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.
Happy Friday everyone! And what a Friday it is...we're thrilled to be back online. For this week's Friday Finds, we have a selection of planetary 3D printed finds to remind us that some things still remain outside our control.
Orrery by Whystler, who explains that this orrery is a fully functional model of the 4 terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. He notes, "Ideal for planning your next interplanetary voyage on your star-galleon."
Shapeways Director of Industrial Engineering Kegan Fisher (@keganfisher) shares our vision for the future of manufacturing as we cut the ribbon on our NYC Factory of the Future.
When we opened the doors to the Shapeways NYC office, we dreamed of building a factory nearby. A factory that would provide the thousands of designers and innovators in NYC a place to bring their products to life.
We are incredibly excited to announce that today marks the beginning of our Factory of the Future in Long Island City. We are cutting the ribbon on our new space with a little help from our friends...including Mayor Bloomberg of NYC and Kenneth Adams, President & CEO of Empire State Development.
Last month we signed a lease, sat down to ideate, and began construction on a massive 25,000 square foot space. Not only will it house 30 to 50 high definition, industrial-sized 3D printers, but it will also be a hub of innovation, research and development, and continuous community exploration.
Historically, the word factory brought up connotations of assembly lines and jump suits and iron and cement. It reminded us of the factory Henry Ford created and has been replicated time and time again.
But today, I am proud to say we are giving the word factory new meaning. One that replaces mass manufacturing with mass customization. One that empowers the independent business, the craftsperson, the hobbyist, and the entrepreneur. We are building a factory that gives everyone the ability to create, where the only barrier to entry is imagination.