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Welcome Ben, Dan, & Nancy. SO happy to see shapeways growing and getting some really smart fwd thinking minds working under their roof.

The website needs to take that step fwd to a cleaner-professional interface and aesthetic design, so I'm excited to see what happens there.

And Nancy, your job sounds great. Co-create has yet to really take off. It has huge potential, we just need to find the right application for it and make in intuitive interface for customers to create on their own. Excited to see you move this forward. As well as introducing new materials- that's always exciting.

ok, get to work. ;-)
#1 jeff bare (Homepage) on 2011-01-05 19:56 (Reply)
Haha! Thanks a bunch. I want to make it a priority to make designing accessible to everybody. I agree that there is tremendous potential behind the creator platforms. I can't wait to see it grow and enable new designers. Hold me to it!
#1.1 nancyliang on 2011-01-06 03:48 (Reply)
Jeff,

I am looking forward to modernizing the site design and adding useful new features. If there's anything specific you would like to see, please let me know and I'll put it into my queue.

I looked at your product designs on your Squarespace page, and they look great. (I especially like the Tree pattern on the iPad Wrap.)

-Ben
#1.2 Benjamin Horst on 2011-01-06 15:11 (Reply)
thanks Ben, i really like the tree pattern too, its been printed, I just need to take some pics of it and post them.
#1.2.1 jeff bare (Homepage) on 2011-01-06 16:46 (Reply)
Would love to see more advanced materials that could be used to manufacture durable goods. We want to be able to offer shoes through your manufacturing process. I can think of other wearable goods or daily use items as well. Some food grade container material would be awesome as well.
#2 Fred on 2011-01-05 20:17 (Reply)
Those are great suggestions. I can definitely see the benefits of custom shoes or even custom soles. I have a friend who's trying to make the "perfect shoe" for women, she asked about the same thing. Do you currently have a shop or designs? I'm new and still getting to know the community.
#2.1 nancyliang on 2011-01-06 04:09 (Reply)
We do not have a shop or designs yet. My boss had the idea before he knew about Shapeways. I introduced him to Shapeways as a means to achieve what he was shooting for, at least until 3d printers were common place in everyones homes. :-)

Maybe you should introduce us to your friend who is trying to make the perfect shoe for women.

Eitherway glad to see Shapeways expanding and growing because I think it is one of the best ideas to hit the internet yet.
#2.1.1 Fred on 2011-01-06 04:26 (Reply)
Yup, I told her about Shapeways. She's thinking of printing some sole prototypes with Shapeways (probably White Strong Flexible material) and then lining it with a softer material that's more comfy.

What do you guys do?
#2.1.1.1 nancyliang on 2011-01-06 04:54 (Reply)
We do all kinds of things. We are basically creating start up business to either keep in our portfolio and manage or sell off if it becomes too much to manage. We are involved in the technology sector (read anything web related from Hosting to Design/Development) as well as manufacturing and commerce. Creating a line of shoes is one of the projects we are working towards (just waiting for technology to catch up to us right now).
#2.1.1.1.1 Fred on 2011-01-06 18:13 (Reply)
Have you seen this? http://marloestenbhomer.squarespace.com/

It's a 3D printed shoe made with two materials.
#2.1.1.2 nancyliang on 2011-01-06 16:48 (Reply)
Greetings Ben, Dan and Nancy!

Congratulations on your new positions at Shapeways.

Ben and I were ice skating and sledding last week in the Adirondacks and, consequently, I learned a lot about Shapeways. It's all very exciting.

I can't wait to see the positive impact you will have on the company. Lois and I plan to pay a visit to your office in the next few months. Need us to bring anything?

Jeff
#3 Jeff Horst on 2011-01-05 21:41 (Reply)
Maybe you can help with the bamboo plants I've brought into the office. They haven't been doing too well so I hope this new, much brighter environment helps them bounce back!
#4 Benjamin Horst on 2011-01-06 14:55 (Reply)
Might be best to sing to the bamboo plants. Maybe Dan or Nancy have good voices. If not, I'll stop by.
#4.1 Jeff Horst on 2011-01-06 21:47 (Reply)
Hey guys! Welcome :-)

Good to see reinforcements have arrived!
Looks like you all know what you are talking about,
makes me confident that things will flourish even more!

Cheers,

Stijn / Virtox
#5 Stijn van der Linden on 2011-01-06 16:21 (Reply)
Thanks for your vote of confidence. There's still a lot more I need to learn about all these materials, which I'm fully looking forward to.

Did you make the Gyro the Cube? I think it may just be my next purchase! The video looks so cool.
#5.1 nancyliang on 2011-01-07 15:27 (Reply)

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