This Mother's Day, surprise mom with something better than the usual dozen roses: a custom creation, made just for her.
With a few weeks left before the big day, you can create a gift from scratch, customize an existing product (like ceramics for the kitchen), or choose from hundreds of beautiful designs in the Shapeways marketplace. For inspiration, check out these products below that are sure to get her bragging to her friends.
Take your vacation memories to the next level with loci, a 3D Printed sculpture of your flights.
With loci, users are able to highlight important flights to them, such as their
honeymoon or a memorable summer adventure, through a custom software.
The software also connects to Tripit or Foursquare data to help make the
tracking process a bit easier.
Each loci comes with a special card with a map featuring all the airports flown to in order to help the user visualize his or her travels. The card also displays a chosen title, total distance traveled, number of airports visited and the number of flights taken.
The product is currently a prototype made by Netherlands based interaction and sound designer Andrew Spitz, who also co-created a soon-to-be-released iPhone app called Flying. A large part of the app is the ability to track one's flights, so he hopes to eventually include loci directly in the app.
Check out fellow community member Lily Su's fine arts exhibition, Alchemy & Art - Part 1, opening this Friday and Saturday in New York's Lower East Side.
The exhibition focuses on the use of 3D data as a tool for creating work that partakes in the dialogue of contemporary art, and it will feature 3D prints from Lily Su and Heidi Lee with collaborative efforts from designer, artist, and instructor Stuart Rentzler.
In addition, there will be live demonstrations, including Kinect body scanning and 3D printing with Ultimaker and Up! desktop printers.
Whether you're fascinated by evolution theories or not, check out this amazing replication of Charles Darwin's first ever sketch of a tree of life by joabaldwin.
The detailed replication pays homage to Darwin's original sketch found in his private notebook, "Notebook B on the transmutation of species," 1837-1838.
The finches perched upon the end of each branch represent the
A, B, C and D marks on the original drawing. Each is slightly
different; the more apart the finches are from each other in the
evolutionary tree, the more distinct are the differences between
From a side view, the shape of the printed tree mirrors Darwin's sketch exactly.
This fantastic piece also comes in the form of a necklace.
As taken from Darwin's notebook itself, "I think ... Case must be that one
generation then should be as many living as now. To do this and to have
many species in same genus (as is) requires extinction. Thus between A
& B immense gap of relation. C & B the finest gradation, B &
D rather greater distinction. Thus genera would be formed.—bearing
We have become closely acquainted with the phrase "April Showers Bring May Flowers" the past few rainy days here at Shapeways. This week's Friday Finds is an ode to Mother Nature and those good old spring showers.
We are very excited to announce that a handful of Shapeways Shop Owner's designs were featured on the Today Show this morning! We wanted to give a special congratulations to the creators and highlight the products that were mentioned. Check them out below!
The cube contains a total of 28 gears, all of which turn from manually rotating only one (though the designer notes that rotating two gears results in a smoother motion). The outermost gear on each side has handles for easy rotation, and each is linked to its adjacent gear in an interlocking pattern. Once one gear is spun, the others correspondingly spin along.
In addition to the fascinating pattern and mechanics, the cube has a tray in the middle for holding various small objects. The product also comes with a stand and a lockable lid, which is placed on top of the cube and can be locked and unlocked by rotating the gears.
The piece comes printed as one fully assembled object straight off the printer. Check out the video below to see it in action!
How do you plan to test the limits of 3D printed moving parts?