During my time at Shapeways, Friday Finds has been one of my favorite parts of each week. Taking a little time to stop, clear away the rush of the day, and concentrate on the beautiful, weird wild creativity of the community. Your skill and ingenuity is taking 3d printing to the next level, and I've loved having a front row seat.
So without further ado, here are a few choice pickings from this week in the Shapeways community:
Over this last year, I've watched Shapeways evolve in some breathtaking ways. From a team of 6 to now 25 in NY, a total of near 50 between our two offices, and a global network of shop owners, designers, and distributed local communities, Shapeways has flourished (to say the least). I've been able to watch our platform become a force in people's lives in all sorts of amazing ways.
So it's with more than a little sadness that I share that I'm wrapping up my time here over the next few weeks. I'll be taking on a new challenge and tapping into another passion of mine, leading community efforts in the world of open source software development at Nodejitsu. Without a doubt, saying goodbye to the Shapeways community is incredibly hard. You guys are a tribute to what happens when a powerhouse of creativity is married with good people who are looking to help each other out. The goodwill and the generosity I've seen amongst this group has been eye opening. More than any community in the world, you all are pioneering 3D printing beyond flashy, cool tech and into something that matters in our lives. You all made me feel at home and I can't understate what a positive impact you've had on my life and my career.
During SXSW last week, I caught up with David Noel, Community Evangelist at SoundCloud, to talk about the launch of the The Vibe. We discussed what happens when creative communities join forces and combine their mediums of choice (3D printing and sound). Naturally, we recorded our conversation with the SoundCloud app and uploaded it.
So last week me and my team were in Austin launching The Vibe at SXSW. You know the deal, it's the new app that lets you take your favorite SoundCloud track and use the wave form to make a 3D printed iPhone case. Amazing, right?
You know what's even cooler though?
All the independent, mind blowingly talented folks who pour their creativity into their own unique work, and are using Shapeways to put it out into the world. Friday Finds is always a nod to these people, but this week I want to give an extra little shoutout, just to let you all know how incredible all if us at Shapeways think you are.
Lately the gentle roar of the Shapeways printers have been churning out more silver than ever before. This week we sent out scores of jaw dropping silver designs and saw it reflected in the "It Arrived" part of the forum. And so I bring you the Silver edition of Friday Finds. Prepare to be amazed...
Putting together Friday Finds this week was really hard for me. The quantity of beautiful, creative things coming through Shapeways has just gotten to be overwhelming. I want them all. Am I complaining? Not even a little.
If you're browsing casually, just know that we're only scratching the surface here. The genius that is the Shapeways community cannot be captured in one weekly round up. Please make sure to glance through the "It Arrived" section of the forum, and check through Shapeways shops.
On Saturday March 3rd, SoCal Shapers will be gathering at Marmalade Cafe at 4783 Commons Way # E, Calabasas, CA. LA is famous for being a driving town, and sometimes that means its hard to connect, but it's also filled with a vibrant community of animators and designers. This will be a great chance to meet others and learn how 3D printing is helping them power their business, or grab tricks and tips for getting up and running.
The meetup is being run by none other than Lincoln Kamm (aka novaking), a longtime contributor to the community, and one of the coolest dudes around.
This past Thursday night in Baltimore we welcomed the Mid-Atlantic Shapeways Meetup. As we've been mentioning, this is the first member-led Shapeways meetup to show up on the scene, and I was pumped to travel down from NY and help kick off the festivities.
About 35 people gathered at The Baltimore Node hackerspace. The crowd was awesomely diverse, between members of the Node, local designers, hardware and software hackers, students and professors from Towson University's Object Design dept. People excitedly showed off their work and some of the students from Towson even helped one member of The Node set up his desktop 3D printer. Someone serendipitously dropped off snacks, and Michael Rosner, the Node's resident photographer generously jumped in to take photos with his awesome DSLR (check out the album!).
Hey everyone, a quick update to the technical difficulties we are experiencing. At this time we have a solution that will probably take 1-2 days before we are completely up and could take a maximum of 4 days in the worst case scenario. We are working around the clock and hope to be up and running again on Monday.
We'll keep you posted on a 24 hours basis, or when new info becomes available that changes that timeline.
Maryland-based Mike Williams (aka youknowwho4eva) has been a pillar of the Shapeways community since late ‘08. When he’s not pitching in as your friendly neighborhood forums moderator or helping others develop their skills, he’s dreaming up wild new things to make, from gadgety machine parts, to his more recent endeavors with organic shapes and classy jewelry concepts.
Tech you couldn't live without: I think I'd be better off without technology. I'd be forced to be more creative with what I have.
Favorite material: Depends on the product, but right now I'm targeting ceramic.
Favorite font: Anything readable. I hate getting emails that I have to struggle to read.
Most prized object: My family (does that count?) after that my phone. It's always glued to me.
Morning person / night owl: Night owl for sure. Takes me a few cups of coffee to stop growling at people in the morning.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I feel part of designing in 3D can't be learned. I started in 3D drafting in High School around 2000. But for me it started in Middle School around 96 or 97 in the Engineering Club where we hand drafted our designs.
Shapeways NYC meetups have really started to pick up steam. In fact, last month we had 65 people join us at the Mason Jar in Manhattan to hang out with other Shapers in person. It's a testament to the simple act of bringing people together. But what's even better is when these things take on a life of their own.
Everyone will be gathering on Feb. 16th at 7pm at the Baltimore Node hackerspace, then enjoying pizza and local brew at the famous Joe Squared. And me? I'll be making my way down from NY to give the group a warm send-off, and stare in confusion as I try and decipher some accents (Mike's words, not mine…).