At Shapeways we believe nothing is sexier than 3D printing, especially when we are 3D printing the snow angel outfit for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which airs tonight, December 10 at 10pm/9 Central on CBS.
Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson will be wearing the 3D printed outfit that was designed to exactly fit her body based on a 3D scan. The outfit includes a corset, wings and hat, each of the components is made from hundreds of snowflakes which interlock to move like a fabric or stand rigid to creat the sculptural angel wings. The entire outfit was 3D Printed in lightweight Nylon then encrusted with millions (yes millions) of Swarovski crystals then paired with Victoria's Secret lingerie. The overall effect is a glimmering, icy outfit that perfectly showcases the ability of 3D printing beautiful, complex forms.
Check out the video of Lindsay Ellingson modeling the 3D printed angel wings as a teaser for tonight's show.
Nervous System have just released a new Kinematics jewelry range coupled with a customization app to create unique 3D printed jewelry based on interlocking components. While this is a beautifully simple interface to create customized 3D printed jewelry, it is the potential for draping and compression to fit a large design within a small 3D printer build size when using a process such as Shapeways Selective Laser Sintering that really makes this an impressive application for 3D printing.
Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules.
The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body. Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures.
Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
Above for example, you see a full scale dress design that would be far too large to fit into even our largest printer that can take parts up to 650x350x550mm in Nylon. By converting the structure into a series of self folding connections the entire dress could be compressed down to the smallest possible form (whilst maintaining enough distance so parts do not sinter together) and then be 3D printed in our EOS slective laser sintering 3D printer in one entire print. We would then unfurl the dress from the print build, air blast the excess Nylon powder out of the dress and it would be ready to wear.
This project evolved out of a collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which challenged Nervous System to create in-person customization experiences for low cost 3D printers. The genesis of the project is discussed at length in The Making of Kinematics post on the Nervous System blog.
Some of you may be subjecting you 3D prints to extreme forces like impact, sheer weight, constant flexing and maybe even a little heat, but have you ever wanted to know how hot you can go? Shapeways material tester Brandon has shared a video on his YouTube Channel heating Shapeways Nylon (WSF) 3D prints in mineral oil to deformation then melting point.
"To test I heated WSF in mineral oil and tested how it behaves at higher and higher temperatures. The material starts to soften at around 155-165C and starts to significantly deform and melt at around 170-180C."
The video runs for around 17 minutes but the good stuff (deformation) starts to occur around 155c at the 10:00 minute mark and total failure at around 15:00 minute mark at 170c.
Thanks again to Brandon for sharing, if you have an material torture tests please let us know in the comments on the blog. Below is some wet Nylon I tortured in the microwave
Just launched on Kickstarter is inkimals, a simple tool to help you color, scan and 3D print your own customized designer toys based on four playful templates by AMINIMAL Studio.
As well as the color and scan templates, AMINIMAL are seeking funding on Kickstarter to develop an interactive app so that you can tweak your character in 3D to perfect the awesomeness.
Your backing will help the to develop the software to make this app real and backers of $30 or more will get their inkimal in their hands, 3D printed by Shapeways in full color.
AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based company focused on researching complex systems and emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products.
Svetlana Blum Briscella and John Briscella are the creative minds behind AMINIMAL.
As designers and innovators, Svetlana and John have demonstrated 3D printing as a method for manufacturing high quality products for companies such as MakerBot, the MoMA Store and Shapeways. Their compilations of designs include the field test jewelry collection, the Makerbot Mixtape, the Makerbot Watch, overall design of the Makerbot store and the Shapeways sake set creator.
I'm thrilled by Shapeways interactive space at the Museum of Arts and Design and can't wait to share it with our New York community tonight at our meetup. For those of you not in New York, I made a short video tour of the space, so you can at least be there in spirit!
And for those not in the area for now, the Out of Hand exhibition will run until June 1st 2014 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, so you have plenty of time to visit.
Shapeways thanks EOS, Occipital, Formlabs, Rhinoceros, LIFT Architects & RUSH Design for their support.
For a long time now, we've been keeping a horrible secret from our community. We've tried very hard to give the impression that our team is made of fun-loving humans who would drop everything at any hour of the day to help make your ideas real. However, the truth has a way of sneaking up on you, and it's time that you hear the truth...
We regret to inform you that we are actually, not human. Our Customer Service team was attacked by zombies, witches and vampires last Halloween, and have since attacked the entire Eindhoven office. You have to see it to believe it:
Trust that this will not change our commitment to you, and we hope that this does change your impression of us. Perhaps just bring some garlic and stakes to the next Meetup, just in case...
Skylar Tibbits of 4D printing fame has developed a system he has termed Hyperform to create the longest possible 3D printed chain from a relatively small 3D Printer.
Using the Formlabs 3D printer and a process where a chain is printed in a Hilbert Curve within the build area to print the largest possible object (once expanded) from the space available.
Printing a very long chain is a proof of concept for what could become a more efficient way to program large objects into a 3D Printer. For instance, if you wanted to 3D print a chain mail sweater (you know you do) you could design the interlocking parts to collapse or fold into the smallest possible space using a physics based algorithm.
By collapsing an item into the smallest possible bounding box you can increase the density of the print and there for make the item more economical to 3D Print. A long chain unfurled would cost a lot more than a chain compressed to as small as possible. especially if it hit the Shapeways density discount where models that have greater than 10% density (material volume divided by bounding box volume), volume above the first 20cm3 is calculated with a 50% discount.
Maybe it is time to start compressing your designs into the smallest, densest possible form to make the most of the economy of 3D printing too (but don't make them too close or the parts will fuse together and you will have a very dense, unfoldable model.
In a recent interview for Dezeen, architect, industrial designer and artist, Ron Arad stated that 3D Printing is abused by designers, in much the same way as musicians used synthesizers in the past.
"Synthesisers were abused completely and so is this technology we're talking about" Ron Arad
Now while this statement may have have an element of truth, it is worth exploring the comparison in the context of Ron's position in the design world, and what this concept opens up.
First, let's compare the 3D printer and the synthesizer.
The first analogue synthesizers made it possible for one instrument to make a massive range of sounds. Professional musicians used these expensive synthesizers to emulate existing instruments in a recording studio and on stage, to broaden their palette of available sounds, whilst only needing to know how to play the keyboard, not strings, woodwind, brass, etc. At the same time some more experimental musicians started to experiment with the synthesizers to make sounds that were otherwise impossible, tweaking resonant filters and using effects to make sounds that were unique to the synthesizer.
The first 3D Printers (or rapid prototyping machines) made it possible to make a massive range of shapes. Engineers and designers used these expensive 3D printers to emulate products quickly in their studios and workshops, to test parts before manufacturing. For many years this remained the case, the 3D prints were expensive and only used to emulate other materials and processes.
The viral epicenter of the digital world, Reddit, consistently surfaces some of the best products on Shapeways, and many of our favorite Shapies are also active Redditors. Rather serendipitously, The Verge just launched a new series called “Small Empires,” hosted by Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, which focuses on New York based startups. We're humbled to be chosen as their fifth Episode and had a total blast giving their crew the full tour of HQ and our factory in Long Island City, NY.
Currently seeking backers on indiegogo, the FABtotum might just be the ultimate desktop fabricator.
More than just an FDM 3D printer, the unit also has 2D milling suitable for carving everything from wood to circuit boards, with 4 axis machining which is also amazing for a desktop unit but it also includes a 3D scanner so you can go from real world to digital.
If the team from Milan can deliver on their promise based on their initial prototype, this might be one of the most disruptive stand alone machines to hit the market.
Their indiegogo campaign is looking to raise $50,000 with over $20,000 already raised and 47 days to go it is very likely we will get to see the FABtotum realized and shipped early 2014. The early bird special of $849 for the assembled unit is already sold out but you can still pick up a kit for $999 including shipping or $1099 for an assembled unit.
Check out the full specs of this open source beast.
Tokyo police have been using 3D printing to create full color 3D models of wanted criminals to help them track down fugitives on the run, models of crime scenes and replicas of weapons to be used as evidence.
In this instance they created a 3D model of Takahashi Katsuya who has been wanted in connection to the Sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo Subway system in 1995. The 3D print of the fugitive who had evaded police for 17 years was shown on national Japanese television and was captured soon after, though not as a direct result of the footage.
Researchers at Rutgers are also testing 3D printing faces as a way to help diagnose schizophrenia. The researchers are finding thatpeople susceptible to schizophrenia are not fooled by a common optical illusion. By 3D printing a face with a concave, instead of convex face, most people will not see the face as being concave, but will see the eyes of the face following them in a creepy way. People with schizophrenia just see a creepy inside out face.
Shapeways European community manager Bart Veldhuizen walks through the process from planning the 3D printers through to printing, cleaning and post processing your 3D prints. Take a look at the video to see how your designs come to reality through Shapeways 3D printing.
Beck's "Live Beyond Labels" project has launched their 2013 edition bottles. They invited six artists to design the labels for 13.2 million bottles, creating the world's largest stage for artists. One of the artists they invited was Marc Ecko, who thought that an interesting way to approach the constraints of a flat label was to first 3D model and print it. He printed it using Shapeways and came to the LIC Factory to break out and clean his model. Watch it all in the video below!
What other brands do you think could leverage Shapeways 3D Printing technology to be more innovative? Sound off in the comments. Oh, and while you're at it, subscribe to our YouTube Channel .
People are often amazed at how lightweight and strong our 3D printed Nylon plastic can be with the correct geometry. It is an important part of the design process to test your 3D printed designs to breaking point. Prototyping a product before releasing it for sale to others in your Shapeways shop is essential to ensure that your design will stand up to the stresses of use, and not make your customers find out for you.
"People keep asking me, how strong is that printed chassis. My answer usualy was.."uuhhmm pretty strong I think"
People keep asking me, how strong is that printed chassis. My answer usualy was.."uuhhmm pretty strong I think"... Well since version 3 is being build right now, I have version 1 and 2 lying around doing nothing. Might as well break one to see how much force it takes. And now for the scientific part, torque is force times lever-arm distance...
In this case the distance from the applied torque to the scale (to measure the force) is about 20 cm (about 8 inch). The force measured at the time of the snap is about 2 Kg (2000 g or about 4.4 lbs). This means the torque applied at the time of the snap is probably more than it will ever be driving the chassis around on any trail....