Category Archives: Education

Highlights from Makerfest India with NYC-Based Lady Tech Guild

The Lady Tech Guild is a collective of professional women who are 3D artists, designers, biohackers, educators and entrepreneurs in the 3D industry, with decades of experience and specialized knowledge in our fields. We support like minded girls and women to become resourceful, inspired creative professionals. We empower women by connecting them to technology and to each other.

Many of these ladies are also Shapeways community members doing amazing things for women and girls in tech. Below is a highlight reel from their recent trip to Ahmedabad, India where they were invited to participate in Makerfest 2016.

The group was also included in the Times of India coverage of the event. For Information on the LTG please visit their website ladytechguild.com

Fashion Spotlight: Jenny Wu LACE

This is a guest post by Shapeways Community member Jenny Wu.

I received a grant from Shapeways to work on a 3D printing project with another emerging fashion designer, Jordana Howard of Echo and Air. The initial concept for the project was rather simple, but the execution of the project opened up a world of possibilities. I realized the project was going to be a pursuit that I will be working on for quite a long time. A bit of my background, I am an architect and partner at the Los Angeles based firm, Oyler Wu Collaborative.

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A few years ago, I saw a void within the 3D printed fashion market that I thought I could fill. Most 3D printed fashion falls into two categories: the ultra avant-garde, iconic couture pieces that have graced various well known fashion runways to pieces designed by DYI makers who are exploring 3D printing technology. My collection positions itself somewhere in between, creating high end pieces that are highly wearable (literally comfortable to wear) but bring forth innovative design that utilizes my background in digital modeling to exploit 3D printing technology to its fullest. Last Fall, I launched a line of ready-to-wear 3D printed jewelry collection called LACE by Jenny Wu and have received overwhelmingly positive responses from both the tech and fashion world.

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Recently, much of the advancement in 3D printed fashion has been focused on creating entirely 3D printed clothing, shoes to accessories. For the grant, I was interested in merging 3D printing with conventional methods of fashion making. Similar to my own research in architecture, our office has develop new techniques of working with both digital fabrication with conventional wood or steel fabrication to create work that cannot be done solely based on one expertise. I approached Jordana Howard, a fashion designer based in Los Angeles, for this collaboration because of her interest in unconventional assembly and details in fashion. We have been working back and forth in understanding how to develop new details in combining these two very different ways of working to create a piece of clothing. The first piece is still in its nascency. We started by patterning a conventional piece of clothing and then looked at how fabric could weave into the 3D printed elements so that they become one cohesive garment. Over the past few months, we have had to understand the different technologies and methods to understand how to create something innovative. In the coming months, we hope to put some of these efforts into the details of a ready-to-wear garment that will inspire new ways of thinking about 3D printing in fashion.

Keep up with new LACE designs on their instagram feed.

Guest Post: The Benefits of Attending a Technical University

We get lots of questions from community members asking about how to break in to the industry of 3D printing. It’s a big industry and there are many applications. One way to learn about them is to attend a technical school to get in-depth training. This is a guest post by Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University discussing the advantages of attending a tech school.

High school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines can attend a technology school to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to lead innovative high-tech industries upon graduation. These types of educational institutions are geared towards students who have decided to pursue a technology-based education. Technology universities generally offer introductory general education courses, electives and hands-on internships.

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On the other hand, students who are industry-focused and commuter-based should consider attending a technical school. In general, technical schools are centers that specialize in specific subject areas. Students often attend these universities for less than two years and can specialize in areas such as computer technology, business administration, culinary arts, electronics, medical assisting, legal assisting or automotive technology.

A technical school has small class sizes and students receive personalized attention with classmates and professors. Students interested in specific career paths, such as engineering or information technology, can gain skills and the necessary knowledge to work in specific industry areas such as manufacturing or business. Students will be equipped with the necessary experience to get into the workforce quicker.

Students enrolled in a technology university have a broader area of focus and more course options, as they are enrolled in school longer. Technology universities focus on applying real-world solutions to solve the nation’s challenges. Students have the ability to work with 3D printing systems and interdisciplinary environments with digital objects, printing hardware, software development and emerging technologies. In 3D printing labs, students are able to combine engineering, information technology and computer science with advanced prototyping in order to manufacture 3D technologies and techniques.

In particular, the Rapid Application Development (RAD) Makerspace Lab at Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s newest university dedicated to STEM, is a hybrid manufacturing systems environment with 55 3D printers and digital object scanners, making it one of the largest MakerBot innovation centers in the world. Students are able to work alongside professors and industry partners in the lab and gain experience designing, testing and generating innovative ideas.

Individuals who attend a tech school in Florida with a focus in a STEM disciple face higher employment rates as these industries are rapidly hiring. The nation’s economic growth will be driven by the rising demand for knowledge workers in sectors such as engineering and technology. Graduates must have an understanding of advanced science, mathematical principles and problem-solving skills. These students will come from technical schools and technology universities with the necessary skills to solve complex problems of our nation’s future. Individuals with knowledge in STEM disciplines will make contributions in most aspects of the economy, including business, healthcare, manufacturing and finance.

Lauren Willison is responsible for supporting the Executive Director of Enrollment Services and the Associate Director of Admissions in managing recruitment efforts. She develops and coordinates on- and off-campus events, as well as manages the campus visit experience.

Georgia Tech Design Entrepreneurs: “Design, Print, Profit”

This is a guest post by Georgia Tech student, Josh Dycus

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In the past if a designer wanted to turn an idea of their’s into an actual product to be sold and used on a consumer level, years of development, thousands of dollars, and excessive materials had to be used throughout the process. Now, with the powerful capabilities of 3D printing, a designer can go straight from an idea to an actual product ready for the consumer in the matter of months – with very little money out of their own pocket.

The Design, Print, Profit project begin with drawings on paper — possibly the shortest segment of the process — before moving quickly into 3D modeling. From the 3D models, multiple test prints in plastic (in numbers close to the 40′s) are produced to help develop form and fit. This process ensures that the final result is exactly as the designer had intended; and only takes a fraction of the time that traditional prototyping (making molds, forging by hand, etc.) would take. Once the final form has been decided upon, the file is sent off to Shapeways to be 3D printed and produced in metal; resulting in a beautifully finished product ready for market.

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Design, Print, Profit is showcasing a series of rings made my Georgia Tech students this Friday. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area!

UNICEF Innovation Summit and The aNYThing Conference: 3D Printing and the Future of Education

This past week I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the first UNICEF Innovation Summit. Start Up to Scale Up: Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit was held in Helsinki, Finland. Comprised of tech and impact innovators from around the world we were hosted in the gorgeous Finlandia Hall for two days of panels, presentations and discussions about the future of tech in the lives of children around the world.

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On the Future of Skill panel I was joined by moderator Kathryn Myronuk Faculty & Coach: Synthesis & Convergence, Singularity University, Roshan Paul CEO Amani Institute, Virginia Tam co-founder of Lean In China and Kristina Kaihari, Counsellor of Education at the Finnish Ministry of Education, Finland to discuss how to prepare today’s youth for the jobs they will do in the future. We all agreed that it is important to incorporate 21st century skills like self-learning, collaboration and perseverance in the face of failures into the modern classroom. The complex world issues that today’s youth will inherit call for creative problem solving and resiliency in order for new ideas to succeed. 3D printing is a powerful tool to tackle some of these very problems, turning software tools into physical tools and allowing new ideas to be tested rapidly and improved upon. Later on during the conference I held a workshop and discussion panel on the advantages and ares for opportunity in incorporating 3D design and manufacturing into the education space.

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On Thursday November 5th I had the pleasure of talk about Shapeways EDU at the aNY(Additive New York) Thing Conference at SUNY New Paltz. In this first annual conference speakers from presented new concepts and ideas from a range of applications of additive manufacturing across art, design, engineering, education, agriculture, manufacturing and medicine.

3D printing the universe for the visually impaired

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Whether the wonders of the universe interest you or not, it’s hard to deny that it’s amazing to be able to see the planets through a telescope, or even just photos. Unfortunately, for those who are visually impaired it’s not that easy.

Recently, a new campaign launched to develop a program that will use 3D prints to teach astronomy and astrophysics to visually impaired students. The team consists of former and current NASA astrophysicists and engineers, university professors at UNAM in Mexico and Johannes Kepler University in Austria, and education specialists of both visually impaired and sighted students. Working with researchers at NASA, the group has developed an initial set of 3D files of astronomical objects. These, along with lesson plans, will be delivered online to classrooms to supplement the teaching both subjects.

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In their words:

“We aim, with assistance from scientists and educators at NASA and universities around the world, to develop a program that will use 3D prints to help teach astronomy and astrophysics to visually impaired students. Our goal is to develop a long-term and sustainable solution for bringing visually impaired students the wonders of the Universe, motivating them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).”

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Aside from being able to help a great cause, the rewards are pretty fun. Ranging from NASA patches to the world’s first 3D printed nebula to a personal, guided tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, backers can definitely get their money’s worth.

Find out more information and donate here!

 

Shapeways Global Meetups in Athens, Greece

On Oct 2nd, 2015 Shapeways hosted it’s 4th community meetup in Athens, Greece with the Athens School of Fine Arts. The Meetup took place at the amazing Circuits and Currents Project Space where local designers, students,  and academics, including members from the Museum of Paleontology all came together to participate in the Shapeways Athens meetup.

We had a whopping turn out of over 250+ people for the Shapeways Meetup in Athens – we had our crew members give presentations discussing 3D printing material, 3D software, and a crash-course on how to use the Shapeways website.

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Our Meetup consisted mostly of a discussion with the audience, where Shapeways community members were able to answer questions and demonstrate 3D printed designs.

We would like to give a special shout out to the community members who helped put all of this together:

Dimitris Fotiou, Sculptor / Designer – Shapeways Crew Allstar, Event Organizer)
Katerina Kamprani, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Chrysokona Mavrou, Architect, Shapeways Comunity Member
Antonis Kiourktsis, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Antonella Nikolopoulou, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Panayiotis Melis, Engineer, Shapeways Community Member
Stefanos Papadatos, Architect, Shapeways Community Member
Many thanks to Assistant Professor Jannis Skaltsas and the ASFA Career Office who offered us their space and helped us host this meetup. Also many thanks to Lars Andersen for providing us with awesome 3D printed pet sculptures from Arty Lobster.

Are you a part of Shapeways crew and have an idea for a meetup? E-mail us at Community@Shapeways.com and we’ll help enable you for your next meetup idea.

Thank you to all who participated in our Shapeways Athens event!

Dutch Design Week 2015

Dutch Design Week, hosted in our hometown of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, is a nine-day celebration of design innovation. From October 17 – 25, the city is abuzz with exhibitions, workshops, and parties, all to highlight the importance of design in our lives.

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At Shapeways, we love to celebrate amazing products and the creative designers behind them.  So this year for Dutch Design Week, we’re joining in the fun by opening the doors to our Shapeways factory for tours and workshops and hosting a special party for our Community. Running throughout the week, our tours will show you how we bring products to life with our state of the art 3D printing process. Our workshops will help you get started with 3D printing, and are specially designed for beginners and kids.

See the schedule below to sign up  and stay tuned for more news coming from Dutch Design Week!

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Factory Tour dates:

Saturday, October 17 (13:30 – 15:30)
Sunday, October 18 (13:30 – 15:30)
Monday, October 19 (14:30 – 16:30)
Wednesday, October 21 (14:30 – 16:30)
Friday, October 23 (14:30 – 16:30)
Saturday, October 24 (13:30 – 15:30)
Sunday, October 25 (13:30 – 15:30)

Weekend Workshops:
Note: be sure to bring a laptop in order to participate. The Kids workshop is for children of 10 years and older.
ABC of 3D Printing – Saturday, October 17 (10:30 – 12:30)
ABC of 3D Printing – Sunday, October 18 (10:30 – 12:30)
Kids & 3D Printing – Saturday, October 24 (10:30 – 12:30)
Kids & 3D Printing – Sunday, October 25 (10:30 – 12:30)

Shapeways Community Party:
Friday, October 23 - TBD

Empowering the Childish Project at Helsinki Design Week

Posted by in Contests, Education

The importance of design keeps on growing at a global scale, proven by the fact that more and more international design events take place in major world cities. Last week (and well, technically a few days longer) creativity hit Helsinki in Finland. From September 3-13, the Helsinki Design Week attracted more than 120,000 visitors to more than 200 participating events. One of these events is the Childish Project from Kristos Mavrostomos and Anna van der Leij.

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As the name of the event already states, the Childish Project is fully focused on children who attended Helsinki Design Week. Before you get the wrong impression, this event was anything BUT childish! Ages ranged from 1 to 16, and the kids were able to draw the perfect plate for their favourite dish of food.

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With careful guidance from Kristos and Anna, 300 children unleashed their fantasy on paper and these were all presented in a huge exhibition as seen above as part of a competition. The 10 most unique drawings will come to life and be 3D printed in our own Porcelain material. 

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As you can see the kids had a lot of creative and colorful ideas. We can’t wait to see the top 10 designs come to life! The winning designs are being chosen while you read this, it will take some time for us to print but stay tuned to hear what happens next!

New York Fashion Week 3D Printed Garments Debut

On opening night of New York Fashion Week fifteen fashion designers, engineers and media artists unveiled their 3D printed fashion garments that they created during this year’s Computational Fashion Master Class at the Re-Making Patterns Opening. Printed by Shapeways, all of the pieces showcase how 3D printed fashion is evolving and becoming a reality

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Computational Fashion Master Class is an initiative started by Eyebeam and Shapeways last year. The course is an unique opportunity for creatives from different industries to come together and develop garments that push the limits of 3D printing. Instructors and students address various design topics throughout the course, including materials and customization, that help the designers combine traditional fashion techniques and emerging technologies to create these pieces.

The exhibit is open until September 17th at South Street Seaport’s Culture District.

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How I got a license to turn Sophie Corrigan’s Pugtato into a 3D print

One of the most fun ways to choose your next design idea is through collaborations. This could be either through partnering with another designer on an idea or doing outreach and partnering with an artist with existing artwork. As a shop owner on Shapeways I recently partnered with UK based illustrator Sophie Corrigan to turn her Pugtato illustration into a 3D printed figurine. The 3D printed Pugtato is now currently available for sale on my Shapeways shop.

The way the 3D printed Pugtato came about began with me browsing Twitter for art inspiration and I came across an photo of a cute, adorable, pudgy hybrid between a pug and potato; a Pugtato. The original illustration and artwork was owned by Sophie Corrigan. The image resonated with me and I wanted to turn it into a 3D printed figurine so I reached out through email to see if she would be interested in licensing her Pugtato design to let me turn it into a 3D printed figurine. Upon reaching out, Sophie was very receptive to this collaboration. We discussed terms and conditions and agreed upon a licensing payment structure for the partnership. Once the licensing agreement was finalized and signed between both parties, I had the green light to make Pugtato into a 3D printed figurine. The 3D printed Pugtato figurine was modeled by designer Kostika Spaho based off Sophie’s pugtato illustration. Pugtato was printed in full color sandstone.

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What made Pugtato particularly attractive as a potential collaborative partnership design was that the owner of the artwork was not a A-list celebrity or corporation which made her easy to get in touch with. It was also a super silly design that fit the theme of my Shapeways shop. Pugtato has already proved to be a favorable seller on various other sites such as Etsy, Redbubble, DesignByHumans, and TeePublic. From a marketing prospective, the product has already proven that there is selling potential which would make promoting Pugtato receptive among previous customers from Sophie’s online shops. The best way to grow your customer base is to acquire a fanbase, which is why collaborations is great at bringing multiple fan ecosystems together.

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Is there an original piece of artwork that you would love to turn into a 3D print but don’t own the intellectual property? A collaborative licensing agreement might be the best course of action. Here are some best practices for going about it.

Approach your potential partner collaboratively.  There are several ways to get in touch with an IP owner, my preferred way is through email but there is also Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, or contact form on the person’s website. Here was my email script to Sophie Corrigan which got the conversation started. My recommendation for outreach is to have a friendly tone of voice and try to resonate with the IP owner. Explain clearly who you are, what you are offering, and why this would be of interest to them.

“Hi Sophie,

My name is Eric Ho and I am the shop owner of the Shapeways shop Raw Legend Collaborations. Shapeways is the world’s largest 3D printing service and marketplace where anyone can make, buy, sell products. You can learn more about Shapeways here. I make cute 3D printed figurines and animals and your illustration of Pugtato on DesignsByHumans really caught my eye, I am a big fan. I wanted to reach out to see if you might be interested in collaborating with me on turning your Pugtato into a 3D print and make it for sale on Shapeways. I think a 3D printed Pugtato would go well with your audience. Would you be interested in licensing your design?”

Get the agreement in writing.  It is always a good idea to get a license in writing, and that is exactly what this is.  A written license helps make sure that both of you are on the same page going into the partnership.  It can also serve as an important reference if there is an unexpected dispute in the future.  What that written agreement needs to include can vary (and it can be helpful to talk to a lawyer about specific cases you have in mind, especially in an area as new as licenses for 3D printing).  Generally speaking you want to make sure that the agreement makes clear that your partner owns things like the copyright in the original image, that they are giving you permission to make and sell a 3D model, and how you will handle things like payment.  

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Interested in learning more about  different types of rights that may be involved with models and files here at Shapeways? Michael Weinberg, the head of general counsel here at Shapeways has written several blog post covering topics from IP, fair-use, and copyright.

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Back to the basics: Designing my Pluto Pendant

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In honor of Back to School season, we’re kicking off the semester by introducing a set of tutorials that will prepare you for all of the design, engineering and art projects in your upcoming semester. Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover a range of information starting from planning your project, designing for different materials, and finally, merchandising & selling your products on Shapeways.

For my project, I chose to create a necklace pendant of our beloved escaped-moon, Pluto. In case you forgot, NASA released its first high resolution photos of pluto this summer – only to reveal a giant heart cratered on its surface, which perfectly represented my love for this former planet. So, I figured why not combine my planetary love + 3D modeling and make a piece of jewelry that would compliment any fall wardrobe.

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Follow along with my process in picking materials, creating a 3D model and marketing my pluto pendant by clicking the links below (links will be updated as tutorials are released):

If you’re a student don’t forget to check out our new education discount, and tell your friends to participate in our campus battle over the course of September.

Happy making!

Behind the Product: Andrea van Hintum Designs

In this feature of Behind the Product, we focus on the designs of Andrea van Hintum. Hintum was awarded the Shapeways Education Grant in Spring 2015 for her senior thesis collection at the Savannah College of Art and Design. This collection was unique in that Hintum incorporated hand sewn garments paired with her own 3D printed accessories. Since graduation, Hintum has moved to New York and worked with a number of designers on 3D printed textiles and accessories.

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Could you describe the story of your designs and what inspired them?
The ideas and inspiration for my thesis came through my late father’s profession as an electrical engineer. I have always been so inspired by his work, creativity, and the person that he was.  I moved forward and created a collection that would carry the representational meaning and aesthetic of both electrical and mechanical engineering. Structure, shapes, and materials for my designs were reflected from a variety of mechanical and electrical machinery. The textiles used within the collection are all industrial and conductive fabrics with contents of stainless steel and blends of nickel, sliver, and copper coatings. With the incredible techniques I had learned in my short three years at SCAD and the 2012 Computational Fashion Master Class held by Eyebeam, I could finally make my dream of 3D printing fashion a reality. With techniques and knowledge in 3D modeling and printing, I incorporated 3D printed nylon into my senior collection. I am the first designer in 36 years at SCAD to incorporate, design, and put 3D printing down the runway. It is an achievement I am so proud of because the amount of hours put into it was unbearable.

Please describe the process you used to create your final product.
I was inspired by machinery of all kinds. The shapes and structures are so innovative and bold and that inspired me to 3D model accessories with the same aesthetic. Machines with sharp structured blades were my absolute favorite. I began fabricating with paper to get an idea of what maybe could be a bladed corset or even a neck piece. That strong and structured shape just gave me endless ideas of what I could create for each look.

Once I had my idea down, I needed a body to 3D model from in order to get the right shapes and curves. I 3D scanned a dress form with 123D catch. I then imported the form into Meshmixer. This is where I would sculpt my sloppers to make sure the contours would reflect to the body. Once I had my ideal shape, I imported the surfaces into Rhino and began 3D modeling. I would 3D print half scale prototypes to make sure the design and thickness were meeting my standards. From there after several more hours, long nights, and computer screen scans, I submitted my work to Shapeways and the magic happened.

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The combination of engineering and fashion is intriguing. What was your experience bringing these two worlds together?
I really believe the aesthetics of fashion and engineering are quite similar. Material and function are very important in both subjects. An engineer has the responsibility to come up with how to make an object do its functions. A technical designer is handed a design and it is our job to figure out how to make it and bring it to life being both wearable and working. Engineering and fashion are both very important because we use these subjects every single day in our lives. It takes so much concentration, work, and determination to pursue these careers that both an engineer and designer have grown to live with eyes for details.

I really enjoyed using engineering as my muse for this collection. It made me look and think in different ways. Taking this inspiration really gave me the opportunity to try nontraditional textiles and incorporate 3D printing. I do see myself exploring more type of engineering aspects and I am sure they will continue to inspire me.

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How did you learn to design in 3D?
I’ve always loved to work with my hands and I knew that when I decided to make Sculpture my minor back at SCAD, it was going to benefit me in my fashion career. You see, the most successful way for me to come up with designs or to get inspired would always start by working in 3D. Once I knew what direction I wanted to take, I would translate the design to a more descriptive 2D work, then end up with a physical 3D object and/or design. The great thing is that that process works similar in sculpture. It was very exciting to know that I was going to get the chance to learn 3D modeling because of my minor. I was determined to learn 3D modeling and incorporate it into my first collection as a designer. I wanted to be that bold designer who would add something completely unique and different into their designs. However I really did not know a thing about Rhino or any 3D sculpting program. I had taken the beginner 3D modeling class and learned the basics of Rhino. At first Rhino intimidated me, but with practice I became way more comfortable and confident with the program. I got so use to modeling in Rhino that every little thing I saw, I would tell myself that I could easily 3D model it. It was a really cool feeling, because most fashion designers really don’t go through that.

Do you have a preferred modeling software?
I love Rhino. You can always learn something new whenever you 3D model something. So many techniques to learn, and the fact that you can design whatever you want is pretty awesome. I’m all about details. I have learned Grasshopper, but I would much rather spend the time on and hand-build the details with Rhino. It can be tedious, and it really works your eye for detail, but there is no greater feeling to know that you have created something that does not exist anywhere else.

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Who are some of your favorite designers and artists? Shapeways designers?
Iris van Herpen really was my attention starter to create such innovative and interesting designs. She never has a collection that is like the other in any other way. She is the type of designer to constantly show something new and give people something to talk about. Her works are walking pieces of art and the materials and concept behind them are always what makes me appreciate her designs even more. I admire many other designers for a variety of reasons. Maxime Simoens, Krikor Jabotian, Ralph Lauren, Addy van den Krommenacker – just to name a few.

I really admire Auguste Rodin and his attention to detail and emotion in his works of art. He tells stories and encourages his viewer to physically relate to his works of art. Vladimir Tatlin is another artist and designer I have really grown to appreciate. He is a painter and architect with an interesting background and story. I really admire his architecture and how he made such an influence in art and design.

Lauren Slowik has been pretty awesome. I met her at the Computational Fashion Master class last summer and she was just so cool to be around and learn from her. She has stayed in contact with me throughout this year and has advised me with terms of how I should print in Shapeways. I am really grateful that I got to meet Lauren….thanks so much again Lauren!!!

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What opportunities do you believe 3D printing brings to art and fashion?
3D modeling and printing can benefit anyone. Artists, designers, doctors, teachers, even kids can benefit by learning this skill. With 3D modeling you are ALWAYS learning new things such as: new ways of problem solving, creative thinking, and general knowledge overall. It gives a clear 360 view on anything. Not just physically but also functionally to. Fashion is going to continue to benefit from this because it is building up way more creative ideas and designs in the industry.  I am serious when I tell people that I really see 3D modeling and printing changing the world and I am excited to actually be a part of that.

Is 3D printing being used in the fashion industry?
I believe it is getting to a point that most designers today are considering incorporating 3D printing, especially now that you can even 3D print in gold, titanium, and other unique materials. The creativity is endless! However, I think the new up and coming designers are really taking action with fashion technology. As 3D printers become more affordable and accessible, I think every designer should have a 3D printer in the work room.

I was so proud to see Karl Lagerfield bring 3D printing down the runway in Chanel’s fashion show this summer. He understands the beauty and elegance in 3D printing fashion and it was all executed just right. As fashion week comes up, I can’t wait to see who is next to use 3D printing. The cool thing is that each designer who will 3D print is going to make it different from the other and that is the best part about this technology.

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What were some of the most important steps during the design process?
The Computational Fashion Master class was the best decision I made in this whole experience. I got to learn from designers and instructors in the industry of 3D design. I met so many people who made a mark in the 3D design world that became very inspiring to me. I learned the whole process of what it is like to really 3D print fashion. I got to interact with other artists, designers and leaders at Shapeways. I always recommend that workshop to those who want to start learning 3D fashion. At the end of the class each team presented a 3D printed garment in an exhibition during fashion week last fall. I was even more thrilled to find out that my teams design was later shown in Dutch Design week in October 2014!

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Were you met with any difficulties during the production process?
I honestly could write an entire book from my whole experience of senior collection. To design, pattern make, drape, and sew a collection by yourself is already the most overwhelming thing to do. Aside from constantly working in the sewing lab, I had to 3D model my pieces and accessories. It really took drive and passion for me to do everything. To 3D model such complex pieces is not easy and it requires extreme hours to get things done right. I would have all these amazing ideas but in the end it’s about figuring out how you are going to make it happen. It’s not fun to 3D model something so beautiful just to find out in the end you have an odd number of naked edges. Not fun at all! It happens of course, but again you learn as you go and begin to learn steps on how to rebuild surfaces and make a clear more definition of your solids.

Production for me was all about deadlines. Senior collection at SCAD is insanely tough with it only being a quarter system. I was so committed to my collection, because the inspiration and work put into my designs meant the world to me. It was the most challenging year of my life, but the experience was something I will cherish forever. That second I would put my 3D prints on my models I knew I was capable to be whoever I wanted to be and at that moment I knew I had accomplished way more than I ever thought I could. Till this day I can still remember that very moment I saw my gown walk with my 3D prints down the runway at SCAD. It is a memory that will never get old for me to replay again and again.

Can we expect more 3D printed garments from you?
Oh yes! My senior thesis collection was only the beginning. I continue to design 3D printed fashion outside my day job. I love it so much and I am already planning what to 3D model in both garments and accessories. I have more ideas up my sleeve so just stay tuned!

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For more with Hintum:

If you are in the New York area, you can find her work and the work of other 3D modelers displayed at the eyebeam exhibition, Making Patterns. This exhibition is open until the 17th of September and is located at 117 Beekman Street, Manhattan, NY.
For more information: http://eyebeam.org/events/making-patterns.

To take a look inside the artist’s vision and process, you can follow her on Instagram @andreavanhintum or on her website at https://www.behance.net/AndreavanHintum.

In the near future, you will be able to purchase Hintum’s designs through Shapeways. Many of her designs will focus on handbags and other accessories.

Photographer/ Wes Graham
Photo Editor/ Jose Gallo

Enter to Win the 2015 Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle!

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Attention US university students: enroll in the Shapeways Education Discount Program to enter to win the 2015 Campus Battle!

Entrants from the three winning schools will receive free shipping for their school projects for the rest of the academic year! Seeing is believing, so we’re making it easy to bring an idea to life. Print one of your designs in any material, and we’ll cover the cost up to $25. What are you waiting for?

All entrants who sign up before October 31, 2015 will get:

  • Your first 3D print free, up to $25
  • 20% off printing their own models through September 30, 2015 (and 15% off their own models after that!)

So tell your friends, frenemies, classmates and profs to signup and you could win free shipping for the rest of the year on your school projects!

Update: The contest is now over. We had more than 600 schools from around the world participate in this year’s Campus Battle! And the winners are…

  • Georgia Tech
  • MIT
  • Kutztown University

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered!

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Visit shapeways.com/education for full contest details.

New Student Discount!

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As we start planning for a new school year (at least in the northern hemisphere) I wanted to connect and tell you about changes to the Shapeways Education Program. I’ve spent the last year talking with you and marveling at the numerous ways you use our service in your education.

I am proud to announce that we will be increasing the Education Program discount to 20% off of your own prints through September 30, 2015, and 15% off all materials for the rest of the school year. Our goal with Shapeways EDU has always been to empower people to learn and by lowering the price of our most popular material for all students we’re reaffirming that mission. This new discount has replaced our previous 10% discount as of August 13, 2015, and will be automatically applied when you order eligible 3D prints using your Shapeways account that is enrolled in Shapeways Education Program until September 30th, 2015. While they cannot be combined with your discount, we offer many other discounts to our broader community throughout the year: make sure that you’re signed up for our Promotions & Recommendations emails to hear about them.

Keep your eye out for more exciting ways to use our global 3D printing services in your studies and happy 3D-ing in the new school year!

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*The Education Program discount is capped at $200 in savings per person, per academic year. It applies to 3D prints of your own designs. It does not apply to products purchased in the Shapeways marketplace. For larger projects please reach out to education@shapeways.com with the subject line “Education Discount Inquiry”. We’re always working to improve the Education Program and, as such, its terms are subject to change at any time.