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.
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.
In case you did not spend your morning with a coffee and a New York Times print edition in hand, you may have missed Shapeways was featured on the front page of the Home section! But don’t worry—the article is also available online here, complete with a slideshow and video.
Our Designer Evangelist Duann Scott discusses how 3D printing is impacting the future of business and design and how Shapeways can be a resource for designers launching new products. The article also showcases a few of our amazing Shop Owners and community members.
Thank you to our talented designers featured in this article for being such amazing ambassadors:
The tech world collectively gasped and gossiped yesterday as Facebook announced its purchase of Oculus, a virtual reality headset originally launched on Kickstarter, for a cool $2 Billion Dollars. Safe to say that their 21 year old CEO and his team of are set for life, but what does this mean for the rest of us?
We are excited to share a unique opportunity for creatives in the arts, technology and design space -- a.k.a., YOU.
This summer, NEW INC, is hosting the first museum-led incubator hosted by the New Museum in New York. The shared space will be a place for anyone working in art, technology, or design to come together to support each other, innovate, and develop their crafts. It’s a great place to take your design and 3D printing abilities to the next level, for your art or your business.
Just 100 members are going to be selected to participate in this lab-like interdisciplinary community to investigate ideas and develop a sustainable practice.
What happens if you’re chosen? You’ll get access to full- and part-time coworking desk space, shared resources, events, and professional development programs over a 12-month period. Not to mention access to mentors and advisors who make up the New Museum’s staff and affiliates.
Because this is being hosted at the New Museum, you’ll be working alongside Museum artists-in-residence, programs, and affiliates like IDEAS City and Rhizome, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Studio-X. Not to mention, our headquarters is just around the corner!
For more info and to apply, check out the NEW INC site. The deadline is April 1, and applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.
This week, we're celebrating March 14 (3.14) - Pi Day. We wanted to take the time to appreciate the beauty of math and how designers and modelers in the 3D printing world use it to make unique, aesthetically pleasing, fascinating works of mathematical art.
Shapeways has always been on the cutting edge of technology. We have brought you the ability to hold your ideas in your hand, and now we’re giving you more ways to improve them!
Last month, we launched Wall Thickness Visualization to help you see areas where your model might need improvement to survive 3D printing, and now we help you fix them. Wall Thickness Visualization identifies weak points in your models with areas below our recommended wall thickness guidelines.
Wall Thickness Fixing is an add-on to the Wall Thickness Visualization tool that actually thickens walls to the minimum recommended wall thickness for the material you’re working with. You can click ‘Save and Exit’ to apply your fixes or Download the fixed model files for use in your 3D Modeling software.
Excited? Check out this example of a model fixed with Wall Thickness Fixing:
Surpassing Superman in being faster than a speeding bullet, Raw Silver and Polished Silver are now shipping to the US and Canada quicker than ever before—leaving our factory in just 10 business days! Brightening the world one 3D printed product at a time.
We're excited to announce our partnership with Sixense MakeVR, a virtual reality software that enables anyone to create 3D-printable objects by using wireless gesture-control devices with natural hand motions. Sixense MakeVR software will make it easier for people to create 3D designs and print 3D objects. MakeVR is integrated with Shapeways so you can order your designs directly from the MakeVR interface and have your designs 3D printed from Shapeways.
Sixense is currently doing a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to raise money for MakeVR. What's very unique about MakeVR is that it has both the software and hardware that makes designing, creating, and accessing 3D printing more engaging and intuitive. It enables consumers to create 3D designs that look professionally done.
What are you thoughts on MakeVR? It's very innovative and exciting technology. You can support the MakeVR Kickstarter campaign here. You can also watch a informative Youtube video on MakeVR here.
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.
Shapeways is excited to be partnering with the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Consulate General in NYC along with the quirky Dutch coolness of Kikkerland Design for the Dutch Design Competition USA 2014.
The ten top entries will be selected by a jury of design experts, 3D printed by Shapeways and go on display in NYC, the winning design will then have the possibility of being taken into manufacture by Kikkerland and the winner will be flown to NYC to be Shapeways Designer in Residence with all flights and accommodation included as part of the prize!
The Dutch government is looking for a new giveaway to distribute to their contacts in the United States, and is inviting designers to submit inventive, quirky and smart ideas for a functional and affordable small item inspired by Dutch Design (you do not have to be Dutch to enter).
“We’re opening up this competition to a wide range of people, whether they have decades of design experience or are a novice who designs as a hobby,” said Dutch Ambassador Rudolf Bekink. “We want to find a new giveaway item that everyone will know is distinctively Dutch the moment they see it.”
The Netherlands is defined by its innovative spirit and entrepreneurship in the arts and design industries. Creative ingenuity is an essential part of our nature. Being Dutch inherently means pushing boundaries when tackling problems. Like Americans, the Dutch value new ideas and enjoy exploring them. The Dutch have a history of cutting-edge arts and culture, and are known for their high commitment to quality and their pragmatic approach.
Turning digital ideas into physical reality is not without its challenges, so Shapeways is starting the year off with an incredible new tool to make 3D printing even easier. Shapeways' Wall Thickness Tool gives you instant feedback at upload to improve your model by detecting areas that are below our Thin Walls thresholds for each material offered.
The advancement of 3D printing technology and 3D modeling software have given creators the freedom to push the boundaries of product creation. When imaginations are pushed and limitations are limited we get to see a wealth of creative 3D printed creations. Here are a few extraordinary things that you won't believe is 3D printed.
Each year at Shapeways, we like to do a roundup of amazing accomplishments in the rapidly evolving 3D Printing world, often powered by your innovations and creativity. We’ve been digging in and must admit, 2013 was quite the year!
To date, we’ve 3D Printed 2.2 million products — that’s 61,000 boxes worth of Tic Tacs! We are so proud to have 13,500 Shapeways shops...and counting (a growth of 75% from 2012). And the number of people creating products on Shapeways has doubled in the past year.
The 3D printing industry as a whole has also experienced incredible growth. We’re seeing more retailers, like our friends at UPS, offer in-store 3D printing. The price of 3D printers for the home and office continues to drop. And 3D printing is constantly making stock market headlines.
We couldn’t make such strides without wildly imaginative, creative, thoughtful, and fearless people like you, our community, who continue to upload nearly 100,000 new products per month. You help us push the limits of what’s possible to 3D Print, creating products from gorgeous to quirky to functional, and continue to wow us with how you use new materials.
It’s a beautiful world when anyone can create and get what they want, not just what’s available in stores.
Check out our Slideshare for 3D printing trends, stats & more of our exciting year in review.
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