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Fashion Spotlight: Jenny Wu LACE

This is a guest post by Shapeways Community member Jenny Wu.

I received a grant from Shapeways to work on a 3D printing project with another emerging fashion designer, Jordana Howard of Echo and Air. The initial concept for the project was rather simple, but the execution of the project opened up a world of possibilities. I realized the project was going to be a pursuit that I will be working on for quite a long time. A bit of my background, I am an architect and partner at the Los Angeles based firm, Oyler Wu Collaborative.

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A few years ago, I saw a void within the 3D printed fashion market that I thought I could fill. Most 3D printed fashion falls into two categories: the ultra avant-garde, iconic couture pieces that have graced various well known fashion runways to pieces designed by DYI makers who are exploring 3D printing technology. My collection positions itself somewhere in between, creating high end pieces that are highly wearable (literally comfortable to wear) but bring forth innovative design that utilizes my background in digital modeling to exploit 3D printing technology to its fullest. Last Fall, I launched a line of ready-to-wear 3D printed jewelry collection called LACE by Jenny Wu and have received overwhelmingly positive responses from both the tech and fashion world.

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Recently, much of the advancement in 3D printed fashion has been focused on creating entirely 3D printed clothing, shoes to accessories. For the grant, I was interested in merging 3D printing with conventional methods of fashion making. Similar to my own research in architecture, our office has develop new techniques of working with both digital fabrication with conventional wood or steel fabrication to create work that cannot be done solely based on one expertise. I approached Jordana Howard, a fashion designer based in Los Angeles, for this collaboration because of her interest in unconventional assembly and details in fashion. We have been working back and forth in understanding how to develop new details in combining these two very different ways of working to create a piece of clothing. The first piece is still in its nascency. We started by patterning a conventional piece of clothing and then looked at how fabric could weave into the 3D printed elements so that they become one cohesive garment. Over the past few months, we have had to understand the different technologies and methods to understand how to create something innovative. In the coming months, we hope to put some of these efforts into the details of a ready-to-wear garment that will inspire new ways of thinking about 3D printing in fashion.

Keep up with new LACE designs on their instagram feed.

Guest Post: The Benefits of Attending a Technical University

We get lots of questions from community members asking about how to break in to the industry of 3D printing. It’s a big industry and there are many applications. One way to learn about them is to attend a technical school to get in-depth training. This is a guest post by Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University discussing the advantages of attending a tech school.

High school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines can attend a technology school to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to lead innovative high-tech industries upon graduation. These types of educational institutions are geared towards students who have decided to pursue a technology-based education. Technology universities generally offer introductory general education courses, electives and hands-on internships.

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On the other hand, students who are industry-focused and commuter-based should consider attending a technical school. In general, technical schools are centers that specialize in specific subject areas. Students often attend these universities for less than two years and can specialize in areas such as computer technology, business administration, culinary arts, electronics, medical assisting, legal assisting or automotive technology.

A technical school has small class sizes and students receive personalized attention with classmates and professors. Students interested in specific career paths, such as engineering or information technology, can gain skills and the necessary knowledge to work in specific industry areas such as manufacturing or business. Students will be equipped with the necessary experience to get into the workforce quicker.

Students enrolled in a technology university have a broader area of focus and more course options, as they are enrolled in school longer. Technology universities focus on applying real-world solutions to solve the nation’s challenges. Students have the ability to work with 3D printing systems and interdisciplinary environments with digital objects, printing hardware, software development and emerging technologies. In 3D printing labs, students are able to combine engineering, information technology and computer science with advanced prototyping in order to manufacture 3D technologies and techniques.

In particular, the Rapid Application Development (RAD) Makerspace Lab at Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s newest university dedicated to STEM, is a hybrid manufacturing systems environment with 55 3D printers and digital object scanners, making it one of the largest MakerBot innovation centers in the world. Students are able to work alongside professors and industry partners in the lab and gain experience designing, testing and generating innovative ideas.

Individuals who attend a tech school in Florida with a focus in a STEM disciple face higher employment rates as these industries are rapidly hiring. The nation’s economic growth will be driven by the rising demand for knowledge workers in sectors such as engineering and technology. Graduates must have an understanding of advanced science, mathematical principles and problem-solving skills. These students will come from technical schools and technology universities with the necessary skills to solve complex problems of our nation’s future. Individuals with knowledge in STEM disciplines will make contributions in most aspects of the economy, including business, healthcare, manufacturing and finance.

Lauren Willison is responsible for supporting the Executive Director of Enrollment Services and the Associate Director of Admissions in managing recruitment efforts. She develops and coordinates on- and off-campus events, as well as manages the campus visit experience.

BotFactory Develops 3D Printed Hardware with Shapeways

This is a guest post by George Kyriakou of BotFactory

With Shapeways we suck more, literally. Imagine if every time that you wanted to make a change to your website or app, you had to wait for two weeks to see the results. This is the reality in the electronics prototyping world. My name is George Kyriakou and I am the COO of BotFactory, where we make Squink, a Desktop Electronics Printer that can create the sort of PCBs to power any device, from drones to watches. We use Shapeways in order to get high precision and quality parts without having to order thousands of units.

BotFactory aims to reassess the way we think about Electronics and hardware prototyping. Instead of waiting a couple of weeks procrastinating while your board is being manufactured and shipped, BotFactory inkjet prints your traces in a jiffy using silver-based nanoparticle electroconductive ink. Instead of searching for interns to burn your freshly cooked wafer, BotFactory solders and picks and places for you. And all that through a single device that sits on your desk: Squink.

As COO I manage our supply and manufacturing chain, which means I also serve as the janitor, packer, shipper, assembler, purchase manager, etc. My long-term goal is to make sure that BotFactory can scale production effortlessly and meet our big vision to have Squinks on everyone’s desk. From the early days, we designed and 3D printed all of the parts for Squink on our handy Makerbot Replicator 2X. We felt that we could scale with only one machine – how wrong we were!

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Georgia Tech Design Entrepreneurs: “Design, Print, Profit”

This is a guest post by Georgia Tech student, Josh Dycus

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In the past if a designer wanted to turn an idea of their’s into an actual product to be sold and used on a consumer level, years of development, thousands of dollars, and excessive materials had to be used throughout the process. Now, with the powerful capabilities of 3D printing, a designer can go straight from an idea to an actual product ready for the consumer in the matter of months – with very little money out of their own pocket.

The Design, Print, Profit project begin with drawings on paper — possibly the shortest segment of the process — before moving quickly into 3D modeling. From the 3D models, multiple test prints in plastic (in numbers close to the 40′s) are produced to help develop form and fit. This process ensures that the final result is exactly as the designer had intended; and only takes a fraction of the time that traditional prototyping (making molds, forging by hand, etc.) would take. Once the final form has been decided upon, the file is sent off to Shapeways to be 3D printed and produced in metal; resulting in a beautifully finished product ready for market.

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Design, Print, Profit is showcasing a series of rings made my Georgia Tech students this Friday. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area!

UNICEF Innovation Summit and The aNYThing Conference: 3D Printing and the Future of Education

This past week I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the first UNICEF Innovation Summit. Start Up to Scale Up: Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit was held in Helsinki, Finland. Comprised of tech and impact innovators from around the world we were hosted in the gorgeous Finlandia Hall for two days of panels, presentations and discussions about the future of tech in the lives of children around the world.

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On the Future of Skill panel I was joined by moderator Kathryn Myronuk Faculty & Coach: Synthesis & Convergence, Singularity University, Roshan Paul CEO Amani Institute, Virginia Tam co-founder of Lean In China and Kristina Kaihari, Counsellor of Education at the Finnish Ministry of Education, Finland to discuss how to prepare today’s youth for the jobs they will do in the future. We all agreed that it is important to incorporate 21st century skills like self-learning, collaboration and perseverance in the face of failures into the modern classroom. The complex world issues that today’s youth will inherit call for creative problem solving and resiliency in order for new ideas to succeed. 3D printing is a powerful tool to tackle some of these very problems, turning software tools into physical tools and allowing new ideas to be tested rapidly and improved upon. Later on during the conference I held a workshop and discussion panel on the advantages and ares for opportunity in incorporating 3D design and manufacturing into the education space.

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On Thursday November 5th I had the pleasure of talk about Shapeways EDU at the aNY(Additive New York) Thing Conference at SUNY New Paltz. In this first annual conference speakers from presented new concepts and ideas from a range of applications of additive manufacturing across art, design, engineering, education, agriculture, manufacturing and medicine.

Enter to Win the 2015 Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle!

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Attention US university students: enroll in the Shapeways Education Discount Program to enter to win the 2015 Campus Battle!

Entrants from the three winning schools will receive free shipping for their school projects for the rest of the academic year! Seeing is believing, so we’re making it easy to bring an idea to life. Print one of your designs in any material, and we’ll cover the cost up to $25. What are you waiting for?

All entrants who sign up before October 31, 2015 will get:

  • Your first 3D print free, up to $25
  • 20% off printing their own models through September 30, 2015 (and 15% off their own models after that!)

So tell your friends, frenemies, classmates and profs to signup and you could win free shipping for the rest of the year on your school projects!

Update: The contest is now over. We had more than 600 schools from around the world participate in this year’s Campus Battle! And the winners are…

  • Georgia Tech
  • MIT
  • Kutztown University

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered!

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Visit shapeways.com/education for full contest details.

New Student Discount!

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As we start planning for a new school year (at least in the northern hemisphere) I wanted to connect and tell you about changes to the Shapeways Education Program. I’ve spent the last year talking with you and marveling at the numerous ways you use our service in your education.

I am proud to announce that we will be increasing the Education Program discount to 20% off of your own prints through September 30, 2015, and 15% off all materials for the rest of the school year. Our goal with Shapeways EDU has always been to empower people to learn and by lowering the price of our most popular material for all students we’re reaffirming that mission. This new discount has replaced our previous 10% discount as of August 13, 2015, and will be automatically applied when you order eligible 3D prints using your Shapeways account that is enrolled in Shapeways Education Program until September 30th, 2015. While they cannot be combined with your discount, we offer many other discounts to our broader community throughout the year: make sure that you’re signed up for our Promotions & Recommendations emails to hear about them.

Keep your eye out for more exciting ways to use our global 3D printing services in your studies and happy 3D-ing in the new school year!

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*The Education Program discount is capped at $200 in savings per person, per academic year. It applies to 3D prints of your own designs. It does not apply to products purchased in the Shapeways marketplace. For larger projects please reach out to education@shapeways.com with the subject line “Education Discount Inquiry”. We’re always working to improve the Education Program and, as such, its terms are subject to change at any time.

Design and Win with littleBits+Shapeways Project Side Project

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Submit your invention to Project Side Project.

Got a great idea? Or an invention that simply must be created? Then have we got a contest for you! littleBits, Shapeways, and a host of other communities have teamed up to help get your side project off the shelf and into the real world.  From music to hardware and writing to visual arts and more, everyone has a great idea or a passion project they’ve dreamed of doing.

The 12 most-voted projects will get hands-on mentorship from the Kickstarter team. The grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges and gets $2,000 in backing and a suite of maker tools worth $3,000.

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STEP 1
INVENT deadline is July 7

Submit an idea for something awesome. Anything. Just make sure it’s exciting and share-worthy.

STEP 2
SHARE begins July 8

Send your invitation link to all of your friends and family. Show them your great idea!

STEP 3
VOTE closes July 21

Get people to vote to bring your invention to the top of the charts. The top 12 ideas will be paired with a mentor and go head-to-head for the grand prize.

Click here to enter and for more details.

Shapeways March European Road Trip

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ShapewaysEDU is heading out on a European three week road trip! We’ll be starting with the 3D Print Show Madrid starting March 12th and heading to Barcelona then northward! See below for locations and dates and keep your eye out for events and meetups announcements as the month of March continues.

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Madrid, ES – 3D Print Show   3/12-3/13
Barcelona, ES  3/14-3/15
Paris, FR 3/17-3/18
Amsterdam, NL 3/19-3/20
Eindhoven, NL 3/23-3/24
Berlin, DE – 3D Print Show 3/26-3/28

If you have an event going on or are interested in attending  and will be in these places send an email to education@shapeways.com to let us know about it. Let’s grab a drink and talk shop.

ShapewaysEDU and California Universities Roundup

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Shapeways EDU recently wrapped up a road trip visiting university students in California who are pursuing 3D printing and oh boy were we impressed! After talking with all these passionate students and professors and. At Shapeways our biggest concern is enabling others to realize incredible things with 3D printing. Part of enabling is providing access to these powerful tools and machines. University students have more access than they may realize so here are some ideas to help YOU get started 3D printing on your campus:

You can incorporate 3D printing into an existing club theme. At UC Berkeley the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society members are investigating the career opportunities related to 3D printing and design.

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California College of Arts lab manager Zane Murray encourages students to seek out facilities on campus and get help from the knowledgable technicians working their. For the very interested student many of these labs offer campus jobs running these facilities, a great way to get hands on experience before you graduate.

Stanford University students use their Product Realization Lab to do everything from test an idea to develop a new beta product in their cross-disciplinary facility.

UCLA and the University of Southern California have joined forces by forming the 3D4E, or 3D For Everyone, club which is comprised of students across majors to using 3D printing in their competitions and club activities.

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Southern California Institute of Architecture and Art Center College of Design in LA have more facilities than you can shake a stick at but lab manager David Cowley at Art Center encourages the students to really use as many types of production processes before they graduate. You won’t always have access to such top notch stuff once you’re out in the real world!

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If you are a student, teacher or staff of a school make sure to register your Shapeways account for our 10% education discount. Also students should keep an eye out for our upcoming ShapewaysEDU grant deadline coming up on April 1st. You can apply for up to $1000 in printing credit to support your 3D printing project or research. As always, more details on shapeways.com/education