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.
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:
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."
Steampunk inspired designs comes from the old western, Victorian, and science fictional mechanical tech era. It's a fantasy style that involves using steam era technology to make highly complicated and advanced machines. What makes steampunk so cool is that it involves taking an ordinary product and modifying the design to resemble a out of date peice of machinery. If you're a fan of gears and shiny metal things you will appreciate these steampunk inspired 3D prints.
Make your dress shirt more stylish with these steampunk cufflinks.
These Steampunk inspire 3D prints really highlight the metal materials that Shapeways has to offer. 3D metal prints are hot right now and are worth checking out these days. You definitely need to get your hands on these metal inspired prints this holiday season.
Bradley Rothenberg is who we turned to when Victoria's Secret
was looking for someone to help design and 3D print the Snow
Queen's costume for their annual fashion show. 3D printed in the Shapeways
factory in NYC and festooned with thousands of Swarovski crystals, the
fractal snowflake inspired costume is part of the finale of the parade
to be aired on the 10th of December on CBS (don't forget to tune in!).
We asked Bradley a few questions about the process and how he found
himself designing a costume for Victoria's Secret's Snow Queen.
Q: When Victoria's Secret first approached Shapeways with the concepts
they were looking to explore for the Snow Angels we saw the fractal
nature of the designs and knew they would be a perfect use of the
complexity possible with 3D printing. When they mentioned they were
looking for someone to 3D model the outfit we immediately though of you
with your background in using fractal algorithms in fashion design,
please tell us how you came to explore this from your training in
A: I was lucky enough to work with Vito Acconci whose work was centered
around the intersection of art, Design, & architecture -- this led
me to view architecture not just about the built environment, but
utilizing architectural systems throughout a range of scales, the body
being one of them. More specifically, my interest in fractals started
while at pratt: I was introduced to them while taking a studio with
Phillip Beesley, which led me to want to research more the different
form-making possibilities using fractal systems. This continued into my
thesis project at pratt, where we were looking at making
self-replicating spaces that changed based on a users needs -- Fractals
are a perfect system for this because of their self-similarity
throughout a range of scales. Recently, I collaborated with Gabi
Asfour, and threeASFOUR for their show MER KA BA, in which we were
really interested in the use of fractals to make interlocking textile's
using 3D prints.
Read on for more of the story and images that may be considered not safe for work in some instances (it is Victoria's Secret after all).
Once again Apple has released a new version of the iPhone which means your previous iPhone is no longer the latest and greatest mobile device. The good news is that the iPhone 5S has the same exterior as the iPhone 5 which means these 3D printed iPhone cases on Shapeways would perfectly compliment your naked iPhone. Take a look at these awesome 3D iPhone picks.
Commemorate Fall with this Skeleton Dead Leaf design case for your iPhone 5S. It's made of strong and flexible plastic, and it comes in multiple vibrant colors. This is the perfect case to give your iphone that unqiue morbid look.
Welcome to the Shapeways Holiday Gift Guide! We've hand selected items that inspired us, in hopes that you find the most perfect, unique gifts possible. Whether you’re shopping for your parents, siblings, or friends, Shapeways has thousands of gifts for you to choose from. Think of us as your personal shopper, trying to make your holiday shopping a little easier this year.