We talk about the future a lot at Shapeways. But we
don't often get to have a conversation about it in the context of other
innovations, including those in food, fashion, product
design, technology, trend forecasting, hospitality, architecture
So we're excited to share
that our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will be speaking at next week's
Inventours conference. It's a whirlwind one-day experiential innovation
conference on September 28th with New York's leading innovators. Peter
will be joined by leaders from Louis Vuitton, The Whitney, Smart Design, Union Square Hospitality
Group, Pantone, The City Bakery, and others. It's a NY dream team.
3D Printing can help you make anything you can imagine. But what if you don't know how to design? Or what if you don't know where to start?
With the Shapeways marketplace, people all over the world can get a little bit closer to getting exactly what they want. To help put this into perspective, here's some data that blew our minds: the Shapeways marketplace of community designed 3D printed products contains over SIX BILLION product variations.
Considering the number of publicly available products and accounting for the material and customization options readily available, that gets us a little closer to infinite possibility. This is nearly one unique product option for every person on the planet.
Every day at Shapeways, thousands of people make their ideas real with 3D printing, and as a result, the Shapeways community is igniting a culture of creativity. For many, though, 3D printing remains an unbelievable, futuristic technology that creates physical objects from thin air.
We know firsthand that seeing is believing. So we're thrilled to launch a series of films about 3D printing, our creative community, and how this incredible technology is changing all of our lives.
This first video provides an inside look into the Shapeways vision, community, and 3D printing magic.
If you're inspired, help ignite the culture of creativity and share the film!
Happy Friday everyone! For this week's Friday Finds, we have a selection of beautiful 3D printed jewelry in stainless steel and sterling silver. The Olympics may be over, but there's surely some glorious metals going around. We found this in the forums, which has been a fountain of awesomeness, hot of the 3D printer.
Our VP of Engineering Josh Levine shares what's in store for Shapeways this weekend and moving forward:
Last month, we announced that we have taken on a seemingly impossible task: to rebuild the architecture of Shapeways.com. Over the past few months, all of us at Shapeways have contributed to this massive undertaking and through hard work, determination, and a lot of listening to our customers, the time has come to reveal the fruits of our labor!
Notice the little man standing next to this massive 200 ton stone in the
temple Baalbek. This stone is a metaphor for ~60% of our current
software architecture. Most of what you'd like us to build involves moving
the "little" stones (several tons each!) laid neatly beneath the 200
Tonight we are rolling out a major milestone for Shapeways - internally this project is called Inshape 2.0. Tonight, we're moving the 200 ton monster.
Inshape 2.0 completely replaces our back-end systems for Order Placement and Order Fulfillment systems with up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology and processes. In the past, we have had to hold off on so many great ideas from the community - 99% of that is washed away with this release. We anticipate faster turnaround times on orders, and on improvements to our systems.
What is the future of manufacturing, design, and creativity? How are 3D printing and the maker movement shifting the global economy?
Big questions, we know...That's why we've lined up two leading experts (Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine and author of The Long Tail and Makers, and our own Pete Weijmarshausen) to discuss how 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing and democratizing creation for everyone.
Here's a little snippet of the proposal:
Sharing their perspectives from the front lines, Chris and Peter will outline the key trends of Industrial Revolution 3.0: collaborative design, open access, creative commerce, green production, and a DIY ethos. They will discuss the limitations of mass manufacturing and explain why digital fabrication enables individuals to find and make products that truly meet their unique needs.
What open source did for software, 3D printing can do for physical things...
Last year at SXSW, mobile-social-local apps were the talk of the town. This year, we hope to shift the conversation from bits to atoms.
SXSW Interactive Panels are selected based on community voting and input from the SXSW Advisory Board and Staff...so make your voice heard! PanelPicker voting will close on Friday, August 31 (11:59 PM CST). We'll be much obliged for any support you offer.
For this week's Friday Finds, we have a selection of 3D printed ceramics. And remember that all ceramic material costs are discounted at $0.14 per cm2through August 14th, so try out some new glazes for over 20% off.
A little bird showed us some brilliant 3D prints from the Shapeways community...
For this week's Friday Finds, we've selected some of the gems you have shared on Twitter. Help us discover your designs by
sharing them in the wild! (You can use the "tweet" button directly from any page.)
Speaking to someone by Skype from your phone can be a bit awkward at times, with person on the other end often seeing only half your face or a closeup of your earlobe. EnterBotiful, a telepresence robot for consumers designed by Clair Delaunay who used Shapeways 3D Printing for her prototypes. She's already raised over $62k on Kickstarter thus far and has racked up some support by others who are hoping for more natural remote conversations, including TechCrunch and Skype's former Chief Architect Ahti Heinla.
With Skype as a simple interface, the telepresence platform for Android
phones roams around and lets you be remotely present from anywhere in the world. Botiful can enable Skype video calls, baby monitoring, and even entertaining your pets...
Claire used 3D Printing with Shapeways for some of her prototyping and
functional designs, from creating the robot's appearance to testing how she could
mount the motors, sensors,
electronic board, and battery. She also used 3D Printing with Shapeways to design an
efficient mechanism for the tilting head (she 3D printed the gears).