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Connecting Making, the Arts, and Washington, DC

On Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Rayburn House Office Building was teeming with makers and artists showing off their stuff.  The Congressional Maker Caucus and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Making in the Arts exhibition shined a spotlight on the deep connections between making and arts for policymakers in Washington, DC.

As you would expect from an event that brought together the maker and arts community, 3D printing was well represented.  There was a sculpture generated by facial expressions:

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And 3D printed shoes:

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Along with 3D printed jewelry, organic sculpture, and all sorts of other models.  Naturally, making in the arts is more than 3D printing, and there were teams that create making opportunities for kids in their community and the New Craft Artists in Action showing off their basketball net crochet community engagement project:

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These events are important because they bring the vibrant art and maker community directly to policymakers.  While these projects might seem well known to the Shapeways community, for many Members of Congress this sort of event is their first introduction to what is happening in this world.  As we’re sure you probably also know, it is one thing to talk about making but quite another to show it to someone.

That is why Shapeways supported this event and are happy to be able to work with the Maker Caucus to help bring this world to Washington.  It is also gratifying to know that Making in the Arts is not an isolated event in the world of Washington, DC.  3D/DC and the Capitol Hill Maker Faire also help build bridges between making, arts, and policy.  So if you are in the Washington, DC area – or want an excuse to go there – keep your eyes peeled for their 2016 dates!

Images courtesy of Courtney Duffy.

Why Yesterday’s Copyright Whitepaper Matters to You

Yesterday the United States Department of Commerce released a whitepaper on remixes, first sale, and statutory damages.  While this is interesting reading for anyone who likes thinking about copyright law and how it might be reformed (i.e. every man, woman, and child on the planet), two of the areas that it covers may be especially interesting to the Shapeways community: remixes and statutory damages.  Read on to find out why – if you get to the end and you aren’t convinced I’ll refund you the cost of this blog post.

While not every model on Shapeways is protected by copyright, many of them are. That means that the rules for copyright also end up being the rules for models on Shapeways.  This latest report is part of a long process of reviewing the U.S. copyright law that has involved Congress, the Administration, and the Copyright Office itself.  While it will not change the law on its own, this report is a good description of the current state of play and will likely influence any eventual changes that Congress makes to the law in the future.  You can think of it as capturing a moment in the evolving consensus (or at least evolving conventional wisdom) of what “reasonable” copyright reform looks like.  (If you are feeling especially wonky, you might think of it as helping to set the Overton window for the debate – but that’s a bit of a digression.  Anyway….)

Remix

The first issue that the report addresses is how to handle remixes.  Essentially, remixes take existing works to reimagine, recontextualize, and, yes, remix them into something fresh and new.  They can take many forms, from fan fiction to mashup videos to songs built out of samples.  3D printed remixes can take two characters from a movie and mash them up into one, or reimagine a video game character in the style of another game, or even stir up a collection of memes to turn them into a super-meme.

While remix is everywhere, its status within the world of copyright law can be complicated.  Some remixes require permission from the remix sources in order to comply with the law.  Others are protected by fair use and do not need permission.  Since copyright infringement can come with hefty penalties (more on that in a second), it is important for remix creators to know which category their work falls into.  Unfortunately, that isn’t always a straightforward process.

The report describes two different types of disagreement about how to handle remixes.  The first is probably the expected disagreement: between people who make remixes and people who make the things that get turned into remixes (obviously the same person can be in both camps, but for the purpose of this post it is easier to separate them out).

The other type of disagreement may be less expected: this disagreement is between people who are involved with remix commercially and people who are involved with remix noncommercially.  To oversimplify things, people who are involved with remix non-commercially basically want to be left alone.  People who control the material that is used in both commercial and non-commercial remixes worry that leaving non-commercial remixers alone will create a loophole for commercial remixers to avoid paying licensing fees.  The result is a mess.

The report does not do a lot to help resolve either of these disagreements.  It suggests that best practice guides can be useful, but also recognizes that they can be incomplete or imperfect.  It also considers some sort of multi-stakeholder agreement on some rules, while at the same time noting that the last time such a thing was attempted it went nowhere.

This lack of a clear resolution is unfortunate because it can be expensive if you are wrong about needing permission from the sources to make your remix.  In large part that is because of the way copyright damages work.

Statutory Damages

Don’t be put off by the fancy name.  “Statutory damages” just means that the dollar amount you have to pay for infringing on copyright is written into the law.  This is in contrast to most other types of damage, where the person suing has to show how much harm they were caused before they can recover damages.

The statutory damage system is good for the person doing the suing because they do not have to figure out a way to calculate their specific losses.  It can be scary for the person being sued because the number (even though it is a range) can be quite large – into the six figures per work infringed.

When the U.S. copyright law was last redone in 1976, most copyright infringers were going to be commercial-scale criminal enterprises.  Very few people inadvertently backed into significant copyright infringement. Today it really is possible to expose yourself to hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of infringement liability with a few casual clicks of the mouse.

Fortunately, the report actually contains some recommendations to make this system better.  Essentially, the recommendations would give courts more leeway to consider the circumstances of the infringement before assigning large penalties to the infringer.  Hopefully that would make it less likely that small scale infringers or people who made a wrong guess about fair use end up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

What’s Next?

As I said at the beginning, this report is part of a longer review of U.S. copyright law.  We’ll keep an eye on the parts that may impact the Shapeways community and keep you updated as things happen.  If you are interested in either of these topics, I would recommend taking a look at the report itself.  It is written in accessible prose and each section provides background on the issue, the points raised by both sides, and an explanation as to why the Task Force recommended what it did.

As you look at the section describing the points raised by both sides, you might also consider taking a look at which companies and organizations raised points you agree with or disagree with.  These companies and organizations are the ones that are participating directly in this process and might be worth checking out.

In the meantime, Matt Schruers over at Project Disco has a quick writeup of some takeaways of the report generally.  Heidi Tandy – who is affiliated with the Organization for Transformative Works – also has an analysis of what this means especially from the perspective of remixers at her FYeahCopyright blog.  If you have gotten this far and are itching for your refund, the gift of the links to those two posts may scratch it for you.

Have you ever tried to make a remix or has your work ever been remixed by someone else?  Did copyright concerns have any impact on how you thought about it?  Have you ever had to sue someone for copyright infringement, or been sued yourself? If so, did statutory damages make that process better or worse?  Let me know in the comments, on twitter @MWeinberg2D, or via email at mweinberg@shapeways.com.

 

Feature image by flickr user Horian Varlan.

Read all about it! Shapeways community in the news

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As much as we enjoy sharing the amazing work our community does, it’s always a little more fun when we see others doing it for us. We love to see community members getting the attention they deserve and know they enjoy getting the chance to share their stories of design and inspiration.

Recently, two designers who use Shapeways were featured in the press and we wanted to share the good news!

Things of The Future, 3D-Printed and Built Like Websites – Forbes

This story features Susan Taing of Bhold and her story on how she got into 3D printing. With her background in web development, Susan started designing products when she “started thinking about how digital design and development could have a big impact on physical things when she returned to China to bring digital technology into her family’s manufacturing business.”

Susan is an incredible example of someone who uses the Shapeways platform for prototyping, and relies on her own community to test out products in real life. Check out the video below for more on why she loves 3D printing:

Ittyblox Unveils Collection of Miniature 3D-Printed Parisian Buildings – ArchDaily

3D printing and architecture are, naturally, a match made in heaven. The materials, the prototyping abilities, etc. It all adds up to bringing buildings and designs to life. For architecture enthusiasts, Ittyblox is a dream. Adding to the already amazing series, Ittyblox is releasing a new Paris set, which “features shopping blocks, apartment blocks, an Embassy with a garden and subway staircase, a banking office inspired by the Société Générale Private, the Sainte Chapelle cathedral, and the famous Parisian tower St. Jacques within a park.”

To help support this project (and get a sneak peek!), be sure to check out the Kickstarter.

Ittyblox Paris set

{via Kickstarter}

Interested in getting your story out there? Check out some of our tips on how to pitch your product to the press, and be sure to share new products (and the inspiration behind them) with us over in “Feature This!“ in the forum. We’ve always got our eye on that thread looking for amazing designs to share!

Congratulations Stony Smith on hitting $10,000 at Shapeways Marketplace

Today marks a milestone for Shopowner and scale miniature expert Stony Smith earns $10,000 in profit from his Shapeways Shop. Stony works full time as a developer and runs his Shapeways shop (and moderates the Shapeways forums) in his spare time.

  • Stony’s first sale was Feb 28, 2010 of 2010
  • In Apr of 2011, he was interviewed by Wired Magazine because of his Shapeways Shop
  • Stony’s most popular models are:

 

 

Any lessons you have for other designers / shopowners who want to hit the 10K milestone?

Stony : “Do an equal mix of your own interests and interacting with buyers to find out what they desire. You’ll get bored doing just one of them.

Those best sellers.. the automobile frames, were a request from a friend. They’re something that I would never have done otherwise. My general standard is that I’ll tackle any request if the item is “interesting” to me. This whole journey has been “That’s cool.. can you do one of THESE?”

How do you want to reach your next sales milestone?

Even with all this success, I still consider this to be a hobby, and won’t be quitting my day job. I’m more in it for the community, there’s probably a dozen shopowners that I helped get started with making designs.

I’d love to make $20k, but that’ll be another 6 years. My only regret/desire is to figure out some way to do some actual marketing, but MY market is rather closed. I’d have to invest a lot of time in social media (train forums).

How will you use the $10K in sales you’ve earned so far? 

Stony: “I will use the money to buy more trains !!!! A hobby that funds itself is a good thing :)

In case you missed Shapeways Live with Raymond McCarthy Bergeron

 This is a recap of our weekly Shapeways Live interview. To watch next week’s chat check out the Shapeways Live page.

Ever wondered what it would be like to use 3D printing to make a film? Multi-media artist Raymond McCarthy Bergeron used Shapeways to create his short film Re-Belief and its now available to to watch online. The results are incredible, check it out below.

 

re÷belief from Raymond McCarthy Bergeron on Vimeo.

 

I also talked to Raymond about this and other projects on or weekly Shapeways Live interview. If you didn’t catch it live you can find it below or on our youtube channel in the Shapeways Live playlist.

 

New Year, New Skill

It’s that time of year again, where we scramble to list out those all-important resolutions for the New Year. We have the typical suspects of NY resolutions: read more, meditate often, build healthy habits. However, here at Shapeways, we’re thinking of something else you might want to do in 2016: Get started with 3D printing.

Here’s a few tips on how to get started making with 3D in 2016.

1. Give yourself an easy project to start with. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can create with 3D printing. However, when you’re first beginning to learn this skill, it may be best to think of a design that’s easier to create. A great way to do this is to find a simple silhouette and use our pendant creator to bring it to life, or for something more complex, consider watching some tutorials and get started with OnShape.

2. Set aside some time each week dedicated to 3D modeling. Even if it’s just an hour a week, setting aside time dedicated to learning each week can take you a long way. Plus, once you get started, it’s easy to get into it and keep going! Pro-tip: Schedule this time as a repeat event on your google calendar, so you’ve always got a reminder to get you going.

3. Get active on the Shapeways forums. Our forums are the heart of the Shapeways community. If you’re ever looking for a source of inspiration or have questions about getting started, you will without a doubt find your answers on this section of our website.

4. Open up a shop. We’ve noticed that it becomes a little bit more difficult to forget about your New Years Resolutions when you incentivize yourself with making money. Having a single product in your shop is a great start to earning a little extra cash for the weekends… and you may find yourself motivated to add more to your collection over time!

6. Keep an eye on our Meetup page and attend local events in your area. Meetups are a great way to meet people who have similar interests – it’s also an opportunity to connect directly with employees at Shapeways and learn hands on about what’s possible.

5. Be a Boss. Set the vision for your goals and don’t let up. You, and only you are in charge of the outcome of 2016. If you set your mind and time to accomplish something, you will achieve it!

Learning something new can be tough, but luckily at Shapeways, we are armed with an amazing community of makers to get you through the learning curve. If you have ideas, now is the time to bring them to life. And don’t forget about all the amazing materials we have to offer. Who knows what new things we’ll come up with in 2016!?

What’s on the Shapeways Tree this Year?

It may be unseasonally warm at 75 degrees F in New York City but we still have the holiday spirit in full swing. A few weeks ago we ran the Ornament CustomMaker Challenge and were blown away with the creativity of the community.

Here are some of the highlights that we used to decorate our tree here at the office. For the complete list of entries check out the forum thread here.

Candy Cane Sleigh by Crafted3D

Candy Cane Sleigh
by Crafted3D

DRAW ornament - hearts 80mm 2 piece tag personaliz by draw

DRAW ornament – hearts 80mm 2 piece tag personaliz
by draw

Twisted tree Christmas ornament by interessander

Twisted tree Christmas ornament
by interessander

Ornament of the Angelic Spirit [customizable] by UniverseBecoming

Ornament of the Angelic Spirit [customizable]
by UniverseBecoming

Christmas Bauble 4 by Sindhu

Christmas Bauble 4
by Sindhu

Wireframe Star Ornament by atoroesp

Wireframe Star Ornament
by atoroesp

 

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Santa Claus came to town

Last year, we were thrilled to have Santa Claus and one of his reindeers come to the factory the day before Christmas. It was one of the best ways to cap off a great holiday season, and this year we knew we wanted to include them in the fun once more.

Santa Claus made his return to our factory in Eindhoven and once again brought his reindeer. This year we had the pleasure of scanning the duo and were able to present Santa with his own 3D Selfie!

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Check out that awesome scan! Think Mrs. Claus will like it?

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Just like last year, Santa took a little tour of the factory and checked out all the amazing products being printed and processed:

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And of course, he was wearing his 3D printed swag (check out that belt buckle!):

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As always, we love being so connected to a community that helps us make the holiday a little brighter. Santa knows he’s always welcome to our factory, and we can’t wait to see him again.

Happy Holidays everybody!

Special thanks to: Our amazing community member, Roel Ruwaard, for donning the suit and bringing the Reindeer out to the factory!

Vincent the cat gets new legs through 3D printing

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No matter how many stories we we hear or read about the amazing things people have done with 3D printing, there are some that are always hard to top. And just like the rest of the internet, we can’t pass up a sweet story about cats.

Recently, we read about Vincent – a cat who was born without his back two legs. A group from the Iowa State University veterinarian hospital came to the rescue and 3D printed two titanium prosthetics for him. Thanks to these new legs, the doctors believe “he’ll be jumping and doing really normal cat things very soon.”

Check out the video below to see more:

What’s especially incredible about stories like these is that we are able to see how the industry moves forward with each case. As mentioned in this story, they were able to refine the technique and implants which will help their next cases be even more successful. The doctors and people involved always learn from each case and eventually that means 3D printing will be able to help even more animals (and humans, as we’ve seen more and more medical cases recently).

For us, it’s always nice to see the Shapeways community rally around stories like this and just this week we saw a post in our forum from a community member who is looking to help their young kitten who was born with crooked legs. Be sure to check out the post to see if you can help!

Kickstarter creators using Shapeways to give rewards in time for the holidays

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As we’ve talked about before, Kickstarter is a great way to gain suppport to bring a product to life and we love when we get to help with that mission. Today we’re excited to tell you about a company that is making life a little more fun for music and guitar lovers.

Guitar Triller is a company that is changing the way people play the guitar. They recently launched a Kickstarter for their new, guitar accessory. The triller is designed for striking strings in a way that creates powerful and expressive notes. It goes beyond picks and fingers to introduce new sounds to your music and gives you a world of possibilities.

The Guitar Triller is the perfect example of how amazing something can be when designed perfectly. And their campaign is the perfect example of how to keep people excited for a product that isn’t on the market just yet.

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While the finished product won’t be available right away, the team has found a way to make sure backers receive something for their contribution before the year is over. And that’s where Shapeways comes in. As part of their rewards for backers, they are offering 3D printed models from Shapeways that you can receive before the final manufacturing process is complete. The best part? You can get models in time for the holidays! So if their is a guitar lover in your life you’ll be able to surprise them with an amazing gift this year!

Be sure to check out the kickstarter on Cyber Monday to take advantage of this fun offer. You’ll have until Wednesday to back the campaign and will receive your 3D printed models a few weeks later!

Check out Guitar Triller here for more information on this cool product and videos on how it works.

Onshape and Shapeways in a city near you

Starting today, Shapeways will be doing a series of meetups and presentations in New York, Boston and Chicago. Whether you’re looking to learn about the powerful browser based CAD software to develop your products or samples of professional materials to print them in, you should come and learn.

To join, you can follow the following links and RSVP:

 

Join us for evenings of learning, connecting, and idea sharing with fellow makers! We will provide snacks, booze, and of course, a showcase of our amazing 3D Printing materials.

We look forward to seeing you!

Shapeways Global Meetups in Athens, Greece

On Oct 2nd, 2015 Shapeways hosted it’s 4th community meetup in Athens, Greece with the Athens School of Fine Arts. The Meetup took place at the amazing Circuits and Currents Project Space where local designers, students,  and academics, including members from the Museum of Paleontology all came together to participate in the Shapeways Athens meetup.

We had a whopping turn out of over 250+ people for the Shapeways Meetup in Athens – we had our crew members give presentations discussing 3D printing material, 3D software, and a crash-course on how to use the Shapeways website.

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Our Meetup consisted mostly of a discussion with the audience, where Shapeways community members were able to answer questions and demonstrate 3D printed designs.

We would like to give a special shout out to the community members who helped put all of this together:

Dimitris Fotiou, Sculptor / Designer – Shapeways Crew Allstar, Event Organizer)
Katerina Kamprani, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Chrysokona Mavrou, Architect, Shapeways Comunity Member
Antonis Kiourktsis, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Antonella Nikolopoulou, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Panayiotis Melis, Engineer, Shapeways Community Member
Stefanos Papadatos, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Many thanks to Assistant Professor Jannis Skaltsas and the ASFA Career Office who offered us their space and helped us host this meetup. Also many thanks to Lars Andersen for providing us with awesome 3D printed pet sculptures from Arty Lobster.

Are you a part of Shapeways crew and have an idea for a meetup? E-mail us at Community@Shapeways.com and we’ll help enable you for your next meetup idea.

Thank you to all who participated in our Shapeways Athens event!

Better with Shapeways – Susan Taing (Bstrong)

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All week, we’ve been introducing videos that showcase our amazing community members and the unique creations they make with Shapeways. Earlier we highlighted Susan Taing and her Bsnug Wrap. Today we’re closing out the series with her Bstrong Travel Hook. Take a look and see how Susan used Shapeways to test materials to find the perfect fit for her popular product!

If you’re interested in hearing more from Susan, check out her turn on Shapeways Live from this week to learn more about her process and how she’s built her company.

Don’t forget to enter our Better with Shapeways sweepstakes! Today’s the last day to enter to win $100 in Shapeways credit. Good luck!

#BetterwithShapeways Sweepstakes Rules

1. Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways.  It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest.  Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.  Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means.  By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

2. Prize. The winning entrant will receive $100 in Shapeways credit to make a purchase on Shapeways.com.

3. Contest period. This contest is open on Friday, October 2 from 10:00am EDT to 11:59pm EDT.

4. How to Enter.  Share the video or a link to the video on Facebook and tag it with #BetterwithShapeways.  You may also enter by sending a postcard with your name, phone number, and email address to:

  • Shapeways
  • Attn: Contest Department
  • 419 Park Ave. South
  • Suite 900
  • New York, NY 10016

Postcards must be received by the end of the contest period in order to enter.

5. Winner Selection.  Shapeways will select the winner from the pool of applicants on Monday, October 5.  There will be only one winner.  Shapeways will be prepared to award the prize to a runner-up in the event the winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time.  Shapeways will determine the winner by randomly drawing an applicant from the entire pool of applicants.

6. Winner notification. The winner will be notified via email.  Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility.  If Shapeways cannot contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable amount of time, a runner-up will receive the prize.  If a runner-up cannot be contacted, Shapeways will select a third place finisher to receive the prize.

7. Taxes.  The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.

8. Liability and Jurisdiction.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA.  Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final.  By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.  Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering.  Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to community@shapeways.com.

 

Dutch Design Week 2015

Dutch Design Week, hosted in our hometown of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, is a nine-day celebration of design innovation. From October 17 – 25, the city is abuzz with exhibitions, workshops, and parties, all to highlight the importance of design in our lives.

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At Shapeways, we love to celebrate amazing products and the creative designers behind them.  So this year for Dutch Design Week, we’re joining in the fun by opening the doors to our Shapeways factory for tours and workshops and hosting a special party for our Community. Running throughout the week, our tours will show you how we bring products to life with our state of the art 3D printing process. Our workshops will help you get started with 3D printing, and are specially designed for beginners and kids.

See the schedule below to sign up  and stay tuned for more news coming from Dutch Design Week!

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Factory Tour dates:

Saturday, October 17 (13:30 – 15:30)
Sunday, October 18 (13:30 – 15:30)
Monday, October 19 (14:30 – 16:30)
Wednesday, October 21 (14:30 – 16:30)
Friday, October 23 (14:30 – 16:30)
Saturday, October 24 (13:30 – 15:30)
Sunday, October 25 (13:30 – 15:30)

Weekend Workshops:
Note: be sure to bring a laptop in order to participate. The Kids workshop is for children of 10 years and older.
ABC of 3D Printing – Saturday, October 17 (10:30 – 12:30)
ABC of 3D Printing – Sunday, October 18 (10:30 – 12:30)
Kids & 3D Printing – Saturday, October 24 (10:30 – 12:30)
Kids & 3D Printing – Sunday, October 25 (10:30 – 12:30)

Shapeways Community Party:
Friday, October 23 - TBD

Better with Shapeways – Kacie Hultgren

Today our Better with Shapeways video series highlights Kacie Hultgren from the popular miniatures shop, PrettySmallThings. She was one of the first designers to use 3D printing in the dollhouse world, and her designs truly showcase the level of details you can get using the technology, and the importance of being able to make as many or as little as you want. As Kacie says,

“Without Shapeways, I don’t really have a business. It’s about making multiples, it’s about small batch manufacturing. I don’t have demand for hundreds of these designs, but I definitely have demand for dozens of each design.”

Check out the video to hear more about how Shapeways has helped grow her business:

Below are some behind the scenes shots of Kacie and her designs being filmed. We spent a full day filming all the Better with Shapeways videos and had so much fun connecting with all the designers and getting to hear them tell their stories on camera.

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Don’t forget to enter our #BetterwithShapeways sweepstakes! Check out all the rules below. Good luck!

#BetterwithShapeways Sweepstakes Rules

1. Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways.  It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest.  Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.  Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means.  By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

2. Prize. The winning entrant will receive $100 in Shapeways credit to make a purchase on Shapeways.com.

3. Contest period. This contest is open on Wednesday, September 30 from 10:00am EDT to 11:59pm EDT.

4. How to Enter.  Share the video or a link to the video on Facebook and tag it with #BetterwithShapeways.  You may also enter by sending a postcard with your name, phone number, and email address to:

Shapeways
Attn: Contest Department
419 Park Ave. South
Suite 900
New York, NY 10016

Postcards must be received by the end of the contest period in order to enter.

5. Winner Selection.  Shapeways will select the winner from the pool of applicants on Thursday, October 1.  There will be only one winner.  Shapeways will be prepared to award the prize to a runner-up in the event the winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time.  Shapeways will determine the winner by randomly drawing an applicant from the entire pool of applicants.

6. Winner notification. The winner will be notified via email.  Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility.  If Shapeways cannot contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable amount of time, a runner-up will receive the prize.  If a runner-up cannot be contacted, Shapeways will select a third place finisher to receive the prize.

7. Taxes.  The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.

8. Liability and Jurisdiction.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA.  Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final.  By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.  Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering.  Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to community@shapeways.com.