Welcome to the 5th Community Journal, and check out what's been happening in the Shapeways community the past few weeks...
Lately, we've had a few exciting gift stories on the forum, so we collected two of our favorites to share with you. First up, we have turnip_stew, who was in China for his mother's birthday. Knowing that he couldn't be there to give her a gift himself, he designed this Geometric Elephant, inspired by her memories of Africa, and ordered it through Shapeways. Not only did it turn out to be an awesome gift, but he was still able to give her something personal and custom from far away.
There's been a trend this summer on Shapeways of Shapies designing custom wedding rings and bands. Miguel, one of our community members, did just this for his August 3rd wedding. Due to some unfortunate summer scheduling issues, the ring that was supposed to arrive July 30th, in time for the wedding, was now scheduled to ship August 2nd and would arrive on August 5th, two days too late. Shapeways Eindhoven began to strategize... the ring had to be there for the wedding! They looked into overnighting the ring to Madrid, but it was going to cost at least 700 EUR! At a stand still, the Eindhoven office decided to call Miguel and break the bad news.
On August 2nd, the Eindhoven office received an extra silver shipment of late orders... and the ring was inside! Thrilled, the team set off on finding a way to get it to Miguel. UPS online said it wouldn't be possible to ship the ring overnight. While Adela was on the phone with UPS Customer Service, Jan tried to find a community member flying from Amsterdam to Madrid that day. Finally, they were able to convince UPS to ship the ring so it would arrive the next day at 1pm. They called up Miguel with the great news, who was extremely happy, especially because he had been on his way to buy a replacement ring.
Miguel e-mailed saying "During the morning I had to call and mobilize UPS Spain... And the ring arrived 5min before going out from home to the ceremony!" He also attached the above picture of his wife, Natalia, wearing the ring during the ceremony. They are now enjoying their honeymoon at the beach! Congratulations Miguel and Natalia, and thanks for letting us share your story!
Do you have a 3D printed magic moment? Share the spark, and let us know your story...
Beck's "Live Beyond Labels" project has launched their 2013 edition bottles. They invited six artists to design the labels for 13.2 million bottles, creating the world's largest stage for artists. One of the artists they invited was Marc Ecko, who thought that an interesting way to approach the constraints of a flat label was to first 3D model and print it. He printed it using Shapeways and came to the LIC Factory to break out and clean his model. Watch it all in the video below!
What other brands do you think could leverage Shapeways 3D Printing technology to be more innovative? Sound off in the comments. Oh, and while you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube Channel .
Are you a high school or college student in NYC this summer who wants to bring the Shapeways community back to school? If yes, or even maybe, come join us for a meetup this Thursday, August 8th, from 6-8pm, and learn about how you can get involved. Get a chance to meet some of the Shapeways team, peek around the office, and see our new materials.
As you may already know, Shapeways is big on community. We always want to see what you've been up to, and we want to do that both on and offline. We host meetups worldwide, bringing together different people who are as excited about 3D Printing as we are, and now we want to bring those communities to schools.
And oh yeah, drinks are on us. :)
The meetup will be held at Shapeways HQ in NYC. The address is: 419 Park Ave S, Suite 909
The past few months have been incredibly exciting for us in terms of material development. First, Elasto launched at the end of May, and then last week we announced Gold Plated Brass. As always, we want to see how the community feels and what you've been using the new materials for.
Come join us on Wednesday, August 7th, in New York and Eindhoven for a meetup! Bring any prints you may have and join us for a beer and a great time! Hope to see you there! RSVP on Meetup for both events.
It's wedding season and we have decided to go bridal this weekend (and Monday). We've seen some interesting wedding additions, and now we want to see yours! What would you customize in your wedding? The cake topper, ring(s), cuff links, 3D Printed vows? The options are endless! Enter a design for a chance to win Shapeways cash, (as well as the love of our PR team). Designs are due end of day Tuesday 7/30. For more information or to enter head over to the forum.
This summer the IDSA International Design Conference has announced a competition for their launch day. The challenge is to design a 3D Printed car to launch down a ski-slope track at the conference.
To enter you have to design a car using their supplied wheels and axle and send the STEP file to Zach Kaplan of Inventables (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 12. The top 10 designs, based on aesthetics and the utilization of unique 3D printing attributes, will be printed and launched down the ski-jump. The contest will be judged based on best flight, best aesthetics, and most spectacular crash. The top prize is a 3D Printer! For more information check here.
Last year at SXSW we handed out these awesome 3D printed business card cases designed by Salokannel- and the crowd seemed to love them as much as we do! We are now happy to announce that anybody or any company can customize their own case.
One side of the case is textured with a funky pattern, and the other side has a perfect space for your logo or name! Available in a variety of colors the cases can easily be designed to coordinate with your business cards. They also work great as promotional gifts!
The first custom case is $59.99, but after that they drop to only $25 each. Buy one here.
Last July, we saw Isohedral'sRocket Espresso Cupgo viral. We were excited about the espresso cups, and clearly we weren't the only ones! The espresso cups also caught the attention of Fred, of Fred and Friends, and now, a year later, a mass produced version the cups will be hitting shelves worldwide. We are very happy that Shapeways was able to play a part in the process, and we asked Craig a few questions about his journey from idea to mass market product.
Once again, we've rounded up exciting community news and gathered it all here! We want to keep you posted as to what's going on throughout the Shapeways community and if you want to be informed- keep reading!
Shapeways Turned 5
As you may already know, Shapeways turned 5 last week and to celebrate we had parties in NYC and Eindhoven! Check out pictures from the events below.
We always love to see what great things people are 3D printing, and we were definitely excited by Open Reflex- an open source analog camera!
The camera has a mirror viewfinder, a finger activated mechanical shutter (running 1/60 s), and its custom mount ring makes it compatible with any photographic lens. Once the parts are printed, the camera takes only about an hour to assemble!
Shapeways is sponsoring the Floored WebGL Hackathon Thursday and Friday this week here in NYC! Push the limits of WebGL over two days of hacking, beer, and barbecue. Participants have a chance of winning a grand prize of $250 in printing credits to Shapeways. Head over here to see their awesome invites and RSVP. Hope to see you there!
are hot right now, and we want in! That's why we talked toDavid Dewey, the
designer of the "Frame'ish" Go Pro frame, that allows you to send your GoPro
soaring through the air and capture some great footage. See what he has to say about the world of Quadcopters below!
A Quadcopter? So is that a 4 wheel
bike with a rotor blade sticking out of it?
no. That would be messy if you stood up.
quadcopter, while easy to get way over technical, is a radio controlled
aircraft that uses 4 propellers to fly which are powered by 4 motors (4=quad).
The direction and angle that a quadcopter flys in is generally dictated by how
much power goes to each motor/propeller.... simple.