Shapeways European community manager Bart Veldhuizen walks through the process from planning the 3D printers through to printing, cleaning and post processing your 3D prints. Take a look at the video to see how your designs come to reality through Shapeways 3D printing.
To celebrate the introduction to Premium Sterling Silver, Gold Plated Brass and a new mystery metal we are about to launch we want to see what YOU are designing for our jewelry grade materials. For a little inspiration we are going to have a quick contest to see your designs for 3D printed pendants. The winner will get their pendant 3D printed in the material of their choice.
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...
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Han-Yin Hsu, an architectural designer using the body as a new landscape for jewelry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I moved from Taiwan and graduated with a Master's Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2011. After working at several interior design and architecture offices, I realized I needed to express my ideas more directly so I decided to work on my own designs starting with 3D printed jewelry.
We have an amazing opportunity for artists, designers and coders using Shapeways 3D printing in NYC. In the coming months we reveal a major project we are working on that will give you an opportunity to work in an incredibly inspiring environment where you will have access to the latest software and 3D printers, expose your work to the public including the option to sell your designs on site or through Shapeways online sales.
As we get closer to the launch we will reveal more details in full but for now we just wanted to gauge your interest and start to collect the names of people who are interested in being involved. So if you or any of your friends, colleagues, family, fellow students, teachers, anyone is interested, please let us know in the comments and we will begin to reach out. There are many openings and the project will run from October 2013 through to July 2014 so we may be able to work to fit your schedule.
Beck's "Live Beyond Labels" project has launched their 2013 edition bottles. They invited six artists to design the labels for 13.2 million bottles, creating the world's largest stage for artists. One of the artists they invited was Marc Ecko, who thought that an interesting way to approach the constraints of a flat label was to first 3D model and print it. He printed it using Shapeways and came to the LIC Factory to break out and clean his model. Watch it all in the video below!
What other brands do you think could leverage Shapeways 3D Printing technology to be more innovative? Sound off in the comments. Oh, and while you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube Channel .
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
Summer is in full swing and it's time to air out the White... Strong and Flexible Material! We're offering a 10% discount on all White, Strong and Flexible models today through Midnight Pacific Time Monday, August 5th. All you have to do is use promo code: rah1v.
UPDATE: We saw so many great prints last week and have decided to extend our WSF sale! You now have untilMidnight Pacific Time Monday, August 12th to redeem your savings. Enter code rah1v on your order confirmation page and you're all set!
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Hiroaki Nishimura, a Japanese artist making beautiful, functional objects using design elements as structural supports.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I run a design office near Tokyo station that invents value through creative schemes. I work in diverse fields, mainly focusing on product design and graphic design, but also in spatial design and art creation.
Have you ever wondered how we choose the products that are selected for showcase in our new materials launch? Have you ever wondered how you can be featured? Enter our weekend contest and your model could find it’s way to the home page in a material no one has ever seen before!
Exciting new startup Gazepoint came to see us last week at SIGGRAPH 2013 in L.A. and showed us their awesome GP3 eye-tracker unit which demonstrates excellent use of Shapeways for prototyping and production.
Gazepoint designed the housing and the matching VESA screen mount, creating several 3D printed prototype iterations, in the short span of under 2 months. The availability of 3D printing and the quick turnaround by Shapeways allowed the Gazepoint team to complete their design and bring it to market much faster than was ever possible before. We were very impressed with the sleek and efficient design of this product and happy that our technology has helped get it to market. An eye-tracker is a device that allows a computer to determine where you are looking on a screen. It tracks the user's gaze point and can be used for control such as a game input, for usability such as web or advertising analysis or even for assistive communication for the disabled.
Much like Shapeways mission is to give everyone access to the tools of manufacturing with 3D printing, Gazepoint's mission is make these eye tracking devices affordable and available to everyone and to spur development of cool new applications for gaze based technologies!