The holidays are approaching so it’s time for our third and final installment of the Shapeways DIY 3D Print gifting series. This week, we’re catapulting you into another dimension and challenging you to try out our easy-to-use 2D to 3D Creator!
Using this nifty app, you can upload a 2D design, adjust the thickness and size, then 3D Print your product in a choice of more than 30 materials. And in just a couple minutes, you’ll have your very own personalized gift—jewelry, art, and more!
For the second installment in our three-part DIY 3D Print gifting series, we are rewriting the 12 Days of Christmas song: "...Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, create your own gold-plated rings!"
Yes, Shapeways has an app for that: The Custom Ring Creator. Regardless of whether you’ve ever designed anything, you can make a unique ring in minutes.
You may have seen recent headlines about the ability to create 3D Printed limbs. But how about doing it yourself? Massachusetts resident Paul McCarthy followed an online tutorial and took it upon himself to 3D Print a hand for his son, Leon, who was born with no fingers. The result? A happy son with newfound dexterity, and a savings of around $30,000.
Take a look at this really interesting video of an experiment to seal Shapeways 3D printed Nylon with super glue and acetone.
Shapeways community member and Twisty Puzzles Forum member Brandon Enright has shared a really interesting video on YouTube of his experiment to seal a Shapeways Nylon (WSF) 3D print with a mixture of Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue) diluted with Acetone. His experiments show that the mixture quickly penetrates and seals the surface of the nylon giving a glossy texture that is considerably more resistant to getting dirty when tested with tiny particles of copper powder. When compared to unfinished nylon parts there was a massive difference. This is a well documented experiment that is showing some very promising results and we are really looking forward to seeing more results. We also know that people are using floor polish to get a similar effect but you may need to be careful the formulation you use does not yellow over time.
What post processing experiments have you tried on your Shapeways 3D prints? We would love to see more videos of your results.
People often describe the FDM (fused deposition modeling) process used by most desktop 3D printers as 'like a hot glue gun extruding plastic'. Well, check out this video of a DIY hot glue gun 3D printer.
Who wants glue to be the next 3D printed material on Shapeways?
TinkerCad is a perfect tool to get started designing for 3D Printing thanks to it's drag and drop capabilities. Because it is browser based you never need to download or update the software. You always have the latest version.
Thanks again to the team at TinkerCad for putting the video together...
We have updated the downloadable files for customization now that we have been able to test the fit, especially around the corners for the iPhone 5, the case can be downloaded here, and the bumper here.
This is the first company that I have seen so far that offer replacement parts to be 3D Printed by their consumers. This is an incredibly smart move as it takes away the need for them to warehouse and distribute replacement parts. It also means that their fans have an opportunity to modify and customize aspects of their synthesizers.
We work hard to make our OP-1 users happy with free OS updates and added functionality. But sometimes we fail. As some have noted, the shipping cost of the OP-1 accessories is very high. This is because we can't find a good delivery service for small items. Meanwhile, we have decided to put all CAD files of the parts in our library section for you to download. The files are provided in both STEP and STL format. Just download the files and 3D print as many as you want. Next fail is the OP-1 manual update. We are almost there...we promise it will be ready sometime next week. Thank you all for your patience, we promise to work even harder in the future to make you happy.
We announced the contest to win $500 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing last week and have already seen a few designs for the iPhone 5 trickle in but we wanted to make it a little easier for you with a few 3D files to download that might help.
Please note we are waiting for the 3D Prints to come back and of course we have not yet tested them on an iPhone 5 yet.....
You can download the STL files to modify in your 3D software of choice as long as it supports STL import, we have also uploaded the case to TinkerCad along with the bumper and the dummy iPhone 5 so you can start customizing the design even if you do not have any 3D CAD skills, yet...
The iPhone 5 has now been announced and about go on sale on in the U.S. so we want to see what innovative new designs you come up with to 3D Print for the latest iteration of the iPhone to hit the market.
Walter Schreppers has configured his Raspberry Pi with a web interface to control his RepRap 3D Printer, perhaps this could be used for Zach Hoeken's BotQueue to scale up DIY manufacturing to control an army of 3D Printers.
You do not need to settle for this double disc of 70's nostalgia when you can design your own thanks to an Instructables by our latest hero Fred Murphy aka Fred27 aka Fred27.
"Attached you'll find the new version of my Fisher Price music editing
software. It's included as an executable and (if you don't trust
randomly downloaded software from the internet) the C# source code is
there too. Feel free to take a nose around in the source code and
compile it with the free version of Visual C# 2010 Express.
You'll also need a copy of OpenSCAD.
This amazing software allows the scripting of 3D CAD objects and is
what turns the idea of what you want into the STL file that a 3D printer
Wow - all this software and no need to pay a penny for any of it.
If this all sounds like too much trouble, then you can just open one of
the pre-generated STL files. Your jukebox comprises of Stairway to
Heaven, the Star Wars theme and You are my Sunshine. If none of those
float your boat then don't complain... get editing. I'd love to hear
what you can do."
Tinkecad has been turning up the awesome dial on their WebGL browser based 3D modeling application over the past year but they just made it even better with the ability to import 3D STL files....
This will make it SUPER easy to customize an existing 3D model to 3D Print at Shapeways, whether it be your own file you have created in another software, or a downloadable file from Shapeways, or other 3D model repositories like Thingiverse and GrabCad. You can also grab multiples STL files and mash them together, add text, geometry, anything.... AWESOME.
One limitation is the STL import is currently limited to 25,000 triangles so don't go throwing zBrush madness at it just yet, and of course, make sure you have permission to use the 3D files, and if you modify them, be sure to adhere to the terms by which the original 3D model was shared..
Thanks to the Tinkercad crew for such a fantastic move.
Now you can cook direct from the 3D Printer with Ruben Alexander's Tea Light Cooker 3D Printed in Ceramics by Shapeways.
Whether you want to cook Portugese sausage with green tomatoes and garlic, a mini fondu or bake a small spice cake.
This little cooker is designed around the lowly tealight. First meals
have been with a standard tealight (38mm x 38mm x 16mm) as the heat
source and safflower oil inside the cooking vessel with minced green
tomatoes, Portuguese sausage, and sliced garlic. After those tasty
results, I progressed to make a variety of dishes.
I first came a cross this great little cooker when we had our Shapeways Meetup at the Quirky office, Ruben was augmenting our catering efforts with some freshly cooked delights direct from the 3D Printed ceramic cooker.... Take a look at the product page to see the experiments and limitations that Ruben has found so far.
Possibly the most advanced 3D Print ever to hit Shapeways from browser based 3D modeling software Tinkercad is the Brewster Station by emmyceru AKA Emily AKA Cat Girl.... Simply amazing... And yes, this is a photograph....
Emily based her 3D Model on a photograph from the 1930's of Brewster station from a postcard from the collection of Steve Swirsky and also visited the site to get more of the details.
In what must have been an epic feat of 3D modeling endurance (especially for a first 3D modeling project) Emily assembled the model brick by brick in Tinkercad with amazing precision and stunning results.
Congratulations to Emily on what is a fantastic first effort at 3D modeling, we hope it inspires others to play with Tinkercad and other free 3D modeling tools and start 3D Printing their designs for real. You can see more images and get more info on her blog, I Ride the Harlem Line....