On this weekend of sales and shopping, don't forget Saturday is about small businesses, encouraging you to shop local and support independent sellers. Luckily for all of us, there's hundreds of Shops on Shapeways online, but today I wanted to share a special small business that's popping up in Baltimore where you can check out 3D printed goodies in real life!
Organized by Shapie Todd Blatt, the Bmore3D Store opens this weekend in Baltimore and features the work of several Shapies like Trish Dobson, Ryan Kittleson, Megan Dattoria, Nancy and Aaron from mixeelabs and John and Lana Briscella from Aminimal.
Customers can shop a curated gallery of the most unique gifts in Baltimore, designed by Baltimore 3D artists. Items include earrings, rings, necklaces, vases, and an assortment of unique Baltimore-themed pieces. All items are designed using 3D modeling software and fabricated by an assortment of 3D printers. The Ditto+ and Litto 3D printers from Tinkerine Studio will be on display in the store demonstrating 3D printing and the store also features ShapeShot™, the world’s first fully automated 3D photo booth. There will also be a variety of classes and events throughout.
The Bmore3D Store is located at 2150 Boston Street, in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland and it is open daily from 1-9pm everyday until the end of the year.
Did you know Shapeways has an API? New companies are forming around it everyday!
MYMO is a great recent example of Shop Owners taking advantage of the API. I sat down with them at their office to discuss the launch of their jewelry app, MYMO, that lets users combine any two letters or numbers in an elegant form factor. Our Alan Hudson helped them set it up, has worked with them a lot. He even connected them to a geometry generator. Rex, their developer, built MYMO off the Shapeways API which let him leverage his existing coding database.
What is DNA? DNA also known as DeoxyriboNucleic Acid is a molecule. It's a bunch of atoms stuck together forming a beautiful molecular double helix structure. If you've ever watched Jurassic Park or studied Biology you should know that DNA is the genetic blueprint for all living things. Every person and living thing contains their own unique genetic code in their DNA makeup. At Shapeways we live and breath innovation, personalization, and 3D printing. You can say that 3D printing is in our DNA. See the molecules of life come to life with these DNA inspired 3D prints.
We are all so grateful for the brilliant, creative and inspiring community we get to engage and interact with every day. Regardless of what your plans are today, or who's sitting at your 3D Printed table (this one by PrettySmallThings), we just wanted to take a moment to remind you how much we value having you as a Shapie. So, from all of us, Thanks .
The Shapeways crew took some time this week to capture our sentiments surrounding the Holiday Season. When asked "what are you most grateful for at Shapeways?" Here's what we had to say:
Nervous System have just released a new Kinematics jewelry range coupled with a customization app to create unique 3D printed jewelry based on interlocking components. While this is a beautifully simple interface to create customized 3D printed jewelry, it is the potential for draping and compression to fit a large design within a small 3D printer build size when using a process such as Shapeways Selective Laser Sintering that really makes this an impressive application for 3D printing.
Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules.
The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body. Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures.
Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
Above for example, you see a full scale dress design that would be far too large to fit into even our largest printer that can take parts up to 650x350x550mm in Nylon. By converting the structure into a series of self folding connections the entire dress could be compressed down to the smallest possible form (whilst maintaining enough distance so parts do not sinter together) and then be 3D printed in our EOS slective laser sintering 3D printer in one entire print. We would then unfurl the dress from the print build, air blast the excess Nylon powder out of the dress and it would be ready to wear.
This project evolved out of a collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which challenged Nervous System to create in-person customization experiences for low cost 3D printers. The genesis of the project is discussed at length in The Making of Kinematics post on the Nervous System blog.
You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoins in the news recently but the truth of the matter is that many of us don't really know what Bitcoins are or what they do. Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. They're essentially coins that you can send over the internet as a form of digital currency. Bitcoins can be generated by anybody running a free application called a Bitcoin Miner. Bitcoins are transferred anonymously peer-to-peer and function without any type of central authority. Bitcoin is changing finance the same way Shapeways and 3D printing is changing manufacturing.
In the meantime, Bitcoins have a really cool and recognizable symbol. Have a look at a few Bitcoin inspired 3D prints.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Alex Maund, a 16-year old (no, that's not a typo) English designer who also studies Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Electronic Systems and Control at A-level.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? Hi,
my name is Alex Maund. I imagine I am one of the youngest designers on
Shapeways at only 16 years old and created my shop with Shapeways just
over a year ago. I am a student living in England, UK who is currently
studying Physics, Chemistry, Math and Electronic Systems and Control at
A-level. I do a lot of sport including rowing and playing tennis. I have
always been very keen on making and designing things since I was
little, whether these designs had practical uses or were just designed
to be fun to use. I have never had the proper resources to make my
designs until I found 3D printing and Shapeways.
Are you a fan of Dinosaurs? Or a recent #Dinovember bandwagoner? If you just answered yes, and should you like your Dinos in cinematic form, you've likely seen the work of David Krentz. Given his feature in our recent Bronze launch, the timely nature of viral heartwarming dinosaur stories, and in an effort to showcase some of the Shop Owners we're so grateful for, I give you...
Interview with David Krentz: "I still pinch myself that someone pays me to make dinosaurs."
Insects get a bad reputation for being disgusting, nasty, and creepy creatures. The fact of the matter is that insects represent a major part of life on Earth and we must co-exist with them and evolve with them whether we like it or not. There are actually plenty of cool 3D insect inspired prints on Shapeways that come in various shapes, sizes, and shiny materials. These awesome insect prints won't bug you at all.
There are over 1000 species of beetles and the stag beetle is the most fearsome of them all. They have massive jaws that would make anyone think twice before coming close to it. Fortunately this one comes in strong and flexible plastic but still looks real.
We're just one week away from Thanksgiving here in the US and the buzz surrounding Black Friday is already louder than Midtown Manhattan. We want to see all Shapie Shop Owners break their sales records in the next two weeks so consider this your friendly reminder to get ready for the surge of traffic!
Here are 5 tips to help you get there:
1) Tag: Tag your products well! People will be searching the site at a faster rate than any other day of the year 2) Photograph: Post those great photos you've had trapped on your iPhone, Photos sell more! 3) Merchandise: Organize your shop! Do you offer a wide variety of products? Curate them well for easy shop ability 4) Title: Make sure your title is descriptive, your model description includes keywords that people may search to find your product and your photos are up to date - we are running a marketing campaign through Google Shopping and your product may show up if people search for those keywords 5)Share: People are looking for new and interesting things to buy every holiday season, so take advantage of the opportunity to share your shop with friends! Tweeting: "Check out the deals going on in my Shapeways Shop and give a unqiue 3D printed gift this holiday" or "Hey #BlackFriday shoppers, check out my custom product line" etc. goes a really long way! Many of you shared the gift guide, and it's showing in the sales of your shop .
The holidays are approaching so it’s time for our third and final installment of the Shapeways DIY 3D Print gifting series. This week, we’re catapulting you into another dimension and challenging you to try out our easy-to-use 2D to 3D Creator!
Using this nifty app, you can upload a 2D design, adjust the thickness and size, then 3D Print your product in a choice of more than 30 materials. And in just a couple minutes, you’ll have your very own personalized gift—jewelry, art, and more!
INSTANT COLLECTIBLE envisions a future design interface in which forms are spontaneously generated by a portable 3d scanner. A wide range of publicly accessible objects will be scanned from a variety of sources around the site of the Museum of Arts and Design, from local jewelry stores to museums, delis, and even the MAD itself, while the limitations of the scanning technology produces inevitable glitches and inaccurate forms. These glitches will be explored in the fabrication of interactive lighting systems & accessories. Scanning and replicating found items challenges contemporary notions of public space, copyright law, and material practice. Radical new technologies, including 3d printing, scanning, and visual recognition, are becoming available to the consumer public that are taking the practice of design away from desktop computer setups and into daily life.
You can check out scans as they start uploading them to their StudioBRAD Shapeways shop over the coming week.