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
Once again, we've rounded up exciting community news and gathered it all here! We want to keep you posted as to what's going on throughout the Shapeways community and if you want to be informed- keep reading!
Shapeways Turned 5
As you may already know, Shapeways turned 5 last week and to celebrate we had parties in NYC and Eindhoven! Check out pictures from the events below.
Do you live on the North Island of New Zealand? Then you can meet the Shapeways Community in Taupo this weekend, July 20th and 21st!
Community member Peter Bryant (of Kiwi Trains fame) and his friend Daniela Schlecht are representing Shapeways at the Taupo Hobby Expo 2013. The event is huge - they had over 4,000 visitors last year! (check out these pictures). Come over and say hi to them!
Here's what Andrew Taylor of the Waikato Scale Model Club says about the event:
"We would like to invite you and anyone else kids, mother in law, uncle etc to come and pay us a visit at the Taupo Hobby Expo 2013 which is being hosted by the Taupo Model Railway Club. This is a two day event and there will be lots to see. Everything from working railways, trucks, cars and planes will be there and we will be displaying our own collection of built models from aircraft, Sci-Fi, cars and ships. Throughout the two days we will also be displaying live model building so you can see how we create that professional look to our models and you can ask us as many questions as you like.
The Show is being held at the Taupo Events Centre which also forms part of the AC Baths on the corner of Centennial Drive and AC Baths Avenue not far from the Lake Taupo Top 10 Holiday Resort one the edge of Taupo township: Link to Map.
The event is on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2013 and the public times are 10am-5pm Sat and 9am-3pm Sun.
We hope you will come and pay us and the Taupo Hobby Expo 2013 a visit and please come back and keep a look out for details of our next events happening later this year. Bye for now!!!!"
I'm working with Peter and Daniela on the first Shapeways Community Meetup. If you'd like to give us a hand, please get in touch!
Shapeways is coming to Singapore. Well, our awesome community is!
FunbieStudios and fakebusker83 are helping us build a booth at Maker Faire Singapore, the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement". MF Singapore takes place on Saturday and Sunday July 27 and 28.
Maker Faires are always amazing and I highly recommend you visit the event if you have the time. What's more, you can become part of it!
We are looking for Shapeways Makers or Shop Owners who can help either during the Saturday or the Sunday. We'll take care of food and drinks for you, and you'll get a chance to hang out with the Shapeways community! You'll also receive some cool Shapeways goodies
If you'd like to show off your Shapeways products or promote your Shapeways Shop, please get in touch with Bart. Include on which day(s) you're available and what kind of work you want to bring, and we'll hook you up with the local Shapeways Crew.
It's arrived! Welcome to the third edition of the Shapeways Community
Journal! We've compiled exciting events happening throughout the community,
both in person and online. Whether you’re an
active member of the community looking to see whats happening or someone looking to
find ways to get more involved, you’ve come to the right place!
Last week we had our monthly NYC Meetup at Desmond’s Tavern, and
we had a great turnout and a lot of fun!
The next meetup in the NYC area will be our Elasto meetup on July 17th, so
keep on the lookout for more information and updates by joining our Meetup.com group.
If you want to host an Elasto meetup in your city and meet other Shapeways users check here for more information!