Our design intern Artur made a wind chime for you. This wind chime uses the musical properties of glass to full effect and mixes 3D printed glass with White, Strong & Flexible, fishing wire and wooden beads. Combinatory manufacturing ftw. The video is below.
I'm sorry you don't like it. Normally one could say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and all that. In this case however this is demonstrably the most beautiful glass 3d printed wind chime in the world since it is the only one. This item was made to inspire you to get people to think about using different 3D printing materials in combination with each other. It was meant to make you think of the musical properties of glass. It was meant to illustrate the combinatory manufacturing idea. So, sincerely now: I'm sorry you didn't get inspired.
I'd like to give you a challenge in return. Design a more beautiful wind chime for less than $50 on Shapeways. We will then print it and give it to you.
I think you really have a good opportunity here, edddy.
especially now, since we lowered our prices on glass to only $5.99 per cu.cm, and the startup cost to only 10$ per model.
As I said in the video, really looking forward to your new creations.
My only disappointment is that we didn't get to hear how it sounds: all talk and no demonstration.
Developing a wind chime which actually sounds nice can be a time-consuming matter; the details of the shape and the point(s) from which the pieces are hung all have an enormous influence on the sound quality, as does the material from which they are made.
Like Tony, I think it's just a pity that we didn't get to properly hear it in action, but it's a beautiful piece of design. I can't help wondering how well a 3D-printed stainless steel tube would ring...
We'll try to shoot a video next week with a better sound. I like the sound.
The stainless steel parts I've played with sound nice, but thicker parts (so a decent sized tube, requires 3mm wall thickness, and in my opinion would sound dull) but a nice large spiral or SS has a nice vibration to it.
I had an opportunity to handle http://www.shapeways.com/model/13076/elegant_bowl_sixties_series_1.html this bowl in one of the glass tests. Even though it had some cracks in it (that's why it's unprintable in glass) the sound and vibration it produced were really, really nice.