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.
3D Printing isn't just about photorealistic bulldogs, beautiful jewelry and iPhone cases, it is also a way to design, prototype and produce more complex products by integrating other components. Check out this working stepper motor constructed around a Shapeways 3D printed frame along with some nails, magnet wire, neodymium magnets and a digispark microcontroller.
If a simple motor can be constructed, what is the next step? (pun intended)
Every now and then we see an object that is hard to believe it is 3D printed, in this case it is the Bulldog 3D printed in Full Color Sandstone byMISS3. This is by far the most realistic 3D printed object we have seen so far and now the challenge is on...
Can you design something so realistic we will not know that it is a 3D print?
Meet David Basulto, an iPad enthusiast who just realeased the iOgrapher, a 3D printed accessory that transforms your iPad mini into a filmmaking piece of equipment.
The idea for the iOgrapher came about after Basulto realized the lack of products available to help carry out different video projects on the iPad mini. There was no easy way to attach the iPad to a tripod, to use different lenses, or to add additional lighting and audio equipment.
So, he created an accessory that addresses all of these needs. The iOgrapher has a 37mm lens mount to attach wide angle, macro, and
fisheye lenses, handles on both sides for steady camera shots, and cold shoes to mount external microphones
and lighting on top. It can also be attached to a tripod.
After sketching the iOgrapher model on his iPad mini, Basulto and a mechanical engineer perfected it before sending the design to Shapeways for printing. He plans to create the product for all iOs devices in the future.
Making great use of the super light yet strong 3D printed Nylon on Shapeways they have constructed cages that can safely carry a smartphone up into the sky to record with either video or photos. There are already a whole range of 3D printed GoPro camera mounts on Shapeways for a wide range of uses but this is one of the first mounts we have seen designed to take the smart phone to the skies. Each of the kits are available in hobbiestoomany's Shapeways shop with simple instructions in the video below how to assemble the cage and send your phone into the sky in a playful mash-up of Benjamin Franklin's kite experiments and a modern surveillance drone.
Check out the video of the test, amazing images and how to assemble then the second video whale watching with a kite...
Check out this amazing video of a Gear Ring 3D printed in Sterling Silver by Shapeways. The design was 3D modeled in Autodesk 3D Studio Max uploaded to Shapeways to be 3D printed in Sterling Silver in multiple parts then blackened with 'liquid smoke' and assembled in place to make the mechanism work.
You cannot currently 3D print moving parts in metals such as Stainless Steel and Sterling Silver but you can make articulated mechanisms in both Acrylic and Nylon. Take a look at each of the material pages for specifications but you can usually heave moving parts in Acrylic (depending on the geometry) with a 0.4mm gap between parts and in Nylon (depending on the geometry) you can have moving parts with a 0.6mm gap. Any parts that are closer or touching will be fused together into a solid form.
In celebration of the Spring Equinox, take a que from fashion icons Liz Tyler and Theda Bara and indulge your inner Isis with our round up of Egyptian-inspired jewelry. 3D printing has caused something of a new Egyptian Revival at the Factory of the Future, from entangled serpents to evocative amulets. Here are a few of our favorites.
We have quite a great collection of 3D printed puzzle uploads from our community, with one of the latest being the intriguing Centrifugal Puzzle Box by Maundy.
The puzzle box can store any object up to 39x39x13mm. Though it seems pretty straightforward, the method of opening the box requires some unique decoding.
Maundy has also created a special embed code with a clue on how to solve the puzzle for those who are having some difficulty. The clue can be purchased separately and requires a smart device to scan the QR code.
Or, for those who want to skip the challenge, check out the video below to see how to solve the puzzle. Warning: Spoiler alert!
How do you plan to stump the community with your next 3D printed creation?
Congratulations to Kimberly Ovitz for getting her Shapeways range of 3D printed jewelry into the April 2013 edition of Elle Magazine. The fashion and jewelry industry has become one of the fastest growth markets for 3D printing with designers such as Kimberly Ovitz, Ursa Major and Vera Meat joining the existing Shapeways community as a way to sell their 3D printed designs.