We love to see innovative Shapies pushing the envelope and making their dreams come true. Take, for instance, Matt Veenstra of Case of Steel. What started as frustration—iPhone 5 screen keeps breaking but bulky cases are annoying—turned into some sketches. Followed by 3D designs, prototyping on Shapeways, and now a Kickstarter to break through the world of bulky phone cases with Bumprz™, the the world's most minimal iPhone case.
Made of strong metals and attached with amazing 3M adhesives, Bumprz protects your iPhone 5 while adding a bit of bling to it. Great for the minimalist in all of us!
It’s also worth mentioning that Matt is not a 3D modeler by trade. He taught himself how to use CAD software so he could make his idea real. With the help of his design partner, Jeff Tobler, Matt refined his design and then began prototyping on Shapeways. “Prototyping would’ve been a lot more painful if it not for Shapeways,” Matt said.
Initial prototypes printed by Shapeways
Prior to discovering Shapeways, Matt hadn’t known that metal 3D printing was possible. Still, to minimize time and cost, he initially used plastic 3D printing for each prototype and then ordered in metal afterwards.
Once his prototype was 3D printed in metal, he continued to adjust curvature. Eventually he tried his prototype in all of the Shapeways materials available because he was impressed with the variety of materials and finishes. And after about 10 iterations to perfect the design, Matt did it. “Once I discovered Shapeways, I was addicted...these guys could make anything I need,” Matt said.
People like Matt are an inspiration for idea-makers of all types, whether you have 3D modeling experience or simply an idea.
Hard to believe we’re about halfway through January! So, how are those are #3DP2014 Resolutions coming along? If you still haven’t tried to design anything, it’s okay, we forgive you. But now’s a great time to step up your 3D print game. And with TinkerCAD, it couldn’t be easier.
• It runs right through your browser—no need to download anything. • It’s video game-esque...you embark on a series of quests to design cool stuff. • You’ll learn about the software as you use it. • It’s FREE! (Unless you upgrade to the paid option.) • You get confetti when you complete a design.
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.
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.
On this weekend of sales and shopping, don't forget Saturday is about small businesses, encouraging you to shop local and support independent sellers. Luckily for all of us, there's hundreds of Shops on Shapeways online, but today I wanted to share a special small business that's popping up in Baltimore where you can check out 3D printed goodies in real life!
Organized by Shapie Todd Blatt, the Bmore3D Store opens this weekend in Baltimore and features the work of several Shapies like Trish Dobson, Ryan Kittleson, Megan Dattoria, Nancy and Aaron from mixeelabs and John and Lana Briscella from Aminimal.
Customers can shop a curated gallery of the most unique gifts in Baltimore, designed by Baltimore 3D artists. Items include earrings, rings, necklaces, vases, and an assortment of unique Baltimore-themed pieces. All items are designed using 3D modeling software and fabricated by an assortment of 3D printers. The Ditto+ and Litto 3D printers from Tinkerine Studio will be on display in the store demonstrating 3D printing and the store also features ShapeShot™, the world’s first fully automated 3D photo booth. There will also be a variety of classes and events throughout.
The Bmore3D Store is located at 2150 Boston Street, in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland and it is open daily from 1-9pm everyday until the end of the year.
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:
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."
For a long time now, we've been keeping a horrible secret from our community. We've tried very hard to give the impression that our team is made of fun-loving humans who would drop everything at any hour of the day to help make your ideas real. However, the truth has a way of sneaking up on you, and it's time that you hear the truth...
We regret to inform you that we are actually, not human. Our Customer Service team was attacked by zombies, witches and vampires last Halloween, and have since attacked the entire Eindhoven office. You have to see it to believe it:
Trust that this will not change our commitment to you, and we hope that this does change your impression of us. Perhaps just bring some garlic and stakes to the next Meetup, just in case...
It is Savannah, your Shop Owner Coach here, and we are gearing up to launch our first ever 30 Day Shop Owner Challenge! That is right, 30 days of dedicated content, just for all of you with open shops on Shapeways, or for those of you have considered it in the past. I have a few questions before we get started and I hope you’ll give me a hand.
Kapture CEO and Co Founder Mike Sarow first pitched me the idea for Kapture, the "always-on audio-recording wristband" down in balmy Orlando 18 months ago, serendipitously at the same conference I met Pete, our CEO. It was collaborative love at first sight! Sarow graciously hosted me in Cincinnati during my Shapeways Roadtrip across America and today, we are proud to announce our accessories partnership with Kapture!
We're back with another episode of our look in to the Shapeways community! This time, we feature some interesting Shapeways related activities in other communities, an interview with a well-known community member and two Shapeways Crew events.
Tofty's Prybar Pass-Around
Tofty designs some pretty mean Tritium-powered keyfobs and steel tools. As a member of the MultiTool community, he organised a Pass-Around to give his fellow members a chance to try out his MT.O Prybar tool and share their thoughts on his work. Follow the story on the MultiTool forum.
Welcome to the 5th Community Journal, and check out what's been happening in the Shapeways community the past few weeks...
Lately, we've had a few exciting gift stories on the forum, so we collected two of our favorites to share with you. First up, we have turnip_stew, who was in China for his mother's birthday. Knowing that he couldn't be there to give her a gift himself, he designed this Geometric Elephant, inspired by her memories of Africa, and ordered it through Shapeways. Not only did it turn out to be an awesome gift, but he was still able to give her something personal and custom from far away.
There's been a trend this summer on Shapeways of Shapies designing custom wedding rings and bands. Miguel, one of our community members, did just this for his August 3rd wedding. Due to some unfortunate summer scheduling issues, the ring that was supposed to arrive July 30th, in time for the wedding, was now scheduled to ship August 2nd and would arrive on August 5th, two days too late. Shapeways Eindhoven began to strategize... the ring had to be there for the wedding! They looked into overnighting the ring to Madrid, but it was going to cost at least 700 EUR! At a stand still, the Eindhoven office decided to call Miguel and break the bad news.
On August 2nd, the Eindhoven office received an extra silver shipment of late orders... and the ring was inside! Thrilled, the team set off on finding a way to get it to Miguel. UPS online said it wouldn't be possible to ship the ring overnight. While Adela was on the phone with UPS Customer Service, Jan tried to find a community member flying from Amsterdam to Madrid that day. Finally, they were able to convince UPS to ship the ring so it would arrive the next day at 1pm. They called up Miguel with the great news, who was extremely happy, especially because he had been on his way to buy a replacement ring.
Miguel e-mailed saying "During the morning I had to call and mobilize UPS Spain... And the ring arrived 5min before going out from home to the ceremony!" He also attached the above picture of his wife, Natalia, wearing the ring during the ceremony. They are now enjoying their honeymoon at the beach! Congratulations Miguel and Natalia, and thanks for letting us share your story!
Do you have a 3D printed magic moment? Share the spark, and let us know your story...
Are you a high school or college student in NYC this summer who wants to bring the Shapeways community back to school? If yes, or even maybe, come join us for a meetup this Thursday, August 8th, from 6-8pm, and learn about how you can get involved. Get a chance to meet some of the Shapeways team, peek around the office, and see our new materials.
As you may already know, Shapeways is big on community. We always want to see what you've been up to, and we want to do that both on and offline. We host meetups worldwide, bringing together different people who are as excited about 3D Printing as we are, and now we want to bring those communities to schools.
And oh yeah, drinks are on us. :)
The meetup will be held at Shapeways HQ in NYC. The address is: 419 Park Ave S, Suite 909