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!
This week, we highlight designer Rose Thun, a tech girl after our own hearts, her shop is full of "infinite love" designs, as well as some great geometric but useful products we can't help but love.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I’m a materials scientist, MBA, IT consultant, maker, sculpture garden junkie who lives in Maryland and has become a complete 3D printing fanatic.
We're excited to announce our partnership with Sixense MakeVR, a virtual reality software that enables anyone to create 3D-printable objects by using wireless gesture-control devices with natural hand motions. Sixense MakeVR software will make it easier for people to create 3D designs and print 3D objects. MakeVR is integrated with Shapeways so you can order your designs directly from the MakeVR interface and have your designs 3D printed from Shapeways.
Sixense is currently doing a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to raise money for MakeVR. What's very unique about MakeVR is that it has both the software and hardware that makes designing, creating, and accessing 3D printing more engaging and intuitive. It enables consumers to create 3D designs that look professionally done.
What are you thoughts on MakeVR? It's very innovative and exciting technology. You can support the MakeVR Kickstarter campaign here. You can also watch a informative Youtube video on MakeVR here.
Last Fall we wrote a blog post about a awesome Kickstarter project called Monstermatic, a cute mobile game that allows users to create and 3D print custom designed monsters. Players are given tools to invent, interact, share, and ultimately unleash their monsters into the world through 3D printing.
We're happy to announce that Monstermatic have met their Kickstarter goals and recently launched their Monstermatic app on itunes. Monstermatic inspires kids of all ages to engage in creative play. It provides a quick, fun and easy way to design monsters and unleash them into the world through 3D printing technology. This is all done with Shapeways printing services. You can download the App here.
Congrats Clayton! So what are you waiting for? Try out the Monstermatic app and get started on unleashing your 3D printed monsters into the world!
Also on behalf of the Winter Olympics we're having a #Monsterlympics contest. Download the Monstermatic app on itunes, tweet us @Shapeways your design on Twitter with the hashtag #Monsterlympics and you will be entered for a chance to have your monster design 3D Printed for free by Shapeways.
You can also submit your designs to us on Facebook to our Facebook fan page here.
Give Monstermatic a try and enter our #monsterlympics contest. We'll be awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals (of course), as long as you enter by the end of the Sochi closing ceremonies on February 23. READY. SET. UNLEASH YOUR BEAST!
This week we highlight a veteran of Shapeways, Vincent Greco. He's been with us since 2008 and has a shop full of possibilities, materials, and imagination that we hope will inspire old and new members alike.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? My name is Vincent Greco, known here as Magic. I am located at Vincennes a city touching Paris in France. I have a background of software engineering and I am currently working in the video game industry. I am one of the oldest Shapeways community members (since August 2008). 3D-printing is more than a passion for me: it’s an addiction!
Game week continues and the game of the day is 3D Printed Puzzles. Whether it's mazes or Rubik cubes, puzzles are the ultimate brainteasers. Add 3D printing to the mix and you get super innovative puzzles that wouldn't be possible with traditional manufacturing methods.
You can find a large selection of 3D printed puzzles on our puzzles page here and have a look at a few of these unique 3D printed puzzles that can be found on Shapeways.