DIY is so 2010, why do everything yourself when all you really need to do is Design Your Own and the 3D printers will do the rest.
DYO is the latest customizable jewelry project from the good people at Matter Labs, behind Matter.IO.
Starting with five simple yet beautiful templates by entering you can customize the designs by entering text, a location, or a date to create a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one to be 3D printed on demand.
Buying gifts, especially for people you care about, is such a personal thing,” says co-founder and CEO Dylan Reid “but for the most part you’re stuck choosing between pretty generic, mass produced things.” You can buy handmade jewelry and crafts on sites like Etsy, “but what you really want to do is play a role in the design, even it’s small -- like leaving a little bit of yourself in the object.” says Reid.
So if you are looking to give a unique gift this Valentine's Day (or any day) but don't have the 3D modeling skills (yet) to make something truly awesome DYO may be the perfect way to win hearts this year.
And like all good things 3D printed DYO is powered by the Shapeways API.
Exciting news! Adobe Photoshop is making it even easier to create and modify designs for 3D printing, particularly in full color.
Adobe's latest release of Photoshop Creative Cloud lets you create full-color 3D models right in Photoshop. You can design from scratch or refine an existing 3D model while using the Photoshop CC tools you’re already familiar with. Then upload your design to Shapeways and 3D print in over 40 materials.
The brand new Photoshop Creative Cloud includes these powerful 3D printing features:
Use the standard Photoshop toolbox of brushes, gradients, filters, and bump maps to add color and texture to your existing 3D model then export to 3D print with Shapeways. It has never been easier to add color and effects to 3D models.
Create new 3D models from 2D images using extrude, twist and pinch tools while adding texture with bump maps to create truly unique 3D models ready to 3D print.
Automated mesh repair and wall thickness repair to ensure your designs are ready to 3D print in all of the materials on Shapeways. Simply insert your 3D file as a 3D layer on Photoshop then choose the Shapeways material in the “3D Print Settings” dialogue box along with the detail and scale, then select “3D Print” and Photoshop will voxelize and repair your file, prepare the print for upload and estimate the cost in your material of choice.
This latest release of Photoshop puts incredibly powerful 3D tools into the hands of everybody running the software. It lowers the barrier of entry and increases the reliability of your designs being ready to 3D print with Shapeways. We’re super excited to see what people create! Adobe is also offering a free one-month trial so you can test the tools for yourself.
There are two opportunities to get your work displayed with Shapeways and Adobe at the show: one, create the ultimate 3D printed art to be shown at the Art Gallery at the 3D Printshow. If you’re newer to 3D modeling, we also have a simple 3D Coloring Contest for anyone to color ShapeMan by our friend Steve Talkowski of SketchBot fame.
It's easy to enter, whether you know how to 3D model or you just want to give it a shot.
Ultimate Design Award: Know how to 3D model? Upload your design to Shapeways with the tag #3DPS. We’re looking for an incredible design that leverages the best of 3D printing. Here’s your chance to create the iconic 3D Print of 2014, something that can’t be made any other way.
3D Coloring Award: New to 3D modeling? One of the coolest features of Photoshop CC is the ability to import an existing STL file and "color it in" using the features. Steve from SketchBot has designed this awesome ShapeMan for you to download and color in under a Creative Commons license.
Head to Steve’s shop and download one of the five ShapeMan designs to show off your skills. Upload the file to Photoshop, color it in, then upload to Shapeways and enter the contest with the tag #3DPS.
*For each contest, one winner will be selected and win a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud from Adobe AND a 3D print of their design. Your entry will also be 3D printed and displayed at the 3D Printshow in NYC for the world to see. The Ultimate Design winner will be displayed at the very prestigious Art Gallery of the Printshow.
Deadline for both contests is 11:59pm EST on February 2, 2014. Show us what you’ve got.
Hard to believe we’re about halfway through January! So, how are those are #3DP2014 Resolutions coming along? If you still haven’t tried to design anything, it’s okay, we forgive you. But now’s a great time to step up your 3D print game. And with TinkerCAD, it couldn’t be easier.
• It runs right through your browser—no need to download anything. • It’s video game-esque...you embark on a series of quests to design cool stuff. • You’ll learn about the software as you use it. • It’s FREE! (Unless you upgrade to the paid option.) • You get confetti when you complete a design.
What happens when NYC product engineers and design enthusiasts combine their passions for 3D printing and Citi Biking? You get 24 Share-it Gold, a 3D printed Citi Bike key necklace created by the inventive folks at Tomorrow Lab and printed by yours truly.
Turning digital ideas into physical reality is not without its challenges, so Shapeways is starting the year off with an incredible new tool to make 3D printing even easier. Shapeways' Wall Thickness Tool gives you instant feedback at upload to improve your model by detecting areas that are below our Thin Walls thresholds for each material offered.
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.