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).
For this week's Friday Finds, we've selected some of the gems you and the team have shared on Pinterest. Help us find your awesome designs by sharing them in the wild! (you can use the "Pin It" button on any product page)
The spark. It appears late at night, in a daydream, while doing a million other things. It often scurries across the forefront of your mind when you least expect it. But that fleeting spark, that spark has the potential to turn into a design, a product, a company, a community.
Starting today, Shapeways has a new look and feel. It starts with the spark - the idea, the laser - and continues with you, and the future that the Shapeways community is making a reality.
Why the change? Just as the 3D printing materials have improved and your designs have increased in complexity and beauty, we started growing out of our old clothes. We felt the need to break out of the box as this future is boundless. We also wanted to show your designs in the best possible light, and alas, our old sad dolphin blue isn't flattering on anyone.
Most importantly, though, we wanted to make sure that the experience you have on Shapeways.com and in the wild has deep roots in our core values.
While we could continue to wax poetic about our inspiration and color
theories, hopefully the design speaks for itself. Many thanks to our
talented designteam and engineers who made this real. And big thanks to the whole team for tirelessly shaping what's to come.
Our VP of Engineering Josh Levine shares the process of making our site performance as nimble and innovative as the 3D printing technology we use:
Inside Shapeways, we all have the highest aspirations and the deepest admiration for our community. We remind each other daily of the service level we seek to provide, and the multitude of ways we can improve.
We've been pushing out new code on a weekly basis, so you may have noticed some of the major improvements we've accomplished over the last nine months. I want you to feel and know that your priorities are our priorities - it gets complicated because this Rubik's cube of technical debt is taking several steps to solve. Here's how we're explaining our path and future towards excellence.
Every time someone joins the team here at Shapeways, we ask them a short Q&A to try to tease out some of the things that make em special. And since being a character is prerequisite to work here, the responses can be pretty hilarious. We also have the privilege of working with highly creative people, including Greg Dreisen who will be joining the team this August as a Production Planner in our NYC factory of the future.
Here's a short video he made about learning SolidWorks and using it to print a replica of his 1987 Univega Gran Rally bike Pedal at 40% of the original size, in Red, Strong and Flexible.
Happy Friday everyone! Without further adieu, here's a handful of innovative designs from the community that should have your jaws on the floor. Be sure to share your designs via twitter to increase your chance of getting featured!
Biomimicry Shoe by Spaho Design, a beautifully designed and photographed 3D printed shoe. Count me in for a pair when they're wearable.
How do we enable you to make whatever you can imagine? Everyday at Shapeways, we wake up to the challenge of answering this question to the best of our abilities.
On a daily basis, we make thousands of unique products and deliver them to people all over the world. We create an online experience that ignites creativity and increases access to the best of 3D printing, at the lowest cost. We work hard to open manufacturing such that everyone -- regardless of technical background or expertise -- can create the products that populate their lives.
We're excited to announce that we have a new partner on board to help us fuel our growth and the rise of creative commerce: Lux Capital. Lux led a $6.2M financing, joining existing investors Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures.
This Friday, it only took a few minutes in the forums to stumble upon brilliant 3D printed designs from the community in a host of materials. I would preface the following with more accolades, but these gems speak for themselves. Have a great weekend all!
We all know that 3D printing is changing the world, radically. But what is it doing for the way we buy and sell things? Check out a piece I wrote for Forbes' Techonomy blog about how the Shapeways community is fueling the rise of creative commerce. Snippet below...
However, e-commerce is likely to go beyond better of the same; it will be different. Looking at creative trends and the emergence of 3D printing communities, we can expect the rise of "creative commerce" (c-commerce). It will be a shift from a two-sided marketplace (BUY and SELL) to a dynamic makerplace (CREATE, BUY and SELL).
People of all tech backgrounds are already involved in the creation of the content they consume - from music to art to news to video. Take blogging, for example. With easy-to-use tools like WordPress, Tumblr or even Twitter, writing and sharing ideas became easy for everyone. The desire to be involved in a creative process before the purchase extends beyond digital content and into the objects that populate our lives.
ALL GOOD THINGS come to an end. The time has come for me to leave Shapeways and start to work on new projects and ideas. The last 5 years at Shapeways have been exciting and exhilarating. We achieved so much. The company has grown from an idea to multinational with 4 offices worldwide and over 50 employees. Shapeways has closed two rounds of funding and is the market leader in her segment.
I can still remember in the early days while building up the upload-to-print systems and testing 3D printing, we had serious challenges to find and create good test sets of 3D models. 3D models which were fit for 3D printing and at the same time posed some challenges for 3D printers and the 3D printing process. Now Shapeways has printed over 750,000 3D models in 2011 alone. It is a staggering number.