Game week continues and the game of the day is 3D Printed Puzzles. Whether it's mazes or Rubik cubes, puzzles are the ultimate brainteasers. Add 3D printing to the mix and you get super innovative puzzles that wouldn't be possible with traditional manufacturing methods.
You can find a large selection of 3D printed puzzles on our puzzles page here and have a look at a few of these unique 3D printed puzzles that can be found on Shapeways.
Game week continues and the 3D printed game of the day is Minecraft. We're sure there are many Shapies out there who have played Minecraft or knows someone who is addicted to Minecraft. Minecraft is one of the most creative and fascinating computer games out there where there are no specific goals or objectives; Minecraft is complete creative freedom to build, create, and do whatever you want. Minecraft is essentially your sandbox where you have the freedom of creation using three-dimensional objects.
It's no coincidence that people would be interested in bringing their awesome Minecraft creations to life and Shapeways provides a platform for users to do so with 3D printing. The free program Mineways makes it easy to select a model from a Minecraft world map, render it, and 3D print via Shapeways. Also check out Eric's Mineways Shapeways Shop for examples of incredible Minecraft 3D prints. You can also turn your Minecraft character into real life using the Minetoys app here.
Do you have a Minecraft creation that will blow our minds? Share a snapshot with us by tweeting us @Shapeways.
How does a Minecraft player get his exercise? He runs around the block...
Game week continues and todays 3D Printed game features the Kerbal Space Program. KSP is a interactive computer game where players can manage and create their own space station. It's a fun game where a crew of Kerbals need to build a spacecraft and fly into space, the moon, and other planets.
If you're a gamer this is a game worth checking out and with 3D printing, KSP were able to turn these digital green characters into physical figures which you can own. Check out some of the KSP 3D Prints and their shop on Shapeways.
Have you played the Kerbal Space Program before or own one of these popular 3D prints? Tweet us a photo to @Shapeways and show us your Kerbal love.
Watch Scott Manleys video review of a 3D printed Kerbal from Shapeways here.
Game week continues and todays 3D Printed game of the week is dice. Whether you're playing Monopoly, Magic The Gathering, or Dungeons & Dragons; dice play a essential role to the experience. Did you know that this week marked the 40th anniversary of the popular RPG game Dungeons & Dragons? Lets commemorate 40 Years of D&D with 40 3D Printed dice!
Here are just a few examples of awesome 3D Printed dice to help you take your gaming to the next level. To see more check out our Pinterest board or Dice featured page.
It's the week of the big game. THE SUPER BOWL, the most popular sporting event in America. The Super Bowl will also be broadcast across the world and while everyone is preparing for the big game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, there will be those engaging in non-sport gaming / recreational activities.
This week we're having a game week of our own and will be surfacing popular game inspired 3D prints from traditional board games to classic computer games. Today's 3D Printed game of the day is Chess! Take gaming and chess to the next level with these 3D Printed Chess sets.
Chess is one of the all time classic strategy board games. In chess two individuals battle it out with nothing but their minds and 16 piece army on a checkered board. Chess is even a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee. In the world of 3D Printing brains most certainly reign over braun and with the creative minds that we have on the Shapeways community, the classic game of chess is still the game but it's design innovated. Here are a few chess inspired 3D Prints.
The world is full of gamers and life itself is essentially a RPG game. We're spending billions of hours weekly playing online games from World Of WarCraft to Diablo that we forget to show a little love to classic offline games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering. In most popular RPG games dice are an essential commodity. With 3D printing and Shapeways you're no longer limited to the traditional boring dice sets. Here are a few fantastic 3D printed dice sets to help you take your gaming and dice recreational activities to the next level.
The Sphere Dice are solid dice obtained by intersecting a regular polyhedron and a sphere.
Gaming gives us an outlet to escape from our normal lives and allows one to become something else unbound from reality. Gaming has the power to incentive, motivate, and reward behavior that makes us want to do more, be more, and achieve more. Let us know in a comment what's your favorite game either online or offline. Also here's a great TED Talk by Jane McGonigal on how gaming can make the world a better place to live in.
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?
Another family 3D printing project to hit Shapeways is the Controller Pendant by stop4stuff. Not only is it a story of a father and son, working together on a creative project, but also a story entrepreneurial spirit. If the design sells, the boy get's his pocket money without doing any additional work, but most importantly, the boy get's his pocket money without it coming out of his father's pocket.... Win, win.
Some time last year (2012) my 13 year old son, Nath, was trying to think up ways to make a bit of extra pocket money. Knowing Nath's artistic flair, I suggested a design of something he could have 3D printed. Nath drew up the design on paper, I did the 3D model work and between us we came up with the style of the pendant based on an Xbox games console controller.
Ordered on the 15th December, the pendant arrived on the 2nd January, in plenty of time for his birthday next week.
This is Nath's first design and any markups from this model all go to Nath.
So, if you want an awesome pendant for yourself or your gamer friend, go for the Controller Pendant and support teenage entrepreneurship. Happy Birthday Nath...
All the elements from the level are there: every mushroom, turtle, cloud
and star. They are all carved out of the surface at different heights,
which looks fantastic when you have a light coming from the side, and
each block casts a shadow.
It's a great piece to have on your desk, or to hang from a string to let it spin around.
Last week we had the pleasure of a few toy experts visiting the Shapeways office to come and talk about the potential of 3D printing toys now, and in the near future. One of our visitors was Richard Gottlieb who is publishing a two-part article on his blog with his thinking coming out of the meeting and how he thinks it might affect the toy industry.
Take a look at his posts and let us know what YOU think 3D printing will do to the toy industry and who will make the most of it?