Category Archives: 3D Modeling

An Invite to Submit Your Designs to SuperFanArt

Shapeways is super excited to be working with Hasbro to help bring more 3D printed awesomeness to the masses via SuperFanArt.  The first wave of the groundbreaking Intellectual Property and 3D Printing partnership was a huge success, and now we are ready for you to help take it to the next level.  Following is an open letter inviting the Shapeways community to participate.

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As you may have heard, Hasbro and Shapeways are working together to encourage artists to create and sell 3D designs based on Hasbro’s iconic brands. Our July launch of SuperFanArt.com featured five artists and their My Little Pony-based designs. We’ve generated substantial press and attention for the artists, Shapeways and Hasbro with our story of a major entertainment company empowering fans to engage with their brands. Given this early success, we want to expand this opportunity to include more artists, more Hasbro brands and more 3D printed awesomeness.
This letter is an invitation for you to become part of SuperFanArt and the broader Hasbro and Shapeways communities, so we can help you promote and sell your designs to other fans. If you have a passion to develop 3D-printable art based on any of the following brands, we’d like to hear from you:
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• Dungeons & Dragons
• G.I. Joe
• Monopoly
• My Little Pony
• Scrabble (to be sold in US and Canada only)
• Transformers
Get your designs ready and visit SuperFanArt.com on August 22 for instructions on how to upload your work for promotion and sale. We hope you’ll join us in expanding the power of 3D printing by becoming a part of this exciting movement!
Your friends at Hasbro & Shapeways.

 

SHARK ATTACK AT SHAPEWAYS

Our Sharks may not lurk in the cool waters of the ocean or eat seals, but at least they have sweet lasers for friends!

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite sharktastic models in honor of Shark Week.

Whale Shark Pendant by RareBreed

Whale Shark Pendant by RareBreed


This Whale Shark Pendant by RareBreed is one of my favorite models on Shapeways right now. My boyfriend and I went down to Isla Holbox, Mexico back in June and swam with Whale Sharks in the wild. The experience was one of my favorites from travel this far, and checked a life goal off my boyfriend’s bucket list. When I saw this pendant, I knew we needed to have it for Shark Week.
Cute Shark Earrings by Bridget

Cute Shark Earrings by Bridget


These Cute Shark Earrings by Bridget are awesome. When you have them in, it looks like your ear is being attacked! We like them best in Steel.
Shark Pendant by freeform
This Shark pendant by freeform is equal parts bada** and brilliant. His gaping mouth and sweet gills make this guy great as a necklace or keychain for the shark fans in your life.
A Shark swimming on your wall by kipiripi
Sharknado in your kitchen? Yes, it’s possible. Kipiripi’s Shark swimming on your wall is a great way to bring the outdoors in. A must buy if you’re a collector of 3D Printed wireframe animals as well.
iPhone 5/5s Shark Case by lumlumpun
All true Shark and Shark Week lovers need to dress their phone accordingly. Thankfully lumlumpun has you covered with this great iPhone 5/5s case. Get it for under $20!

Hope you all had a great Shark Week & that we can keep up our love and protection of these beautiful sea creatures all year round!

What other animal do you wish had an entire week dedicated to it?


 

How I made a keychain bottle opener: Iterative product design

When I started working at Shapeways earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to model something to make for sale in our marketplace.  It had been years since I last tried my hand at 3d modeling, so I wanted to make something simple and practical that was something I would use on a day to day basis. I decided at last that I was going to model a keychain bottle opener.

I set out with a few small goals for my bottle opener: I want to be able to attach it to my keychain, must be able to print in our stainless steel and cast metals, and the base model must cost less than $30 to keep it within a reasonable price range to sell after my markup is added.

Initially I thought the process would be easy: make a quick model, upload to Shapeways, order a prototype for myself and make it for sale. As anyone who has created a product from scratch would know, it is never that simple. After firing up Blender and recalling how to 3d model I was fairly happy with my prototype: the model looked like a bottle opener, it had a hole in the handle to reduce material and add to a keychain. After then uploading to the site I realized that I broke one of initial goals: it cost around $35, more than my plan of under $30 . Back to the drawing board.

When making a 3d printed product the easiest way to reduce the cost of the product is to reduce the amount of material that is being printed. This can be done by making the product itself smaller or by removing material from the product, for example hollowing out a solid object. My bottle opener was already a little smaller in size than the bottle opener I already had attached to my keychain, so I was a little worried about making it smaller. However, I took another look at the design of the product and found a few places where I could easily remove some material in the handle and in the opener head. So I was able to remove a large portion of material from the handle while still keeping the overall shape of the model.

Before Removing Excess Material

Before Removing Excess Material

After Removing Excess Material

After Removing Excess Material

With version 2 ready, I upload and see that the price is now under $30, while still allowing the model to be printed in stainless steel and cast metals. Awesome! This is the part where I wanted to make my bottle opener for sale to the world and wait for people to start buying. However, working at Shapeways and all of the challenges with making sure products are printable and functional, I couldn’t just leave it there.

How do I know if this thing actually works? What if it is too small? What if it snaps in half when someone tries to use it? I had to order a prototype for myself first and check the integrity of the model. I ordered my first prototype in White Strong and Flexible Plastic, as it has a shorter lead time and is cheaper, making the prototyping process faster than with Stainless Steel.

After waiting about a week for my prototype to arrive I was ready to unbox and test. I checked the bottle opener all over for design imperfections. I held it in my hand and of course I tested it out on a bottle. I did not actually expect the plastic prototype to be able to open the bottle since the material is way too flexible (in fact the handle easily bent in my hand), but I needed to check was how it fit onto a bottle. Does it catch on to the cap how I expect? Unfortunately, this prototype did not. The opener was not curved enough to fit on the cap exactly as I would have liked, so back to the drawing board to curve the model up a little.

Non-Fitting Bottle Opener

Non-Fitting Bottle Opener

After Curving Model

After Curving Model

Great, version 3 now ready, back to the site to upload and check pricing and printability. Everything here is perfect again and in fact the price dropped slightly on this new version since curving the opener made the bounding box a little smaller. I again printed another prototype in White Strong and Flexible Plastic. Another week later I received the new prototype and gave it the same checking over I did the first. This time however, it fit much better on the bottle opener, perfect.

Fitting Bottle Opener

Fitting Bottle Opener

Now this is where I wanted to just enable the product for sale to all. I was able to print it, the design seems like it works and it is in the price I wanted. However all that I have done was still not enough. I needed to order a test print in the target material family I wanted to enable for sale. I knew the product would never cut it in the plastics, it would just bend and break, I needed to make sure the same thing didn’t happen when printed in Stainless Steel. So, I ordered the model again, this time in Stainless Steel and again waited for the prototype to arrive.

Bottle Opener Progression

Bottle Opener Progression

The Stainless Steel version in hand and now to give it the same, but more rigorous, checks as the previous 2 prototypes printed. The first and most important test I tried to do was bend it in half and luckily I failed. After trying and trying to break the product I finally gave in and decided to try and open a bottle with it. Success, works as advertised. I now have the final product I was looking for. Having the final working product ready I went right to my account and enabled the product for sale in all of the various offers of Stainless Steel.

Stainless Steel Bottle Opener

Stainless Steel Bottle Opener

I chose to make my product for sale just in the Stainless Steels as they share the same printing process, so I knew if one worked well and was printable that print success rate is shared among all stainless steel materials. I could have also made available for sale in the Precious Metals, but I was not confident in their ability to print and be functional without ordering a prototype for myself and the price of a test print in gold or platinum slightly higher than I was willing to spend. However, luckily enough for me, I had a co-worker who loved the design of my bottle opener and wanted to order it in Raw Bronze. I was a little worried since I have heard the material is softer than stainless steel, but my co-worker was more than willing to be the first to try my design in raw bronze.

A few weeks later after my co-worker received his print of the product we gave it a try. It looked beautiful! We were excited to try it out and we soon discovered remembered why it is important to test in many materials– the handle was too thin for bronze and bent the opener instead of opening the bottle. I felt bad that he went out of his way to help me try my product in a new material and it did not work. I wanted to fix it for not just him but anyone else who might want to purchase in one of the Precious Metals, so I went back to create a new version with a slightly thicker handle, I uploaded and ordered for myself in Raw Bronze to see if I fixed the issue.

Another few weeks later after receiving my new version in Raw Bronze, time to test. Unfortunately again the handle was too thin and it bent easily, less easily than the last, but still much more than anyone would want for a bottle opener. I then decided to give up on trying for the Precious Metals. It would be nice to be able to have my product printable in those materials I would have to again make the handle thicker to try and get it to work which would continue to raise the price of the model which was something I wanted to steer away from.

However, at last I now have what I am calling my final product. A design that meets all of the original goals I set out to accomplish which is also printable and functional for the end user. Even though I now have this “finished” product for sale I am not done quite yet. I am still awaiting for both good and bad feedback from shoppers on how I can continually iterate on this design to make the product better and better. You can see my final product here: Keychain Bottle Opener.

When I started this adventure I assumed having the idea was the hardest part of the process. I didn’t yet recognize all of the necessary steps for making a good product. Product development is not a linear process. It is iterative and usually requires more than one attempt to get everything perfect. This process can easily be both time consuming and expensive depending on what you are trying to make. I personally decided to take on this entire iterative trial and error design process by myself, but the good news is you do not have to go it alone. Now with features like Beta Products Shapeways is working to make that iterative process more collaborative between designers, shop owners and shoppers. As I found out, collaboration and feedback helped me make a better product. Have you bought a product on Shapeways and offered the designer feedback? For designers, how have you further refined a product based on user testing and feedback?


 

Help with 3D Printing directly from Photoshop CC

You may recall back in January, we announced our partnership with Adobe, who enabled 3D printing directly through Photoshop Creative Cloud to Shapeways.

Using this feature, artists, photographers, designers, and other Photoshop users can create and prepare designs for 3D printing.

Adobe has created two custom video tutorials to help you use Photoshop CC for 3D printing:

Designer Paul Trani, Adobe’s Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist, shows you how he made a custom iPhone case directly from Photoshop with a personalized message: “Create Now”!

Custom iPhone case designed by Paul Trani

Custom iPhone case designed by Paul Trani

To get more hands-on, this Photoshop Creative Cloud Tutorial on 3D Printing is a three-part video course that takes you through an entire design-to-print project in Photoshop.

Source: Adobe HelpX

Source: Adobe HelpX

No matter what your level of design experience, we encourage you to check out the tutorials and give it a shot because they’re super informative and easy to follow.


 

3D Printing Full Color Plastic: Shapeways Offers it First

It seems that almost everyone has now seen a 3D printed plastic product. Likely, one made from filament by an extruder, or perhaps for the more 3DP savvy, a product made from nylon powder, selectively laser sintered by us. Regardless of whether it was ABS, PLA, FDM, or SLS, I would be willing to bet it was only one color. In the past, as a Shapeways Designer, you had to choose between the colorful form of our Full Color Sandstone, and unparalleled function of our more durable SLS plastic that can handle moving parts.

Until Now. Meet Shapeways Full Color Plastic!

Success Kid by Ryan Kittleson, Kerbal Jebediah Kerman on IVA by Kerbal Space Program, and Bacon Mobius by Joaquin Baldwin

Success Kid by Ryan Kittleson, Kerbal Jebediah Kerman on IVA by Kerbal Space Program, and Bacon Mobius by Joaquin Baldwin

We are elated to be the first to offer this diverse Full Color Plastic material to our 3D Modeling community. It will initially be released to a select group of Pilot Designers as a part of our Design Pilot with the material. We’re rolling this out slower than normal because we want our core community to experiment, touch, play with and explore this new material before we offer to the public and begin managing customer expectations. If we deem it worthy of all your creative shoppers, we will make the material public for all to enjoy.

The color resolution is similar to Full Color Sandstone, and you’ll have the ability to create moving parts like you can with our Plastics. If you are interested in being granted access to this new material, you can sign up here. You can find out more about Full Color Plastic’s design guidelines on our material page.

What would you like to make or buy in this new material? Does this open new doors for you as a Designer?
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Making our way to Norway for the Trondheim Maker Faire

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It has been a while since our last update about the events in Europe. After travelling to places like Newcastle, Trieste, Berlin and Paris, together with Ryan I completely focussed on events after the summer. Even though it was nice to spend some extra time at the Eindhoven office, we’re excited to start travelling and meet our communitymembers again.

As the title says, the first event slowly but surely approaching is the Trondheim Maker Faire in Trondheim, Norway. It will be the the first time for Shapeways to travel that far up North, so we are very excited!

 

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Ryan will be joined by Adéla from our Customer Service team, and you can meet them here:

Pre-Maker Faire Drinks @ Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, August 28th 7pm – 9.30pm
As a small tradition, we host an informal Meetup on the evening before the Faire starts to meet our community members and other creative people from the area. If you’re from the area and know a good location to meet (that also has good drinks of course!), feel free to let us know! Make sure to RSVP here.

Trondheim Maker Faire
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th August 10am – 4pm
Visit our booth at the Torvet to see some of our display models, but most importantly see the designs from participating shopowners from Norway. The faire is being held outside and free of entrance so please note it might be busy. See you there!

Soon more exciting events are coming up, stay tuned!

- Ruud & Ryan


 

Join Shapeways at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver

Next week the team will be in Vancouver for the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Come chat with Alan, Natalia, Carine, Blair and Trey from Shapeways.

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Here’s where we will be:

Pre-SIGGRAPH 3D Printing Happy Hour with Shapeways & Formlabs
Monday August 11th 6:30-8:30pm
Earl’s Restaurant, near the Convention Centre
Come grab drink with the teams from Shapeways and FormLabs at the 3D Printing Happy Hour. Meet and mingle with designers in the area and attendees excited by 3D printing. Feel free to bring your 3D prints to show off and share!

SIGGRAPH Exhibition

Our booth is #747, Hall C in the West Building

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August 9:30am – 6:00pm

Thursday 14th August 9:30 – 3:30pm

We will be demoing the new Printability Centre,  a shared canvas where customers and 3D Print Engineers can work together to create manufacturable products. We’ll also raffling off some amazing products, so stop by our booth. We hope to see you there!


 

Behind the Scenes: How and Why We Created Material Renders

Hey guys! I’m Emily Brick, an Interaction Designer at Shapeways.

We deeply value Shapeways community feedback across all of our teams, and we’ve heard your requests for renders that look closer to real products. We took your feedback to heart, and have been working on making this possible since 2013, and dreaming about even longer. Today, I’m excited to share that we have launched products rendered in each material!

Bathsheba’s Ora Pendant in Gold Plated Brass photo (left) and render (right):

Bathsheba’s Ora Pendant in Gold Plated Brass photo (left) and render (right):

Every product that is available for sale in your Shapeways shop will now have an automatically generated render for every material in which it is offered when a photo is not present. Moving forward, each product you offer for sale will get a high quality render representing that product in the materials you’ve enabled for sale. These renders will supplement your product photography and any videos you have, helping you present your product in the best possible light.

Why renders?

Keeping your customers happy is at the top of our list.

An important thing we’ve learned over the years at Shapeways is that your customers have very high expectations for the amazing products they’ll get from your shops, but sometimes the product detail tell a limited story that can lead to customer confusion. By encouraging you to tag materials in your product photos and now showcasing consistent renders across the site, we’re hoping to eliminate any frustrations. The best customer is a repeat customer, and we want to help facilitate these relationships.  We’ve seen many cases in which the product images don’t always match the materials enabled for sale, which confuses customers if they think they are buying a product in the image shown, when the material selected is different. For example, if you’ve only tested your product in Strong & Flexible but also offer it for sale in Sterling Silver, someone might click on the plastic option, see a higher price, and not understand that the product is not plastic but actually Silver! We really want to help you manage and exceed your customers’ expectations.

We hope to show off your products in the best way possible; the closest we can get to a real photograph of your product in each material made available – product renders. It is still important to only offer your product in materials that make sense for the model, so that you can optimize the customer experience and satisfaction. Products take time and iteration, and we hope that seeing these renders can motivate you and your communities to explore more of our finishes. We do still recommend you take photos of the products you offer for sale – it’s the best way for your customers to get a sense for what your product will look like in real life. (Here are some tips on how to best photograph your products!)

So, how did we do it? And why it takes 14 computer-years

Shapeways teamed up with an amazing 3D Blender artist and creative engineer on the West Coast, Tim Lobes. To start, we sent Tim 3D printed products in each material so he could closely examine and simulate that material into a digital “shader” on the screen.

 After the material shaders were made, they were then applied to 3d models using Blender to articulate the simulation.

 It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get every material as close as we possibly could.  I worked closely with Tim on each material iteration, sometimes rendering 20 different versions of Gold Plated Steel on a given day.

 Some materials were easier than others. Tim and I spent countless video chat meetings, swapping screenshots back and forth to nail down each material render. Sometimes it was as simple as him generating a render, sending it my way, and us both going “looks right.” More often, it’d be a much heavier process; a combination of comparing the same shader with different lighting, looking at various models printed in that material, and comparing various photographs to get it just right.

 To give an idea of just how detailed we wanted to get, here are four iterations of the same material – in comparison to each other, along with an actual photograph (last):

Gold Plated Brass Iterations

Material renders can change drastically due to lighting, angle, tint, shade, and saturation. When dealing with plastics, it was tough to get an accurate color across multiple models. When dealing with ceramics, it was about applying just the right amount of “glaze” simulation. Getting it just right wasn’t always easy, but in the end it was very rewarding.

Each render takes about 10 minutes to generate, from start to finish. When you look at the number of models for sale both publicly and privately, this works out to an incredible 130,000 hours of compute time to create all those renders– or over 14 years! Thank goodness for parallel processing, so we’ll have renders on all of our Shapeways products by the end of the month.

What does this mean for you?

The goal of this is to help realize your products and motivate buyers. That being said, they won’t be as successful as real photographs, so don’t be afraid to ask you customers to send photos of your product once they’ve arrived! We’ve noticed a strong preference of shoppers to purchase products with photos and renders alike, rather than only renders.

Next time you snap a shot for your product page, make sure to tag that photograph with the associated material on the Details page (Edit Model → Details)!

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Be sure to check out our new render posing feature on the Details page as well. Here you can pose your model so that it looks great in every material render, regardless of how the model was uploaded. Be patient, as it can take up to 10 minutes for the renders to appear on your model.

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Thanks for giving us the opportunity to use your amazing designs for these material renders, we hope you enjoy them as much as we did creating them. :)

 

 


 

Faster 3D Printing in Our Most Popular Materials

We’re always striving to make 3D printing more affordable and to get your products in your hands as fast as possible. So we’re excited to share that today, we’ve reduced lead times globally for Full Color Sandstone! We’re also increasing speed in the Strong and Flexible Family for our European and worldwide customers.

Textured Cuff by Ina

Textured Cuff by Ina

You can see the new ship dates reflected on our Materials page, upon checkout and below in this chart. In order to maximize the reductions we’ve broken the Strong and Flexible family into new sizes. Currently we only have a split between small WSF (<20cm) and large WSF (20cm>), by adding the medium category, we can make all of them faster, and let you get your small parts really fast: in just four days!

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Big thanks to our Supply Chain and Manufacturing teams for making this happen. These new faster speeds and size breakdowns are currently available ONLY for our European and worldwide customers, and we hope to roll them out soon to the USA and Canada. Stay tuned!


 

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Surgery

One of the most-common ways professionals use 3D printing is as a method to create rapid prototypes of potential products. But the ability to produce quick, affordable, and precise models can have a much bigger impact than getting the fit of an iPhone case just right. Over the last year, doctors have started using 3D-printed body-part replicas to help them prepare for complicated surgeries that they might not have otherwise been able to perform.

For doctors, capturing 3D models of surgical sites is already part of normal medical-imaging procedures, but printing those images allows doctors to see the sites with more clarity than ever before. The typical treatment for kidney cancer, of which there are 64,000 new cases in the U.S. each year, is surgery. The procedure is extremely delicate and must be completed quickly. Earlier this year, a team of doctors at Kobe University in Japan converted CT (computer tomography) scans of tumor-containing kidneys into 3D-print-ready models. Practicing on 3D models has allowed doctors to more-precisely target the affected areas, and cut the time that they must restrict blood flow from 22 minutes down to 8. As of April, the team had produced individualized scale kidney models for ten patients.

In more extreme cases, practicing on scale 3D models gives doctors the confidence necessary to operate on otherwise inoperable tumors. Surgeons at the Hospital Sant Joan de Deu in Barcelona, Spain had been through two failed attempts to remove a child’s tumor before they decided to try working with a 3D-printed likeness of the tumor. The patient has a common childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, which forms in nerve cells in the adrenal glands (which sit above the kidneys), chest, spine, and neck.

Doctors used a multi-material 3D printer to produce two models: a replica of the tumor with surrounding organs and a version of the patient’s abdomen without the tumor, so they could see what he should look like after a successful surgery. The team practiced on the 3D model for about a week-and-a-half before successfully removing the tumor. The hospital has since commissioned 3D models for two more patients.

Credit: Hospital Sant Joan de Deu

Credit: Hospital Sant Joan de Deu

In some instances, 3D prints can offer surgeons insight that might change their surgical plans for the better. Cardiologists at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center study and treat congenital heart disease in children. After 3D printing a model of a three-year-old patient’s heart last July, doctors Matthew Bramlet and Karl Welke realized that they could perform a surgery that would leave the child with two ventricles (the main chambers of the heart), while the previous plan would have left him with only one. According to Welke, traditional imaging techniques, including MRIs and echocardiograms, give doctors only vague shadows of what the heart looks like; 3D printing, on the other hand, presents a level of detail of that’s much closer to what doctors will actually encounter in the operating room.

Bramlet’s ultimate goal is to build a Library of Hearts that other doctors can use as a reference for congenital heart defects. He’s asking for pre- and post-op CT scans and MRIs of defects, which he will upload into a database of 3D-print-ready models. Other cardiologists with access to a 3D printer (ahem, or a 3D printing marketplace like Shapeways) can reproduce them.

3D Printed Bone Model

Right now, most of these hospital-based 3D prints are pricey and/or require partnership with another technical institution to complete. The neuroblastoma team in Barcelona worked with Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Meanwhile, making a 3D-printed at Kobe University can add as much as $1,500 to costs. So ingenuitive doctors are turning to more-affordable DIY methods to replicate necessary body parts. Mark Frame, a doctor in Glasgow, used freely available 3D modeling software to convert CT scans of a patient’s fractured bone into a print-ready model. He uploaded his design to Shapeways and received a scale model of the forearm bone within a week and for only £77 (about $132). A scale model would have otherwise cost him around $1,200.

Often doctors are unable to experiment with new techniques freely, as time, cost, and availability work against them. But the increased accessibility of 3D printing through services like Shapeways is removing all of those barriers in one fell swoop, giving practitioners—and their patients—chances they’ve never had before.


 

We Need You! Join Shapeways Insiders and give us your feedback

Shapeways is built upon our incredible community of makers, designers, creators, entrepreneurs, shoppers – people just like YOU! We literally couldn’t have come this far without all the input that you give us, not to mention pushing the boundaries of 3D printing with your models, and shaping our features with your suggestions.

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We want to keep listening! We invite you to join Shapeways Insiders to take part in in focus groups, feedback sessions and user testing as we constantly improve our offering to serve you better.

Fill out this quick form to tell us about yourself and join Shapeways Insiders and we look forward to continuing to shape our future with you!


 

Designer Spotlight: Daryl Poe

This week we are happy to highlight Daryl Poe, miniature aircraft pro and enthusiast, as a shout out to our presence at the Experimental Aircraft Association event, and to all plane and miniature enthusiasts everywhere!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a computer engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Most of my day is very left-brain oriented, so working with 3D designs for Shapeways lets my creative side get a little exercise.

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Day One of 3D Printed SuperFanArt at Comicon 2014 in San Diego

Our 3D Printing partnership with Hasbro has officially hit the floor at Comicon in San Diego as thousands of fans swarmed the booth to get a glimpse at the 3D printed ponies designed by the Shapeways community.  The SuperFanArt section is a relatively small part of the massive Hasbro booth at Comicon, but one that is garnering a lot of excitement among fans, artists and the toy industry.

Superfanart 3D Print at Comicon

If you are at Comicon 2014 in San Diego be sure to drop by the Hasbro Kiosk 3213 (its the huge one) and say hello to the SuperFanArt team.  If you are an artist or designer interested in participating in the SuperFanArt project, please be sure to register your interest to start selling your Hasbro approved 3D prints to fans around the world.

For those who cannot make it, check out some of the craziness that is Comicon.

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Yep, and that’s just the people lined up who pre-paid to be first at the Hasbro stand…


 

Shapeways “Love in 3D” Wedding Contest Winner!

A huge thanks to each and every one of you who entered the Shapeways “Love in 3D” Wedding Contest. We were so excited to look through all the Pinterest boards, read your unique love stories, and be even more inspired than ever before.

Of course, we could only choose one winner, and we believe a congratulations is in order for Bastiaan Ekeler! Not only did you create one beautiful Pinterest board, but your story already started with 3D printing! We were also touched by your desire to create unique, personal gifts for your fiancé to keep your relationship fresh and fun.

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