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What the Oculus Rift Acquisition by Facebook means for 3D Printing

The tech world collectively gasped and gossiped yesterday as Facebook announced its purchase of Oculus, a virtual reality headset originally launched on Kickstarter, for a cool $2 Billion Dollars. Safe to say that their 21 year old CEO and his team of are set for life, but what does this mean for the rest of us?


Our very own Brad Dickason rocking his Oculus Rift

In sum:
  1. Hardware is back
  2. People powered product > other stuff
  3. Communities are empowering the future of design meaning innovation is no longer dictated by big brand hegemons
  4. Shapeways, like Oculus, is at the epicenter of this next industrial revolution

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Use The DevoBots App To Create Your Own Devo Robot

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Developed by Kit Robot in collaboration with legendary experimental electronic pop band Devo, DevoBots is an app for Apple iOS devices to design your own army of DevoBots.

DevoBots is a 2 in 1 DEVO Synthesizer featuring unreleased DEVO sounds coupled with a powerful Devo Robot Maker & Photo booth:  

Kit Robot has been working in collaboration with pop icons DEVO to bring you this exclusive App featuring unreleased Sound Loops from the 1980s Devo Archives, allowing you to play and mix your own music using our unique DevoBots loop synthesizer.

Inspired by analogue synths and toy organs from the 1970s, we bring you a sound device reminiscent of DEVOs own synths utilizing their very own sound.

DevoBots is a digital robot assembly kit, like a digital Lego, paper dolls or Mr Potato Head. The user can create millions of robotic characters out of the box using our professionally created assets, mimicking the bands outfits and personas from the past 40 years.

Check out the DevoBots shop on Shapeways to see some of the Devo Robots 3D printed based on configurations within the app.

Then dance… 

Everybody’s dancing to Devo-Bots from Remo Camerota on Vimeo.

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Shapeways 3D Printing Helps to Bring Gazepoint Eye Tracking to Market

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Exciting new startup Gazepoint came to see us last week at SIGGRAPH 2013 in L.A. and showed us their awesome GP3 eye-tracker unit which demonstrates excellent use of Shapeways for prototyping and production.

gazepoint shapeways 3D Print

Gazepoint designed the housing and the matching VESA screen mount, creating several 3D printed prototype iterations, in the short span of under 2 months. The availability of 3D printing and the quick turnaround by Shapeways allowed the Gazepoint team to complete their design and bring it to market much faster than was ever possible before.   We were very impressed with the sleek and efficient design of this product and happy that our technology has helped get it to market.   An eye-tracker is a device that allows a computer to determine where you are looking on a screen. It tracks the user’s gaze point and can be used for control such as a game input, for usability such as web or advertising analysis or even for assistive communication for the disabled.

Much like Shapeways mission is to give everyone access to the tools of manufacturing with 3D printing, Gazepoint’s mission is make these eye tracking devices affordable and available to everyone and to spur development of cool new applications for gaze based technologies!


 

7 Foot Long 3D Printed Necklace Made From 185 Interconnected Octahedrons

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.

giant 3D Printed necklace on Shapeways


 

Designer Spotlight: Remi van Oers

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.

shapeways 3D printing remi van oers

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.

shapeways 3D Printing remi van oers

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.

shapeways 3d printing clipit iphone dock remi van oers

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.

shapeways 3d printed iphone dock remi van oers
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!

Check out Remi’s beautiful products for your iPhone on his Shapeways Shop, his website, and stay up to date with his designs via Twitter.


 

iPad Mini Case Design Guidelines Now Available : Let’s 3D Print!!!!

The iPhone 5 Design Contest is now over and we are 3D Printing some of our favorites right now (HINT: you may have seen them exposed in the feed) but Apple have just released the specs for the iPad Mini so it is time to start designing for the next range of Apple Fanboy Accessories.

iPad Mini Specifications to 3D Print with Shapeways

You can download the specifications for the Wifi Version and Cellular Version from the apple site (yes, they are ever so slightly different but you may be able to make a design to fit both).

SO, what shall we do to get you all designing some cool new accessories for the iPad Mini?  

What applications do you see for this device that the iPad is too big for and the iPhone too small?

What is the point of differentiation that Apple is aiming for and can you amplify that difference with your design?

Tag Your designs with Apple, Fanboy and Ipad Mini so we can find your designs and we will find a way to reward your creativity.

Thanks to Core 77 for pointing the way to the specs. 


 

Reddit LOVES 3D Printed Designs

Over the past few weeks we have seen a number of 3D printed items get a lot of attention on Reddit driving massive waves of traffic to some Shapeways product pages including Little Sad Keanu, Mario Mobius Strip and most recently the Green Lantern inspired ring by Lensman. Below is a chart of what it looks like when a design becomes popular on Reddit.

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. 


 

F U I’m an Anteater : More from the 3D Printed Meme Machine

Cheer up Sad Keanu, you have another 3D Printed meme to keep you company.

F U I’m an Anteater is the latest meme to make it’s way out of the internets and into real life thanks to Shapeways 3D Printing you can own a little piece of the internet for only $10. Bargain….

F U I'm an Anteater Shapeways 3D Printed Meme

F U I'm an Anteater Shapeways 3D Printed Meme

What’s it all about? Lets consult Know Your Meme

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.

Usage

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.


 

First 3D Printed iPhone 5 on Shapeways

It Arrived!!!

The first 3D Printed iPhone 5 has landed at Shapeways and along with it an update to the design for the iPhone 5 case templates for the contest we are running at Shapeways where you can win $500 worth of 3D Printing by designing an accessory for the iPhone 5.

There are already over 30 3D Printed products already available on Shapeways to fit the iPhone 5, enter your design in the contest to win.

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


 

How to Turn 8-Bit Character Sprites into 3D Printable Models

Mikola Lysenko has created an app to turn an 8-Bit character sprite into a 3D printable model with his Shape Carving Editor using WebGL and the Shapeways API.  You can see some of his 8-Bit voxel sprite models in his Shapeways Store.

8-Bit Sprite to 3D Print with Shapeways

To use the Shape Carving Editor to make your own models take a look at Mikola’s blog which has all of the instructions how to use the app along with all of the thinking behind the project…. 

The source code for the client is available on GitHub, so feel free to download it and try it out.

3D Printed Mario from 8-Bit Sprite App on Shapeways


 

Mario in a 3D Printed Mobius Strip Runs on Forever, and Ever

This is a 3D Printed mobius strip of Level 1 of Super Mario Bros. The whole level is wrapped around itself in a single surface, and poor Mario begins and ends at the same spot every time :(

Super Mario Mobius 3D Printed Shapeways

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.

Super Mario Bros Mobius 3D Printed by Shapeways

Super Mario Mobius 3D Printer Shapeways


 

Want to See 3D Printing up Really Close? 3D Printed Nylon at 200x Magnification (VIDEO)

Ever wondered what Shapeways 3D Printed Nylon looks like really really close up? Well now you can see it up close thanks to a few videos of 3D Printed Nylon posted on Brandon’s Twisty Puzzle Channel on YouTube.

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.

Thanks to Brandon for sharing these videos.. 


 

3D Printing the Stairway to Heaven and/or Star Wars Theme (VIDEO)

Can’t decide whether to 3D Print Stairway to Heaven or the Star Wars Theme for you Fisher Price turntable? No Problem, you can simply order the Double Sided Disc hot from the Shapeways 3D Printer.

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.

3D Print Your Own Record with Shapeways

“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
accepts.


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.”

You can download the files you need to get started here, rock on, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE share your videos with us….



 

Learn to 3D Model Your Own iPhone Case with Inventor Fusion

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.

Sign up via Skillshare

If you do not have an iPhone but still want to learn some 3D modeling skills, check out the  Toy Rocket 3D-Printing Workshop for Beginners and Earring 3D-Printing Workshop for Beginners classes also via Skillshare. 


 

Clip-it – The 3D Printed iPhone Travel Dock (Euro Edition)

The Clip-it – iPhone travel dock is a simple an elegant way to turn your Euro iPhone charger into a wall mounted dock.

 

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).

 

Now everybody PLEASE ask Remi to make a US, Australian, UK and Japanese version….