We're proudly bringing back Friday Finds - sharing with you products, shops, and designers who are using their creative 3D printing powers in new, fun and exciting ways. This week, we present to you Thinker Things! Bryan Salt is the creator behind the brand. As a veteran of the 3D technology world, Bryan has 27 years of experience including virtual reality, games, television & mobile 3D engines. With Thinker Thing, he wants to make 3D printing accessible to everyone - even children!
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Macintosh. The Mac has revolutionized the technology world and has inspired a generation of innovation and innovators. It can be safe to say that everyone on Shapeways has either used or know someone who uses a Mac product. 3D printing in a way is experiencing its "Mac moment" as 3D printing technology is becoming more mainstream and accessible to the mass consumer. For the Shapies who have been inspired by Mac and Apple throughout the years, check out these Mac inspired 3D Prints.
Rock these 3D printed Mac inspired cufflinks at your next tech meetup or company party.
We hope that Shapeways serves as a platform for innovation and creation the same way Mac has for computers and software. We're interested in hearing how has the Mac enabled or inspired you to get involved with 3D printing or modeling? Do you believe that 3D printing is experiencing its "Mac moment" by disrupting the manufacturing industry?
Searching for that particular camera accessory but you can't seem to find it anywhere? That's probably because it doesn't exist. Enter Shapeways and 3D printing where items as simple as a camera lens accessory can be designed and printed specifically for your camera model. There are many photographers out there looking for particular lens components for their camera but not all of them are mass produced. Here are some custom 3D printed camera lens accessories on Shapeways.
What is DNA? DNA also known as DeoxyriboNucleic Acid is a molecule. It's a bunch of atoms stuck together forming a beautiful molecular double helix structure. If you've ever watched Jurassic Park or studied Biology you should know that DNA is the genetic blueprint for all living things. Every person and living thing contains their own unique genetic code in their DNA makeup. At Shapeways we live and breath innovation, personalization, and 3D printing. You can say that 3D printing is in our DNA. See the molecules of life come to life with these DNA inspired 3D prints.
Insects get a bad reputation for being disgusting, nasty, and creepy creatures. The fact of the matter is that insects represent a major part of life on Earth and we must co-exist with them and evolve with them whether we like it or not. There are actually plenty of cool 3D insect inspired prints on Shapeways that come in various shapes, sizes, and shiny materials. These awesome insect prints won't bug you at all.
There are over 1000 species of beetles and the stag beetle is the most fearsome of them all. They have massive jaws that would make anyone think twice before coming close to it. Fortunately this one comes in strong and flexible plastic but still looks real.
Have you ever wondered if your toys play around in the night? Or hoped that they do? #Dinovember is the month for you then! Some very creative folks posted to medium this week about a tradition they have in their family every November that involves some serious Dinosaur shenanigans. We're all about taking creatures from the past and making them a part of the future here at Shapeways, so here are a few of our favorite dinos!
Just as bustling cities attract people, underwater, coral reefs attract sea life. On Bahrain's coast, like many others in the world, overfishing has had a major impact on the health of marine life. Reef Arabia, a team of artificial reef designers, turned to 3D printed sandstone to create custom structures to submerge: “With 3D printing we can get closer to natural design because of its ability to produce very organic shapes and almost lay down material similar to how nature does it.”
This Friday we are taking a look at some of the more functional designs from the Shapeways community using the incredible power of 3D printing to defy gravity, and other feats of material suspension
Like this Lightsaber Stand, no longer shall your Jedi weapon (you are a Jedi) lay on your bedroom floor to be accidentally stood on and activated unintentionally at 3am when half awake and stumbling for a glass of water.
Pliers also tend to obey the laws of physics, falling clumsily to the ground when not held in hands or buried under other tools. Say NO MORE, peg those bad boys to a wall with the Pliers Holder for a Type A Peg Board. (WARNING: may not work on Type B peg board)
It's a beautiful time of year here in New York City, and like much of the Northern Hemisphere, the leaves have begun their colorful transition into winter mode. In honor of such, today's selections are Fall-tastic! The Skeleton Leaves above are by Joaquin Baldwin and are perfect not only for now, but for Halloween right around the corner!
This Friday we are taking a look at some of the amazing rings by Shapeways designers 3D printed in a range of metals. Speaking of metal, first up we have some very rock and roll looking rings by SG Designs.
Every week we take a look at some of the awesome designs that Shapeways 3D prints on behalf of you, the Shapeways community. If you would like to see your design featured on the Shapeways blog (and more), be sure to share good quality photos in the 'It Arrived' section of the Shapeways forums.
This week was all about our new Gold Plated Brass, but here at Shapeways we love all of our materials equally! Look at some of the fantastic Strong and Flexible Plastic products our designers have created!