Welcome to the 5th Community Journal, and check out what's been happening in the Shapeways community the past few weeks...
Lately, we've had a few exciting gift stories on the forum, so we collected two of our favorites to share with you. First up, we have turnip_stew, who was in China for his mother's birthday. Knowing that he couldn't be there to give her a gift himself, he designed this Geometric Elephant, inspired by her memories of Africa, and ordered it through Shapeways. Not only did it turn out to be an awesome gift, but he was still able to give her something personal and custom from far away.
There's been a trend this summer on Shapeways of Shapies designing custom wedding rings and bands. Miguel, one of our community members, did just this for his August 3rd wedding. Due to some unfortunate summer scheduling issues, the ring that was supposed to arrive July 30th, in time for the wedding, was now scheduled to ship August 2nd and would arrive on August 5th, two days too late. Shapeways Eindhoven began to strategize... the ring had to be there for the wedding! They looked into overnighting the ring to Madrid, but it was going to cost at least 700 EUR! At a stand still, the Eindhoven office decided to call Miguel and break the bad news.
On August 2nd, the Eindhoven office received an extra silver shipment of late orders... and the ring was inside! Thrilled, the team set off on finding a way to get it to Miguel. UPS online said it wouldn't be possible to ship the ring overnight. While Adela was on the phone with UPS Customer Service, Jan tried to find a community member flying from Amsterdam to Madrid that day. Finally, they were able to convince UPS to ship the ring so it would arrive the next day at 1pm. They called up Miguel with the great news, who was extremely happy, especially because he had been on his way to buy a replacement ring.
Miguel e-mailed saying "During the morning I had to call and mobilize UPS Spain... And the ring arrived 5min before going out from home to the ceremony!" He also attached the above picture of his wife, Natalia, wearing the ring during the ceremony. They are now enjoying their honeymoon at the beach! Congratulations Miguel and Natalia, and thanks for letting us share your story!
Do you have a 3D printed magic moment? Share the spark, and let us know your story...
Are you a high school or college student in NYC this summer who wants to bring the Shapeways community back to school? If yes, or even maybe, come join us for a meetup this Thursday, August 8th, from 6-8pm, and learn about how you can get involved. Get a chance to meet some of the Shapeways team, peek around the office, and see our new materials.
As you may already know, Shapeways is big on community. We always want to see what you've been up to, and we want to do that both on and offline. We host meetups worldwide, bringing together different people who are as excited about 3D Printing as we are, and now we want to bring those communities to schools.
And oh yeah, drinks are on us. :)
The meetup will be held at Shapeways HQ in NYC. The address is: 419 Park Ave S, Suite 909