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Shapeways “Love in 3D” Wedding Contest Winner!

A huge thanks to each and every one of you who entered the Shapeways “Love in 3D” Wedding Contest. We were so excited to look through all the Pinterest boards, read your unique love stories, and be even more inspired than ever before.

Of course, we could only choose one winner, and we believe a congratulations is in order for Bastiaan Ekeler! Not only did you create one beautiful Pinterest board, but your story already started with 3D printing! We were also touched by your desire to create unique, personal gifts for your fiancé to keep your relationship fresh and fun.

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Designer Spotlight: Kazu and Shing Takeishi

This weeks designer spotlight features Kazu and Shing Takeishi, the minds behind MONOCIRCUS. The Japanese duo have creative backgrounds and have channeled that energy into a shop full of fun and beautiful out-of-the-box ideas turned products.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
MONOCIRCUS began in 2011, started by two of us, Kazu, Japanese architect, and Shing, Singaporean artist. We work from a little bedroom-turned-studio in our home in Fukuoka, Japan, where we live with our two little boys.

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Designer Interview: Flip Vossen 3D Prints Robin van Persie

Happy game day, Dutchies! To celebrate the World Cup and Dutch success, designer Flip Vossen tested his 3D modeling skills to create the one and only, Flying Dutchman! We interviewed him about the process because it’s instances like these that remind us why we love what we do. 3D printing allows everyone to create, produce and show off products so quickly, they are still relevant.

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How long did it take for you to model this?
Creating this model actually took me longer than I had expected it would take me. It was the first time I 3D modeled a human figure and I decided to use the idea as a learning experience. In the past I had modeled many 3D printable product designs but never a model like this. I spent many days and night struggling with new programs and techniques to achieve the model I had set to design.

Can you share your design process with us?
I wanted to use the pros of many different programs so:

1. I started by 3D modeling a figure in poser

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2. I then added soccer clothing

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3. Closing surfaces and adding hair in Rhinoceros

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4. Creating the Base in Solidworks

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5. Merging & fixing meshes in Netfabb Pro

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6. Uv Mapping in Rhinoceros (I would now found out this is easier to do in Zbrush)

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7. Exporting file as VRML + textures.

How long did it take for your receive your model?
I received my model really fast! After uploading it I received it within 3 days so that was a great experience

Obviously that awesome game inspired you to do this, any reason in particular you chose this “move” over a general soccer/football figurine?
Well this match was the kick-off for the Dutch football team during the World Cup and it was immediately against the Spanish team who, as all Dutch people remember, won during the finals in the previous world championship. So I guess you can say it was time for payback.

To be honest I was really skeptical and I think a large portion of the country did not expect our players to win that night, but once the goals started pouring in this was the moment the entire country started to believe that there is a chance we might be able to win this tournament.

The goal from Robin van Persie was the perfect goal with precise timing and he did it with so much feeling for the ball it might well become the World Cup goal of the tournament. The image of him diving through the air quickly became an iconic image for the nation showing the strength and confidence the Dutch team brought to the World Cup. As an ode to this icon I decided to accept the challenge of turning this into a 3D printable object.

Would you have made this without 3D printing?
Without 3D printing I would never have bothered trying to create this model. 3D printing makes it really easy to produce an object in a short time period. Can you imagine producing this 2 years after the goal has been made? Without 3D printing I would have needed a fortune to invest in molds to start creating a figure like this.

What is your favorite part about 3D modeling/printing?
My favorite part about 3D printing is being able to create ideas and concepts and being able to hold them and look around them in real life. There is a big difference between seeing a product on your computer screen and holding it in your hands and viewing it in a certain environment.

3D printing makes it possible to share designs with others without the hassle of difficult production techniques and large budgets. Everybody can become a designer and share their creativity with the rest of the community.

AMAZING work, Flip! These are the stories that remind us how wonderful 3D printing is, ever expanding the possibilities of production, imagination, and creativity! Good luck today!


 

Ultra exciting news for Frosted Ultra Detail

We’re happy to announce that, thanks to a recent machine upgrade, the Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) Plastic bounding box has increased its maximum to 284 x 184 x 203mm, from its previous maximum of 127x178x152mm; a 220% x 3% x 34% increase respectively. This train by our Shapie Customer Service expert Mitchell shows off the new bounding box quite well.

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While most FUD products will still ship within six business days, please allow up to 10 for products that are over 70mm in each bounding box dimension.

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So, what will you be printing in our new, bigger FUD?


 

Designer Spotlight: Melissa Ng

The designer spotlight this week highlights Melissa Ng! Melissa creates beautiful, whimsical masks, that she’s transformed into intricate pieces of jewelry. She’s also working to help entrepreneurs and creatives navigate the 3D printing world through motivational writing and art.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a doodler, entrepreneur, and 3D printing artist and I’m located in Queens, New York. I’m the creator of Lumecluster.com, wonderlands for the entrepreneurial mind, where I help creatives/entrepreneurs break through fear and self-doubt through inspirational writing and 3D printed art. I’m also the co-founder of PianoVerse, a place to play, learn, and love music (specializing in adult piano lessons).

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Designer Spotlight: Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim

This week we are featuring the lovely husband/wife duo of XYZ Workshop. Apart from their architecture jobs, Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim use XYZ Workshop as a creative outlet and also hope to promote 3D modeling and printing efforts with their imaginative work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
XYZ Workshop was formed in early 2013, by Australian Architects, Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim. We are a husband and wife team that fell in love with 3D printing after we assembled our first Ultimaker 3D Printer and started playing around with Shapeways. We work on XYZ Workshop outside out 9 to 5 jobs using it as an additional creative outlet for our designs and ideas.

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Shapeways + Jewelers: Introducing 3D Printing in Platinum, 18k Gold, 14k Rose Gold & 14k White Gold

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Today, Shapeways got a whole lot shinier! We’re excited to launch a new suite of materials for our precious metals family.

Introducing:


Anvil Necklace by GothamSmith

Jewelry is extremely popular on Shapeways – it’s always been one of our top selling categories. Talented jewelers are using 3D modeling software to create amazing designs that wouldn’t be possible to produce without 3D printing. With Shapeways, jewelers can give their customers access to unique products, created or customized personally by a designer, now in a wide variety of high quality materials.

Benefits for Jewelers of 3D Printing with Shapeways

High Quality, Great Value: 3D print in stunning precious metals for less than you’d expect.

No Need for Inventory: Make pieces when you need them, or sell directly through Shapeways

Endless Possibilities: Easily create intricate details and designs you can’t make by hand

Here at Shapeways, we’re proud to support jewelers. We’re one of the only 3D printing companies to widely offer these new precious metals to everyone, and, with our other jeweler-friendly materials such as 14k Gold, Sterling Silver, and Castable Wax, we now have the most options available for 3D printing jewelry!

Crystal Ring by Eeppium

More about the new metals

Platinum: This bright silver-white material is extensively hand-polished to a smooth sheen. A rare metal, Platinum is recognized as being the most precious of all precious metals. Jewelers often select this material for its durability while consumers love it for its luster.

18k Gold: Brighter and more vibrant than 14k Gold, it contains a higher percentage of gold.

14k Rose Gold: Its pinkish tint adds a touch of warmth and romance to any design.

14k White Gold: For a more subtle look, it resembles silver with just a hint of gold.

Arrow Ring by courtneyetc

Like our 14k Gold, all of these metals are 3D printed in wax then cast. Therefore, they all share the same design rules, so it’s easy for jewelers to enable current designs in these new finishes.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!


 

3D Printing Philanthropy: KXX Rings by Michiel Cornelissen

We hope everyone is enjoying the World Cup, whether through tears or cheers. Here at the Shapeways Headquarters we’re doing our own celebrating in a few different ways. While we’re obviously Chrome casting the games, we’re also very excited about a campaign run by Shapeways designer Michiel Cornelissen. Michiel is an amazing product designer we’ve highlighted before in our Designer Spotlight series.

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Designer Spotlight: Maikel Grootendorst

This weeks designer spotlight we are highlighting not only a great shop, but a popular shop within a very popular category. Maikel Grootendorst is the designer behind MaikelsDesign. From upgrade kits to landing gears and more, Maikel is a great source for all varieties of drone accessories. 
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Maikel located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I’m a freelance all-around designer in multimedia and product design. I’m also a part-time student at the University of Rotterdam where I study communications and multimedia design (CMD).

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Designer Spotlight: Bryan Salt

This week, we are happy to feature Bryan Salt of Thinker Thing! Bryan and his company is on to something amazing. By combining 3D modeling with an easy-to-use interface, Thinker Thing is bringing 3D modeling to the masses! You don’t have to have 3D modeling skills; simply choose different combinations to make your figurines. What better way to start playing than with robots and dinosaurs? Play with Thinker Thing on Dr. Fluff’s Robot Factory, then print with us!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Bryan Salt, I live in the Andes mountains to the east of Santiago, Chile. I’ve been working in cutting edge 3D technology for 27 years including virtual reality, games, television & mobile 3D engines. My latest company, Thinker Thing, is dedicated to making 3D printing accessible to everyone.

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Designer for Hire: Ryan Kittleson

If you’ve spent some time on Shapeways, you’ve likely seen this weeks Designer for Hire’s work. Ryan Kittleson, an incredibly talented meme-making machine, although his talents do not stop there. Ryan is offering his services to the community!

Ryan Kittleson has been interested in combining art and technology from as far back as he can remember. He got interested in 3D modeling when he saw Jurassic Park and Toy Story as a teen in the 90s. Since then he has taught himself many digital animation and modeling tools and went to college to study traditional illustration. He earned a BFA in Illustration from East Carolina University and then went on to teach Character Modeling at Full Sail University in Orlando. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and creates 3D modeling courses on Lynda.com.

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Ryan has been a prodigious freelancer and independent artist all along as well. He has made 3D models across the diverse fields of animation, games and fine art. His freelance work has been used in Disney World and Sea World, on national television like the Today Show and CNBC, in jewelry/fashion for Marie Claire and Neiman Marcus, and finally, sculpture for a variety of fine artists. With his passion for quality work, Ryan is ready to take on any artistic or technical challenge.

Services Offered: Digital Sculpture, 3D Modeling, Design, 3D scan cleanup, 3D Print Preparation

3D Modeling Specialties: character, organic, from photo, from sketch, sculptural

3D Software Used: Zbrush, Mudbox, Sculptris, Blender, Maya, 3DSmax, Meshmixer

Previous Projects

Kathie Lee and Hoda Figurines  kittleson-klh

Napkin Rings for Neiman Marcus Corporate Event

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Fine Art Ball Jointed Doll

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CNBC 3D Printed Logo

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References from previous clients: 

“Ryan has an knack for creativity and an eye for design and his work is one of a kind. He was a pleasure to work with, professional, listened to my ideas and added his own details and produced a quality product. I look forward to working with him in the future on new projects.” -Lela Rose

“Ryan’s 3D graphics and general art skills are simply amazing. He is also intuitive, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable to work with – and has the capacity to think through your project and make suggestions that typically add to your your intended goal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – unless I need him at the same time!!!” -David Waksman

“Ryan is a pleasure to work with in all aspects. He is fully capable as a modeler and knows how to tackle any situation in a timely manner. His great attitude and knowledge make him a great asset to any team. I constantly look forward to working with and collaborating on any project.” -Scott Denton

Check out Ryan’s Shapeways Shop and contact him for inquiries. Browse his website to see more work.


 

Designer Spotlight: Scott Denton

This week we are featuring Scott Denton of Likesyrup! Scott comes from an animation background, but clearly has a talent for jewelry design as well. His shop is a refreshing combination of fun, original, unique and stylish. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I grew up in Nashville, TN and have loved creating art from as far back as I can remember. Everything I would see or hear about I thought, ‘I think I can do something cool with that.’ I have the unfortunate disorder of being a nerd about everything. I attended Austin Peay University, majoring in Fine Art and Illustration until realizing I really wanted to get into Computer Animation. I transferred to Full Sail University in Orlando, where I completed their Computer Animation program in 2005. I moved to NYC in 2005 after accepting a job at Shilo, a local design advertising shop. After a couple of years I started freelancing in NYC as a 3D Modeler for many commercial projects.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Everything inspires me! Mostly, I just want to make things that are cool and this is a way to keep my skills sharp. Sometimes ideas come from experimenting with shape or a technique. Or I am being sentimental about a past memory or something that made me laugh. Inspiration really comes from everywhere in my life. I might be reading a book and a description of something could just give me that spark of creativity. I may be having a conversation and the same thing happens. I think most people that meet me will say I have a mischievous side, and a lot of the art I do in my free time lets me experiment with messing with others. It also stems from just having a big heart. I like making things I think the people around me would love, and they inspire me. Most of the rings on my site are named after special people in my life. 
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I had been wanting to do 3D print stuff since I first heard about it. For whatever reason I just couldn’t get the courage up to do it until a couple months ago I had lunch with a good friend and fellow Shapie Ryan Kittleson. After seeing his prints in person I went home that day and started making rings! Now I have become hooked.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
Designing in 3D was part of my training at Full Sail University and then just practice, practice, practice and learning from Digital Tutors, Lynda, and the numerous video all over the web, YouTube and Vimeo on my own or from others.
How do you promote your work?
Every channel possible. You are always your best spokesman. But everywhere I can possibly think of: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Behance, Facebook, CgTalk, Zbrush Central, Lunchcrunch and then just having my stuff with me when I’m out!
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Everyone. I took huge inspiration from comics growing up and could list artists for days. There are a  few people I consider mentors and friends that I truly respect, namely Ryan Kittleson, Steve Talkowski, Javier Leon, Michael Berger, Mitch Paone, and Melanie Palishen. These people have helped inspire me to be better at what I do and a better person. My parents and family especially continue to encourage and inspire me.
I am super fond of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, and MC Escher, and  Georges Seurat. I was a massive Star Wars nerd growing up so Ralph Mcquarrie, Syd Mead, all the Henson studios stuff is a part of who I am. Stefan Sagmeister inspires me, not just for his great design but his life philosophy. Movies and toys are also a big source of inspiration.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Furniture and things that make people’s lives better. Bigger things. I’d definitely start making more toys.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Great photography
  • Fun, original designs
  • Experimentation with a variety of materials 
  • Awesome logo
  • Shop sections

Thank you for the fun interview, Scott! Keep up the awesome work, your talents only deserve to be brought to life with 3D printing! Don’t forget to show your support on all the platforms: Twitter,Pinterest,Instagram,Tumblr,Behance,FacebookCgTalk, and check out his site and shop. As always, to be featured, please feel free to email aimee @ shapeways.com.