At Shapeways we pride ourselves on having the most high quality materials available for 3D printing. One of our popular and readily available materials is our white, strong and flexible plastic (WSF) which is laser sintered nylon plastic in a variety of colors and finishes. This material is incredibly versatile, and can be used for a wide variety of applications. Check out these incredible sculptures printed using our plastic material.
Kathie Lee and Hoda reveal how you can create a miniature print of yourself using 3D printing this morning on The Today Show. The segment touches upon Shapeways and what one can do with a 3D printed "Mini Me". The 3D printed dolls on the show were modeled by designer Ryan Kittleson.
In case you were unable to tune in, you can watch the full clip here, starting at 1:45.
Thinking of getting a 3D figurine of yourself? We are currently doing 3D body scans at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in NYC through June 2014. You can also use our ShapeMe app which enables you to create your own little sculpture of yourself.
Starting Christmas morning (December 25th at 12:00am GMT), enjoy 20% savings when you print your own designs in White Strong & Flexible nylon or Polished White Strong & Flexible nylon.
To take advantage of this special White Christmas deal, use code “WHITEXMAS” and place your order before midnight Pacific Time on December 31st.
Happy shaping and happy holidays!
The Fine Print: This promotion is non-transferable and valid 2x per customer on eligible products totaling up to $2,500 ($500 maximum discount per order). This promotion may not be combined with other discounts or promotion codes in one order. 20% discount applies only to 3D prints of your own designs in White Strong & Flexible and White Strong & Flexible Polished and does NOT include dyed Strong & Flexible prints. Promotion codes cannot be applied to Shapeways Gift Cards or past orders. If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed and has not been successfully printed before, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these models are repaired). If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid. Offer expires December 31, 2013 at midnight Pacific Time.
Searching for the latest tech accessory for your new gadget but tired of the same old same old? We've found some fresh and unique 3D printed products on Shapeways that will compliment that shiny new smartphone or gadget of yours. A few years ago 3D printing affordable gadget accessories was challenging and they often fell in the shadow of their mass produced counterparts, Now they can be customized, are comparable in cost to all other accessories and come in a variety of options. Have a look at few of these 3D printed gadget accessories.
This bike mount grips your Pebble watch securely; positioning it above the headset cap where you can easily see it.
The great thing about 3D printing is that you're not limited to what's available. If you don't like what you see on the market then you have the option to design your own product. Don't own a 3D printer? We'll provide the service for you. These are just a few examples of the awesome gadget accessories members of the Shapeways community took the initiative to create with many new designs uploaded everyday. Is there a tech accessory you wish existed but doesn't? Plunge in 2014 and create it. It's never been easier to go from conception to production with 3D Printing and Shapeways!
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Steven Gray, an origami loving 3D designer from Scotland.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I'm a Glasgow, Scotland, born sci-fi geek dad with a background in IT and an interest in technology and gadgets that goes right back to the late 1970's when all I coveted was my best friend's Merlin hand held game. I hesitate to call myself a designer. I could say my hobby is 3D design but I’ve been making things as long as I can remember, out of cardboard, paper, glue. I love origami; the process of turning a single sheet of paper into something is fascinating. Give me a few squares of paper and I'll make you an origami box!
Each year at Shapeways, we like to do a roundup of amazing accomplishments in the rapidly evolving 3D Printing world, often powered by your innovations and creativity. We’ve been digging in and must admit, 2013 was quite the year!
To date, we’ve 3D Printed 2.2 million products — that’s 61,000 boxes worth of Tic Tacs! We are so proud to have 13,500 Shapeways shops...and counting (a growth of 75% from 2012). And the number of people creating products on Shapeways has doubled in the past year.
The 3D printing industry as a whole has also experienced incredible growth. We’re seeing more retailers, like our friends at UPS, offer in-store 3D printing. The price of 3D printers for the home and office continues to drop. And 3D printing is constantly making stock market headlines.
We couldn’t make such strides without wildly imaginative, creative, thoughtful, and fearless people like you, our community, who continue to upload nearly 100,000 new products per month. You help us push the limits of what’s possible to 3D Print, creating products from gorgeous to quirky to functional, and continue to wow us with how you use new materials.
It’s a beautiful world when anyone can create and get what they want, not just what’s available in stores.
Check out our Slideshare for 3D printing trends, stats & more of our exciting year in review.
Do you enjoy solving complex puzzles? Or navigating through through sophisticated mazes? Thanks to 3D printing technology you're no longer limited to the standard Rubik's cube. There are now many new designs and innovations that will make you rethink the way we see puzzles. Here are a few 3D printed puzzles and mazes on Shapeways that have taken a twist and turn for the better.
With these puzzles everything that could be imagined to be twisty, does twist.
3D printing has given designers the freedom to modify, configure, and customize shapes in order to create these unique puzzle and maze products. The process of Selective Laser Sintering has completely changed the puzzle-making game, empowering designers to make puzzles previous impossible in low volumes or with injection molding. These creations make for a brainteasing toy both for the mind and on the eyes. Seeing is believing, but doing is achieving.
Want to learn more about how 3D Printing is enabling the most complex puzzles ever created? Here's a great article from Gigaom.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Jeff Kim,
a native New York artist with many places he's called home, working on animated feature films.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I am a native New Yorker but currently living in Montreal, Canada. Before Montreal, I've lived in a variety of places: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Vancouver, Canada. I am a computer animator working on animated feature films. Growing up, I've always loved art and design, but never quite had the draftsmanship (or the patience) to actually pursue a career in those. Shapeways is giving me a huge outlet for that.
Shapeways has been doing full 3D body scans at the Out of Hand/Hands On Interactive space at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in NYC for a couple of months now and I decided recently to go for one of my own. Upon arrival I was amazed by the Formlab Desktop 3D Printers and gallery of 3D Printed objects on display. The scanning process took no more than one minute where I stood still on a spinning circular apparatus which spun while what looked like a Xbox Kinect motion capture precisely scanned the details of my body. It was a fun and pleasantly surprising experience.
Afterwards you enter your email address where Shapeways sends you a email of the file of your scan where you can order a mini 3D printed figurine of yourself in any of the 30+ materials currently available on Shapeways. I ordered my scan in full colored sandstone and it arrived within a week of placing my order. The Out of Hand exhibition will run until April 2014. If you're in the city I highly recommend dropping by MAD to have a hands on experience with 3D printing or get scanned like I did.
The actual print came out well but the facial details could have been better. An alternative to a 3D scan would be to try our ShapeMe app where you can easily make a model of your head and add it to a body. Next time I would try putting a 3D print of my head on the body of a ModiRaptor Dino. The figurine makes for a great gift, paperweight, or just a instant conversation starter because you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
Shapeways recently worked with Autodesk and Dazed Digital to produce a series of 3D Print Creations using 123D Catch. Ana Rajcevic pushed the limits of what is possible to 3D printing (and the skills of our AMAZING post production team at Shapeways).
Starting with a sketch then a hand made model, Ana then 3D scanned the plaster model with 123D Catch which was then taken into Maya where 800 hair thin spikes were patterned around the form then 3D printed in Nylon in our factory in NYC.
Ana Rajcevic is an award winning fashion artist whose work spans sculpture and fashion design. Previous pieces have existed both as studio creations and as objects of contemplation within exhibition contexts, in Rajcevic's pursuit of objects that exist as “'fashion artefacts' in the truest sense”. This duality was brought to the fore explicitly with “Animal: The Other Side of Evolution”, a set of resin headwear that resemble hyperevolved extensions of human skeletal structures
Ever wanted a historic work of art but did not have the ready cash to purchase the original? 3D printing to the rescue once again thanks to a recent 3D scanning project by Cosmo Wenman entitled "Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle."
"The Skulpturhalle Basel museum in Switzerland has an incredible collection of more than 2,000 high quality 19th and 20th century plaster casts of important ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The Skulpturhalle has given me permission to 3D scan sculptures of my choosing..."
Now you can purchase 3D prints of Cosmo's high quality scans from his Shapeways shop and own a little piece of history, made with lasers!
At some point in our lives we've all had the tendency to collect things whether it was stamps, cards, or shoes. Collecting and acquiring things is both a hobby and a past-time. The items and products that we choose to collect says a lot about our personality, interest, and desires. On Shapeways there are so many niches and creative interests that really speaks volumes on how diverse our community is. With the holiday season coming up many parents are searching for that unique toy to get for their kids that you won't find at a traditional retail store. Here are a few amazing 3D Printed collector toys that would make great gifts.
Chess is one of the all time classic strategy board games. In chess two individuals battle it out with nothing but their minds and 16 piece army on a checkered board. Chess is even a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee. In the world of 3D Printing brains most certainly reign over braun and with the creative minds that we have on the Shapeways community, the classic game of chess is still the game but it's design innovated. Here are a few chess inspired 3D Prints.
At Shapeways we believe nothing is sexier than 3D printing, especially when we are 3D printing the snow angel outfit for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which airs tonight, December 10 at 10pm/9 Central on CBS.
Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson will be wearing the 3D printed outfit that was designed to exactly fit her body based on a 3D scan. The outfit includes a corset, wings and hat, each of the components is made from hundreds of snowflakes which interlock to move like a fabric or stand rigid to creat the sculptural angel wings. The entire outfit was 3D Printed in lightweight Nylon then encrusted with millions (yes millions) of Swarovski crystals then paired with Victoria's Secret lingerie. The overall effect is a glimmering, icy outfit that perfectly showcases the ability of 3D printing beautiful, complex forms.
Check out the video of Lindsay Ellingson modeling the 3D printed angel wings as a teaser for tonight's show.