All Aboard, Savannah here, coming to you from the observation car of #AmtrakLIVE, the SXSW rail journey from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. We are halfway through our 35 hour ride to the South by Southwest Interactive festival and guerrilla 3D Selfie scanning around town. The digital influencers aboard have been documenting the whole experience, including many of the designs by our Shop Owners! Special thanks to everyone who sent products along for the ride.
Long distance train travel is often forgotten about, but I can tell you after 17.5 hours on the Texas Eagle, it's worth remembering. We have a very vibrant model train community here on Shapeways and it's all the more clear to me now where the passion for locomotives comes from.
(Amtrak Staff checking out the awesome masks by Lumecluster)
Heading to Austin for SXSW 2014? So are we! It’s time to ditch the polar vortex, dust off our cowboy boots and talk tech at the biggest interactive festival of the year. Follow @Shapeways on twitter to find out how to get your 3D SXSW Selfie Scan and be sure and add these speaking engagements by Shapeways team members to your SXSW itinerary.
Do you want your products to be in the hands of the technology evangelists at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival this year? Then get on the train, literally! I (Savannah) am traveling via rail from Los Angeles to Austin this year on a train full of technology influencers, sponsored by Amtrak, and would love to show off your work.
Admit it. You've taken a Selfie. Or 127 according to Instagram. And you probably liked it. Maybe you've even mastered how to avoid blurry big upper arms and awkward closeups. Looking to take it to the next level in time for next year's #SelfieOlympics? Meet the #3DSelfie by Shapeways, and welcome to the future.
Bling in the New Year with 10% savings on four of our precious metals! Through Monday January 6th, take 10% off any 3D Prints in Raw Silver, Polished Silver, Premium Silver, or Gold Plated Brass with code "BLING".
There’s time to make custom jewelry for Valentines Day next month, so why not give these great looking metals a try at 10% off? They all work with our Custom Ring app, where you can create your own ring design in minutes. Or, check out some of the great products made by our community.
The Fine Print: This promotion is non-transferable and valid 2x per customer on eligible products totaling up to $5,000 ($500 maximum discount per order). This promotion may not be combined with other discounts or promotion codes in one order. 10% discount applies only to 3D prints in Raw Silver, Polished Silver, Premium Silver, & Gold Plated Brass. Promotion codes cannot be applied to Shapeways Gift Cards or past orders. If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed and has not been successfully printed before, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these models are repaired). If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid. Offer expires January 6, 2014 at midnight Pacific Time.
We saw so many people take advantage of our Cyber Monday store credit offer that we had to bring it back. That's right, all buyers who order in the next 48 Hours (by Midnight on Wednesday, Pacific Time) will receive a $10 Shapeways Credit via email.
You can still order lots of 3D Printed products in time for holiday delivery (check order-by dates for specific materials in your country here).
The fine print: $10 Store Credit will be issued to all customers who order between 12:00am on December 10th and 11:59pm on December 11th, Pacific Standard Time. Limit 1 credit per customer. Redemption instructions will be delivered via email within 21 days.
Still have a few people on your nice list you've yet to check of? Or ready to treat yourself after a busy November? Here's a little gift from us to you:
Save $5 on all orders over $25!
Use promo code “StockingStuffer” at checkout now through Monday at Midnight PST.
Share your favorite Stocking Stuffers with us using the hashtag #ShapewaysStockings. Win your favorite prints, courtesy of Shapeways!
The fine print: This promotion is non-transferable and is valid up to 5 times per customer. It may not applied to past orders or be combined with other discounts or promotion codes in one order. Only 3D prints count towards $25 pre-tax minimum, not Sample Kits, Gift Cards, shipping, or wrapping. If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed and has not been successfully printed before, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these models are repaired). If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid. Shop owner markups will not be affected by this promotion. Offer expires December 9, 2013 at midnight Pacific Time.
Feel like the Holiday season is flying by? So do we! That's why we wanted to give you a friendly reminder about your Holiday deadlines by material. You can see a full list of Material deadlines on our Holiday planning page, but here's a quick overview as the Brass family's cutoff is today!
Have you secretly wished someone would stock your stuffing with a Shapeways gift? Or if stockings aren't your thing, perhaps surprised you with an end of year treat? If so, this contest is for you! And so is this beautiful $10 staircase ornament from PrettySmallThings:
Over the holiday weekend, everyone did a fantastic job of sharing their favorite products and shops on Shapeways. To keep the momentum going through December, we're launching the #ShapewaysStockings campaign!
- Enter now through the end of next week - The #ShapewaysStockings hashtag is the key to your success - You can enter as many times as you'd like, because sharing is caring! - Have fun finding new products on Shapeways :)
Did you know Shapeways has an API? New companies are forming around it everyday!
MYMO is a great recent example of Shop Owners taking advantage of the API. I sat down with them at their office to discuss the launch of their jewelry app, MYMO, that lets users combine any two letters or numbers in an elegant form factor. Our Alan Hudson helped them set it up, has worked with them a lot. He even connected them to a geometry generator. Rex, their developer, built MYMO off the Shapeways API which let him leverage his existing coding database.
We are all so grateful for the brilliant, creative and inspiring community we get to engage and interact with every day. Regardless of what your plans are today, or who's sitting at your 3D Printed table (this one by PrettySmallThings), we just wanted to take a moment to remind you how much we value having you as a Shapie. So, from all of us, Thanks .
The Shapeways crew took some time this week to capture our sentiments surrounding the Holiday Season. When asked "what are you most grateful for at Shapeways?" Here's what we had to say:
Are you a fan of Dinosaurs? Or a recent #Dinovember bandwagoner? If you just answered yes, and should you like your Dinos in cinematic form, you've likely seen the work of David Krentz. Given his feature in our recent Bronze launch, the timely nature of viral heartwarming dinosaur stories, and in an effort to showcase some of the Shop Owners we're so grateful for, I give you...
Interview with David Krentz: "I still pinch myself that someone pays me to make dinosaurs."
We're just one week away from Thanksgiving here in the US and the buzz surrounding Black Friday is already louder than Midtown Manhattan. We want to see all Shapie Shop Owners break their sales records in the next two weeks so consider this your friendly reminder to get ready for the surge of traffic!
Here are 5 tips to help you get there:
1) Tag: Tag your products well! People will be searching the site at a faster rate than any other day of the year 2) Photograph: Post those great photos you've had trapped on your iPhone, Photos sell more! 3) Merchandise: Organize your shop! Do you offer a wide variety of products? Curate them well for easy shop ability 4) Title: Make sure your title is descriptive, your model description includes keywords that people may search to find your product and your photos are up to date - we are running a marketing campaign through Google Shopping and your product may show up if people search for those keywords 5)Share: People are looking for new and interesting things to buy every holiday season, so take advantage of the opportunity to share your shop with friends! Tweeting: "Check out the deals going on in my Shapeways Shop and give a unqiue 3D printed gift this holiday" or "Hey #BlackFriday shoppers, check out my custom product line" etc. goes a really long way! Many of you shared the gift guide, and it's showing in the sales of your shop .
We're lucky enough to catch stories of Shapespiration that are shared on social media, and we want to see more! You are literally creating products and models that have never existed before; and it is mind blowing. It confirms our collective mission to helping you achieve your dreams .
Contest Time: This week we want you to share something that makes you thankful, or expresses your thankfulness. Either a new creation or an existing one. Feel free to go as deep as you want and ask yourself, "What am I most thankful for as a result of 3D printing and/or Shapeways? Is it new metals, faster shipping times, or repriced ceramics? Is it that perfect memento you designed for your sweetheart? Model it or capture a video, we'll be rewarding both categories!
Of course, must be your own design
Explain the meaning in your model. How it makes you thankful or expresses your thankfulness
Other than that, let your creativity flow!
Enter by posting your model in our forum, or sharing your video on our Facebook page
Deadline: Midnight in Hawaii on Friday, because we are also thankful for the beach, or at least I am...