Thats right, now you can do REALLY big earrings, monster bracelet or giant Sterling Silver skulls. Your only limitation is your imagination (and the 89 x 89 x 100mm bounding box (possibly your budget)). We have increased the maximum on all of our Sterling Silver finishes from Raw to Premium.
What big shiny Silver designs are you going to 3D print next?
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Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is the first in-depth museum survey dedicated to exploring the impact of computer-assisted methods of production on contemporary art, architecture, and design. Shapeways is partnering with MAD for the exhibition and will host 'OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON,' an educational and interactive space on the Museum's second floor where visitors will be able to experience 3D design and printing firsthand.
Opening in conjunction with the exhibition curated by Ron Labaco on October 16th and running through April 2014, the 'OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON' space will include a series of interactive 3D apps for visitors to create their own 3D models, on site 3D scanning, and 3D printing in a range of materials. Shapeways' 'Designers in Residence' working in the gallery will also be available to demonstrate 3D modeling techniques and tools used to create objects like those in the exhibition.
Hatch Live is a new and fast-paced competition allowing product designers to showcase their talent.
Bringing together the design community and an audience of design lovers, Hatch Live will take place at We Work Lounge in the Soho neighborhood of NYC starting on Saturday, October 19, 2013 and culminating in a final on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The competition is a knockout tournament with a series of head-to-head matches. Competitors will aim to create a new product within a product category (e.g., seating, home storage) each match while also fitting within the bounding shape constraints (e.g., z,y,z dimensions). Up to 8 people will be selected to compete live.
Each match lasts 80 minutes and consists of 5 rounds. Two match wins gets you to the final and a guaranteed prize. Three match wins gets you all the way to the grand prize. A team of judges will score each match for up to 75 points. Twitter votes from the public make up the final 25 points. The winner of each match based on a total possible score of 100 will be announced on the Tuesday following the match after Twitter voted have been counted.
Check out the Hatch Live website for details and AWESOME prizes.
We're super excited here at Shapeways because we're gearing up to launch new materials for you to 3D print in.
Ora by Bathsheba in 3D print in Raw Brass, Gold Plated Brass and Polished Brass.
Last month, when we introduced Gold Plated Brass, we hinted that new mystery metals were on their way. Now, we’re proud to announce that we’ve added Polished Brass and Raw Brass to our 3D printing materials. We’re now giving you even more ways to make your designs real in more materials than ever before.
Skylar Tibbits of 4D printing fame has developed a system he has termed Hyperform to create the longest possible 3D printed chain from a relatively small 3D Printer.
Using the Formlabs 3D printer and a process where a chain is printed in a Hilbert Curve within the build area to print the largest possible object (once expanded) from the space available.
Printing a very long chain is a proof of concept for what could become a more efficient way to program large objects into a 3D Printer. For instance, if you wanted to 3D print a chain mail sweater (you know you do) you could design the interlocking parts to collapse or fold into the smallest possible space using a physics based algorithm.
By collapsing an item into the smallest possible bounding box you can increase the density of the print and there for make the item more economical to 3D Print. A long chain unfurled would cost a lot more than a chain compressed to as small as possible. especially if it hit the Shapeways density discount where models that have greater than 10% density (material volume divided by bounding box volume), volume above the first 20cm3 is calculated with a 50% discount.
Maybe it is time to start compressing your designs into the smallest, densest possible form to make the most of the economy of 3D printing too (but don't make them too close or the parts will fuse together and you will have a very dense, unfoldable model.
The results from the 2013 3D printing survey are in and thanks to you, Shapeways is still the most popular 3D Printing service. We're honored!
In the second year of the 3D Printing survey, conducted by Jarkko Moilanen & Tere Vadén of the P2P Foundation, we were once again voted as the most popular 3D printing service. We're so humbled by the support of the community, and always appreciate your feedback, which helps us improve on a daily basis.
For those interested in learning about the broader industry, the survey also looks at the demographics and uses of 3D printing, along with the type of desktop 3D printers. This year, RepRap usage seems to be skyrocketing.
This Friday we are taking a look at some of the amazing rings by Shapeways designers 3D printed in a range of metals. Speaking of metal, first up we have some very rock and roll looking rings by SG Designs.
We mentioned that we had an amazing opportunity in NYC for Artists and Designers to participate in a project we are undertaking mid-October. As part of this program we will also be hosting a 3D Printing Bazaar on October 19 & 20 where Shapeways designers can sell their products in an inspiring location in Manhattan.
There will be no cost to participate, Shapeways will provide table space for you to display your items which you can sell on the day, or channel through online sales. We will be promoting the event through our press outreach and plan to have other fun 3D printing experiences at the event throughout the weekend.
Learn how to prepare your models in Maya and then send them for 3D printing on Shapeways. Ryan shows how to hollow out models, define an object's thickness to reduce cost, and work with texture maps for full-color prints. He shows you how to export the model, upload it to Shapeways, and view the finished result. Once you have mastered the basics, Ryan invites you to test your skills in a series of challenge videos.
When we first launched the Educational 3D Printing Discount back in April for students and educators to get a 10% discount on all of their orders we were not able to verify institutions that did not have a .edu email address. Now we have developed a solution to allow international institutions thanks to those who registered their school in our submission form.
Register for the 10% discount on all 3D printing by visiting the Shapeways Education page and activating your email. The 10% discount will automatically be applied at checkout unless you have another discount code you wish to enter. You can still use Shapeways credit and your student discount at the same time.
If your school is not yet registered, please fill out the submission form and we will work to register your school's domain as soon as possible.
Want to get more involved in spreading the 3D printed love? Now you can also join the Shapeways Campus Crew! You'll get exclusive access to Shapeways staff, designers, and samples, plus the inside scoop on new materials and discounts. Getting started is as easy as running a meetup on campus.
Fill out this form to tell us a little about yourself, and we'll be in touch with the next steps.
Ronnie Parsons, co-founder of NYC based Mode Lab is running a 2 day, 3D Printing masterclass in their studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, September 12th and 16th 2013.
Learn about the fundamentals of 3D printing, the free tools available to get started, and the materials and processes used to bring your ideas out of the computer and into the world. This hands-on class will introduce participants to the world of 3D printing, the available software for model preparation, and the various types of machines and cloud-based services available today. The last hour of the course will be reserved for a hands-on demo using our Makerbot Replicator2 and Formlabs Form1 3D printers.
This class is ideal for designers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning more about 3D printing and how this disruptive technology is changing the future of design and manufacturing.
Every week we take a look at some of the awesome designs that Shapeways 3D prints on behalf of you, the Shapeways community. If you would like to see your design featured on the Shapeways blog (and more), be sure to share good quality photos in the 'It Arrived' section of the Shapeways forums.
In a recent interview for Dezeen, architect, industrial designer and artist, Ron Arad stated that 3D Printing is abused by designers, in much the same way as musicians used synthesizers in the past.
"Synthesisers were abused completely and so is this technology we're talking about" Ron Arad
Now while this statement may have have an element of truth, it is worth exploring the comparison in the context of Ron's position in the design world, and what this concept opens up.
First, let's compare the 3D printer and the synthesizer.
The first analogue synthesizers made it possible for one instrument to make a massive range of sounds. Professional musicians used these expensive synthesizers to emulate existing instruments in a recording studio and on stage, to broaden their palette of available sounds, whilst only needing to know how to play the keyboard, not strings, woodwind, brass, etc. At the same time some more experimental musicians started to experiment with the synthesizers to make sounds that were otherwise impossible, tweaking resonant filters and using effects to make sounds that were unique to the synthesizer.
The first 3D Printers (or rapid prototyping machines) made it possible to make a massive range of shapes. Engineers and designers used these expensive 3D printers to emulate products quickly in their studios and workshops, to test parts before manufacturing. For many years this remained the case, the 3D prints were expensive and only used to emulate other materials and processes.