I am looking to find Australian Shapeways users so that we can unite to promote Shapeways products locally. This could be something as simple as a stall at a local market or design event such as Finders Keepers, Design Made Tradeor Bowerbird Bazaar? We may even be able to organise (Australian English spelling) a chance for some of us to meet up so that we can get to know each other and get some feedback in person?
Send an email to duann(at)shapeways.com if you are interested?
Also if you are interested in starting your own local chapter (secret handshakes optional) let us know and we may be able to help you out with sample products, t-shirts or other assistance to help you promote yourselves and Shapeways.
I've shared this on Facebook (a lot of entrepreneurial and artsy friends).
I also do a weekly podcast on tech, and our latest episode [ http://vimeo.com/13541899 ] talked about you guys... and how the 3D printing factories will be the economic driving force behind nanotechnology, as well as the obvious reshuffling of the whole relationship between consumer and manufacturer.
I remember with the First Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide a woman was selling hand knitted jumpers (sweater) with a F1 car and 'Adelaide Grand Prix' and Fosters actually issued her with a cease and desist order because people may think it was official merchandise?????
I think she just got a lot of press on 'today tonight' and kept doing it.
One of my jobs is working for Berg's Hobbies, who produce RTR Sydney Suburban trains in HO scale, and thus I have a good handle on the manufacturing side of the hobby.
I don't know about the Waratahs on this, but I do know that many current corporate colour schemes on locomotives are registered/trademarked and so can't be reproduced without permission. Railfans and model makers are usually well treated by the railway companies, so if you snailmail EDI or whoever is making the Waratahs with your intentions, they will probably give you permission to produce a limited run, and might even supply GAs you can work from.
I am Melbourne based. I am looking for a 3D modeller who could model a memorial sculpture that is being built for my niece. Presently, it is a life size horse and rider that is being constructed with amazing detail from from scrap metals.