We launched the Gold Plated Brass as a trial material just over a month ago, and have seen a great response and amazing designs. The trial period for this material is now over, and we're excited to announce that this material is going to permanently join our range of 3D printing materials with a few changes that ensure we can deliver a consistently high-quality offering.
After producing this material for a month, we've learned a lot about our production costs and how you’re using Gold Plated Brass. By adjusting our prices to better reflect these costs, we can keep prices fair across all sizes of models and across our material family.
As of today, Gold Plated Brass will be $30.00 startup and $22.00 per cc.
This means is that the price for very small models will increase, but all models above 2cm3 models will get cheaper.
Here is a break down of the previous vs new price per cm3:
1cm3 was $40 now $53
2cm3 was $75 now $74
3cm3 was $110 now $96
4cm3 was $145 now $118
5cm3 was $180 now $140
We’ve also learned that producing Gold Plated Brass takes slightly longer than we initially hoped. To manage expectations and ensure your items ship on time we are now shipping Gold Plated Brass in 20 days. We're working on all kinds of creative ways to bring this down in the future -- and across all materials.
We look forward to seeing more of your Gold Plated Brass designs in your Shapeways shop as well as the new mystery metal we are bout to launch next.
Ball joints work as snap-fit components and cannot be 3D printed together as the friction required to make the parts pose-able would result in the parts being fused together. When designing ball joints it is best to make them an 'exact fit' where the positive part (the ball) and the negative part (the socket) are the exact same circumference. You need to ensure the socket component is not entirely enclosed, more like a C shape to allow the part to expand slightly to snap it into place.
Shapeways laser sintered Nylon (WSF) is the best material for creating snap fit ball joints as the material is strong enough to withstand the stress of being snapped into place (our Acrylic might just snap). The Nylon also has a slightly granular surface that also help to make the parts to grip together. Also note that our polishing and dying process which has a smoother surface than the raw Nylon still grips together for a firm fit, you do not need to change the design to allow for change in surface finish or dimensional changes.
To see some really good examples of snap-fit ball joints designed for 3D printing, check out the ModiBot shop by Kid Mechano which has many really good examples of ball joints in action.
Developed by Kit Robot in collaboration with legendary experimental electronic pop band Devo, DevoBots is an app for Apple iOS devices to design your own army of DevoBots.
DevoBots is a 2 in 1 DEVO Synthesizer featuring unreleased DEVO sounds coupled with a powerful Devo Robot Maker & Photo booth:
Kit Robot has been working in collaboration with pop icons DEVO to bring you this exclusive App featuring unreleased Sound Loops from the 1980s Devo Archives, allowing you to play and mix your own music using our unique DevoBots loop synthesizer.
Inspired by analogue synths and toy organs from the 1970s, we bring you a sound device reminiscent of DEVOs own synths utilizing their very own sound.
DevoBots is a digital robot assembly kit, like a digital Lego, paper dolls or Mr Potato Head. The user can create millions of robotic characters out of the box using our professionally created assets, mimicking the bands outfits and personas from the past 40 years.
Currently seeking backers on indiegogo, the FABtotum might just be the ultimate desktop fabricator.
More than just an FDM 3D printer, the unit also has 2D milling suitable for carving everything from wood to circuit boards, with 4 axis machining which is also amazing for a desktop unit but it also includes a 3D scanner so you can go from real world to digital.
If the team from Milan can deliver on their promise based on their initial prototype, this might be one of the most disruptive stand alone machines to hit the market.
Their indiegogo campaign is looking to raise $50,000 with over $20,000 already raised and 47 days to go it is very likely we will get to see the FABtotum realized and shipped early 2014. The early bird special of $849 for the assembled unit is already sold out but you can still pick up a kit for $999 including shipping or $1099 for an assembled unit.
Check out the full specs of this open source beast.
It was not easy to pick a winner with over 160 entrants in what was one of our quickest contests we have ever hosted on Shapeways. We are continuing to work on bringing you more high quality 3D printing material options to Shapeways with our new Mystery Metal the next in line with many more to come. We are focusing not only on bringing new materials to Shapeways, but also working hard to improve the quality and consistency of our existing options. You should see your prints evolve over the coming months.
Tokyo police have been using 3D printing to create full color 3D models of wanted criminals to help them track down fugitives on the run, models of crime scenes and replicas of weapons to be used as evidence.
In this instance they created a 3D model of Takahashi Katsuya who has been wanted in connection to the Sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo Subway system in 1995. The 3D print of the fugitive who had evaded police for 17 years was shown on national Japanese television and was captured soon after, though not as a direct result of the footage.
Researchers at Rutgers are also testing 3D printing faces as a way to help diagnose schizophrenia. The researchers are finding thatpeople susceptible to schizophrenia are not fooled by a common optical illusion. By 3D printing a face with a concave, instead of convex face, most people will not see the face as being concave, but will see the eyes of the face following them in a creepy way. People with schizophrenia just see a creepy inside out face.
Shapeways European community manager Bart Veldhuizen walks through the process from planning the 3D printers through to printing, cleaning and post processing your 3D prints. Take a look at the video to see how your designs come to reality through Shapeways 3D printing.
To celebrate the introduction to Premium Sterling Silver, Gold Plated Brass and a new mystery metal we are about to launch we want to see what YOU are designing for our jewelry grade materials. For a little inspiration we are going to have a quick contest to see your designs for 3D printed pendants. The winner will get their pendant 3D printed in the material of their choice.
We have an amazing opportunity for artists, designers and coders using Shapeways 3D printing in NYC. In the coming months we reveal a major project we are working on that will give you an opportunity to work in an incredibly inspiring environment where you will have access to the latest software and 3D printers, expose your work to the public including the option to sell your designs on site or through Shapeways online sales.
As we get closer to the launch we will reveal more details in full but for now we just wanted to gauge your interest and start to collect the names of people who are interested in being involved. So if you or any of your friends, colleagues, family, fellow students, teachers, anyone is interested, please let us know in the comments and we will begin to reach out. There are many openings and the project will run from October 2013 through to July 2014 so we may be able to work to fit your schedule.
Exciting new startup Gazepoint came to see us last week at SIGGRAPH 2013 in L.A. and showed us their awesome GP3 eye-tracker unit which demonstrates excellent use of Shapeways for prototyping and production.
Gazepoint designed the housing and the matching VESA screen mount, creating several 3D printed prototype iterations, in the short span of under 2 months. The availability of 3D printing and the quick turnaround by Shapeways allowed the Gazepoint team to complete their design and bring it to market much faster than was ever possible before. We were very impressed with the sleek and efficient design of this product and happy that our technology has helped get it to market. An eye-tracker is a device that allows a computer to determine where you are looking on a screen. It tracks the user's gaze point and can be used for control such as a game input, for usability such as web or advertising analysis or even for assistive communication for the disabled.
Much like Shapeways mission is to give everyone access to the tools of manufacturing with 3D printing, Gazepoint's mission is make these eye tracking devices affordable and available to everyone and to spur development of cool new applications for gaze based technologies!
The Annual 3D Printing Survey conducted by Jarkko Moilanen as part of the initiative for open source research on peer production (supported by the Peer to Peer Foundation) is now open. Answer the 23 simple questions to help everyone gain a better understanding of how and why you are using 3D printing, whether with an online solution such as Shapeways or with a desktop 3D printer at your home, hacker space or school.
People are often amazed at how lightweight and strong our 3D printed Nylon plastic can be with the correct geometry. It is an important part of the design process to test your 3D printed designs to breaking point. Prototyping a product before releasing it for sale to others in your Shapeways shop is essential to ensure that your design will stand up to the stresses of use, and not make your customers find out for you.
"People keep asking me, how strong is that printed chassis. My answer usualy was.."uuhhmm pretty strong I think"
People keep asking me, how strong is that printed chassis. My answer usualy was.."uuhhmm pretty strong I think"... Well since version 3 is being build right now, I have version 1 and 2 lying around doing nothing. Might as well break one to see how much force it takes. And now for the scientific part, torque is force times lever-arm distance...
In this case the distance from the applied torque to the scale (to measure the force) is about 20 cm (about 8 inch). The force measured at the time of the snap is about 2 Kg (2000 g or about 4.4 lbs). This means the torque applied at the time of the snap is probably more than it will ever be driving the chassis around on any trail....
Autodesk has just updated the online version of 123D Design to add even more features that make it perfect for design for 3D printing with Shapeways.
The latest iteration includes tools so that you can fillet and bevel edges, shell a part to help define wall thickness that is critical to ensure your design is 3D printable in the material of your choice. 123D Design also has a design history (not a tree) that means you can go back to a geometry you have created and edit it in a parametric way at any point in the process. As well as solid modeling from scratch you can also import existing 3D meshes in STL and OBJ format which you can then edit and tweak to then prepare to 3D print. If you have a 2D vector drawing that you want to bring into the 3rd dimension you can also import SVG files into 123D Design to extrude and edit.
Take a look at this quick video below to see an example of the interface and some of the tools to design for 3D print.
We have a new 3D printing material waiting in the wings ready to launch and we recently introduced Elasto Plastic as our first Maker material but as we think about which material to introduce next, we first want to ask you what you would like to make, but cannot with our current range of materials?
Let us know what you would like to 3D print, and the material properties required to make your design successful.
Email your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org and the materials team and I will investigate the what 3D printing materials will best fit your requirements.
If you have an image or a URL for your design please share that with us in the email so we can better understand your material requirements.
We do already have some very interesting materials planned for the rest of this year, but we are excited to incorporate more into our 3D printing material selection on Shapeways.