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Designer Spotlight: Brian Richardson

This week we are highlighting Brian Richardson. This incredibly unique shop proves just how far imagination and 3D printing can go together. Whimsical and fascinating creatures fill Brian’s shop and are so well done, you can hardly tell they’re printed.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a designer, illustrator and 3D modeler located on Long Island, New York. My shop Mythic Articulations provides all kinds of mythical creature and cryptic skeletons. And a few plants. I’ve had experience with all manner of sculpting including clay, metalworking, and woodworking, but 3D printing is by far my favorite method for producing sculptures.

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Designer Spotlight: Austin Robey

This weeks designer spotlight features Brooklyn based designer Austin Robey. Take a look at his shop and tell us you don’t want to hold all the emojis in your very own hands. He’s also made awesome iPhone cases of popular NYC and Brooklyn neighborhoods, so you and your emojis will never get lost again!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Austin Robey and am located in Brooklyn, NY. I have an academic background in architecture, a professional background in designing jewelry and accessories, and now have a studio called 3D NYC Lab, which helps people realize fun and inventive product ideas through digital design and 3D printing. As a side project from our 3D design services, we wanted to make a Shapeways store of some fun products we designed. It’s called Good Custom Goods.

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Designer Spotlight: Michael Poulsen

This week we are highlighting Michael Poulsen, designer behind the new shop Inspired by Architecture. Michael’s shop is full of clean, minimal, yet modern designs that  would be great additions to any accessories collection.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Iʼm a Danish architect and furniture designer located in Copenhagen, DK. I have been educated and trained under strong influence of the Danish and Scandinavian design traditions which I truly treasure. I have a great passion for designing and creating… anything. Furniture design, lighting design, industrial design, interior design and product design. My ability to design is my motivator and my engine.

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Designer Spotlight: Tom Rethaller

This weeks designer spotlight features Tom Rethaller. Not only a Shapeways shop owner, Tom has created his very own app! Pupworkshop is one of the newest apps featured on our Easy Creator page. Personalize ears, colors, even tails with this adorable app to create a 3D printed twin of your best four-legged friend, or bring an imaginary friend to life!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Tom, I live in Copenhagen. My background is in computer games development, but I’m also interested in design, 3D art and 3D printing.

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Designer Spotlight: Daryl Poe

This week we are happy to highlight Daryl Poe, miniature aircraft pro and enthusiast, as a shout out to our presence at the Experimental Aircraft Association event, and to all plane and miniature enthusiasts everywhere!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a computer engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Most of my day is very left-brain oriented, so working with 3D designs for Shapeways lets my creative side get a little exercise.

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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:


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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.

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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

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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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