The Sochi Olympics may be over, but we are celebrating some monsters over here! A big thanks to everyone who participated in our #monsterlympics contest, and thank you to Monstermatic for making such a fun app. We received lots of great entries, but it all came down to the gold, silver and bronze.
Join Shapie Kurt from Far Lands or Bust this Saturday March 1st as he embarks on a day long livestream exploration of the Far Lands in Minecraft culminating into him revealing his coordinates. Over the last 17 months Kurt has been playing Minecraft and raising money for Child's Play Charity, a organization dedicated to improving the lives of sick children by donating toys, books and games to hospitals worldwide.
At the end of the FLoB-athon Far Lands or Bust Livestream, Kurt will press 'F3' in Minecraft. Pressing 'F3' displays the player's coordinates in the Minecraft world, and gives a glimpse of how far a player has walked towards the Far Lands. Tune into Kurts livestream Saturday anytime before 6pm CST for your chance to win a $100 gift credit from Shapeways.
All you have to do to enter is guess Kurts coordinates on Minecraft at the end of the livestream. You can enter the contest here.
Today we'll be showcasing some creative ways people in the Shapeways community are using Raspberry Pi with 3D printing. Raspberry Pi is a small and capable mini computer that can fit in the palm of your hands. The Raspberry Pi is essentially a caseless computer board which serves as a base where you can construct your own DIY computer from parts like the keyboard and USB outlets, to configuring its operating system.
For makers, designers, and tech enthusiast; Raspberry Pi is a way to create creative DIY projects. Raspberry Pi can serve as a customizable general purpose computer, media device, or even as part of robotics / electronic experiments. Watch this video to see more on what you can do with Raspberry Pi.
If you own a Raspberry Pi we've got some awesome 3D printed cases for them. Here are a few Raspberry Pi inspired 3D prints from our community.
For more inspiration on how people in the community are using Raspberry Pi here's a wonderful example of how a father built a custom rig and scanner to do a 3D scan of his son using raspberry pi, then sent the 3D file to be 3D printed with Shapeways. You can read about his story on Instructables here.
Do you have a project that you've done with Raspberry Pi or with 3D printing? Share them with us by tweeting @Shapeways using the hashtag #Pi3D with a photo or link to your creation and we can showcase them to our community!
Heading to Austin for SXSW 2014? So are we! It’s time to ditch the polar vortex, dust off our cowboy boots and talk tech at the biggest interactive festival of the year. Follow @Shapeways on twitter to find out how to get your 3D SXSW Selfie Scan and be sure and add these speaking engagements by Shapeways team members to your SXSW itinerary.
Reddit is a powerful platform to utilize for promoting your shop or showcasing your 3D printed products. If you're a avid Redditor or lurker then you're in good company. Many Shapies spend time on Reddit and in some cases the products that they design are inspired by Reddit, for example Spaho Designs and Ryan Kittleson's Sculpture. Reddit is definitely a powerful platform to utilize for promoting your shop or showcasing your 3D printed products.
Reddit can be a great source of referral traffic for your shop and can lead to increased exposure and sales. The "homepage of the internet" can be a tricky landscape to navigate, so here are some tips to get started.
Tip 1: When submitting your work to Reddit make sure to choose a subreddit that best fits your niche. For example if you love doing Minecraft sculptures submit to the r/Minecraft subreddit.
Tip 2: Follow and be respectful of the subreddits posting rules. Read carefully and be considerate before posting.
Tip 3: Posting at the right time is important. Keep in mind if your content is relevant and when people will be online in your timezone for the audiences that you're trying to reach. Most importantly make sure your post is not spammy.
Tip 4: Engage with your post, especially in the comments section of the thread. Answer questions that commenters might have.
Tip 5: Use a clear or catchy title for your post. Make sure your post links to a trusted site or url link.
Here is a specific example of shop owners who have used Reddit well for promoting their shop.
Shop owners somersault18:24 used Reddit to showcase their beautiful and attractive Neuron Pendant to a greater audience on Reddit. As a result they saw over 5k visits and a huge lift in traffic to their Shapeways shop.
Imgur is another great resource for linking images to your Reddit post and to your Shapeways products. Take a look at this album by Shapie Jeff Wong for example here. Jeff does a great job of using Imgur to tell the greater story of the process it took from him to 3D model his design, 3D print his model using Shapeways, all the way to the final product.
For more additional tips and tricks on leveraging your shop and products through social media platforms like Reddit feel free to email me at email@example.com or tweet me at @NinjaRAWLegend.
Do you want your products to be in the hands of the technology evangelists at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival this year? Then get on the train, literally! I (Savannah) am traveling via rail from Los Angeles to Austin this year on a train full of technology influencers, sponsored by Amtrak, and would love to show off your work.
We chatted with Fernando to better understand the inspiration behind his figurine and his design process.
What inspired you to create this model?
I wanted to make something unique, of my own, and I liked politics and always wanted to make political figurines. I had an idea for Obama, but it wasn’t "hot." When I was watching Gov. Chris Christie’s interview, he mentioned cones, overalls, and I got a mental picture of him wearing a construction vest directing traffic and just started modeling.
How long did it take and what 3D software do you use?
About 40-50 hours. My figurines are original and copyrighted and so it's a worthy use of my time. I use Maya, Meshlab, sometimes Netfabb, but I tried almost everything out there.
How did you get into 3D printing?
I learned 3D modeling in school, but I learned most of what I use today on my own. I have always worked in design, and had an idea for a custom iPhone case (iPhone case + wallet + money clip + bottle opener), which was almost impossible to make. So, I decided to try 3D printing it — that was the first thing I ever 3D printed with Shapeways and I was really happy with it. I now also have my own 3D printer and run a prototyping company called nuPROTO.
Why do you use a 3D printing service like Shapeways if you own a 3D printer?
For prototypes and things I need right away, I use my 3D printer at home. You guys have the highest quality and can print in detail that home printers can't. I find it valuable to be able to use both.
How would you describe Shapeways to a friend?
3D printing for the everyday guy. You don’t have to know how to model, you can just find something you like and buy it.
Want to see more of Fernando’s designs? Check out his shop or his prototyping company, nuPROTO.
Have a great idea for a 3D printed product but need some help getting it off the ground? Our Shapie Designers for Hire have a knack for helping people make their ideas real. So take advantage of them!
Today’s Designer for Hire is James Liang, of Sharpen 3D Solution. His shop is a 3D printing design firm that creates everything from simple shapes to spaceships, figurines, and prototypes. James and his team of experienced designers, artists, and printing technicians are accustomed to helping people at all skill levels whether you have a half-finished 3D file or just a sketch on a napkin.
Specialties: Modeling from as few as one single image and being able to extrapolate the entire 3D object or figure
Services: Conceptualization consultation, 2D to 3D modeling, 3D model extrapolation from single image, 3D printing file preparation
3D Software Used: MAYA, ZBrush, 3D MAX, CAD, Netfabb, Freeform
“Sharpen 3D is a talented 3D modeling team. They helped me on several projects. They did excellent jobs. They are fast, reliable, and professional. I really like their artists. They are patient and smart. Every time, I tell them my idea, they can figure it out and deliver exactly what I want . Thank you Sharpen 3D, I will do more projects with you guys.” -Vijay, Sep 27, 2013
“I just had a custom 3D model completed by Sharpen 3D and it was very pleasant experience to work with this design company. I received a quality model in a mere few days and the final result looks just like I had pictured in my mind, not to mention this all for a very reasonable price. I was kept updated on the progress all the way and revisions were applied quickly and accurately without any extra charges. They truly listen to what you say. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a quick, professional, and affordability…” -Moniek, Oct 11, 2013
“I really like dealing with your company, you are fast, honest and reliable.” -Engy, Aug 23, 2013
Does your phone ever get lost in bed? Find yourself fumbling for it to turn off your alarm clock each morning? Well, wobL can fix that. Created by Mac, Adrian, Joe, and Vic of Third Prime Studio, wobL is part phone stand, part iOS app. And enables a seamless wobble-to-snooze experience—a simple tap to the phone or stand puts the alarm in snooze mode.
Like a lot of Shapies, the design group created wobL in their spare time, completely remote from one another. To save time, money, and effort, they used Shapeways for prototyping— 3D printing in Elasto Plastic, dyeing the product, and using it as their functional sample.
wobL fits any iPhone or iPad Touch with or without the case.
But now they really want to get their product off the ground. So help them out on Kickstarter! There’s just about a week left.
The 41st annual SIGGRAPH will take place August 10-14 at Vancouver Convention Centre. This is a cool event whether you’re an innovator, hacker, inventor, artist, or maker. Get all the details on the SIGGRAPH 2014 site.
And even if you aren’t attending the event, you’re invited to submit your work. So show ‘em what you’ve got!
Surpassing Superman in being faster than a speeding bullet, Raw Silver and Polished Silver are now shipping to the US and Canada quicker than ever before—leaving our factory in just 10 business days! Brightening the world one 3D printed product at a time.
This weeks designer is an Australian artist working for festivals and theater, specializing in 3D printing and digital clay technology. Rob Mack's shop is getting our Mardi Gras (and costumes for any occasion, really) spirit ready.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I’m Rob Mack, aka DaddyMack, I live in Sydney Australia and have been lucky enough to have worked as an artist/designer in a wide variety of media for over 25 years now. I started painting murals and signage for local businesses and at one stage ran my own 500m2 warehouse producing props and artwork for festivals and theatre. My work is now largely digital with a focus on 3D, 3D printing, and digital clay technology.
We love to see innovative Shapies pushing the envelope and making their dreams come true. Take, for instance, Matt Veenstra of Case of Steel. What started as frustration—iPhone 5 screen keeps breaking but bulky cases are annoying—turned into some sketches. Followed by 3D designs, prototyping on Shapeways, and now a Kickstarter to break through the world of bulky phone cases with Bumprz™, the the world's most minimal iPhone case.
Made of strong metals and attached with amazing 3M adhesives, Bumprz protects your iPhone 5 while adding a bit of bling to it. Great for the minimalist in all of us!
It’s also worth mentioning that Matt is not a 3D modeler by trade. He taught himself how to use CAD software so he could make his idea real. With the help of his design partner, Jeff Tobler, Matt refined his design and then began prototyping on Shapeways. “Prototyping would’ve been a lot more painful if it not for Shapeways,” Matt said.
Initial prototypes printed by Shapeways
Prior to discovering Shapeways, Matt hadn’t known that metal 3D printing was possible. Still, to minimize time and cost, he initially used plastic 3D printing for each prototype and then ordered in metal afterwards.
Once his prototype was 3D printed in metal, he continued to adjust curvature. Eventually he tried his prototype in all of the Shapeways materials available because he was impressed with the variety of materials and finishes. And after about 10 iterations to perfect the design, Matt did it. “Once I discovered Shapeways, I was addicted...these guys could make anything I need,” Matt said.
People like Matt are an inspiration for idea-makers of all types, whether you have 3D modeling experience or simply an idea.
How's your Valentine's week going? Even if you're flying solo this year, we've got some awe-inspiring events for our New York Shapies to celebrate love - of 3D modeling, that is. And it all starts tomorrow with the 3DPrintShow!
The 3DPrintShow February 12th - February 15th
Hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion on W18th street, the 3DPrintShow will showcase the best of 3D printed art and fashion, and is sure to inspire you!
Wednesday evening Feb. 12 from 7pm
Join us for an exclusive evening featuring a 3D printed catwalk show and art hang. INSPIRE tickets here.
Shapeways and Adobe are sponsoring the Art Gallery featuring our contest winners and will have a joint booth where you can try out the new Photoshop Creative Cloud, and the neat 3D printing features. Whether you’re a 3D modeler or not, we welcome you to give it a go.
Thursday Feb. 13 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
Our very own CEO and Co-Founder, Pete Weijmarshausen, will give a keynote about the future of 3D printing. Register here.
Saturday Feb. 15th 5pm
The amazingly talented Ashley Zelinskie will be showing her work at the Printshow and giving a presentation about her intricately designed One and One Chair.
Come out for a spectacular night of inspiration celebrating Fashion Week through education and technology. Converse with your favorite Shop Owner Coach and Social Media Manager, Savannah Peterson, who will be discussing 3D printing and the Shapeways community. (Feel free to bring her roses and a box of chocolates.) Sav will be joined by fellow speakers Scott Bryer with Vans Custom Culture and Maddy Maxley of CRATED. RSVP here.
There's so much on we hope to see your smiling faces this week!