On Thursday 17th we had a Meetup scheduled in Amsterdam. Together with our community members Eric, Rajesh, Willem-Jan, Victor and Monique we enjoyed the nice atmosphere in Restaurant Barça, located at the well known Marie Heinekenplein.
Eric and Rajesh had met each other already at the 3D MakersZone meetup in Haarlem which was held just a few hours before the Shapeways Meetup. Funny how small the 3D printing world can be ?
Earthquake, we are having a earthquake, KTLA Anchor Chris Schauble said these words as he dove under the News Desk while a 4.4 Earthquake rumbles through Los Angeles on St.Patrick’s Day.
The video of his epic reaction to the Earthquake became a viral hit on the internet with currently over 14 Million views on YouTube. The video inspired designer Ryan Kittleson to immediately capture KTLA anchor Chris Schauble’s priceless reaction in the form of a 3D characature sculpt.
Shapeways 3D printed the model and sent Chris one to immortalize his reaction to the Earthquake.
You can purchase your own Chris Schuable Wobble here.
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You never know which events will inspire you to design your next awesome product on Shapeways. We like to know how do you find inspiration for your product designs? Comment below and tweet us @Shapeways.
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!
Our designer spotlight this week features Corretta Singer. A Shapie with some serious imagination and awesome steam punk aesthetic, her shop is a great example of the endless possibilities of 3D printing.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? I am a 3D generalist and animator currently living in Jamaica. I was born in Switzerland, but came to Jamaica when I was 5 years old with my mother and younger brother. I started out as a painter and visual artist but branched off into 3D and digital art after high school.
This past week, the Shapeways marketing and community team headed out west for a week of meetups and events in both Northern and Southern California. Of course, California is a huge and diverse state that is known as a place full of creative people driving innovation and turning their ideas into products and projects. We’re always excited to head out there and we were excited to meet a few of them at Shapeways meetups in Stanford and Ventura.
We take security very seriously here at Shapeways and we value your trust. The moment we were made aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability, our engineering team went to work protecting our community, patching the problem within 14 hours. We do not anticipate any further issues and we appreciate your continued trust.
Heartbleed was an internet-wide security hole. Although we're now patched, Heartbleed was a bug that affected the internet for the last 2 1/2 years. We recommend you change your Shapeways password and we wouldn't be good friends if we didn't tell you to change your other passwords to remain safe.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or security concerns you may have. We're here to help and we value the incredible Shapeways community above all.
From bleeding hearts to hearts of steel- we've got you covered!
Mother's Day is just around the corner here in the US, and we want to make sure you can get your goods in time for your lovely mothers and important women in your life. We’ve mapped out a schedule for select materials, and you can always reference our material pages for more information. These cut-off dates are based on next day shipping for a May 9th delivery within the US. If you are ordering from outside the US, or ordering a personalized product, please allow for extra time.
The final stop on my Irish, British and Scottish roadshow was ancient Edinburgh. A city as cloaked in history as it is moss. Scotland is a lovely country, making up the Northern UK territory and producing some of the best Whisky in the world, it has always been high on my list of travel destinations. Full disclosure, the original impetus for this roadshow had been a wedding I was asked to officiate in Edinburgh, and given the success of the Shapie community there it made sense to combine work and play. After making some great memories with my old college community, I was excited to see how Scottish Shapies got inspired! I spent Monday with the esteemed Vijay Paul of Dotsan and the evening meeting up with Steven Gray, Chris Dobson and Michael Inglis, three other incredibly talented Shapies. Not sure if it was the gloomy weather or tasty spirits, but Scotland greatly impressed me with the magic of its design culture.
With so much talent out there, we encourage everyone to join. Already designed a gadget hack or accessory? Enter the contest by submitting an Instructable for a chance to win a feature in Popular Mechanics, an Ultimaker desktop 3D printer, Shapeways credit and your own Sphero!
Gadget hacking newb? Well, now’s the perfect time to try your first hack—and document it for your chance to win.
What can you win?
Every entrant will receive a $10 credit on Shapeways!
Though 3D printing opens the door for endless ways to accessorize, update, or customize your gadgets, entries don't have to include a 3D printed component. However, only entries with a 3D printed component will be eligible for the Judges’ Prize.
For the designer spotlight this week, we are highlighting Matthew Levy and Martin Griswold of Quantitative Design! They've also let us in on some of their design secrets, for our first ever BONUS MATERIAL section of the designer spotlight. The duo translates complex data into beautiful pendants, further opening our eyes to the endless capabilities of 3D printing. If you love space and jewelry, these are your guys!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? Quantitative Design is Matthew Levy and Martin Griswold. We studied physics together in college and we've always shared a passion for science, technology and design. Matthew is currently based in San Francisco, finishing his PhD on simulations of giant lasers and laser fusion. In between calculating and computing, he's worked as a fashion model and as a photographer in places like Los Angeles and Tokyo. Martin just recently got his PhD studying plasma rockets and lives in New York City.
We're proudly bringing back Friday Finds - sharing with you products, shops, and designers who are using their creative 3D printing powers in new, fun and exciting ways. This week, we present to you Thinker Things! Bryan Salt is the creator behind the brand. As a veteran of the 3D technology world, Bryan has 27 years of experience including virtual reality, games, television & mobile 3D engines. With Thinker Thing, he wants to make 3D printing accessible to everyone - even children!
It has been an exciting and busy week for Shapeways in Europe. First of was the Shapeway factory tour on Friday the 28 of march. Later that same week Shapeways took part in the first ever Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire 2014. We were also the proud sponsor of the Makerdays Hackaton.
After an inspiring meetup in Galway it was time to head to Big Ben and meetup with the London Shapeways Community. It was overcast and slightly misting when I arrived, in typical British form. 15 Shapies (and even some of their family) met me at The Riverside, on the South Side of the River Thames.
It was a pleasant variety of Shapies, many of them designers and engineers by day. Entrepreneurs, amateurs and some venerable members of the 3D Printing community came out and shared stories and Shapeways models. Many of the designers, like the one by Terry Wu featured above, were focused on making complete collections and iterating to perfection! Here are some highlights:
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.