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Day of Action: Stop the Slow Lane

Earlier this summer, we wrote about Stopping the Slow Lane, a push back against the FCC’s intent to propose rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge websites to access a “fast lane” and slow down every site that doesn’t pay. Now, we’re almost at the deadline. September 15th is the last day that the FCC will accept public comments before they make their ruling. Shapeways submitted a formal appeal to the FCC, where we outlined how we support an open internet so we can continue to provide a platform where entrepreneurs like our 19,000 shop owners can flourish.

Today is an internet-wide day of action for Net Neutrality. You may have noticed some of your favorite sites have the “please hold, loading” spinning wheel on their homepage – is this the future you want? Neither do we!

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Here’s what you can do:

1. Take two minutes to sign the Citizen Petition on Battle for the Net

2. Tweet it out:

I support real #NetNeutrality. Sign the citizen petition www.battleforthenet.com  #InternetSlowdown

Startups need real #NetNeutrality to protect the open Internet. Call your Senators today and let them know! www.engine.is/netneutrality #InternetSlowdown

3. Part of a startup? Call your senator and tell them to support real Net Neutrality

Want to learn more?

Check out this great Mashable video explaining the proposed changes, and help keep the internet the open and innovative playground it should be.


 

Join Shapeways in London for the 3D Printshow

Shapeways is coming to London this week for the 3D Printshow. We’re hosting a meetup, we’ll have a booth at the show and we’re also in the running for the Global Awards!  We invite you to join us at these events:

 London 3DPrintshow

3D Printing Meetup

Wednesday 3rd September, 7-9pm

Join the team at Hung Drawn and Quartered Pub. RSVP for all the details

3D Printshow
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September 9:30am – 6pm

Saturday 6th September 9:30am – 5:30pm
1 Old Billingsgate Walk, 16 Lower Thames Street, London
Visit us in booth D10

3D Printshow Global Awards

This year, we at Shapeways are thrilled to be nominated for two categories for the 3D Printshow Global Awards: Brand of the Year and Best Online/App Based Service. There’s time until Wednesday so cast your vote now! (Please ;-) )

We hope to see you in London this week!


 

The 3D Printshow Global Awards – Vote for Shapeways

The 3D Printshow Global Awards acknowledge inspirational work that has helped develop and elevate the art of additive manufacture, as well as those businesses that have risen to the challenges of the marketplace, flourishing in what is a highly competitive industry.

This year, we at Shapeways are thrilled to be nominated for two categories for the 3D Printshow Global Awards: Brand of the Year and Best Online/App Based Service.

London 3DPrintshow

 

To vote, all you need is your name and your email – just click on the awards:

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Thank you for all your support and stay tuned for our London Meetup and events in September!

For those of you who will be in London, we look forward to seeing you at the party on Thursday 4th September, you can get tickets here.

 


 

Join Shapeways at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver

Posted by in 3D Modeling, Events

Next week the team will be in Vancouver for the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Come chat with Alan, Natalia, Carine, Blair and Trey from Shapeways.

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Here’s where we will be:

Pre-SIGGRAPH 3D Printing Happy Hour with Shapeways & Formlabs
Monday August 11th 6:30-8:30pm
Earl’s Restaurant, near the Convention Centre
Come grab drink with the teams from Shapeways and FormLabs at the 3D Printing Happy Hour. Meet and mingle with designers in the area and attendees excited by 3D printing. Feel free to bring your 3D prints to show off and share!

SIGGRAPH Exhibition

Our booth is #747, Hall C in the West Building

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August 9:30am – 6:00pm

Thursday 14th August 9:30 – 3:30pm

We will be demoing the new Printability Centre,  a shared canvas where customers and 3D Print Engineers can work together to create manufacturable products. We’ll also raffling off some amazing products, so stop by our booth. We hope to see you there!


 

Faster 3D Printing in Our Most Popular Materials

We’re always striving to make 3D printing more affordable and to get your products in your hands as fast as possible. So we’re excited to share that today, we’ve reduced lead times globally for Full Color Sandstone! We’re also increasing speed in the Strong and Flexible Family for our European and worldwide customers.

Textured Cuff by Ina

Textured Cuff by Ina

You can see the new ship dates reflected on our Materials page, upon checkout and below in this chart. In order to maximize the reductions we’ve broken the Strong and Flexible family into new sizes. Currently we only have a split between small WSF (<20cm) and large WSF (20cm>), by adding the medium category, we can make all of them faster, and let you get your small parts really fast: in just four days!

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Big thanks to our Supply Chain and Manufacturing teams for making this happen. These new faster speeds and size breakdowns are currently available ONLY for our European and worldwide customers, and we hope to roll them out soon to the USA and Canada. Stay tuned!


 

We Need You! Join Shapeways Insiders and give us your feedback

Posted by in 3D Modeling

Shapeways is built upon our incredible community of makers, designers, creators, entrepreneurs, shoppers – people just like YOU! We literally couldn’t have come this far without all the input that you give us, not to mention pushing the boundaries of 3D printing with your models, and shaping our features with your suggestions.

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We want to keep listening! We invite you to join Shapeways Insiders to take part in in focus groups, feedback sessions and user testing as we constantly improve our offering to serve you better.

Fill out this quick form to tell us about yourself and join Shapeways Insiders and we look forward to continuing to shape our future with you!


 

Introducing our newest color: Orange

You asked for it, so today we bring you orange! That’s right, all our new colors are World Cup related. Last weeks Green and Yellow launches were for Brazil, the host country* and today we are rolling out Orange, for our Netherlands team ORANJE!

Flowers Bangle by Marmalade Park 

This brings our color palette for our dyed strong and flexible family to a full rainbow, just in time to show our support for Pride Month here in the USA.

Join in the Orange conversation in the forum or let us know your feedback here in the comments. We are trialing this specific shade of orange for four weeks, so let us know your feedback about the shade and we may adjust after the trial.

What will you make with orange? Will it be as good as Van Persie’s goal? What other colors do you want for your team to 3D print in?

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Join Shapeways in Paris this weekend for Maker Faire

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Bonjour amis! Our European events team is at it again, this time they’re excited to travel to Paris for Maker Faire. Join Ryan, Marie and Antoinette at these events:

On Friday June 20th, we are hosting a 3D Printing Meetup at the appropriately named Dernier Bar Avant La Fin Du Monde RSVP on Meetup.com for all the details.

On Saturday and Sunday, find our booth at the Maker Faire in Le CentQuatre from 10am – 7pm. Meet Makers and Shop Owners using Shapeways and find out more about how to bring your own products to life!

Nous espérons vous rencontrer à Paris!


 

Introducing Castable Wax: Our Newest Maker Only Material

We know you’ve been asking for it for a long time and we’re beyond thrilled to announce our next Maker Material: Wax!

From the moment we introduced metals, you asked if we could just ship the castable wax. As of today, you can order the wax of your model, ready for you to cast into any number of metals, either in your studio or at a casting house. Our wax can be cast just like normal investment casting wax, for which there’s a large variety of methods. 

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Shapeways supports Net Neutrality: Stop the Slow Lane

You may have heard about Net Neutrality in the news recently. Here’s why we at Shapeways support it. The core principle of net neutrality is that all traffic (data) traveling across the internet should be treated the same at each stage of the process. The FCC intends to propose rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge websites to access a “fast lane” and slow down every site that doesn’t pay. Any plan that allows for “pay-to-play” access is bad for startups, bad for growing businesses, and will hurt our economy.

Even though for example, Netflix, may want to pay for faster access to deliver your video, when a new video streaming startup comes along, they could be forced into a slow lane if they couldn’t pay and their videos would be patchy. Essentially, the startup is doomed before it even gets going. This is so anti-innovation that Netflix is actually against it. As are we.

Image Source: CFC Oklahoma

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Weekend Events in the US and UK

Posted by in Events
Hey, US and UK Shapies! We’re participating in a few events this weekend that we’d love for you to be a part of. 

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is happening Friday, April 26, to Sun, April 27, in Washington, DC. This event’s mission is to the is to re-invigorate the interest of the nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the USA.

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