Category Archives: 3D Printed

Not Everyone Has a Heart of Gold, But You Can Get One 3D Printed in Silver

The Anatomical Heart Pendant by leorolph is a beautifully detailed heart pendant that looks amazing 3D printed in Sterling Silver by Shapeways.  Of course you can order the pendant in solid 14k or Rose Gold, it just costs a little more.

Anatomic 3D Printed Silver Heart Jewelry

Take a look at the Owned Shop on Shapeways to see more unique jewelry by this Australian designer.

Remember, we have upped the speed on our Silver, Gold and Brass to get your 3D printed jewelry to you as fast as possible, so if you have an anniversary, wedding, or birthday coming up, Shapeways 3D printed jewelry can make the perfect, unique gift.


Intricate Sugar Skull Ring 3D Printed in Sterling Silver

As we introduce more 3D printing materials suitable for jewelry we are seeing the Shapeways marketplace evolve to include more amazing designs such as this Sugarskull Ring  by lougon.

3D Print Silver Skull RIng

Showing the intricate detail possible in our Sterling Silver 3D printing, Lougon post processed his 3D print by oxidizing to blacken the Silver, then polishing to return the raised sections to high polish, giving a rich contrast.

You can try this process yourself using egg yolks to blacken your Silver 3D prints to give the same affect.


Ultra exciting news for Frosted Ultra Detail

We’re happy to announce that, thanks to a recent machine upgrade, the Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) Plastic bounding box has increased its maximum to 284 x 184 x 203mm, from its previous maximum of 127x178x152mm; a 220% x 3% x 34% increase respectively. This train by our Shapie Customer Service expert Mitchell shows off the new bounding box quite well.


While most FUD products will still ship within six business days, please allow up to 10 for products that are over 70mm in each bounding box dimension.



So, what will you be printing in our new, bigger FUD?


Conversation with Designer and Artist HEIDILEE on Her Radical Approach to Making Hats Using 3D Printing

3D printed hats are no longer a future fantasy. Designer and Artist H E I D I L E E uses Shapeways 3D printing to create fashion and hats inspired by contemporary, avant-garde classical music. She spoke with us about her fascinating process that fuses a MacGyver approach and no boundaries mindset. Her work is so cutting edge that she’s featured in the upcoming NYC Makers: MAD Biennial exhibition here in NYC. Read on!

H E I D I L E E Cocktail Parasol Hat photo: Bryan Davis

How did you discover your passion for making hats?

I was challenged to create fashion inspired by contemporary, avant-garde classical music. I never intended to sell my pieces, but people began to notice my work and it grew from there, and over a span of time it has developed into a remarkable line.

What is your day-to-day work life like?

It varies from day to day, and depends on which pieces I’m focusing on to make. Each hat has a completely different workflow and process than the other, so I enjoy the variety of solutions each needs to enfold into being. I try to take a MacGyver-like approach to making my hats.

Where did you learn how to design and develop your incredible creations?

I apprenticed under milliner Victor Osborne. He recently moved to France to continue making haute-couture hats for runway shows such as Thom Browne (Recipient of the 2013 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award and 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion) and Dior for Paris Fashion Week. My uncle also instructed me, having worked in the American millinery industry for over 30 years, producing hats for designers, whose lines are carried at Barneys New York and Saks 5th Avenue. They inspired me to forge my own path in making hats that are sensible, yet innovative in headwear.

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Reality vs 3D Print in Miniature

We see thousands of miniature buildings emerge from the 3D printers at Shapeways, everything from architectural maquettes of proposed buildings to scale models for trains like the Honiton High Street in British N Scale (N Gauge – 1:148 Scale) by nosomosnada.

Comparing the 3D print of the miniature town with the actual street scene, the accuracy is amazing, we can not wait to see how it looks once he has finished painting in the details.

Check out the rest of nosomosnada’s miniature models all 3D printed in white Nylon (WSF) by Shapeways.

We see many people using our high detail acrylic 3D printing to get the finest possible detail in their miniature 3D prints but our Nylon can also capture remarkable detail, making it suitable for many miniature 3D prints at a far lower cost with the benefit of increased strength and durability.  


The Morpholio Project takes the pulse of 3D printing

The Morpholio Project is a collaboration of architects and academics focused on harnessing technology as a tool to unleash creativity.  For their latest development the Morpholio team wanted to see if it could quantify the physical impact of an image on the human body. Morpholio Co-Creator Toru Hasegawa explained, “As an extension of our research we wanted to see if we could record the heartbeat in relation to what was being seen and experienced.”

Morpholio turned to the medical profession to understand how it measures blood flow through a technique called photoplethysmography (PPG). PPG measures the pulse by periodically taking photos of an illuminated region of skin. The camera reads small fluctuations in color that result from actual blood flow through the skin. Its possible to perform this technique on an iPhone given the placement of the camera and flash and cell phones have even been scientifically proven to capture an accurate heartbeat. The team used Shapeways to prototype and develop a 3D printed fitting for the iPhone that accurately places the users’ finger on the device and blocks external light from entering the camera. 
I caught up with Toru Hasegawa and Anna Kenoff, Co-Creators at Morpholio, about how 3D printing fit into their app development process. 

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Wake Up to the Smell of 3D Printed Nescafe Coffee (Alarm Cap)

What better way to wake up in the morning then with the chirping of birds and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.  The team at NOTLABS have collaborated with Publicis Mexico with a little help from Shapeways 3D printing to create the Nescafe Alarm Caps.  

The alarm awakens you with the soft sound of chirping birds and a ring of LEDs illuminating the cap, to turn the alarm off you must unscrew the cap (and make yourself a cup of Nescafe).  This elegantly simple idea was realized thanks to Shapeways 3D printing and Arduino based electronics that are accessible to anyone.

It is a prefect example of a major brand taking inspiration from the maker movement, using innovative design firms to create short run products to keep their brand fresh and agile.  Nescafe do not need to invest in 10,000 units to meet minimum order quantities to take their product to market.  Like Shapeways shop owners who understand one of the key assets of 3D printing, that supply exactly meets demand, Nescafe can inspire and supply a key market, whether they be Nescafe lovers, influential celebrities or Folgers fanatics.

We are seeing more and more major brands start to approach 3D printing to connect with their customer base in a more bespoke way, with the democratization of manufacturing with digital fabrication, the biggest firms need to act small to keep up with the rapid innovation possible with smaller agile design firms and even individuals.

Check out the video to see the Nescafe Alarm Cap in action, is that how you would like to start your day?

Also be sure to check out the full unboxing at NotCot and the making of at Cool Hunting that features a couple of images from inside the Shapeways 3D printing factory in NYC.

Thanks to Jean and Shawn at NotCot for the images


Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube with 3D Printing

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Twisty puzzle fanatics on Shapeways may already know that today we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik.

Legend has it that Ern? Rubik was working at the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest. The Cube was designed as a teaching tool to help his students understand 3D objects and space, during the process he was solving the structural problem of moving parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart. He did not realize that he had created a puzzle until the first time he scrambled his new Cube and then tried to restore it.  He Patented his accidental invention in 1975 and has since inspired and challenged millions of minds around the world.

Because 43 Quintillion ways to scramble the ‘simple cube’ is not enough for twisty puzzle fans, many have come to Shapeways to design their own 3D printed twisty puzzles riffing on the original Rubik’s Cube concept.  3D printing makes it possible to create the most complex puzzles as there is much less cost in creating intricate details as there is with other manufacturing methods.  Because each product is 3D printed on demand, people like Oskar van Deventer can take his 17x17x17 Over the Top puzzle to market even if there are only a few people brave enough to take it on.

Following are some of the most popular, mind bending 3D printed twisty puzzles on Shapeways.

Over The Top – 17x17x17 by Oskar_van_Deventer

Elemental Cube – world’s smallest Rubik by grigr

Easy Cuboid: 1x2x3 by TomZ

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Making Bank: Shapeways Partners With The United States Mint

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.

Good luck!

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3D Print a Venus de Milo of Your Very Own

Ever wanted a historic work of art but did not have the ready cash to purchase the original?  3D printing to the rescue once again thanks to a recent 3D scanning project by Cosmo Wenman entitled ”Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle.”

3D Print a Venus de Milo of Your Very Own

“The Skulpturhalle Basel museum in Switzerland has an incredible collection of more than 2,000 high quality 19th and 20th century plaster casts of important ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The Skulpturhalle has given me permission to 3D scan sculptures of my choosing…”

Now you can purchase 3D prints of Cosmo’s high quality scans from his Shapeways shop and own a little piece of history, made with lasers!



Open Source 3D Printed Camera

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! 

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3D Printed Tie Clips for the Discerning Geek

3D printed cufflinks can be cool but nothing exhibits understated style like a subtle tie clip.

Shapeways Game of Thrones: House Greyjoy Tie Clip

The Little Saint is a Shapeways shop full of tie clips for the discerning geek that are perfect to add that subtle play on formal attire.  Whether it is the Katana from Kill Bill or, a Minecraft inspired Pick, there is sure to be a something to suit your individual taste. 

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Artificial Intelligence Used to 3D Print Venus of Google (VIDEO)

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.

Venus of Google 3D Print on Shapeways

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.

The object was 3D printed in full color by Shapeways.

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.