We're so excited to (finally) hang up our winter coats and enjoy this beautiful season. In this week's Friday Finds, we give a warm welcome to the new creatures and colors popping up in our sunny surroundings.
Meet David Basulto, an iPad enthusiast who just realeased the iOgrapher, a 3D printed accessory that transforms your iPad mini into a filmmaking piece of equipment.
The idea for the iOgrapher came about after Basulto realized the lack of products available to help carry out different video projects on the iPad mini. There was no easy way to attach the iPad to a tripod, to use different lenses, or to add additional lighting and audio equipment.
So, he created an accessory that addresses all of these needs. The iOgrapher has a 37mm lens mount to attach wide angle, macro, and
fisheye lenses, handles on both sides for steady camera shots, and cold shoes to mount external microphones
and lighting on top. It can also be attached to a tripod.
After sketching the iOgrapher model on his iPad mini, Basulto and a mechanical engineer perfected it before sending the design to Shapeways for printing. He plans to create the product for all iOs devices in the future.
The beautiful doors feature integral LED lights and are made of laser sintered nylon and a bent steel structure. A larger printed panel serves as a desktop computer cover, while desk storage structures can be anchored to a wall without needing to rest on a surface.
The geometric design is not only appealing to the eye, but also contains a hidden sliding mechanism inside without the need for a visible metal or plastic track.
How will you bring your 3D printed creations to the workplace?
We have quite a great collection of 3D printed puzzle uploads from our community, with one of the latest being the intriguing Centrifugal Puzzle Box by Maundy.
The puzzle box can store any object up to 39x39x13mm. Though it seems pretty straightforward, the method of opening the box requires some unique decoding.
Maundy has also created a special embed code with a clue on how to solve the puzzle for those who are having some difficulty. The clue can be purchased separately and requires a smart device to scan the QR code.
Or, for those who want to skip the challenge, check out the video below to see how to solve the puzzle. Warning: Spoiler alert!
How do you plan to stump the community with your next 3D printed creation?
Have you had a chance to experiment with our new 3D printed Premium Silver yet? The material takes our 3D printed Sterling Silver to the next level with an incredibly smooth, glossy surface for a professional finish.
We will be offering Premium Silver for a six week trial until Tuesday
May the 14th, during which we will assess the pricing and design rules.
If you love this new finish as much as we already do, we will keep it as
a permanent material option on Shapeways.
Check out the design rules to make sure your designs can be printed in Premium Sterling Silver.
We've already seen a mountain of orders in the new finish and we can't wait to see what you think of them when they arrive, but we wanted to remind you to enable the Premium Silver material option in your shop so that your customers can purchase your designs .
This Friday, we make an ode to the potential leaders of our future -- robots. Since the thought of them taking over is a little frightening, we turned to our community's creations to remind us that robots aren't all that bad. In fact, sometimes they're pretty darn cute.
Since we haven't organized any formal tours of our New York factory yet, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into our second Factory of the Future, currently under construction in Long Island City.
Natalia, our Shapeways Community Manager, leads an informal walk through the space. See the 3D printers in action, and check out where the magic happens!
We know that as a 3D Printing company, it can maybe feel like we're just a bunch of robots in a room processing your orders. But we wanted to show you that we are real people working in a space that's rapidly growing in size and possibilities every day.
This past Saturday, we hosted an exciting interactive event at the Ace Hotel New York. The free, public event, explored how digital technology can revolutionize the future of fashion and featured an amazing collection of designers and panel of speakers.
The next time you need to revamp your company's logo, why not 3D print it?
Swiss director and filmmaker Denise Hauser partnered with Shapeways and Norwegian ad agency HK Reklamebyrå to print a logo and shoot four treatment videos for Norwegian department store, Trondheim Torg.
The results are pretty awesome. Plus, the last video gives you a sneak peek into our Long Island City factory! Check out the compilation below.
Have you explored the intersection of marketing and 3D printing? Share your stories!