Hey, US and UK Shapies! We're participating in a few events this weekend that we'd love for you to be a part of.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival is happening Friday, April 26, to Sun, April 27, in Washington, DC. This event's mission is to the is to re-invigorate the interest of the nation's youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the USA.
April is turning out to be quite a busy month for our European Events team, Ryan and Ruud. First on their agenda is the Shapeways meetup in Amsterdam. A week later they’ll follow in the footsteps of Savannah and travel to the UK, but they’ll be accompanied by our head of Customer Service, Ralph, and Operations Team Lead, Alan. Together they’ll head to Newcastle where Shapeways will attend the Newcastle Maker Faire.
Thursday, April 17 — 7pm – 9pm
This will be our second meetup in Amsterdam this year. Don’t forget to bring your 3D printed models. Sign up here!
Friday, April 25 — 7pm – 9pm
As we’re in Newcastle for the Maker Faire, we obviously felt we should grab a few drinks with the community members in the area the night before the Faire starts. RSVP here so we know you’ll attend!
Newcastle Maker Faire
Saturday – Sunday, April 26 – 27 — 10am – 6pm
We’re thrilled to again participate in the Newcastle Maker Faire. A group of selected shop owners will join our booth to show their models. We hope to see you there!
We're extremely excited to announce an incredible partnership that shows the true potential of 3D printing. For a limited time, the United States Mint is partnering with Shapeways to make 3D printed coins in our Premium Silver. We are authorized to create a limited number of silver coins with a special bonus. For the first time in history, a lucky few will have the exclusive privilege of having their face embossed on the back of what is slated to become the ultimate collectors item!
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Shapeways is proud to offer exclusively to our loyal 3D printing community. You are the ones that have helped pave the way for Shapeways to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and this is our small way of giving back and saying thank you.
We have a mintage limit of 50 coins, so as we expect demand to be high, submissions will be taken for the next 48 hours and then will be drawn as a lottery once the period has closed. To take advantage of this offer, message us on Facebook or tweet at us with the hashtag #PenniesFromHeaven. Submissions will be taken until at Midnight PST April 3rd. All entries will be placed into a lottery and the lucky 50 winners will be contacted directly by our dedicated customer service team on Thursday.
We welcome you to join us next week at these events:
Additive World Conference
Thursday, March 27 — 9am – 6.30pm
Our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will speak during this panel at 3.30pm about what is needed to build the largest 3D printing factory in the world.
Shapeways Eindhoven Factory Tour
Friday, March 28 — 3pm – 4.30pm
During this tour you'll be taken down the path a 3D-printed model takes in our first factory. From ordering to printing, through post-production and onto shipping. Meet our team and ask all your questions in person! There is limited space available for attending the tour, so RSVP here!
Maker Faire Eindhoven
Saturday – Sunday, March 29 – 30 — 11am – 6pm
At the first Maker Faire held in Eindhoven, we will have a booth featuring Shapeways Shop Owners who will display their models and talk about their designs. Come and join us at the Klokgebouw over the weekend!
Saturday – Sunday, March 29 – 30 — 10am – 6pm
The final event of the Maker Days is a Hackathon in which groups of four designers will be challenged to create something inspiring and innovative. This is separated in three different categories; Visualization, Arduino and of course 3D printing. Read more here.
In October 2012, Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon on our new factory space, since then, we've been busy installing 3D printers, an office space and a distribution centre. We've painted the walls, installed bathroom signs, swept the floor and now, we're extremely excited to announce our first official tour! From these humble beginnings, come and see what we've created...
Join us on Wednesday the 26th March at 2pm at the Shapeways Factory of the Future in Long Island City. Learn how your design idea becomes a product though the magic of 3D printing, meet the team who bring your ideas to life and ask your questions in person.
Shapeways has always been on the cutting edge of technology. We have brought you the ability to hold your ideas in your hand, and now we’re giving you more ways to improve them!
Last month, we launched Wall Thickness Visualization to help you see areas where your model might need improvement to survive 3D printing, and now we help you fix them. Wall Thickness Visualization identifies weak points in your models with areas below our recommended wall thickness guidelines.
Wall Thickness Fixing is an add-on to the Wall Thickness Visualization tool that actually thickens walls to the minimum recommended wall thickness for the material you’re working with. You can click ‘Save and Exit’ to apply your fixes or Download the fixed model files for use in your 3D Modeling software.
Excited? Check out this example of a model fixed with Wall Thickness Fixing:
How's your Valentine's week going? Even if you're flying solo this year, we've got some awe-inspiring events for our New York Shapies to celebrate love - of 3D modeling, that is. And it all starts tomorrow with the 3DPrintShow!
The 3DPrintShow February 12th - February 15th
Hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion on W18th street, the 3DPrintShow will showcase the best of 3D printed art and fashion, and is sure to inspire you!
Wednesday evening Feb. 12 from 7pm
Join us for an exclusive evening featuring a 3D printed catwalk show and art hang. INSPIRE tickets here.
Shapeways and Adobe are sponsoring the Art Gallery featuring our contest winners and will have a joint booth where you can try out the new Photoshop Creative Cloud, and the neat 3D printing features. Whether you’re a 3D modeler or not, we welcome you to give it a go.
Thursday Feb. 13 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
Our very own CEO and Co-Founder, Pete Weijmarshausen, will give a keynote about the future of 3D printing. Register here.
Saturday Feb. 15th 5pm
The amazingly talented Ashley Zelinskie will be showing her work at the Printshow and giving a presentation about her intricately designed One and One Chair.
Come out for a spectacular night of inspiration celebrating Fashion Week through education and technology. Converse with your favorite Shop Owner Coach and Social Media Manager, Savannah Peterson, who will be discussing 3D printing and the Shapeways community. (Feel free to bring her roses and a box of chocolates.) Sav will be joined by fellow speakers Scott Bryer with Vans Custom Culture and Maddy Maxley of CRATED. RSVP here.
There's so much on we hope to see your smiling faces this week!
It's snowy outside, so what better way to spend an evening than talking 3D printing with artists at the Museum of Arts and Design?
Shapeways is managing an interactive space at MAD in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital. The show investigates the many ways technology has enabled artists and designers to create in the 20th century—including of course, 3D printing.
Come and join Sophie Kahn, Lucas Goossens, and the Laser Girls as they talk about how they use 3D printing to make innovative fine art, modern jewelry, and extreme nails. The talks will start shortly after 6:30pm on the second floor and there will be time for questions.
Take your time to check out the incredible exhibition, and come play in the Shapeways interactive space afterwards. We'll be running our army of Formlabs 3D printers and we will be 3D scanning people so you can get your very own "3D selfie"!
Head over to meetup.com to RSVP and for more details. And if you can't join us on Friday, the exhibition runs through June 2014.
Turning digital ideas into physical reality is not without its challenges, so Shapeways is starting the year off with an incredible new tool to make 3D printing even easier. Shapeways' Wall Thickness Tool gives you instant feedback at upload to improve your model by detecting areas that are below our Thin Walls thresholds for each material offered.
As 2014 begins in earnest, I'm sitting down to write my resolutions. While flipping through MAKE Magazine's 3D printing issue, I couldn't help but notice not one but FIVE Shapeways Shop Owners featured! Which got me really excited about setting some 3D Printing Resolutions, like making some new jewelry this month.
The biggest online shipping day of the year is today! If you're not already taking advantage of our Cyber Monday Sale, you should be!
The other thing to consider is making sure you get your 3D printed gifts in time. As we know, custom made gifts take a little longer than store-bought goodies, so besides our handy shipping cutoff calendar, we've got some tips for you:
1. Order your metals today! Precious metals cut off is today, December 2nd. So if you've been eyeing that sparkly silver ring, today's the day to order it in time for Christmas.
2. Ship to your destination. Know you will be at your parents house for Christmas? Why not ship straight there, especially if you are traveling and your ship date is the 23rd of December.
3. Don't forget you can choose overnight shipping if you are in the USA for those last minute gifts. And if you missed the deadline, you can always get a Shapeways Gift Card.
On this weekend of sales and shopping, don't forget Saturday is about small businesses, encouraging you to shop local and support independent sellers. Luckily for all of us, there's hundreds of Shops on Shapeways online, but today I wanted to share a special small business that's popping up in Baltimore where you can check out 3D printed goodies in real life!
Organized by Shapie Todd Blatt, the Bmore3D Store opens this weekend in Baltimore and features the work of several Shapies like Trish Dobson, Ryan Kittleson, Megan Dattoria, Nancy and Aaron from mixeelabs and John and Lana Briscella from Aminimal.
Customers can shop a curated gallery of the most unique gifts in Baltimore, designed by Baltimore 3D artists. Items include earrings, rings, necklaces, vases, and an assortment of unique Baltimore-themed pieces. All items are designed using 3D modeling software and fabricated by an assortment of 3D printers. The Ditto+ and Litto 3D printers from Tinkerine Studio will be on display in the store demonstrating 3D printing and the store also features ShapeShot™, the world’s first fully automated 3D photo booth. There will also be a variety of classes and events throughout.
The Bmore3D Store is located at 2150 Boston Street, in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland and it is open daily from 1-9pm everyday until the end of the year.