.
We have become closely acquainted with the phrase "April Showers Bring May Flowers" the past few rainy days here at Shapeways. This week's Friday Finds is an ode to Mother Nature and those good old spring showers.
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!
This weekend's contest is slightly different: we're not going to design anything. Instead, I'll assume that you already have an amazing collection of Shapeways prints at your place. The challenge then is to make the best product photograph you can! Here are some great pointers to get you started. Experiment with lighting, setting, composition, and create the best entry.
Surprise us with your creativity and win a $25 voucher. Grab a drink, get your camera and have fun shooting amazing pictures!
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)
Every now and then we see an object that is hard to believe it is 3D printed, in this case it is the Bulldog 3D printed in Full Color Sandstone byMISS3. This is by far the most realistic 3D printed object we have seen so far and now the challenge is on...
Can you design something so realistic we will not know that it is a 3D print?
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Blueberries, a jewelry and accessories brand, created by Markéta Richterova and Zbynek Krulich. Excitingly, they just won the Czech Grand Design Award for their 3D printed jewelry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
We are jeweler Markéta Richterová and designer Zbynek Krulich and we are based in Prague, in the Czech Republic. We founded Blueberries at the time of blueberries ripening in the summer of 2012 and our first collection of jewels produced by 3D print technology was presented at the Designblok’12 exhibition in Prague in October 2012. When we are not working on Blueberries we both have our own studios. Markéta is well known for her hand made jewelry made with carbon fibre, corian and perspex and Zbynek is an interior, furniture and product designer.