Exciting news! Adobe Photoshop is making it even easier to create and modify designs for 3D printing, particularly in full color.
Adobe's latest release of Photoshop Creative Cloud lets you create full-color 3D models right in Photoshop. You can design from scratch or refine an existing 3D model while using the Photoshop CC tools you’re already familiar with. Then upload your design to Shapeways and 3D print in over 40 materials.
The brand new Photoshop Creative Cloud includes these powerful 3D printing features:
Use the standard Photoshop toolbox of brushes, gradients, filters, and bump maps to add color and texture to your existing 3D model then export to 3D print with Shapeways. It has never been easier to add color and effects to 3D models.
Create new 3D models from 2D images using extrude, twist and pinch tools while adding texture with bump maps to create truly unique 3D models ready to 3D print.
Automated mesh repair and wall thickness repair to ensure your designs are ready to 3D print in all of the materials on Shapeways. Simply insert your 3D file as a 3D layer on Photoshop then choose the Shapeways material in the “3D Print Settings” dialogue box along with the detail and scale, then select “3D Print” and Photoshop will voxelize and repair your file, prepare the print for upload and estimate the cost in your material of choice.
This latest release of Photoshop puts incredibly powerful 3D tools into the hands of everybody running the software. It lowers the barrier of entry and increases the reliability of your designs being ready to 3D print with Shapeways. We’re super excited to see what people create! Adobe is also offering a free one-month trial so you can test the tools for yourself.
There are two opportunities to get your work displayed with Shapeways and Adobe at the show: one, create the ultimate 3D printed art to be shown at the Art Gallery at the 3D Printshow. If you’re newer to 3D modeling, we also have a simple 3D Coloring Contest for anyone to color ShapeMan by our friend Steve Talkowski of SketchBot fame.
It's easy to enter, whether you know how to 3D model or you just want to give it a shot.
Ultimate Design Award: Know how to 3D model? Upload your design to Shapeways with the tag #3DPS. We’re looking for an incredible design that leverages the best of 3D printing. Here’s your chance to create the iconic 3D Print of 2014, something that can’t be made any other way.
3D Coloring Award: New to 3D modeling? One of the coolest features of Photoshop CC is the ability to import an existing STL file and "color it in" using the features. Steve from SketchBot has designed this awesome ShapeMan for you to download and color in under a Creative Commons license.
Head to Steve’s shop and download one of the five ShapeMan designs to show off your skills. Upload the file to Photoshop, color it in, then upload to Shapeways and enter the contest with the tag #3DPS.
*For each contest, one winner will be selected and win a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud from Adobe AND a 3D print of their design. Your entry will also be 3D printed and displayed at the 3D Printshow in NYC for the world to see. The Ultimate Design winner will be displayed at the very prestigious Art Gallery of the Printshow.
Deadline for both contests is 11:59pm EST on February 2, 2014. Show us what you’ve got.
Each year at Shapeways, we like to do a roundup of amazing accomplishments in the rapidly evolving 3D Printing world, often powered by your innovations and creativity. We’ve been digging in and must admit, 2013 was quite the year!
To date, we’ve 3D Printed 2.2 million products — that’s 61,000 boxes worth of Tic Tacs! We are so proud to have 13,500 Shapeways shops...and counting (a growth of 75% from 2012). And the number of people creating products on Shapeways has doubled in the past year.
The 3D printing industry as a whole has also experienced incredible growth. We’re seeing more retailers, like our friends at UPS, offer in-store 3D printing. The price of 3D printers for the home and office continues to drop. And 3D printing is constantly making stock market headlines.
We couldn’t make such strides without wildly imaginative, creative, thoughtful, and fearless people like you, our community, who continue to upload nearly 100,000 new products per month. You help us push the limits of what’s possible to 3D Print, creating products from gorgeous to quirky to functional, and continue to wow us with how you use new materials.
It’s a beautiful world when anyone can create and get what they want, not just what’s available in stores.
Check out our Slideshare for 3D printing trends, stats & more of our exciting year in review.
Nick is passionate about technology and was one of the first designers to embrace digital innovation (he wove the Joe Boxer URL into the brand’s underwear in 1992!), so we’re thrilled to work with him to make 3D printing accessible to new, style-savvy audiences.
“3D printing is one of the most transformational technologies that is significantly advancing the design and fashion industries, and the opportunities are endless,” he says. We couldn’t agree more!
Check out Nick's pieces here, and more gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything.
Because He Can Belt Buckle by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways
Twisted Brit Cufflinks by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways
For a long time now, we've been keeping a horrible secret from our community. We've tried very hard to give the impression that our team is made of fun-loving humans who would drop everything at any hour of the day to help make your ideas real. However, the truth has a way of sneaking up on you, and it's time that you hear the truth...
We regret to inform you that we are actually, not human. Our Customer Service team was attacked by zombies, witches and vampires last Halloween, and have since attacked the entire Eindhoven office. You have to see it to believe it:
Trust that this will not change our commitment to you, and we hope that this does change your impression of us. Perhaps just bring some garlic and stakes to the next Meetup, just in case...
Shapeways Operations Manager Hugo Ploegmakers shares his thoughts on how continuous improvement and Kaizen principles apply to 3D printing.
In our continuing challenge to improve the service we provide at
Shapeways, to improve quality, lead-time and drive down cost (making 3D
printing more affordable for our customers), we are fully embracing
continuous improvement as a methodology. In short: continuous
improvement means that you never accept the status-quo, everything can
be improved, and everybody is involved in the improvement process.
How does this rhyme with the lean methodology, which
we've embraced at Shapeways? Does this contradict with the small steps
of 'continuous improvement'? I don't think it does. Bold Audacious Goals
are a requirement to make lean a success!
Improvements comes in
two different shapes. One, a continuous stream of small improvements:
the many changes we make to our production process each day in our
factories in New York and Eindhoven. Two, the less frequent but huge
breakthrough projects (e.g. our new back-end tool: Inshape). The picture
clearly shows how the combination of continuous improvement processes
and breakthrough projects makes us twice as fast! Only when successfully
applying both, we can improve as quickly as needed and make our
Bold Audacious Goals trigger breakthrough, which
is needed to remove the boundaries for continuous improvement before we
reach them. They accelerate continuous improvement: it
makes every tiny problem worth solving.
Plato once wrote, "At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." Perhaps
had he known about 3D printing, he would have said, "With the touch of
love, everyone becomes a designer."
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, love is surely in the air. We've seen amazing works of art and design inspired by love, including a 3D printed wedding ring,
but that's just the tip of the iceberg. 3D printing is an incredible
technology for custom wedding designs, from cake toppers to custom table
settings to veils.
We are running a contest to see what innovative new designs you can come up with for a 3D printed wedding!
We're joined by guest judge Kelly Phillips Badal, senior
editor and the in-house crafter at Country Living magazine,
specializing in crafts, design, and entertaining. Her writing has also
appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Seventeen, and
2012 has been remarkable year here at Shapeways.Our
community grew dramatically, hundreds of thousands of
your designs emerged from 3D Printers, and the world has
officially woken up to the possibilities of 3D Printing -- not as a
SciFi dream but as an accessible tool to make ideas real.
most excitingly, we're starting to see a world in which you can get
exactly what you want, and not have to settle for what is available.
Your innovation and creativity inspires us on a daily basis, empowering us to go from one rickety shelf to a fully operational factory in Long Island City in a matter of months, joining our ever expanding facility in Eindhoven. As we make major investments in localizing production, our team continues to grow on both continents in order to make the impossible a reality.
So thank you all for inspiring us, and without further ado, here's a snapshot of the 2012 in numbers:
Here at Shapeways, we have been hard at work to make sure everyone receives their custom
orders in time for the holidays. With the holiday spirit in mind, we wanted to remind our friends in the US and Europe: to ensure holiday shipping for faster materials, place your orders by 11:59pm EST tonight!
Calling all NY makers, designers, and engineers in New York City: create designs or prototypes for new products that have commercial potential, and win big!
NYCEDC shares:We are inviting makers across the five
boroughs to submit their product designs and prototypes, and we will award
five months of free studio space provided by sponsor NYDesigns, a prototyping budget, Shapeways
3D printing credits, mentorship, and business support to six finalists
who exhibit the best designs and greatest potential for launching a
successful commercial business. In addition, one Grand Prize winner will
receive an $11,000 cash prize. Visit NextTopMakers.com to learn more and enter this NYCEDC competition by February 13, 2013.
$11,000 in cash, NYDesigns studio space, Shapeways 3-D printing credits, five months of expert mentorship, and more.
A firefighter in Queens NY, where there was a fire on October 29th. (AP, via Atlantic Wire)
With so many in distress in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, including several members of our team who are recovering from damaged homes, our thoughts go out to everyone affected. We were very lucky to emerge relatively unscathed, but we know there are still many without power, food, and homes.
As people throughout the Northeast rebuild their
lives, the Shapeways team and community felt passionate about doing our part to help with relief efforts.
This Thursday, we will donate 10% of our sales revenue to the American Red Cross' Sandy relief effort: $0.10 on every dollar anyone spends on Shapeways.com (excluding markup) will go to Sandy Relief.
Shop Owners, we hope you will join us in our efforts! We've heard that some of you would like to donate your markups to charity for the day (big thanks to Shapeways community member Michiel Cornelissen for starting the conversation). We invite you to join us on Thursday by pledging to donate your markups for the day to Sandy relief.
We will supercharge your efforts: by tagging your products Sandy Reliefnot only will you be pledging to donate your markups, you will secure a spot on the Shapeways homepage as we'll be featuring those products from Thursday to Sunday.
We know there is still a lot of work to be done, but we hope you will join us in doing what we can.
What is the future of creativity, manufacturing, and design? How is the
Shapeways community and 3D Printing enabling everyone to make their
"It was this real desire to make real things..." explains Peter Knocke of Brooklyn-based GothamSmith, a four friend team who are "taking the benefits of digital and applying it to the physical world for something that's new and interesting." Carl Collins and Peter share how they stumbled into designing popular 3D Printed cufflinks and jewelry.
This is the third in our series of films about 3D printing, our
creative community, and how this incredible technology is changing all
of our lives.
This week we'll be sharing suggestions on function and form, namely how to choose the right materials for your products. If you are making a product for yourself, it's great to have unlimited choice and to be able to experiment with various materials. But if someone is buying your product, you want to help them choose the best material for your product so they have the best experience possible. For example, your customer probably wouldn't want a ceramic iPhone case or a wedding ring in Frosted Ultra Detail...
To get started, when you upload your model to your shop, all materials are automatically
enabled. It is important to check if all the materials are
appropriate. Ask yourself:
1. Does my design meet the design rules for this material? 2. Would this product make sense in this material? 3. Do I have all materials selected still? If so, can I help customers decide by limiting the choices?
To select materials for your product, the easiest thing to do is to make a material selection when you are editing your product page for markup, description, or other details.
Overall, there are three things to keep in mind: design with the material in mind, use images that reflect the material options, and less is more.