After suffering traumatic injuries from a motorcycle accident in 2012, Stephen Power, of Cardiff, Wales, was left disfigured on the left side of his face. But with a little help from 3D printing and a dedicated team of doctors, his face has been reconstructed. And he’s become one of the world’s first trauma patients to have 3D printing used in every stage of the procedure.
Using CT scans, the surgical team at Morriston Hospital in Swansea worked with designers and engineers at Cardiff Metropolitan University to create a 3D model of Mr. Power’s skull, which resulted in greater precision than in traditional reconstructive work.
Through an eight-hour procedure, Mr. Power’s cheekbone was broken in three places and then refractured using cutting guides, following a 3D printed template. After the remodelling, a medical-grade titanium implant, printed in Belgium, was used to hold the bones in place.
The result? Greater facial symmetry and a happier, more confident Mr. Power.
You can now download and 3D print your very own (non functional) Honda concept car to 3D print and hold in your hands (depending upon scale at which you 3D print).
Whether it is the FSR Concept from 1994 or the Kiwami from 2003 you can own a very small piece of automotive history for the price of a 3D print.
There are 5 models available to download from Honda-3D and while this is not exactly a game changer for the automotive industry, it is indicative that 3D printing is front and center in their imagination (super ultra daydreams), if not their practice, yet.
DIY is so 2010, why do everything yourself when all you really need to do is Design Your Own and the 3D printers will do the rest.
DYO is the latest customizable jewelry project from the good people at Matter Labs, behind Matter.IO.
Starting with five simple yet beautiful templates by entering you can customize the designs by entering text, a location, or a date to create a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one to be 3D printed on demand.
Buying gifts, especially for people you care about, is such a personal thing,” says co-founder and CEO Dylan Reid “but for the most part you’re stuck choosing between pretty generic, mass produced things.” You can buy handmade jewelry and crafts on sites like Etsy, “but what you really want to do is play a role in the design, even it’s small -- like leaving a little bit of yourself in the object.” says Reid.
So if you are looking to give a unique gift this Valentine's Day (or any day) but don't have the 3D modeling skills (yet) to make something truly awesome DYO may be the perfect way to win hearts this year.
And like all good things 3D printed DYO is powered by the Shapeways API.
Exciting news! Adobe Photoshop is making it even easier to create and modify designs for 3D printing, particularly in full color.
Adobe's latest release of Photoshop Creative Cloud lets you create full-color 3D models right in Photoshop. You can design from scratch or refine an existing 3D model while using the Photoshop CC tools you’re already familiar with. Then upload your design to Shapeways and 3D print in over 40 materials.
The brand new Photoshop Creative Cloud includes these powerful 3D printing features:
Use the standard Photoshop toolbox of brushes, gradients, filters, and bump maps to add color and texture to your existing 3D model then export to 3D print with Shapeways. It has never been easier to add color and effects to 3D models.
Create new 3D models from 2D images using extrude, twist and pinch tools while adding texture with bump maps to create truly unique 3D models ready to 3D print.
Automated mesh repair and wall thickness repair to ensure your designs are ready to 3D print in all of the materials on Shapeways. Simply insert your 3D file as a 3D layer on Photoshop then choose the Shapeways material in the “3D Print Settings” dialogue box along with the detail and scale, then select “3D Print” and Photoshop will voxelize and repair your file, prepare the print for upload and estimate the cost in your material of choice.
This latest release of Photoshop puts incredibly powerful 3D tools into the hands of everybody running the software. It lowers the barrier of entry and increases the reliability of your designs being ready to 3D print with Shapeways. We’re super excited to see what people create! Adobe is also offering a free one-month trial so you can test the tools for yourself.
What happens when NYC product engineers and design enthusiasts combine their passions for 3D printing and Citi Biking? You get 24 Share-it Gold, a 3D printed Citi Bike key necklace created by the inventive folks at Tomorrow Lab and printed by yours truly.
Hello Shapies, As we start off the new year and recover from the holidays, we want to make sure everyone is keeping up with their #3DP2014 resolutions already! Why not start off with the inspiration of love?
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to make sure
you can get your goods in time for your loved ones. 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 February 13th delivery within the US. If you are ordering
from outside the US, or ordering a personalized product, please allow
for extra time.
January 15 - Gold Plated Brass
January 21 - Bronze, Nickel, Gold, Black and Grey Steel
January 22 - Silver, Bronze, Polished Brass
January 24 - Ceramics
January 27 - Stainless Steel, Dyed Strong & Flexible
January 30 - Polished White Strong & Flexible, Polished Alumide
February 4 - White Strong & Flexible
Happy making, selling, shopping and stay tuned for Valentine's Day
fun and inspiration! If you are interested in having your Valentine's
designs featured in the next few weeks, please post your products in "Feature this!"
As 2014 begins in earnest, I'm sitting down to write my resolutions. While flipping through MAKE Magazine's 3D printing issue, I couldn't help but notice not one but FIVE Shapeways Shop Owners featured! Which got me really excited about setting some 3D Printing Resolutions, like making some new jewelry this month.
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.
At Shapeways we believe nothing is sexier than 3D printing, especially when we are 3D printing the snow angel outfit for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which airs tonight, December 10 at 10pm/9 Central on CBS.
Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson will be wearing the 3D printed outfit that was designed to exactly fit her body based on a 3D scan. The outfit includes a corset, wings and hat, each of the components is made from hundreds of snowflakes which interlock to move like a fabric or stand rigid to creat the sculptural angel wings. The entire outfit was 3D Printed in lightweight Nylon then encrusted with millions (yes millions) of Swarovski crystals then paired with Victoria's Secret lingerie. The overall effect is a glimmering, icy outfit that perfectly showcases the ability of 3D printing beautiful, complex forms.
Check out the video of Lindsay Ellingson modeling the 3D printed angel wings as a teaser for tonight's show.
The biggest online shipping day of the year is today! If you're not already taking advantage of our Cyber Monday Sale, you should be!
The other thing to consider is making sure you get your 3D printed gifts in time. As we know, custom made gifts take a little longer than store-bought goodies, so besides our handy shipping cutoff calendar, we've got some tips for you:
1. Order your metals today! Precious metals cut off is today, December 2nd. So if you've been eyeing that sparkly silver ring, today's the day to order it in time for Christmas.
2. Ship to your destination. Know you will be at your parents house for Christmas? Why not ship straight there, especially if you are traveling and your ship date is the 23rd of December.
3. Don't forget you can choose overnight shipping if you are in the USA for those last minute gifts. And if you missed the deadline, you can always get a Shapeways Gift Card.
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:
Nervous System have just released a new Kinematics jewelry range coupled with a customization app to create unique 3D printed jewelry based on interlocking components. While this is a beautifully simple interface to create customized 3D printed jewelry, it is the potential for draping and compression to fit a large design within a small 3D printer build size when using a process such as Shapeways Selective Laser Sintering that really makes this an impressive application for 3D printing.
Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules.
The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body. Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures.
Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
Above for example, you see a full scale dress design that would be far too large to fit into even our largest printer that can take parts up to 650x350x550mm in Nylon. By converting the structure into a series of self folding connections the entire dress could be compressed down to the smallest possible form (whilst maintaining enough distance so parts do not sinter together) and then be 3D printed in our EOS slective laser sintering 3D printer in one entire print. We would then unfurl the dress from the print build, air blast the excess Nylon powder out of the dress and it would be ready to wear.
This project evolved out of a collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which challenged Nervous System to create in-person customization experiences for low cost 3D printers. The genesis of the project is discussed at length in The Making of Kinematics post on the Nervous System blog.
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."
Just launched on Kickstarter is inkimals, a simple tool to help you color, scan and 3D print your own customized designer toys based on four playful templates by AMINIMAL Studio.
As well as the color and scan templates, AMINIMAL are seeking funding on Kickstarter to develop an interactive app so that you can tweak your character in 3D to perfect the awesomeness.
Your backing will help the to develop the software to make this app real and backers of $30 or more will get their inkimal in their hands, 3D printed by Shapeways in full color.
AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based company focused on researching complex systems and emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products.
Svetlana Blum Briscella and John Briscella are the creative minds behind AMINIMAL.
As designers and innovators, Svetlana and John have demonstrated 3D printing as a method for manufacturing high quality products for companies such as MakerBot, the MoMA Store and Shapeways. Their compilations of designs include the field test jewelry collection, the Makerbot Mixtape, the Makerbot Watch, overall design of the Makerbot store and the Shapeways sake set creator.