Hatch Live is a new and fast-paced competition allowing product designers to showcase their talent.
Bringing together the design community and an audience of design lovers, Hatch Live will take place at We Work Lounge in the Soho neighborhood of NYC starting on Saturday, October 19, 2013 and culminating in a final on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The competition is a knockout tournament with a series of head-to-head matches. Competitors will aim to create a new product within a product category (e.g., seating, home storage) each match while also fitting within the bounding shape constraints (e.g., z,y,z dimensions). Up to 8 people will be selected to compete live.
Each match lasts 80 minutes and consists of 5 rounds. Two match wins gets you to the final and a guaranteed prize. Three match wins gets you all the way to the grand prize. A team of judges will score each match for up to 75 points. Twitter votes from the public make up the final 25 points. The winner of each match based on a total possible score of 100 will be announced on the Tuesday following the match after Twitter voted have been counted.
Check out the Hatch Live website for details and AWESOME prizes.
It's a beautiful time of year here in New York City, and like much of the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves have begun their colorful transition into winter mode. In honor of such, today's selections are Fall-tastic! The Skeleton Leaves above are by Joaquin Baldwin and are perfect not only for now, but for Halloween right around the corner!
Thanks to Even Westvang of the BENGLER Project, you can now 3D Print any part of Norway's epic terrain. He built an app using the Shapeways API, that lets you simply click on the interactive map, explore the landscape, find the fiord that makes your heart sing and print it! Further proof the benefits of open source communities and data, Westvang points out that "Terrafab is made possible by the open data policies of the Norwegian Mapping Authorities." It's no wonder, since "Norway has one of the top five most incredible terrains in the known universe," according to Westvang, that it's the first nation we've seen 3D Printed this way. You can see what I mean in the beautifully executed video below:
What other maps are open source? Where else would you like a 3D Printed Map of? What other geodata needs to be liberated? Share your thoughts in the comments.
We're super excited here at Shapeways because we're gearing up to launch new materials for you to 3D print in.
Ora by Bathsheba in 3D print in Raw Brass, Gold Plated Brass and Polished Brass.
Last month, when we introduced Gold Plated Brass, we hinted that new mystery metals were on their way. Now, we’re proud to announce that we’ve added Polished Brass and Raw Brass to our 3D printing materials. We’re now giving you even more ways to make your designs real in more materials than ever before.
Here at Shapeways we're always looking to improve by making the materials and the services we offer you more robust and easier to understand. Tomorrow, we're launching a new mystery material, and tonight, we're changing names of our Silver finishes. In an effort to have congruent nomenclature across materials families, "Silver Glossy" will now be known as "Polished Silver;" and regular "Silver" will now be labeled as "Raw Silver." We hope that this helps customers and makers alike when selecting the best materials for their models. The Polished Silver is shopper-ready and great for jewelry, while our Raw Silver has a textured surface and lower price point, great for vintage designs, prototyping and large models. Our highly hand-polished, 100% Sterling Silver will remain "Premium Silver." The design guidelines for Silver will remain the same. We hope this simplifies material specifications as we continue to introduce new finishes and families.
What an amazing weekend! MakerFaire is my favorite weekend of the year, and this one was no exception. With over 30 team members attending, a giant EOS p110 3D printer, the community wall and thousands of visitors, we had a blast!
It was also great to see so many our our shop owners had their own booths! Congratulations to Dilly Design, Custom 3D Stuff, MixeeMe, 3Form Fashion, bhold, HiLobster, ModiBot and Ryan Kittleson - your models looked great!
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here's a few...
Live in the NYC area? Love all things 3D printing? Want to work hands-on with designers and education groups to explain all the interesting facets of what Shapeways can do? Then we want to talk to you!
Shapeways is looking for two candidates for a paid internship in the NYC metropolitan area. You will be working with our Design Evangelists Duann and Lauren on education and outreach around a special exhibition to be announced soon.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Rob Drummond, also known as Vertigo Polka, who makes a regular appearance on this blog with his fanciful creations, like these flexible woven cups, so it's high time to find out more about this designer!
Tell us a little about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hi, I'm Rob Drummond, also known as Vertigo Polka. I live in Evanston, just north of Chicago, and am a freelance designer and production artist. I am the proud father of three amazing kids in their twenties. And although I seem to be spending an ever-increasing amount of my precious spare time with 3D modeling/printing, I still try to devote some hours here and there to my first love, drawing.
The reason I’m showing my hair is because I’ve been growing it for a while, and at the end of this year, I am going to have my daughter cut it all off so that I can donate it to Locks of Love. In addition, I’ll invite people to pledge money (per inch cut) to the American Diabetic Association. I should have close to 15 inches by December.
We're really excited to announce our latest entry into the fashion world! We've partnered with e-clothier and innovative womenswear brand, Bow & Drape, to launch a line of chic 3D printed accessories for Fall 2013. The line includes leather belts and clutches, both with 3D printed hardware.
These are exciting times for pixels and atoms alike. Yesterday was the launch of the Structure Sensor campaign on Kickstarter. In just over 24 hours the Structure developers, Occipital in San Francisco, have quadrupled their funding goal and raised nearly $400,000 with 43 days left to go. And for good reason. With a tap of the screen the sensor lets you measure a room, make a 3D model from real life objects and send the files directly to your iOS device.
Skylar Tibbits of 4D printing fame has developed a system he has termed Hyperform to create the longest possible 3D printed chain from a relatively small 3D Printer.
Using the Formlabs 3D printer and a process where a chain is printed in a Hilbert Curve within the build area to print the largest possible object (once expanded) from the space available.
Printing a very long chain is a proof of concept for what could become a more efficient way to program large objects into a 3D Printer. For instance, if you wanted to 3D print a chain mail sweater (you know you do) you could design the interlocking parts to collapse or fold into the smallest possible space using a physics based algorithm.
By collapsing an item into the smallest possible bounding box you can increase the density of the print and there for make the item more economical to 3D Print. A long chain unfurled would cost a lot more than a chain compressed to as small as possible. especially if it hit the Shapeways density discount where models that have greater than 10% density (material volume divided by bounding box volume), volume above the first 20cm3 is calculated with a 50% discount.
Maybe it is time to start compressing your designs into the smallest, densest possible form to make the most of the economy of 3D printing too (but don't make them too close or the parts will fuse together and you will have a very dense, unfoldable model.
It is Savannah, your Shop Owner Coach here, and we are gearing up to launch our first ever 30 Day Shop Owner Challenge! That is right, 30 days of dedicated content, just for all of you with open shops on Shapeways, or for those of you have considered it in the past. I have a few questions before we get started and I hope you’ll give me a hand.
This weekend MakerFaire lands in New York's Hall of Science for 48 hours of inspiration and discovery in technology, craft and science.
On our home turf, we're excited to bring....A GIANT 3D PRINTER! That's right, we're bringing the Factory of the Future to you. Come and see our EOS laser sintering 3D printer, capable of printing interlocking moving parts like the Strandbeest all in one go:
Our booth is located in the 3D Printing village (blue circle marks the spot)
About half of the US Shapeways Team will be there throughout the weekend so come and say hello and meet our 3D printer, "Martha".
It's going to be a great weekend, I hope you can join us!
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Corinne Hansen, who has found a 3D printing niche in designing props and accessories.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I have been passionate about art and design since a young age, always wanting to be a part of the creation process. I recently graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics and Metals/Jewelry/CADCAM in May. While looking for creative jobs, I have set up my shop here on Shapeways as well as on Etsy. I also occasionally work freelance in the Shapeways forums.
The results from the 2013 3D printing survey are in and thanks to you, Shapeways is still the most popular 3D Printing service. We're honored!
In the second year of the 3D Printing survey, conducted by Jarkko Moilanen & Tere Vadén of the P2P Foundation, we were once again voted as the most popular 3D printing service. We're so humbled by the support of the community, and always appreciate your feedback, which helps us improve on a daily basis.
For those interested in learning about the broader industry, the survey also looks at the demographics and uses of 3D printing, along with the type of desktop 3D printers. This year, RepRap usage seems to be skyrocketing.