VertigoPolka has designed a giant 7 foot long 3D printed necklace of 185 interconnected Octahedrons. The super cool image may catch your eye but the price will blow your mind. But if 7 feet of 3D printed awesomeness is too much for you there is also the original 36 Inch Octahedralink Necklace and the mid length 55 Inch version. Or get all three and strut your stuff with 175 inches (4.45 metres) of 3D printed jewelry around your neck.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Remi van Oers, a Dutch designer interested in using 3D printing to solve problems in beautiful, functional ways.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I'm a young enthusiastic designer, 26 years old, interested in culture, people, art, architecture & design. I studied at the Dutch Design Academy, and now run my own design company located in a former Philips factory in Eindhoven, a city that breathes creativity and innovation.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
That's a good question. I'm interested in people, and how to improve their daily lives. The longer I work in the design profession, the harder it seems for me to define the profession, and the word! I feel that the word design is misused, design is not about styling or decoration, it's about solving problems in useful thoughtful ways. In my opinion it should serve people, as good design helps people move forward, in every possible way. To answer the question; I think I'm inspired by problems and thoughtless solutions. I'm inspired by the opportunity to solve them in an innovative and user friendly way.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
The products in my Shapeways shop, are basically products I needed myself. I couldn't buy them anywhere so I decided to design them myself. While enjoying the results I thought more people could benefit the solutions and I decided to make my designs available to everyone. That turned out to be a good idea. People where having the same problems and suddenly I was selling thoughful solutions. This was especially visible by the product Clip-it, a simple clip to convert your iPhone charger to a travel dock. The phone is somehow designed to have a flat battery within a day, so designing an easy charging solution made sense and turned out to be something people wanted worldwide.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
In 2002 I started as a student of architecture, and there I was first exposed to Computer Aided Design. I hated it for exactly two weeks, after that the teacher showed me what was going to be possible with CAD and 3D design. It was like seeing the light, I instantly knew that this was going to be the future. From there on, I overloaded my teacher with tons of questions every week, about how to draw specific forms. Luckily, the teacher was a master, he could see from a distance when my lines were not straight. 3D printing was still in its infancy but we used the CAD programs to turn idea sketches into technical drawings and realistic renders. Later during my study as a product designer I dived into the process of turning ideas into test models by using Rapid Prototyping, the start of learning Rapid Manufacturing, currently called 3D Printing.
How do you promote your work?
I don't do much promotion actually. I discovered that if you make nice products and bring them to notice to people, they will spread the word for you because they like it. That works better than me telling how much I like it myself. I think products that have a reason for being will get discovered, first by a small group and then suddenly get discovered by a lot of people. It did help a lot that some blogs wrote about the products I designed, as the products tell a certain story, the bloggers understand that story and they love to share it with their own words.
Who are your favourite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
I'm inspired by lots of influencers, some not even designers. I have great respect for people like Steve Jobs, Bill Moggridge, Charles & Ray Eames, Jonathan Ive, Philippe Starck. To name another designer, I admire Dieter Rams a lot, he of course doesn't need any further introduction. The work he achieved and how it influenced the product world, it is just phenomenal. From the Shapeways community, I really like the work of the Curve Creative guys.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I trust, that soon, we won't be so limited anymore. So people are probably naming big things here. But I believe you should never think from the medium as a starting point, or in this case the production method. It limits you then already because you think about a specific process. It's more interesting to just dream up what you want. What you want may often seem impossible, but by keeping in mind the idea you will notice that with passion you are able to push boundaries. Suddenly you are doing what seemed to be impossible before and are then pushing the boundaries of machining and production. I also think you should use 3D printing process for parts we are not able to make yet with current production technologies. So I'm not necessarily thinking in bigger parts that could be used to build homes. I'm thinking smaller parts here, very detailed, fully assembled in multi materials. I would love to design and realize the next super phone with one shot 3D printing through the upcoming technologies, but would also love to see people developing human organs with it to save peoples lives.
Anything else you want to share?
As a designer I believe in innovation, I believe in people and their will to improve and evolve. 3D printing and other new technologies are embracing these thoughts and therefore soon will change industrial production, change consumer behaviour, change the economic frame, test and change the rules of intellectual property, change the way companies realize and deliver products. And eventually it will change the way we look at products. I'm positive about the future!
If you submit a link to your design on Reddit you have the chance of exposing your designs to thousands of people and increasing the sales in your Shapeways shop. We know of one Shapeways user who made the daily average of their annual salary in one day of sales on Shapeways when their design was going viral on Reddit....
We look forward to seeing your designs on Reddit soon.
The original 'F U, I'm an Anteater' image first appeared online
in spring of 2008, as a witty protest against the massive amounts of
cute cat and dog pics circulating around internet humor sites, while
many other species had largely been neglected.
An interesting phenomenon among anteater image macros is the discontinuation of LOLspeak. While most other animal-based macros employ lolspeak, 'I'm an Anteater' macros generally use correct spelling as means of
protest against the widespread nature of other animal-based memes.
Although the species is still less popular than its feline and canine
counterparts, it remains a notable mutation of animal image macros, like
the Bukkit Walrus.
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.
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.
The first video shows the surface of a Nylon laser sintered part, which shows the varying grain shapes and sizes, some partially sintered powder and a couple of random particles bonded to the surface.
The second video shows the 3D Printed Nylon part with super glue applied.
"I don't have pure cyanoacrylate, my glue also has polymethyl
methacrylate. The glue doesn't seem to change the macro structure of
the surface at all. It soaks down into the cracks and coats the grains
which makes them reflective and refractive but doesn't do much else."
The third video shows the Nylon Powder next to a single human hair so you can get an idea of scale.
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."
Want to design and 3D Print your own iPhone case, customized to EXACTLY meet your needs? Whether you need a credit card holder, a bicycle mount, an iPad connector, a dog collar, a spork attachement or your logo, come along to the class Design Your Own iPhone Cast to be 3D Printed with Shapeways in NYC to get exactly what you want.
The introductory class will quickly cover the materials and processes of 3D Printing then it will be heads down in Inventor Fusion to design your case.
It is important to bring your laptop, a mouse and power supply and download Autodesk's Inventor Fusion (free) so you can design your own iPhone case to 3D Print.
Clip-it for iPhone converts your Euro iPhone charger to a wall dock; making sure that you can easily charge your phone at every wall socket. Unfurnished rooms, hotels and conference rooms are no longer a problem.
Clip-it lets you wind the usb cable easily around your charger and is also usable as a small table dock during your journeys ore while at work.
Clip-it makes use of your existing Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable. Simply snap it in and lock the cable at the bottom. Clip-it is perfectly engineered to hold the latest two generations of original Apple charging cables.
Clip-it is designed for the latest two iPhone models: the iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S and the included Apple USB Power Adapter (European version only).
Designed by Eric Vergo for the PAW (Puzzle Around the World) project the Pentultimate puzzle is about to make it's way to twisty puzzle forum members around the world.
We will be sending a large Pentultimate around the world to other forum
members to allow them to play with the puzzle, gather signatures for
collector sticker sets, post pictures here, and tell the rest of the
community about themselves. Eric Vergo graciously offered to design the
puzzle and it has been built to survive minor mishaps. I had had a
custom re-shippable box designed to hold the puzzle and the sticker sets
There are 23 participants that will receive the puzzle. Each person will be able to keep the puzzle for about 10 days. Members were selected based on a diverse set of criteria. We tried to
strike a balance between designers, solvers, collectors, and other
It will take about 1 year for the puzzle to travel around the world.
As each participant receives the puzzle they will have the opportunity
to take pictures of it where they live (for example in front of a
landmark) and post them here in the thread. They can tell where they live and what draws them to twisty puzzles. There are 23
sets of Pentultimate stickers that will travel with the Pentultimate.
Each person will sign them and at the end of the project each
participant will be given a set of signed stickers.
This is an amazing community project instigated by Brandon Enright that shows how a community can come together across continents over a shared passion, and a little bit of help thanks to 3D Printing. Good luck Twisty fans...
Using 3D Printers housed in a shipping container, unmanned drones and GPS tracking system Project Blue Sky promises to freak the hell out of unsuspecting Burning Man participants. The project is run by a non-profit called ReAllocate.org, which curates teams of world class talent and pairs them with specific technical projects, humanitarian organizations (other non-profits, NGOs) and resources to solve global challenges. Right on.
Imagine that you are in
Black Rock desert close to Center Camp. You step into a brightly
decorated space surrounded by ancient statues. You are ushered into a
shipping container that has been converted into a high-tech innovation
lab. You and your fashionable friend strike a pose which is captured
with 3D software and converted into a 3D model. You are given a GPS
transponder and specific instructions for your mission. On the way out
you catch a lecture on 'Scientific Exploration' and watch some aerial 3D
footage of flying over Burning Man projected in a 3D imax dome.
After you leave, your image scan is 3D printed into a miniature
statue and loaded into a capsule on a multi-copter. The copter navigates
to your GPS location.
When your GPS transponder goes off, you look up as the multi-copter
hovers above you. It gently lowers a padded capsule with your statue of
you inside. You unwrap a 3D medallion of yourself.
Your only responsibility is to return the transponder and tell us your story for our documentary.
With this series of 3D Printed Soldering attachments for a BIC lighter you can be like MacGyver and repair your PCB's anywhere. Sure, it may be a little more geeky than MacGyver, and perhaps without the brown leather jacket and frosted tips, but MacGyverish all the same....