Nick is passionate about technology and was one of the first designers to embrace digital innovation (he wove the Joe Boxer URL into the brand’s underwear in 1992!), so we’re thrilled to work with him to make 3D printing accessible to new, style-savvy audiences.
“3D printing is one of the most transformational technologies that is significantly advancing the design and fashion industries, and the opportunities are endless,” he says. We couldn’t agree more!
Check out Nick's pieces here, and more gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything.
Because He Can Belt Buckle by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways
Twisted Brit Cufflinks by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways
Did you know Shapeways has an API? New companies are forming around it everyday!
MYMO is a great recent example of Shop Owners taking advantage of the API. I sat down with them at their office to discuss the launch of their jewelry app, MYMO, that lets users combine any two letters or numbers in an elegant form factor. Our Alan Hudson helped them set it up, has worked with them a lot. He even connected them to a geometry generator. Rex, their developer, built MYMO off the Shapeways API which let him leverage his existing coding database.
Are you a fan of Dinosaurs? Or a recent #Dinovember bandwagoner? If you just answered yes, and should you like your Dinos in cinematic form, you've likely seen the work of David Krentz. Given his feature in our recent Bronze launch, the timely nature of viral heartwarming dinosaur stories, and in an effort to showcase some of the Shop Owners we're so grateful for, I give you...
Interview with David Krentz: "I still pinch myself that someone pays me to make dinosaurs."
Is someone in your family asking for pet this holiday season? Want one that doesn't make a mess or require food? Meet the newest members of Theo Jansen's Strandbeest 3D Printed Animal Family, Gracilis and Larva! Be sure and watch the video of Theo talking about these "animals" and how they survive in their "habitats." You can see them crawl around, and learn how Larva was optimized for cuteness (seriously).
Hatch Live is a new and fast-paced competition allowing product designers to showcase their talent.
Bringing together the design community and an audience of design lovers, Hatch Live will take place at We Work Lounge in the Soho neighborhood of NYC starting on Saturday, October 19, 2013 and culminating in a final on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The competition is a knockout tournament with a series of head-to-head matches. Competitors will aim to create a new product within a product category (e.g., seating, home storage) each match while also fitting within the bounding shape constraints (e.g., z,y,z dimensions). Up to 8 people will be selected to compete live.
Each match lasts 80 minutes and consists of 5 rounds. Two match wins gets you to the final and a guaranteed prize. Three match wins gets you all the way to the grand prize. A team of judges will score each match for up to 75 points. Twitter votes from the public make up the final 25 points. The winner of each match based on a total possible score of 100 will be announced on the Tuesday following the match after Twitter voted have been counted.
Check out the Hatch Live website for details and AWESOME prizes.
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.
When we first launched the Educational 3D Printing Discount back in April for students and educators to get a 10% discount on all of their orders we were not able to verify institutions that did not have a .edu email address. Now we have developed a solution to allow international institutions thanks to those who registered their school in our submission form.
Register for the 10% discount on all 3D printing by visiting the Shapeways Education page and activating your email. The 10% discount will automatically be applied at checkout unless you have another discount code you wish to enter. You can still use Shapeways credit and your student discount at the same time.
If your school is not yet registered, please fill out the submission form and we will work to register your school's domain as soon as possible.
Want to get more involved in spreading the 3D printed love? Now you can also join the Shapeways Campus Crew! You'll get exclusive access to Shapeways staff, designers, and samples, plus the inside scoop on new materials and discounts. Getting started is as easy as running a meetup on campus.
Fill out this form to tell us a little about yourself, and we'll be in touch with the next steps.
Ronnie Parsons, co-founder of NYC based Mode Lab is running a 2 day, 3D Printing masterclass in their studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, September 12th and 16th 2013.
Learn about the fundamentals of 3D printing, the free tools available to get started, and the materials and processes used to bring your ideas out of the computer and into the world. This hands-on class will introduce participants to the world of 3D printing, the available software for model preparation, and the various types of machines and cloud-based services available today. The last hour of the course will be reserved for a hands-on demo using our Makerbot Replicator2 and Formlabs Form1 3D printers.
This class is ideal for designers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning more about 3D printing and how this disruptive technology is changing the future of design and manufacturing.
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.
Ball joints work as snap-fit components and cannot be 3D printed together as the friction required to make the parts pose-able would result in the parts being fused together. When designing ball joints it is best to make them an 'exact fit' where the positive part (the ball) and the negative part (the socket) are the exact same circumference. You need to ensure the socket component is not entirely enclosed, more like a C shape to allow the part to expand slightly to snap it into place.
Shapeways laser sintered Nylon (WSF) is the best material for creating snap fit ball joints as the material is strong enough to withstand the stress of being snapped into place (our Acrylic might just snap). The Nylon also has a slightly granular surface that also help to make the parts to grip together. Also note that our polishing and dying process which has a smoother surface than the raw Nylon still grips together for a firm fit, you do not need to change the design to allow for change in surface finish or dimensional changes.
To see some really good examples of snap-fit ball joints designed for 3D printing, check out the ModiBot shop by Kid Mechano which has many really good examples of ball joints in action.
Most of the architectural models we 3D print at Shapeways never make it into the Shapeways shops as they are private 3D prints for architects and their clients. Not only do we print scale model buildings but often other items such as furniture, cars, people and animals that bring life and a sense of scale to the maquettes.
Here are a few architecture maquettes, models and miniatures that are available to purchase in the Shapeways shops. If you have a architectural 3D print, whether it be your student work, a historic building or client work that you can share, be sure to make it available in your Shapeways shop, it may be just the thing someone is looking for to add to their own 3D printed landscape.
Those who are unfortunate enough to fracture a limb but
fortunate enough to do so after the advent of the 3d Printing technology can
rejoice. Jake Evill, an Architecture and Design school at Victoria University
of Wellington alum and Shapeways user, devised an ingenious alternative to the
classic plaster of paris cast, one day effectively making the smelly,
cumbersome monolithic a thing of the past.
Mixing 3D printing, craftsmanship & honest design, Lance Atkins wants to bring useful, 3D printed goods into your home with the help of Shapeways and a Kickstarter project entitled Inherently Useful.
Over the past two years have seen an avalanche of Kickstarter projects launching 3D printers, 3D scanners along with the occasional project using 3D printing as a way to reward some of their backers but Inherently Useful may be the first to tie 3D printed products into every level of the project.
A range including a pen, vase, iPhone dock and lamps the range all uses Shapeways 3D printing to make fully functional objects for your daily use. The range has evolved out of products that Lance wanted for himself, and as is often the case on Shapeways, when you make something EXACTLY as you want it, often others have the same need and aesthetic so the product resonates with them in the very same way, it may even inspire them to make something for themselves.
"When I make something for myself, it's perfect, for me"
You can back Lance's Kickstarter project for as little as $1 but $29 will get you a 3D printed pen and over $350 will get you a couple of very cool 3D printed lamps, powered by Shapeways 3D printing:)
Several weeks ago Tinkercad killed the popular 3D modeling app, closing new users and announcing a slow death for existing users from the free to the pro accounts. Today's news that Autodesk is saving Tinkercad is even sweeter as it has unlocked all of the pro features so you now have unlimited designs as well as access to the 'superscripts' that take the relatively simple 'drag and drop' assembly of geometry to a greater level of 3d modeling complexity.
The Autodesk team are also planning to continue to develop the 3D modeling app further with more import and export options and it may even find it's way into the already impressive 123D range of apps that are perfect to design for 3D printing with Shapeways.