It's snowy outside, so what better way to spend an evening than talking 3D printing with artists at the Museum of Arts and Design?
Shapeways is managing an interactive space at MAD in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital. The show investigates the many ways technology has enabled artists and designers to create in the 20th century—including of course, 3D printing.
Come and join Sophie Kahn, Lucas Goossens, and the Laser Girls as they talk about how they use 3D printing to make innovative fine art, modern jewelry, and extreme nails. The talks will start shortly after 6:30pm on the second floor and there will be time for questions.
Take your time to check out the incredible exhibition, and come play in the Shapeways interactive space afterwards. We'll be running our army of Formlabs 3D printers and we will be 3D scanning people so you can get your very own "3D selfie"!
Head over to meetup.com to RSVP and for more details. And if you can't join us on Friday, the exhibition runs through June 2014.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Iza Grun, the jewelry artist with wanderlust and a serious eye for capturing natural forms and translating them into wearable art.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? Hi, I'm Iza and half a year ago I founded IZ4 fine art jewellery. Right after graduating as an architect in Bucharest, I started working in Brussels, Antwerp, and then in Ghent, for 4 years - as a designer for the Wim Delvoye studio. Currently based in Berlin, I plan a future move to a hot sunny place somewhere in South Asia. I love the fact that Shapeways makes it possible for people like me to live and work wherever they choose, while being able to run their business and make their ideas come to life.
Searching for that particular camera accessory but you can't seem to find it anywhere? That's probably because it doesn't exist. Enter Shapeways and 3D printing where items as simple as a camera lens accessory can be designed and printed specifically for your camera model. There are many photographers out there looking for particular lens components for their camera but not all of them are mass produced. Here are some custom 3D printed camera lens accessories on Shapeways.
Exciting news! Adobe Photoshop is making it even easier to create and modify designs for 3D printing, particularly in full color.
Adobe's latest release of Photoshop Creative Cloud lets you create full-color 3D models right in Photoshop. You can design from scratch or refine an existing 3D model while using the Photoshop CC tools you’re already familiar with. Then upload your design to Shapeways and 3D print in over 40 materials.
The brand new Photoshop Creative Cloud includes these powerful 3D printing features:
Use the standard Photoshop toolbox of brushes, gradients, filters, and bump maps to add color and texture to your existing 3D model then export to 3D print with Shapeways. It has never been easier to add color and effects to 3D models.
Create new 3D models from 2D images using extrude, twist and pinch tools while adding texture with bump maps to create truly unique 3D models ready to 3D print.
Automated mesh repair and wall thickness repair to ensure your designs are ready to 3D print in all of the materials on Shapeways. Simply insert your 3D file as a 3D layer on Photoshop then choose the Shapeways material in the “3D Print Settings” dialogue box along with the detail and scale, then select “3D Print” and Photoshop will voxelize and repair your file, prepare the print for upload and estimate the cost in your material of choice.
This latest release of Photoshop puts incredibly powerful 3D tools into the hands of everybody running the software. It lowers the barrier of entry and increases the reliability of your designs being ready to 3D print with Shapeways. We’re super excited to see what people create! Adobe is also offering a free one-month trial so you can test the tools for yourself.
There are two opportunities to get your work displayed with Shapeways and Adobe at the show: one, create the ultimate 3D printed art to be shown at the Art Gallery at the 3D Printshow. If you’re newer to 3D modeling, we also have a simple 3D Coloring Contest for anyone to color ShapeMan by our friend Steve Talkowski of SketchBot fame.
It's easy to enter, whether you know how to 3D model or you just want to give it a shot.
Ultimate Design Award: Know how to 3D model? Upload your design to Shapeways with the tag #3DPS. We’re looking for an incredible design that leverages the best of 3D printing. Here’s your chance to create the iconic 3D Print of 2014, something that can’t be made any other way.
3D Coloring Award: New to 3D modeling? One of the coolest features of Photoshop CC is the ability to import an existing STL file and "color it in" using the features. Steve from SketchBot has designed this awesome ShapeMan for you to download and color in under a Creative Commons license.
Head to Steve’s shop and download one of the five ShapeMan designs to show off your skills. Upload the file to Photoshop, color it in, then upload to Shapeways and enter the contest with the tag #3DPS.
*For each contest, one winner will be selected and win a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud from Adobe AND a 3D print of their design. Your entry will also be 3D printed and displayed at the 3D Printshow in NYC for the world to see. The Ultimate Design winner will be displayed at the very prestigious Art Gallery of the Printshow.
Deadline for both contests is 11:59pm EST on February 2, 2014. Show us what you’ve got.
Hard to believe we’re about halfway through January! So, how are those are #3DP2014 Resolutions coming along? If you still haven’t tried to design anything, it’s okay, we forgive you. But now’s a great time to step up your 3D print game. And with TinkerCAD, it couldn’t be easier.
• It runs right through your browser—no need to download anything. • It’s video game-esque...you embark on a series of quests to design cool stuff. • You’ll learn about the software as you use it. • It’s FREE! (Unless you upgrade to the paid option.) • You get confetti when you complete a design.
What happens when NYC product engineers and design enthusiasts combine their passions for 3D printing and Citi Biking? You get 24 Share-it Gold, a 3D printed Citi Bike key necklace created by the inventive folks at Tomorrow Lab and printed by yours truly.
Shapeways is excited to be partnering with the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Consulate General in NYC along with the quirky Dutch coolness of Kikkerland Design for the Dutch Design Competition USA 2014.
The ten top entries will be selected by a jury of design experts, 3D printed by Shapeways and go on display in NYC, the winning design will then have the possibility of being taken into manufacture by Kikkerland and the winner will be flown to NYC to be Shapeways Designer in Residence with all flights and accommodation included as part of the prize!
The Dutch government is looking for a new giveaway to distribute to their contacts in the United States, and is inviting designers to submit inventive, quirky and smart ideas for a functional and affordable small item inspired by Dutch Design (you do not have to be Dutch to enter).
“We’re opening up this competition to a wide range of people, whether they have decades of design experience or are a novice who designs as a hobby,” said Dutch Ambassador Rudolf Bekink. “We want to find a new giveaway item that everyone will know is distinctively Dutch the moment they see it.”
The Netherlands is defined by its innovative spirit and entrepreneurship in the arts and design industries. Creative ingenuity is an essential part of our nature. Being Dutch inherently means pushing boundaries when tackling problems. Like Americans, the Dutch value new ideas and enjoy exploring them. The Dutch have a history of cutting-edge arts and culture, and are known for their high commitment to quality and their pragmatic approach.
Last Friday night on the ABC hit show Shark Tank CJ Isakow, a fellow Shapie pitched the sharks on his idea called Eyebloc. CJ pitched to investors Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O'Leary. Eyebloc is a custom webcam cover for your laptop or tablet webcam. The advantage of Eyebloc is to protect your webcam from hackers when it's not in use. First prototypes of the Eyebloc was created using Shapeways 3D printing services.
For those who weren't able to tune in you can watch it here.
How did you come up with your idea?
A few years ago my brother mentioned to me he was worried people could see him through his built in camera, and then I heard about high school students being spied on by their teachers through their laptop! So I invented the idea for Eyebloc, but my friends just made fun of me. Duct tape is the major competitor. Then the Snowden revelations broke early this year that the government might be spying on us, and I decided to take action. I set up a landing page saying "you're being watched" and ran ads on conservative blogs. I got hundreds of clicks the first day! So I went on Elance and found these great designers from Cambridge Mass, Kat and Andrew from Plus Fabrication. http://www.plusfabrication.com/ They came up with the awesome shield shape and design.
How did you find Shapeways?
Andrew and Kat recommended Shapeways.
What role did we play in your product development cycle?
We had a few different models made before deciding on the final product. Then actually sold 3D printed versions of the product through Amazon. I went from idea to real sales in less than 30 days!
How many prototypes before you were ready for market?
The guy renovating my bathroom told me I should apply to shark tank, he is a big viewer. I applied with a video I did in 3 takes in my basement. They loved the idea and it was really timely.I applied less than a month after launching.
What was the process like and when were you accepted?
Because my topic was so timely and my product a unique solution, the process went really quickly. A producer saw my video and within a week he had shown it to ABC execs and they invited me to tape.I taped in September. Once they tape you, you are not guaranteed to be shown, so I only found out in December that I will air on Jan 10th at 9 PM EST on ABC.
What is the future look like for you?
This has been a wild ride, what started out as a side project may blossom into a real business. This was all possible because I was able to use 3D printing to get a product to market and test the market without needing to spend $1000's of dollars on an injection mold. Shapeways got me my product for under $10!
Now I have my second product on Shapeways, a cover for the Xbox 360 Kinect. I'm starting to test the market for that product, there are over 20 million Kinects in the market, they are a gateway into peoples living rooms!
Turning digital ideas into physical reality is not without its challenges, so Shapeways is starting the year off with an incredible new tool to make 3D printing even easier. Shapeways' Wall Thickness Tool gives you instant feedback at upload to improve your model by detecting areas that are below our Thin Walls thresholds for each material offered.
Hello Shapies, As we start off the new year and recover from the holidays, we want to make sure everyone is keeping up with their #3DP2014 resolutions already! Why not start off with the inspiration of love?
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to make sure
you can get your goods in time for your loved ones. We’ve mapped out a
schedule for select materials, and you can always reference our material pages
for more information. These cut-off dates are based on next day
shipping for a February 13th delivery within the US. If you are ordering
from outside the US, or ordering a personalized product, please allow
for extra time.
January 15 - Gold Plated Brass
January 21 - Bronze, Nickel, Gold, Black and Grey Steel
January 22 - Silver, Bronze, Polished Brass
January 24 - Ceramics
January 27 - Stainless Steel, Dyed Strong & Flexible
January 30 - Polished White Strong & Flexible, Polished Alumide
February 4 - White Strong & Flexible
Happy making, selling, shopping and stay tuned for Valentine's Day
fun and inspiration! If you are interested in having your Valentine's
designs featured in the next few weeks, please post your products in "Feature this!"
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Daphne Lameris, the industrial design engineer who started with Shapeways by redesigning a favorite ring once lost.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I’m 21 years old. I study Industrial Design Engineering at Twente University in Enschede, the Netherlands. In August 2013 I got my bachelor degree. In 2015 I hope to get my master degree with a specialization in Emerging Technology Design.