We are not going to tell you just yet what the new 3D printing material is going to be, nor can we confirm or deny that there are clues in the latest short story by Bruce Sterling, From Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter. We can confirm that every letter in the name of the new material can be found in the short story, however the new material has NOT been tested by Bruce Sterling, yet.
You MAY be able to see, touch and smell the latest material next week at SIGGRAPH in L.A.
Most of the architectural models we 3D print at Shapeways never make it into the Shapeways shops as they are private 3D prints for architects and their clients. Not only do we print scale model buildings but often other items such as furniture, cars, people and animals that bring life and a sense of scale to the maquettes.
Here are a few architecture maquettes, models and miniatures that are available to purchase in the Shapeways shops. If you have a architectural 3D print, whether it be your student work, a historic building or client work that you can share, be sure to make it available in your Shapeways shop, it may be just the thing someone is looking for to add to their own 3D printed landscape.
Why clean when you can illuminate? New York based industrial designer Christian Stolarz has designed two elegantly simple components for 3D printing that transform an every day broom stick into a beautiful lamp.
I was unhappy with the lighting situation in my house, thank god I'm a designer and able to fix this situation!!!
Just as Sprout, designed by Egant converted a plastic milk jug into an easy to use watering can, the Broom Stick Floor Lamp combines a few items you may already have lying around your home to transform them to more than the sum of its parts.
The 3D printed parts fit standard broomsticks with a 23.8mm diameter (available at Home Depot). You'll need 3 broom
sticks, and you can cut them to the any length/configuration you like. The cable: the top part
holds cables with an approx. 6.3mm diameter, most standard cables should work.
If you are looking for a 3D printed lamp to go with your new stand you may just be able to find the perfect one on Shapeways.