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!
On Thursday, Brendan Chang, a 12-year-old Shapie, shared a photo of an iPod case he designed using Shapeways on Twitter. Inspired by his story, I took some time to catch up with Brendan this weekend before he headed off to summer camp. There are many reasons to get up for work in the morning as a member of the Shapeways team, but stories like Brendans remind us how important and influential what we do here really is. Here’s a quote from Brendan to give you a taste: “And the best part? It was mine. Nobody else had my case.”
Here at Shapeways, we're all about community. You are, after all, what powers our machines and our business. We also love the startup network we're fortunate to be a part of, and love seeing others in our portfolio families succeed. When all of these intersect, it's pretty much the best thing ever! Lincoln, a beloved Shapie Crew member, just launched his new book on the ins and outs of 3D Printing on Kickstarter, a fellow Union Square Ventures company.
"Van der Horn heaps praise on Shapeways, saying that the site made it so easy for her to learn and the prices for materials and printing costs were affordable. Although her initial efforts were a bit rocky – her first printed object was a 2D item – she’s now able to produce interesting, unique and complex shapes."
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...
Hanyang, thanks for being such an awesome community member! We totally love it when people host their own Shapeways events.
Remember: running your own Shapeways Meetup is easy (as in: pick a time and a bar) and an amazing amount of fun! If you're thinking of hosting one, contact us and we'll give you all the support you need (including cool models to show).
We are very excited to announce that a handful of Shapeways Shop Owner's designs were featured on the Today Show this morning! We wanted to give a special congratulations to the creators and highlight the products that were mentioned. Check them out below!
Fridays at 5 in the Factory (NYC time) is a Google Hangout to give you an opportunity to ask the Shapeways 3D printing engineers your questions about Shapeways materials, processes and how to design for success. We had an impromptu hangout last Friday that included a brief introduction to some of the Shapeways team along with a shaky, noisy virtual tour of the factory.
The replacement part is not available from the manufacturer but he has the existing broken part that will be relatively easy to copy for someone with basic 3D modeling skills. If you are a 3D modeler who is capable of helping baerfoot keep his wife caffeinated drop him a line in the Shapeways Forums. While you are there you may as well submit your portfolio in the 3D Modelers for Hire section too.
Last week over 600 people attended Shapeways Meetups in 90 cities all over the world. These meetups were hosted by volunteers from the Shapeways community. Some were small (2 people having coffee), and some were HUGE (47 people meeting in Las Vegas), but they all reported having a great time together with Shapeways members.
The biggest takeaway: running your own Shapeways Meetup is easy and an amazing amount of fun! If you're thinking of hosting one, contact us and we'll give you all the support you need.