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).
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.