Katie Gallagher collaborated with Francis Bitonti Studio put 3D printed stainless steel belts on the runway for her spring/summer 2013 collection. A new version of the belt is now available through the Katie by Katie Gallagher diffusion line.
If you have an idea for a design but do not have the 3D modeling skills (yet), you can find a Designer for Hire like Francis Bitonti to help you design and 3D print anything, forever.
Our mission at Shapeways
has always been to enable anyone to make anything they want. First, we
built a system to allow Makers to design and purchase models for
themselves. Then we created Shapeways Shops to enable anyone to launch a
business and sell their products worldwide. Now, we want to make it
easier for Makers to gain access to the newest 3D printing materials on the market and test them with us. Think about it like one big, global 3D Printing R&D team.
excited to announce the launch of our first 'Maker Only' material: a
flexible, rubbery plastic called Elasto Plastic! The finish, color, and
properties are not yet ready for sale to a wider audience, but it's a perfect
material for any Maker out there who can work with a textured surface and
maybe a little extra powder arriving with their model.
The new, improved Elasto
Plastic is a great option for Makers as it is an incredibly durable
material with a lot of really interesting properties such as high impact
resistance, flexibility and compression (depending on the geometry), along with a high level of static friction because of the surface
texture. Though not strictly water-tight, it can hold liquids, but it does
not like high temperatures or fire. It is a valuable addition to our 3D Printing material options here on Shapeways that we are sure you will
find incredibly useful and fun.
Today, we're really excited to announce our new Custom Ring Creator app, which allows anyone to make their own ring in minutes. You can personalize existing ring templates as well as create and customize a completely unique design of your own. It's easy to change the pattern, size, height and even add engraving. For all the illustrators out there who want to hold their drawings in their hands, now's your chance. Just upload your jpeg and wrap it around the ring! To get you started, some members of our community have already created some great example patterns.
Built on top of our new API, the app is pretty intuitive, but for anyone interested in the specs, here's whats possible...
Customize existing template patterns or create and upload your own pattern with a jpg image
Adjust ring measurements such as size, height, background, and thickness with easy to use sliders
Background = "Thickness” of the ring band (if applied behind the pattern)
Thickness = "Thickness" of the pattern, or how high the pattern will sit off the band
Add borders to the ring by adjusting top and bottom border sliders
Engrave rings with a solid background with your custom text
Choose a material that fits your budget including sterling silver
Check your ring for printability instantaneously through our printability visualization tool
In addition to being a fun app that all of us in the office can't stop playing with, the Custom Ring Creator shows off some new technology that our community of makers and shop owners have been asking for, including wall thickness and printability visualization. And for you API users out there, the Ring Creator's documentation is available on GitHub. Head over to the forums for more info.
Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!
"Van der Horn heaps praise on Shapeways, saying that the site made it so easy for her to learn and the prices for materials and printing costs were affordable. Although her initial efforts were a bit rocky – her first printed object was a 2D item – she’s now able to produce interesting, unique and complex shapes."
You've seen their awesome interchangeable iPhone covers before, and now we're teaming up with Graft Concepts for a contest! Using three templates they provide, we want to see the most innovative backplates for an iPhone. The winner will receive $500 worth of printing from Shapeways and four iPhone cases from Graft Concepts.
From the guys at Graft Concepts:
When we designed the Leverage i5, we had 3D printing in mind. We specifically made the thickness of the backplate to match the tolerances of popular 3D printing materials. We wanted anybody to be able to design and print backplates for our Leverage i5 case. So here we are, releasing 3D fies of our backplates free of charge. Anyone may share, modify and make commercial use of the work, all we ask is that you drop a link in your file description to our site at: http://www.graftconcepts.com. That means anybody can create a backplate that fits on our Leverage i5 case. We are really excited with this experiment and can’t wait to see what innovative ideas people come up with!
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on a husband and wife team, running MONOCIRCUS, an art and design lab and an online store.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Kazunori Takeishi and I am Japanese and an architect, while my wife, Lim Shing Ee (Shing), is Singaporean and an artist. We turned a room in our apartment in Fukuoka, Japan, into a studio/office space where we work practically round the clock, while parenting two boys.
You know 3D printing rocks, I know 3D printing rocks, but do musicians know 3D printing rocks? Here are a few finds in the Shapeways shops that shows just how much 3D printing rocks on the musical dimensions.
Let's start with an easy way to always know where your guitar pick is, the Pick Pocket.
Whew! What a whirlwind that was! Shapeways was at MakerFaire San Mateo last weekend, and as always, we had an amazing time meeting makers and sharing the excitement of 3D printing. The weather was great, and there was lots to see. Pictures are worth a thousand words so here's a few...
Have you seen the The Free Universal Construction Kit? It's a super-clever set of connectors that allow you to combine different types of toys. Like hook up your Lego to Fischertechnik. Needless to say, kids love it!
What's interesting to me is that the individual manufacturers would never create these connectors. But as soon as you have access to a 3D printer, it's easy to make it yourself!
Today we are excited to show you a fresh new design for our category pages. As we grow and bring more people to our site, we want to make sure that they are able to find all the amazing 3D printed products designed by our community!
Hanyang, thanks for being such an awesome community member! We totally love it when people host their own Shapeways events.
Remember: running your own Shapeways Meetup is easy (as in: pick a time and a bar) and an amazing amount of fun! If you're thinking of hosting one, contact us and we'll give you all the support you need (including cool models to show).
We see many requests come into Shapeways via email and forums for people needing help realizing their ideas with 3D printing. Sometimes they have a sketch, sometimes they have a photograph, sometimes they have a 3D model they have started but can't get to the 3D printing stage. Shapeways Designers for Hire are 3D modelers who have the skills to help others get their ideas in their hands with Shapeways 3D printing.
Our third Designer for Hire, Dolf Veenvliet aka macouno is an artist with a long experience in generative modeling and 3d scripting.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Bathsheba Grossman, a long standing and influential community member here at Shapeways, whose beautiful mathematical designs have inpired many designers, not to mentions a few past designer spotlights!
Emerging Topologies is an upcoming exhibition exploring how contemporary technologies are changing our relationship with the architectural space we inhabit. The exhibition is the culmination of artist Josh Harle's four year doctoral research, informed by degrees in Computer Science, Philosophy, and Sculpture, and completed between the School of Design, COFA, and the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales. The artist's practice utilises exotic production techniques and bespoke software tools that map, scan, and visualise the city in contingent, poetic ways using 3D fabrication, laser etching, cloud processing, and structural reconstruction from images.
The artist explores the shifting landscape of a city experienced through mobile mapping technology, sketching out his own improbable paths through the shadows. The works tell tales: compiling esoteric maps of journeys through strange cities, and taking playful, winding trips across the smudged face of the GPS screen.
The research thesis will also serve as the catalogue for the exhibition, and the artist is selling printed and DRM-free ebook versions to help with the cost of the exhibition.