We are excited to share a unique opportunity for creatives in the arts, technology and design space -- a.k.a., YOU.
This summer, NEW INC, is hosting the first museum-led incubator hosted by the New Museum in New York. The shared space will be a place for anyone working in art, technology, or design to come together to support each other, innovate, and develop their crafts. It’s a great place to take your design and 3D printing abilities to the next level, for your art or your business.
Just 100 members are going to be selected to participate in this lab-like interdisciplinary community to investigate ideas and develop a sustainable practice.
What happens if you’re chosen? You’ll get access to full- and part-time coworking desk space, shared resources, events, and professional development programs over a 12-month period. Not to mention access to mentors and advisors who make up the New Museum’s staff and affiliates.
Because this is being hosted at the New Museum, you’ll be working alongside Museum artists-in-residence, programs, and affiliates like IDEAS City and Rhizome, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Studio-X. Not to mention, our headquarters is just around the corner!
For more info and to apply, check out the NEW INC site. The deadline is April 1, and applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.
After suffering traumatic injuries from a motorcycle accident in 2012, Stephen Power, of Cardiff, Wales, was left disfigured on the left side of his face. But with a little help from 3D printing and a dedicated team of doctors, his face has been reconstructed. And he’s become one of the world’s first trauma patients to have 3D printing used in every stage of the procedure.
Using CT scans, the surgical team at Morriston Hospital in Swansea worked with designers and engineers at Cardiff Metropolitan University to create a 3D model of Mr. Power’s skull, which resulted in greater precision than in traditional reconstructive work.
Through an eight-hour procedure, Mr. Power’s cheekbone was broken in three places and then refractured using cutting guides, following a 3D printed template. After the remodelling, a medical-grade titanium implant, printed in Belgium, was used to hold the bones in place.
The result? Greater facial symmetry and a happier, more confident Mr. Power.
Savannah, Shapeways roaming gnome here, and I'm hitting the road again! This time, for #ShapewaysRoadtrip part two, I'll be in Galway, London and Edinburgh hosting meetups along the way. In addition to mingling, I am also looking to showcase designers who use Shapeways to power their businesses and enhance their lives. Send me an email, Savannah@Shapeways.com if you're interested in being featured (and comfortable being on camera). Now, for the details:
In October 2012, Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon on our new factory space, since then, we've been busy installing 3D printers, an office space and a distribution centre. We've painted the walls, installed bathroom signs, swept the floor and now, we're extremely excited to announce our first official tour! From these humble beginnings, come and see what we've created...
Join us on Wednesday the 26th March at 2pm at the Shapeways Factory of the Future in Long Island City. Learn how your design idea becomes a product though the magic of 3D printing, meet the team who bring your ideas to life and ask your questions in person.
There might not be any more medals to give out in Sochi, but Shapeways is just getting started. We saw many great entries to the #ShapewaysOlympics contest and are proud to announce the winners!
This modular trophy by Corretta Singer from Jamaica! This accolade converts from a desktop display of accomplishment to a medal you can wear! Her clever design and showcasing of the Shapeways brand makes her this year's #ShapewaysOlympics gold medalist!
This week, we focus our designer spotlight on Hong Chen, a relatively new Shapie with a shop that we can't help but love. From abstract jewelry and fun iPhone cases to fossils rendered in metal, we're sure you will enjoy watching her shop grow as much as we have.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? My name is Hong Chen, and I live in San Francisco Bay Area. Before I moved to the U.S. four years ago, I had been working as a licensed architect for more than ten years in China. I’ve completed dozens of architectural designs in large scale, and I love designing things in small scale too, such as jewelry and gadgets. Now I started my own design studio, Muse Inspiration, which is focused on fashion accessories and home decoration designs by utilizing 3D modeling and 3D printing technology.
This week, we're celebrating March 14 (3.14) - Pi Day. We wanted to take the time to appreciate the beauty of math and how designers and modelers in the 3D printing world use it to make unique, aesthetically pleasing, fascinating works of mathematical art.
Do you think you have what it takes to be recognized for design excellence? With all the talent and creativity across the Shapeways community, we’re confident that some future Core77 Design Award winners are Shapies. So don’t forget to submit your work to the 2014 Core77 Design Awards. There’s just about a week left to participate—submissions are due March 20—and you can enter here.
Our very own Designer Evangelist, Duann, will be on the judge panel for the DIY category, which has no distinction between Professional and Student entries.
Professional and Student designers in each category will win a trophy and be published in the Core77’s awards gallery and online network.
This week, we're highlighting Erwin Bonsma who hails from Eindhoven, just like Shapeways! Erwin has a passion for puzzles and inventing, and Shapeways was a place for him to realize all of his wonderful ideas.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I am from the Netherlands, lived abroad for a few years, but am back again. I am now living in the Eindhoven "brainport" region, which is actually where Shapeways originated.
Shapeways has always been on the cutting edge of technology. We have brought you the ability to hold your ideas in your hand, and now we’re giving you more ways to improve them!
Last month, we launched Wall Thickness Visualization to help you see areas where your model might need improvement to survive 3D printing, and now we help you fix them. Wall Thickness Visualization identifies weak points in your models with areas below our recommended wall thickness guidelines.
Wall Thickness Fixing is an add-on to the Wall Thickness Visualization tool that actually thickens walls to the minimum recommended wall thickness for the material you’re working with. You can click ‘Save and Exit’ to apply your fixes or Download the fixed model files for use in your 3D Modeling software.
Excited? Check out this example of a model fixed with Wall Thickness Fixing:
All Aboard, Savannah here, coming to you from the observation car of #AmtrakLIVE, the SXSW rail journey from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. We are halfway through our 35 hour ride to the South by Southwest Interactive festival and guerrilla 3D Selfie scanning around town. The digital influencers aboard have been documenting the whole experience, including many of the designs by our Shop Owners! Special thanks to everyone who sent products along for the ride.
Long distance train travel is often forgotten about, but I can tell you after 17.5 hours on the Texas Eagle, it's worth remembering. We have a very vibrant model train community here on Shapeways and it's all the more clear to me now where the passion for locomotives comes from.
(Amtrak Staff checking out the awesome masks by Lumecluster)
This weeks Designer for Hire has spent the past six years pushing the boundaries of 3D print, and is here to share his knowledge with anyone looking to get their models printed. Though Eric van Straaten lives in the Netherlands, his colorful, lifelike 3D printed sculptures have been exhibited throughout the world—from Tokyo to Berlin to San Francisco.
Eric can help you create a 3D model from scratch or fix a model so it can successfully be 3D printed. An expert with colored (textured) modeling, Eric is experienced in retaining color information, which is sometimes lost during the model-fixing process. Contact Eric to help you make your ideas real.
3D Modeling Specialties: character, organic
Services Offered: file repair, commission art pieces
3D Software Used: among others: Materialise Magics, DeskArtes 3D DataExpert
With SXSW kicking off this week, the Internet will soon be flooded with SXSW selfies. Sure, they are fun. But they get old. So together with our friends at Occipital Shapeways will be providing a #3Dselfie to anyone who shows up at the parties below!
Follow @Shapeways on Twitter for our pop-up scanning locations and tweet us to tell us where we should go next! Also, remember to tag all of your photos and videos with #3Dselfie.
If you are active on Facebook, joining a 3D printing or 3D modeling group would be a great way to show off your work on Shapeways, share ideas, or find inspiration through what others are doing.
Facebook is the largest social networking site on the planet and is a goliath platform for engaging and interacting with people who share the same interest and hobbies that you do. One of the very early features of Facebook prior to the fan page were Facebook groups. There are still millions active of Facebook groups out there which you can join and be part of to interact with people around the world who share common interests.
By doing a simple search on Facebook you can find a list of groups that best fit your interest. Before joining a group be sure to read the “about” section of the group to make sure you know the rules for posting and participating on the group.
Joining a 3D modeling group is a great way to show off your 3D designs and get feedback from the fellow members in the group. It’s a great way to see what people think of your work before you upload your work to Shapeways.
Think of Facebook groups as an open platform like our Shapeways forum where collaboration and discussion related to 3D printing is encouraged.
How are you currently showcasing your shop and 3D printed work on social media? Let us know! Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Check this this video from Facebook about finding your niche because whatever you're into, somewhere out there is a group for you.
Autodesk MeshMixer is a fantastic free tool for importing, editing, modifying and painting organic models.
This video showcases just how much fun it can be to use Meshmixer for 3D modeling
MeshMixer has been updated with an all-in-one suite for 3D printing, making it one heck of an app. For example, with this update, you can:
Generate an integrated 3D Print Preview with model analysis.
Automatically “make solid,” converting multiple shells into a single solid.
Automatically repair or hollow out models to prep it for 3D printing.
Experienced users can still manually use re-meshing, sculpting, and healing tools.
By clicking “Print,” an arsenal of simple analysis and layout tools that help visualize strength, stability and slicing loads automatically. The mesh can be sent to a desktop printer or exported to .stl.