Good inventions find problems and fix them. The BEST inventions find problems and fix them with 3D printed solutions! This week's Friday Finds are simple 3D printed products that are useful and effective. Check it out!
Stay organized with the stamp roll holder from MrNib.
Make-a-Wish might be known for making dreams come true, but so is 3D printing!
Wade Sharp is a young boy from Texas with Osteogenesis imperfecta. Wade spends tons of time playing video games because his disease limits his physical activity. His one wish was to see how video games were made and to become a video game character himself.
Make-a-Wish contacted Robot Entertainment to collaborate and help grant Wade his wish. After a tour of the studio, lunch with the staff, and a video game creation tutorial, Wade was introduced to his dream video game character--Wade the Super-Master!
Wade's wish was complete, but Robot Entertainment had even more planned! At the end of the day, Wade was given an assortment of gifts, including a 3D printed sandstone statue of Wade the Super-Master, made by Shapeways!
We are so honored to have gotten the chance to work with Robot Entertainment and Make-a-Wish to help make Wade's wish even more special!
Windows is the first operating system to integrate the option of 3D printing directly within the operating system to allow app developers to also integrate 3D print buttons directly into their apps. The video below is super dry and suitable for developers of applications more than 3D modelers, designers and makers, but it does lay a trail of where the future of 3D printing is headed, and that is integrated ubiquitously into daily life.
Now let's see what Apple does to integrate 3D printing into the OSX and iOS ecosystem to enable 3D printing from any and of their devices. 3D scan, model and 3D print integrated into iCloud connecting to your Shapeways account via Facebook that automatically puts a reminder in your iCal when your prints are scheduled to arrive then tracks your UPS shipment in realtime?
How will Google incorporate 3D printing into the Android, Glass, everything on the internet ecosystem. Perhaps an 'upload to Drive to 3D print with Shapeways option', or a '3D Scan Command' in Glass as proven by Todd Blatt but optimized into instant Shapeways upload and 3D print? It is a pity they let go of Google Warehouse.
In our mission to enable everyone to make, buy and sell their own
products, we know that the price of each product is important. Whether
you're making something for yourself or selling your design in our
shops, a product that's too expensive immediately sends you back to the
drawing board. Shapeways' model is and will be to give everyone access
to state of the art 3D printers at the best possible price. As a
result over the years, our prices have come down substantially. White
Strong & Flexible is one of our most popular materials, and we are
continuously working to lower our cost to enable us to lower prices for
Before we can further lower prices, we've run
into an issue that's holding us back: Some products are very large yet
use very little material - typically these are "wiry" in design and have very low density, meaning they use very little material for the size of the object.
In some cases these products take up an entire print tray in our
largest printers. The technical term is that these products have a large
"bounding box with low density". As a result, some of these products
cost us much more than what we charge to produce today. In some of the
most extreme cases, we might charge $100 for a product today that costs
us $3,000 to make. I'm sure you understand this isn't a healthy
situation for us, particularly as our goal is to make 3D Printing
affordable for everyone.
As part of our effort to
lower our prices across the board, we have to solve this issue with a
change in our pricing structure that will only impact these "extreme"
For the White Strong & Flexible, the pricing change will be as follows: for models with an overall bounding box of 10,000cm3 or more (for instance, a cube of 20 x 20 x 25 cm) AND that have a density less than or equal to 2.6%, we switch to a new pricing scheme.
Instead of a price per material volume, the new price will be based on the total bounding box volume. This will more accurately reflect the actual costs. The price per volume of bounding box will be $0.0385/cc.
be clear: products that are either small enough OR have a sufficiently
high density will not be affected by this change – this only affects
very large models with very low density.
Today's change is a necessary step in moving towards a lower price for
the White Strong & Flexible and this price change addresses a few
edge cases that were blocking this effort. All existing models will be
updated with the new pricing models as will all future uploads.
the change goes live we will monitor what happens and are confident that
it will enable us to lower prices for the rest of the products made in
Strong & Flexible in the future.
Meet Buttercup! He was born with a backwards foot, but thanks to 3D printing, now he will be walking with a prosthetic foot!
Buttercup's owner, a software engineer by trade, saw his struggle and teamed up with 3D printing company, Novacompany. After looking at photos of Buttercup's sister's foot, they were able to design a solution.
Although the plastics typically used in 3D printing are not flexible enough for walking, a mold was made and is being used to create a silicone foot.
This lucky duck will be walking in his new prosthetic in a few weeks--all because of 3D printing technology! Awesome!
Pete will speak in the CNET Supersession: Bringing 3D printing to consumers. The panel will be exploring the issues and solutions around taking 3D printing to the mass market. In the FashionWare segment, Duann will be part of a panel discussing the couture of the future and how technology is establishing new functionality and aesthetics.
The manufacturing landscape has changed massively in the past sixty years, evolving from hand crafted products to becoming one of the heavyweights of mass manufacturing nations churning out a large percentage of the products in the world today, from children's toys to high tech devices. Many of those high tech devices are manufactured by Foxconn using advanced technologies but according to Foxconn chief 3D printing is just a gimmick.
“3D printing is a gimmick,” Gou said. “If it really is that good, then I’ll write my surname ‘Gou’ backwards [from now on].”
Gou (or Oug as he will soon be known) goes on to state that the inability to 3D print multi materials and leather(?) is what he sees as a barrier to the mass adoption of 3D printing for manufacturing. While that may be the case for industrial 3D printers now, research is currently being undertaken to make both multi material, (and leather) 3D printing a reality in the near future. Foxconn have been using 3D printing for the past 30 years though it was not stated in what capacity.
At the same time The Asian Manufacturing Association in mainland China announced its plans in May to invest 200 million yuan in building 3D printing manufacturing centres across the country and the Dalian University has built the world's largest laser 3D printer while Panasonic are already using 3D printing as part of the process to manufacture consumer items such as their 3D TV (I know) and also plan to continue to use 3D printing in consumer products to shorten the manufacturing lead time while reducing the need stock of semi-finished products.
This on demand manufacturing, reducing the need for inventory and giving the ability to quickly iterate and improve a product is a massive advantage that Mr. Gou/Oug will soon adopt, or see his competitors in China and the rest of the world pass him by. Multi-material 3D printing is a technical barrier that will be overcome, and perhaps surpassed with processes far more advanced such as self assembling materials that will make current mass manufacturing techniques look like Neolithic masonry.
3D Printing is perfect for augmenting an existing product to improve its function and prolong its life. A perfect example is the 3D printed Sprout by Egant on Shapeways, that transforms the humble milk jug into an elegant watering can with some clever 3D printing magic.
The innovative design has two flow types and uses a captured ball valve so that the center can be used as a funnel yet the ball stops the water from pouring of the funnel aperture when you want to have a steady controlled flow. This is really smart use of the potential of interlocking and/or captured parts that is possible with Nylon 3D printing whilst upcycling an existing product to prolong its lifecycle.
Check out the video which sets a new benchmark on Shapeways for an instructional video.
3D printing provocateur Todd Blatt may be the first person to 3D scan an object in a public place using Google Glass.
Walking around the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore Todd, simply chose an item, walked around it whilst muttering to himself/Glass and walked away with enough images to convert into a 3D model using 123D Catch.
"I just walked around the work, repeating, "ok glass, take a picture" over and over, 30 shots in total. No real care in aiming the shot. I just looked at it and that's it. Then I manually uploaded the photos from Google Autobackup to 123D Catch on my computer and proceeded as normal..."
"Since the museum is free, I wandered in, and looked for a good piece to scan. I've scanned over a dozen in the museum so far, mostly at the Artbytes Hackathon, but I somehow missed Marcus Aurelius last time. It was literally a stroll-by scan job. I was in and out of the museum in under 10 minutes, and captured a few sculptures. I just walked around the work, repeating, "ok glass, take a picture" over and over, 30 shots in total. No real care in aiming the shot. I just looked at it and that's it. Then I manually uploaded the photos from Google Autobackup to 123D Catch on my computer and proceeded as normal with the regular scanning/123d process."
This week's Designer Spotlight focuses on Ivo Laros, a scientist using 3D printing to visualize molecules, especially everybody's favorite, DNA.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a senior assistant researcher in molecular ecology at Wageningen UR, The Netherlands. Molecular ecology is the science that studies the DNA of nature. I got into contact with 3D modeling through my focus of research, which is chemistry.
On Thursday, Brendan Chang, a 12-year-old Shapie, shared a photo of an iPod case he designed using Shapeways on Twitter. Inspired by his story, I took some time to catch up with Brendan this weekend before he headed off to summer camp. There are many reasons to get up for work in the morning as a member of the Shapeways team, but stories like Brendans remind us how important and influential what we do here really is. Here’s a quote from Brendan to give you a taste: “And the best part? It was mine. Nobody else had my case.”