Some of you may be subjecting you 3D prints to extreme forces like impact, sheer weight, constant flexing and maybe even a little heat, but have you ever wanted to know how hot you can go? Shapeways material tester Brandon has shared a video on his YouTube Channel heating Shapeways Nylon (WSF) 3D prints in mineral oil to deformation then melting point.
"To test I heated WSF in mineral oil and tested how it behaves at higher and higher temperatures. The material starts to soften at around 155-165C and starts to significantly deform and melt at around 170-180C."
The video runs for around 17 minutes but the good stuff (deformation) starts to occur around 155c at the 10:00 minute mark and total failure at around 15:00 minute mark at 170c.
Thanks again to Brandon for sharing, if you have an material torture tests please let us know in the comments on the blog. Below is some wet Nylon I tortured in the microwave
Seriously who doesn't love eggs? Lay them, eat them, or decorate them; Eggs are an essential part of our everyday lives. Chances are that you have eggs sitting around in your refrigerator. Until you're ready to use them you might as well rest them on some of these awesome 3D printed egg sculptures and apparatuses.
This small and sturdy nest designed egg holder is a fancy way for holding the egg before consumption.
Egg holders are pretty popular on Shapeways. If you're a egg lover or enjoy spending time in the kitchen do yourself a favor and get one of these. Which came first the chicken or the egg? HUMPTY-DUMPTY #MindBlown
We're lucky enough to catch stories of Shapespiration that are shared on social media, and we want to see more! You are literally creating products and models that have never existed before; and it is mind blowing. It confirms our collective mission to helping you achieve your dreams .
Contest Time: This week we want you to share something that makes you thankful, or expresses your thankfulness. Either a new creation or an existing one. Feel free to go as deep as you want and ask yourself, "What am I most thankful for as a result of 3D printing and/or Shapeways? Is it new metals, faster shipping times, or repriced ceramics? Is it that perfect memento you designed for your sweetheart? Model it or capture a video, we'll be rewarding both categories!
Of course, must be your own design
Explain the meaning in your model. How it makes you thankful or expresses your thankfulness
Other than that, let your creativity flow!
Enter by posting your model in our forum, or sharing your video on our Facebook page
Deadline: Midnight in Hawaii on Friday, because we are also thankful for the beach, or at least I am...
To help celebrate the first 3D Printing Day GE is having a sleigh design contest. Use your creativity to help design a sleigh for Santa and his elves this holiday season and your design will be printed and shipped to fans around the country as a gift for the holiday season. Plus, GE will promote your name and design across their social media pages. The winning sleigh design will be turned into an ornament that GE will use as a prize for part of GE's #3DPrintMyGift holiday campaign. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be printed by Shapeways. Click the link for more information on the #3DPrintMyGift Challenge: Santa's New Sleigh.
1st Place Winner
Your design will be featured as a prize for part of GE's #3DPrintMyGift holiday campaign. You'll also win a 3D Print of your sleigh, a GrabCAD shirt and notebook.
2nd Place Winner
A 3D Print of your sleigh by Shapeways + a GrabCAD shirt and notebook.
3rd Place Winner
A 3D Print of your sleigh by Shapeways + a GrabCAD shirt and notebook.
Steampunk inspired designs comes from the old western, Victorian, and science fictional mechanical tech era. It's a fantasy style that involves using steam era technology to make highly complicated and advanced machines. What makes steampunk so cool is that it involves taking an ordinary product and modifying the design to resemble a out of date peice of machinery. If you're a fan of gears and shiny metal things you will appreciate these steampunk inspired 3D prints.
Make your dress shirt more stylish with these steampunk cufflinks.
These Steampunk inspire 3D prints really highlight the metal materials that Shapeways has to offer. 3D metal prints are hot right now and are worth checking out these days. You definitely need to get your hands on these metal inspired prints this holiday season.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Stefano Alberti, an Italian graphic designer who uses 3D printing to develop fun yet practical products.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I'm Stefano Alberti, a 33 year-old industrial and graphic designer located in Milan, Italy. In my free time I produce royalty-free stock images for Istockphoto and Getty Image under the account "tostphoto."
Have you ever wondered if your toys play around in the night? Or hoped that they do? #Dinovember is the month for you then! Some very creative folks posted to medium this week about a tradition they have in their family every November that involves some serious Dinosaur shenanigans. We're all about taking creatures from the past and making them a part of the future here at Shapeways, so here are a few of our favorite dinos!
There's no denying that memes pronounced "Meem," like "gene" are one of the best things that exist on the internetz. Memes are a digital phenomenon that embodies and captures the many behavioral and idealogical elements of human culture. Memes serve as a popular form of expression and way of communication. The memes you love and relate to say a lot about you. Memes are very popular on Shapeways and today we've curated a few popular 3D Printed memes for you.
Joseph Ducreux: He is a lyrical wordsmith genius and the greatest archaic rap artist of our generation. "Disregard females, Acquire currency"
3D Printed memes make the perfect holiday gift for friends or folks that exhibit the memes behavior or inside joke. Once just silly images with words on it, now actual objects you can touch, feel, and own. At Shapeways you find the memes of the future! #MindBlown
Presented by Duann Scott, the session will outline the major processes used in 3D printing such as SLS, SLA, FDM, Polyjet and more, explaining the process uses and limitations. We will also cover many of the materials commonly used in 3D printing such as Nylon, Acrylic, Stainless Steel, Ceramics etc. covering the material properties and design guidelines, how to optimize for the materials and what to avoid. We will also introduce some software, from 3D scanning and repair through to 3D modeling tools such as Rhino, Solidworks, Tinkercad, Meshmixer and the 123D suite.
This will not be a 'learn to 3d model session', but aimed at giving people an understanding of the materials and processes they are designing for.
Entry to the presentation is free with your MAD ticket, Thursday evening is 'pay what you wish' at the Museum after 6pm.
For the second installment in our three-part DIY 3D Print gifting series, we are rewriting the 12 Days of Christmas song: "...Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, create your own gold-plated rings!"
Yes, Shapeways has an app for that: The Custom Ring Creator. Regardless of whether you’ve ever designed anything, you can make a unique ring in minutes.
Gentlemen, it is that time of year again when you can shamelessly show off that glorious facial hair above your upper lip, during the entire month of November. Not all of us can pull off the manly art of growing a mustache like Freddy Mercury, Hulk Hogan, or Burt Reynolds. If you’re an amateur, classy lady, or just a mustache enthusiast we at Shapeways have curated these 3D mustache inspired prints!
Bradley Rothenberg is who we turned to when Victoria's Secret
was looking for someone to help design and 3D print the Snow
Queen's costume for their annual fashion show. 3D printed in the Shapeways
factory in NYC and festooned with thousands of Swarovski crystals, the
fractal snowflake inspired costume is part of the finale of the parade
to be aired on the 10th of December on CBS (don't forget to tune in!).
We asked Bradley a few questions about the process and how he found
himself designing a costume for Victoria's Secret's Snow Queen.
Q: When Victoria's Secret first approached Shapeways with the concepts
they were looking to explore for the Snow Angels we saw the fractal
nature of the designs and knew they would be a perfect use of the
complexity possible with 3D printing. When they mentioned they were
looking for someone to 3D model the outfit we immediately though of you
with your background in using fractal algorithms in fashion design,
please tell us how you came to explore this from your training in
A: I was lucky enough to work with Vito Acconci whose work was centered
around the intersection of art, Design, & architecture -- this led
me to view architecture not just about the built environment, but
utilizing architectural systems throughout a range of scales, the body
being one of them. More specifically, my interest in fractals started
while at pratt: I was introduced to them while taking a studio with
Phillip Beesley, which led me to want to research more the different
form-making possibilities using fractal systems. This continued into my
thesis project at pratt, where we were looking at making
self-replicating spaces that changed based on a users needs -- Fractals
are a perfect system for this because of their self-similarity
throughout a range of scales. Recently, I collaborated with Gabi
Asfour, and threeASFOUR for their show MER KA BA, in which we were
really interested in the use of fractals to make interlocking textile's
using 3D prints.
Read on for more of the story and images that may be considered not safe for work in some instances (it is Victoria's Secret after all).
Is someone in your family asking for pet this holiday season? Want one that doesn't make a mess or require food? Meet the newest members of Theo Jansen's Strandbeest 3D Printed Animal Family, Gracilis and Larva! Be sure and watch the video of Theo talking about these "animals" and how they survive in their "habitats." You can see them crawl around, and learn how Larva was optimized for cuteness (seriously).
Once again Apple has released a new version of the iPhone which means your previous iPhone is no longer the latest and greatest mobile device. The good news is that the iPhone 5S has the same exterior as the iPhone 5 which means these 3D printed iPhone cases on Shapeways would perfectly compliment your naked iPhone. Take a look at these awesome 3D iPhone picks.
Commemorate Fall with this Skeleton Dead Leaf design case for your iPhone 5S. It's made of strong and flexible plastic, and it comes in multiple vibrant colors. This is the perfect case to give your iphone that unqiue morbid look.