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Not Everyone Has a Heart of Gold, But You Can Get One 3D Printed in Silver

The Anatomical Heart Pendant by leorolph is a beautifully detailed heart pendant that looks amazing 3D printed in Sterling Silver by Shapeways.  Of course you can order the pendant in solid 14k or Rose Gold, it just costs a little more.

Anatomic 3D Printed Silver Heart Jewelry

Take a look at the Owned Shop on Shapeways to see more unique jewelry by this Australian designer.

Remember, we have upped the speed on our Silver, Gold and Brass to get your 3D printed jewelry to you as fast as possible, so if you have an anniversary, wedding, or birthday coming up, Shapeways 3D printed jewelry can make the perfect, unique gift.


Conversation with Designer and Artist HEIDILEE on Her Radical Approach to Making Hats Using 3D Printing

3D printed hats are no longer a future fantasy. Designer and Artist H E I D I L E E uses Shapeways 3D printing to create fashion and hats inspired by contemporary, avant-garde classical music. She spoke with us about her fascinating process that fuses a MacGyver approach and no boundaries mindset. Her work is so cutting edge that she’s featured in the upcoming NYC Makers: MAD Biennial exhibition here in NYC. Read on!

H E I D I L E E Cocktail Parasol Hat photo: Bryan Davis

How did you discover your passion for making hats?

I was challenged to create fashion inspired by contemporary, avant-garde classical music. I never intended to sell my pieces, but people began to notice my work and it grew from there, and over a span of time it has developed into a remarkable line.

What is your day-to-day work life like?

It varies from day to day, and depends on which pieces I’m focusing on to make. Each hat has a completely different workflow and process than the other, so I enjoy the variety of solutions each needs to enfold into being. I try to take a MacGyver-like approach to making my hats.

Where did you learn how to design and develop your incredible creations?

I apprenticed under milliner Victor Osborne. He recently moved to France to continue making haute-couture hats for runway shows such as Thom Browne (Recipient of the 2013 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award and 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion) and Dior for Paris Fashion Week. My uncle also instructed me, having worked in the American millinery industry for over 30 years, producing hats for designers, whose lines are carried at Barneys New York and Saks 5th Avenue. They inspired me to forge my own path in making hats that are sensible, yet innovative in headwear.

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Eyebeam Computational Fashion Master Class – NYC

Image: 3D printed garment by Sabina Sagadiyeva printed with Shapeways.

Photo Credit: Amber De Vos for Patrick McMullan

Shapeways and Eyebeam are pleased to announce the first ever Computational Fashion Master Class to be held at NYU Polytechnic in NYC. In this ten-day intensive workshop, selected participants will learn, experiment, and collaboratively create work that interrogates the emerging modes of digital textiles modeled directly on the body.

The masterclass will run from July 18-27th, 2014. 

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3D Printing Shoes with New Balance (VIDEO)

Check out this sexy video from New Balance showing the process of 3D printing their shoes using the exact same 3D printer you have access to through Shapeways.

By giving anyone access to the exact same machines, materials and post processes, Shapeways gives everybody to prototype and create products with the same material qualities as the biggest brands in the world, with access to the best technology.  Where companies such as New Balance need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to access these 3D printers, in this instance laser sintered Nylon using an EOS 3D printer, the same as in our factories in NYC and Eindhoven. These 3D printers are just a mouse click away with no investment on your part.

New Balance 3D Print Shoe Shapeways



Victoria’s Secret Snow Angel Spreads Her 3D Printed Wings (VIDEO)

At Shapeways we believe nothing is sexier than 3D printing, especially when we are 3D printing the snow angel outfit for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which airs tonight, December 10 at 10pm/9 Central on CBS

Designed in collaboration with Bradley Rothenberg along with Victoria’s Secret and Swarovski’s design team to create the outfit based on a fractal snowflake which we 3D printed in our factory in NYC.

Victoria's Secret Shapeways 3D Print Angel Wings

Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson will be wearing the 3D printed outfit that was designed to exactly fit her body based on a 3D scan.  The outfit includes a corset, wings and hat, each of the components is made from hundreds of snowflakes which interlock to move like a fabric or stand rigid to creat the sculptural angel wings.  The entire outfit was 3D Printed in lightweight Nylon then encrusted with millions (yes millions) of Swarovski crystals then paired with Victoria’s Secret lingerie.  The overall effect is a glimmering, icy outfit that perfectly showcases the ability of 3D printing beautiful, complex forms.

Check out the video of Lindsay Ellingson modeling the 3D printed angel wings as a teaser for tonight’s show. 

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Introducing 3D Printed Men’s Accessories from Nick Graham, Founder of Joe Boxer

If you are holiday gift-hunting for the stylish guy in your life, look no further than the brand-new collection of 3D printed accessories from Nick Graham, founder of Joe Boxer, with whom we partnered to bring fashion and 3D printing together in a whole new way.

Mad for Dots Bracelet by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways

Mad for Dots Bracelet by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways 

Nick collaborated with Shapeways community member Kostika Spaho to create a collection of edgy, customizable men’s accessories including cuff links, belt buckles and bracelets – all created on demand in a variety of 3D printed metals such as polished nickel steel, polished gold steel and matte black steel. The pieces range in price from $65 – $275 and are available on and through his Shapeways shop.

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

Because He Can Belt Buckle by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways 

Twisted Brit Cufflinks by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways

Twisted Brit Cufflinks by Nick Graham, 3D Printed by Shapeways 


Nervous System Releases ‘Kinematics’ Jewelry Customization Apps (VIDEO)

Nervous System have just released a new Kinematics jewelry range coupled with a customization app to create unique 3D printed jewelry based on interlocking components. While this is a beautifully simple interface to create customized 3D printed jewelry, it is the potential for draping and compression to fit a large design within a small 3D printer build size when using a process such as Shapeways Selective Laser Sintering that really makes this an impressive application for 3D printing.

Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules.

The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body. Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures.

Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.

Above for example, you see a full scale dress design that would be far too large to fit into even our largest printer that can take parts up to 650x350x550mm in Nylon.  By converting the structure into a series of self folding connections the entire dress could be compressed down to the smallest possible form (whilst maintaining enough distance so parts do not sinter together) and then be 3D printed in our EOS slective laser sintering 3D printer in one entire print.  We would then unfurl the dress from the print build, air blast the excess Nylon powder out of the dress and it would be ready to wear.

This project evolved out of a collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which challenged Nervous System to create in-person customization experiences for low cost 3D printers. The genesis of the project is discussed at length in The Making of Kinematics post on the Nervous System blog.

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3D Printed Tie Clips for the Discerning Geek

3D printed cufflinks can be cool but nothing exhibits understated style like a subtle tie clip.

Shapeways Game of Thrones: House Greyjoy Tie Clip

The Little Saint is a Shapeways shop full of tie clips for the discerning geek that are perfect to add that subtle play on formal attire.  Whether it is the Katana from Kill Bill or, a Minecraft inspired Pick, there is sure to be a something to suit your individual taste. 

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New Zealand Based Designer’s XYZ Shoe Mixes 3D Printing & Traditional Materials

New Zealand based designer and Shapeways user Earl Stewart has designed the XYZ Shoe using a combination of 3D Printed Nylon and traditional shoe making materials such as leather and laces.

Shapeways 3D Print Shoe XYZ

We have seen a number of 3D printed shoes hit the runway along with a few prototype sports shoes from Nike and New Balance but these are the first to use 3D printing in a more traditional, wearable style, and for men.

Our new Elasto Plastic may be the perfect material to usher in a new range of 3D printed and/or partially 3D printed shoes into the market.

Check out Earl’s impressive portfolio featuring additional 3D printed footwear experiments and more.

Shapeways 3D Print Shoe XYZ

Shapeways 3D Print Shoe XYZ


Eyebeam Computational Fashion Fellowship

Eyebeam has announced the Computational Fashion Fellowship call for proposals for 2013/2014.

New York-based fashion designers with a strong interest in all aspects of wearable technology are invited to apply.

The Fellowship supports research, collaboration, and the presentation of experimental and cutting edge technology such as 3D printing within fashion. We are currently looking to fund one 12-month project starting in October 2013. Computational Fashion is an Eyebeam initiative bringing together artists, scientists, technologists, and the fashion industry to explore new ideas at the intersection of fashion and technology. More information about the Fellowship is available here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 8, 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time

Apply online now! 

Computational Fashion is supported in part by the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund.


Shapeways 3D Printing Enabling Everything Forever

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Ok, it may sound like a grand statement, but it is true. The Everything Forever Belt by Katie Gallagher.

Katie Gallagher collaborated with Francis Bitonti Studio put 3D printed stainless steel belts on the runway for her spring/summer 2013 collection. A new version of the belt is now available through the Katie by Katie Gallagher diffusion line.

If you have an idea for a design but do not have the 3D modeling skills (yet), you can find a Designer for Hire like Francis Bitonti to help you design and 3D print anything, forever.