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!
What does a simple wooden box and a woman wearing a body wrap have in common? Only Google, a 'Hill Climbing Algorithm' and Shapeways 3D Printer can show us. Venus of Google is an experimental work by artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez exploring emerging technology and culture.
The Venus of Google was ‘found’ via a Google search-by-image, googling a photograph taken of an object I had been handed over in a game of exquisite corpse. The Google search returned visually similar results, one of these being an image of a woman modeling a body-wrap garment. I then used a similar algorithmic image-comparison technique to drive the automated design of a 3D printable object. The 'Hill-Climbing' algorithm starts with a plain box shape and tries thousands of random transformations and comparisons between the shape and the image, eventually mutating towards a form resembling the found image in both shape and colour. I’m interested in this early era of artificial intelligence, computer vision and algorithmic artefacts, exemplifying the paradox of technology being both advanced and primitive at the same time. The Long Tail Multiplier series investigates the potential use of algorithms to create virtually infinite cultural artefacts, inspired by the stories of these algorithmic books and t-shirts.
The Long Tail Multiplier system is based on a Hill Climbing Algorithm. The 3D Mesh render and distortion is done with Processing and the Hemesh library. The image comparison is managed with a Python script calling a command-line tool called ImageMagick.
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is an artist exploring emerging technology and culture. He uses scanning, digital fabrication and computational approaches to making artefacts, both physical and digital, that blur the distinction between the two, referencing the digitisation of the everyday. Plummer-Fernandez received his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2009, after studies in Graphic Design and a BEng in Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering at Kings College London. His work has been exhibited and published globally including relevant articles on Creative Applications, Rhizome, and Creators Project, and has received commissions from curators Arts Co, It’s Nice That, and Selfridges. He is currently based in South East London, working in research at Goldsmiths College.
Most of the architectural models we 3D print at Shapeways never make it into the Shapeways shops as they are private 3D prints for architects and their clients. Not only do we print scale model buildings but often other items such as furniture, cars, people and animals that bring life and a sense of scale to the maquettes.
Here are a few architecture maquettes, models and miniatures that are available to purchase in the Shapeways shops. If you have a architectural 3D print, whether it be your student work, a historic building or client work that you can share, be sure to make it available in your Shapeways shop, it may be just the thing someone is looking for to add to their own 3D printed landscape.
Tired of fiddling around with meaningless apps on your iPhone whilst on the train, running your battery so low that you cannot instagram misspelled sign writing at your corner store? Forget the apps, now you can mindlessly fidget with the gears on the Infin8 Gear iPhone Case, to infinity, without draining your iPhone battery.
Check out the video of the phone (case) in action.
Mixing 3D printing, craftsmanship & honest design, Lance Atkins wants to bring useful, 3D printed goods into your home with the help of Shapeways and a Kickstarter project entitled Inherently Useful.
Over the past two years have seen an avalanche of Kickstarter projects launching 3D printers, 3D scanners along with the occasional project using 3D printing as a way to reward some of their backers but Inherently Useful may be the first to tie 3D printed products into every level of the project.
A range including a pen, vase, iPhone dock and lamps the range all uses Shapeways 3D printing to make fully functional objects for your daily use. The range has evolved out of products that Lance wanted for himself, and as is often the case on Shapeways, when you make something EXACTLY as you want it, often others have the same need and aesthetic so the product resonates with them in the very same way, it may even inspire them to make something for themselves.
"When I make something for myself, it's perfect, for me"
You can back Lance's Kickstarter project for as little as $1 but $29 will get you a 3D printed pen and over $350 will get you a couple of very cool 3D printed lamps, powered by Shapeways 3D printing:)
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is a mid-century modern design classic first released in 1956 by husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames but even after ovder 50 years of being in production, even the reproductions are prohibitively expensive, until now.
The Mini Eames Lounge Chair by kspence is a 1:20 scale miniature is about 2 inches tall and at just over $25 as a full color 3D Print is 1:67th the cost of a full scale reproduction. Do the math, it's a bargain and you can hold a piece of design history in the palm of your hand, maybe even make the perfect seat for Sad Keanu?
New Zealand based designer and Shapeways user Earl Stewart has designed the XYZ Shoe using a combination of 3D Printed Nylon and traditional shoe making materials such as leather and laces.
We have seen a number of 3D printed shoes hit the runway along with a few prototype sports shoes from Nike and New Balance but these are the first to use 3D printing in a more traditional, wearable style, and for men.
Our new Elasto Plastic may be the perfect material to usher in a new range of 3D printed and/or partially 3D printed shoes into the market.
Check out Earl's impressive portfolio featuring additional 3D printed footwear experiments and more.
Whew! What a whirlwind that was! Shapeways was at MakerFaire San Mateo last weekend, and as always, we had an amazing time meeting makers and sharing the excitement of 3D printing. The weather was great, and there was lots to see. Pictures are worth a thousand words so here's a few...
Emerging Topologies is an upcoming exhibition exploring how contemporary technologies are changing our relationship with the architectural space we inhabit. The exhibition is the culmination of artist Josh Harle's four year doctoral research, informed by degrees in Computer Science, Philosophy, and Sculpture, and completed between the School of Design, COFA, and the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales. The artist's practice utilises exotic production techniques and bespoke software tools that map, scan, and visualise the city in contingent, poetic ways using 3D fabrication, laser etching, cloud processing, and structural reconstruction from images.
The artist explores the shifting landscape of a city experienced through mobile mapping technology, sketching out his own improbable paths through the shadows. The works tell tales: compiling esoteric maps of journeys through strange cities, and taking playful, winding trips across the smudged face of the GPS screen.
The research thesis will also serve as the catalogue for the exhibition, and the artist is selling printed and DRM-free ebook versions to help with the cost of the exhibition.