Tired of fiddling around with meaningless apps on your iPhone whilst on the train, running your battery so low that you cannot instagram misspelled sign writing at your corner store? Forget the apps, now you can mindlessly fidget with the gears on the Infin8 Gear iPhone Case, to infinity, without draining your iPhone battery.
Check out the video of the phone (case) in action.
Mixing 3D printing, craftsmanship & honest design, Lance Atkins wants to bring useful, 3D printed goods into your home with the help of Shapeways and a Kickstarter project entitled Inherently Useful.
Over the past two years have seen an avalanche of Kickstarter projects launching 3D printers, 3D scanners along with the occasional project using 3D printing as a way to reward some of their backers but Inherently Useful may be the first to tie 3D printed products into every level of the project.
A range including a pen, vase, iPhone dock and lamps the range all uses Shapeways 3D printing to make fully functional objects for your daily use. The range has evolved out of products that Lance wanted for himself, and as is often the case on Shapeways, when you make something EXACTLY as you want it, often others have the same need and aesthetic so the product resonates with them in the very same way, it may even inspire them to make something for themselves.
"When I make something for myself, it's perfect, for me"
You can back Lance's Kickstarter project for as little as $1 but $29 will get you a 3D printed pen and over $350 will get you a couple of very cool 3D printed lamps, powered by Shapeways 3D printing:)
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is a mid-century modern design classic first released in 1956 by husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames but even after ovder 50 years of being in production, even the reproductions are prohibitively expensive, until now.
The Mini Eames Lounge Chair by kspence is a 1:20 scale miniature is about 2 inches tall and at just over $25 as a full color 3D Print is 1:67th the cost of a full scale reproduction. Do the math, it's a bargain and you can hold a piece of design history in the palm of your hand, maybe even make the perfect seat for Sad Keanu?
The Fuji X Mount Double Lens Cap by Scott Krebs solves a problem many photographers have, how to store and protect their lenses in a way that makes them easily interchangeable whilst in the wild. Having a double connector means that a photographer can easily swap between two lenses single handedly.
We have seen in the past on the Shapeways blog, that when photographers have a need that is not met by manufacturers and the users have access to tools of manufacturing through 3D printing they often create elegant solutions (sometimes simultaneously) to solve those problems. This 3D printed double lens cap mount by Scott Krebs, he was looking for a product that did not exist, so he created the product himself, now anyone who has that same problem can use his design, and Scott can in theory use the profit from his sales to create more products that solve his, and in turn other photographers needs.
I've been wanting a double lens cap for my Fuji but no one made it, so I just designed it and had it printed at Shapeways. I'm very happy with it... I was often changing these two lens and switching the caps with both of these small lenses in one hand. Scott Krebs.
Do you have a problem with a 3D printed solution that you can share too?
Shapeways is featured in a Print Shift, a 2D printed on demand book by Dezeen that focuses on the ever changing 3D printing landscape. You can get yours copy now, printed on demand, and delivered to your door by Blurb (sound familiar).
Print Shift is a magazine that explores the fast-changing world of 3D printing and analyses the way it is changing the worlds of architecture and design. The 60-page, advert-free publication explores advances in 3D printing across a range of topics including fashion, food, design, architecture and even weaponry and archaeology. Written by the Dezeen editorial team, Print Shift is the result of extensive research into a field of technology that is developing at exhilarating speed. We have spoken to architects, designers, scientists and researchers around the world, travelled across Europe and visited some of the leading studios and factories at the cutting edge of a technological revolution.
In the video by Seymourpowell TV, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs discusses the role of inexpensive 3D printing and 3D scanning in product design.
New York-based fashion designers with a strong interest in all aspects of wearable technology are invited to apply.
The Fellowship supports research, collaboration, and the presentation of experimental and cutting edge technology such as 3D printing within fashion. We are currently looking to fund one 12-month project starting in October 2013. Computational Fashion is an Eyebeam initiative bringing together artists, scientists, technologists, and the fashion industry to explore new ideas at the intersection of fashion and technology. More information about the Fellowship is available here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 8, 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time