Today, we're proud to welcome the most precious of metals to the Shapeways family - 14k Gold. We've been inspired by the accessories and jewelry you've made with our Silver, Brass, Bronze, and Steel; and we have heard your requests for more premium metal options.
Our solid, hand-polished 14k Gold is simply stunning. It's meticulously polished to a beautiful, smooth sheen. With a high-shine look that's perfect for rings, cufflinks, pendants, earrings, charms, or whatever you decide to create. Not to mention, wedding season is right around the corner, ladies and gents!
Greek mythology deemed the people of the Golden Age the “golden race” of humans who came first. You're all part of the Shapeways Golden Age, so which one of you fearless designers will try our Gold first?
Welcome to the very first Trend Report from Shapeways!
3D printing enables endless possibilities, and so it's no surprise that your creative juices are always flowing. As inspiration for your next design, we wanted to share some insights into what's trending on Shapeways and in design more broadly. AKA, what's hot? We've got trending categories, styles, and inspiring products to give you a better idea of what's happening on and off the site, and how you can get your shop to the next level.
From the top three purchased categories, here are the 10 trends to design for this Spring and Summer. Right here, right now.
Hey, US and UK Shapies! We're participating in a few events this weekend that we'd love for you to be a part of.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival is happening Friday, April 26, to Sun, April 27, in Washington, DC. This event's mission is to the is to re-invigorate the interest of the nation's youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the USA.
Savannah here, just popping in to introduce you to our latest series of Shop Owner Tips & Tricks. The glorious signs of spring are everywhere, and that means it's time for Spring Shop Cleaning! You all did such an impressive job with the Fall Shop Owner Challenge, we wanted to follow up and help you have your biggest Summer of sales yet! Many members of the staff and community are pitching in with inspiring stories and ways to make your Shapeways Shop more successful. Today, Eric, our Social Media Manager is letting you in on some Facebook pro tips!
Ready to get more eyes on your designs? Time to tap the largest social network on Earth. If you currently have shop open on Shapeways or are thinking about opening one, Facebook is a great platform for establishing your brand and engaging your customers. Today we will highlight basic best practices for managing your shops Facebook Fan page so that you can use all the tools the platform has to offer to your best advantage.
1) Have eye catching fan page profile and cover photos that highlight your brand
As you can see above, Joy Complex does a great job having a beautiful cover photo that aligns with their shop’s profile image. You can find the photo dimensions for Facebook pages here.
2) Post Fun, Engaging, and Visual Content
Content is king on social media and every second you’re competing for eyeballs on your followers Newsfeed. The best way to get the attention of your audience is through engaging content that includes catchy visuals like pictures or video. Keep your posts short, include a photo, have a call to action, and always link back to your shop. Try to keep your content relevant, have a sense of humor, be fun, inspiring, and open with your fans.
3) Post at the best times and optimizing your content for Facebook Newsfeed algorithm
The organic reach of your pages Facebook posts gets seen by fewer people due to the frequent changes in the Facebook Newsfeed algorithm. Here’s how to optimize your content posts without having to pay to pay to sponsor your posts
Including multiple photos in a post and create visual rich Facebook photo albums
Looking at your page analytics and posting at the times where people online and are more likely to see your post.
Post on weekends
Sharing news content, blog posts, articles relevant to your work
Post 3-4 times throughout the day
4) Engage, Interact, and Listen to your audience
Get social with your fans! Initiate conversation, join the conversation, and recognize your top evangelist. What counts as an “engagement” on Facebook is a Like, Comment, or share. When someone comments on your Fan page, reply or ‘Like’ their post to acknowledge their feedback.
Spread the love: By liking and engaging by other artists, designers and makers you further enrich the community we’re all apart of. Conversation karma goes a long way. Be sure and check your page daily.
5) Check Your Page Insights and Analytics
Use the the page analytics section on your Facebook fan page to track your audience growth, reach from your content posts, along with fan page engagement metrics. It’s important to monitor which content performs the best according to the data which you can use to influence your decision making.
6) Run Contest and Promotions
People love contest, giveaways, and promotions. Most importantly, everyone loves free stuff. Give your fans an incentive to come back to your page and engage with your content. This can be something as simple getting users to ‘Like’ your fan page, share their email address, commenting on your page posts.
7) Use Facebook as your Fan page instead of as ‘You’
By using Facebook as your fan page, you’re able to filter out your personal newsfeed and insights from your fan page’s. Your fan page can also ‘Like” other fan pages and you can follow their updates.
Create scheduled content / Use a social media management application
We don’t always have time to sit in front of a computer and post content real time. That’s why it’s important to schedule content to post during time’s you’re not online using Facebook’s schedule post feature or through a free social media content management application like Buffer or Hootsuite.
9) Manage Facebook on mobile with the Facebook Pages Manager app
Mobile devices play a big part in our everyday lives so being able to manage your social media presence via mobile will give you an advantage. You can download the free Facebook Pages Manager App on itunes and on Google Play to help you manage your brand's Facebook page on the go.
10) Think like a creative consumer
Ask yourself “What am I doing to make my content grab the attention of my audience?”. Is it a catchy tagline? Or maybe a funny photo? It could even be something that triggers an emotional response. The goal is to think like a creative consumer. If you were scrolling down your news feed ask yourself if your content engaging enough for someone’s attention.
While maintaining a Facebook fan page takes some advance planning and energy to upkeep, it’s a great way to actively engage your customers and keep them personally involved and updated about your brand’s activities and the products you are creating. Do you have a fan page for your Shapeways shop? What are strategies you have found work for you?
This week, in light of Mother's Day coming up in the US, we are highlighting a brother/sister duo who are definitely making mom proud. Born in Paris, Jean-Baptiste and Jessica are now exploring different parts of the world, but have one common place to put their creative minds together. Node is an awesome combo of Jessica's imagination with Jean-Baptiste's 3D modeling skills. Uniting their creative minds, there's no sibling rivalry here, and they've come up with some great pieces.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
We are a brother and sister team, John Baptist 23 and I, Jessica, 20. We are spread all around the world: although born and raised in Paris, John Baptist moved to New York to complete an Industrial Engineering Masters at NYU and I am currently at Manchester Business School in my final year studying Economics and Business. Our collaboration works perfectly: I have the idea and create the first design of our jewels and JB adds one more dimension to the work and models it from 2D to 3D.
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.
Watch the viral video again
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.