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A Day of 3D Printing and Politics in Washington D.C.

On Wednesday September 17th 2014, politicians, lawyers and 3D printing experts will converge on Washington to discuss the intellectual property challenges facing the 3D printing ecosystem as it matures, and enters mainstream culture.

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Speakers will include

  • Bill Foster Congressman, 11th Congressional District of Illinois,
  • Rep. Tim Ryan Chair of the Congressional Makers Caucus,
  • Vikrum Aiyer Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Under Secretary for IP, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Andras Forgacs Co-Founder & CEO, Modern Meadow, Inc
  • Mark Hatch CEO & Co-Founder, TechShop
  • Michael Weinberg VP, Public Knowledge
  • and even Duann Scott Designer Evangelist, Shapeways

Topics will range from the Economic Impact of the Obama Leadership, to the intellectual property challenges & the changes to culture driven by bottom-up, peer-to-peer, democratized manufacturing.

If there is anything you personally think needs to be addressed, please comment on the blog and I will see if I can integrate it into the discussion at my panel, The Growing Global 3DP IP Market & How Much is at Stake.


 

September Shapeways 3D printing events in New York City

Here at the Shapeways headquarters in New York City we’re buzzing with excitement about all of our September events. With MakerCon and Maker Faire just around the corner and factory tours, workshops, talks and meetups for designers, educators, and 3D printing enthusiasts galore, September is a great time to come out and get involved with the Shapeways community in New York City! Here’s a rundown of what’s happening and how you can join us:

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September 15, 5 to 7 pm: Getting Started with 3D Printing for Custom Fashion Design in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Part of the BKStyleCon event.

September 17 & 18: MakerCon, a professional conference by and for makers held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will give a talk about 3D printing your favorite brands and the real future of product design at 11:20 am on Wednesday, September 17. We will also be hosting factory tours at our Long Island City factory on Friday, September 19 for attendees of MakerCon. You can buy tickets to MakerCon here.

September 18, 12 to 1 pm: Making dreams into reality with 3D printing and Shapeways hosted by QNS Collective in Long Island City, Queens. Melissa Ng, creator of Lumecluster: wonderlands for the entrepreneurial mind, will share her creative design process and walk participants through the process of creating 3D printed products and works of art with Shapeways. Reserve here.

September 18, 6 to 8 pm: Pre-Maker Faire 3D Printing Meetup with Shapeways + Ultimaker hosted by Shapeways at our Long Island City factory. Come and learn how you can use your Ultimaker together with Shapeways, share your prints and take a look around the factory!

September 20 & 21: World Maker Faire New York. Hosted by the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York come find Shapeways in the 3D printer village! At 2pm on Saturday, September 20th join Shapeways Crew and community members for a community meetup. Meet at the Shapeways booth to explore the fair together, attend a talk and a happy hour to follow at 6pm at LIC bar in Long Island City, Queens.

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September 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Meetup: 3D Printing in Public Libraries. Hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library at the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at the Central Library. Libraries are on the front lines of innovation and providing access to and understanding of the latest technologies, including 3D printing. Join members of the Shapeways and staff and community members of the Brooklyn Public Libraries to discuss how they are using 3D printing in library programs and services and how 3D printing can fit into public and educational programs at libraries and schools.

September 25, 7 pm. Designers + Geeks: Lasers and Internet Memes – 3D printing for all. Hosted by Huge in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Shapeways Designer Evangelist Lauren Slowick will illuminate the 3D mysteries under the all the hype. She will also share tips to help you get started designing your own products with software tools you probably already know how to use. Designers + Geeks features talks from experts on design, technology, startups, and all manner of geekery. Purchase tickets.

September will be a great time to be inspired and expand your 3D printing network. We look forward to seeing you!


 

3D Print iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Accessories

Update: Apple has released the design files for the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus! Page 16 and 17 of this pdf have everything you need to know to design a case for these awesome new phones. Be sure and enter our contest and be one of the first iPhone 6 cases ever 3D Printed!

Original Post: Did you watch the Apple announcement? Are you excited about the new iPhone 6/6plus? Are you counting the seconds until you can get your hands on the Apple Watch?

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UPDATE 9/11: Some amazing Shapeways Community Members put together a <beta> 3D CAD file of the Apple Watch! It’s based on the specs Apple announced, and while not Apple official, should serve as a great starting point for all interested in designing Apple Watch accessories. You can download the .stl of the Apple Watch design files here. Special thanks to Michael Christensen for sharing this in our Apple forum!
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I’ve been counting the minutes for months now and seeing Phil show off the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus and seeing Super Evil Megacorp’s gaming experience made me drool millions of pixels in anticipation of their September 19th launch into the world. The new iPhone camera has Focus Pixels, which means you’re essentially carrying a DSLR in your pocket. Just imagine, our 3D scans will be sharper than ever!
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Shapeways has always been one of the first to market with accessories when new consumer electronics come out. Our communities ability to responsively create designs and leverage our short lead times is unparalleled by any other accessories company in the world. The cases that you’ll see in the Apple store were modeled months ago and have been in production all summer. Alongside the new phones, Apple announced a new line of silicone and leather cases, but I think we know our Nylon looks the coolest when it comes to pimping your iDevices. We are eager to see what cases, stands and accessories you make for this new line of apple products and will handsomely reward those who do it best (details to come when the design files are announced by Apple later in September).
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Design files

Shapeways has a long history of being one of the first to market with iAccessories. We were keeping the iPhone classy back in early 2012 with this 4/4s MacPro Case:macpro case

We gave you the design files the moment they were available for the exciting new iPhone 5, hosting a contest around it. The Sweater Case by ArtizanWork that won is still a favorite of ours to show off at events and through our crew kits!
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We also brought you the iPad Mini files that same October. All in all, we power over 2600 products that fall in the iPhone category. Let’s round out our Apple Fan Boy and Girl offerings and incorporate all these awesome new products.

Now you can start brainstorming the iPhone 6 and iWatch cases you want to design in our Apple and iGadgets thread in the forum. Hit the sketchbook or the sketchup and get creative! The bigger form factor gives you more design real estate than ever before. We will update this post and announce a contest as soon as Apple releases the Design Files.

On a fun historical and sentimental note, this Apple Fan Girl can’t help but ask, 30 years after Steve Jobs announced the Macintosh (the anniversary is today) do you think Apple is still as innovative as they were under Steve?
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Tusen takk, Norway!

Only a few days have passed since we returned from our visit to Trondheim, Norway. It was our first visit to a Scandinavian Country and therefore we felt obliged to not come empty handed. We brought along a Dutch treat “Stroopwafels” to share amongst the people of Trondheim. This brought on a smile on many people’s faces young and old. We got people even more excited when we started talking about the world of 3D Printing and what it means for Shapeways to be a part of it.

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Our trip started on Thursday with a meet up, where we got to know one our Norwegian Shapies even better. So first of we would like to say thank you to Daniel Liljar for telling us about the in’s and out about Trondheim and for showing us around a bit. Me and Adela were very much impressed and felt privileged to be in a place with such beautiful landscape. Not forgetting off course the generosity and the friendliness of the people as well. It was great to hear that our visit inspired Daniel to do more with 3D printing in the future. So be sure to check out his shop and stay tuned.

On our second day was the Maker Faire kick off. This took place in the town square in the center of Trondheim ,with over 70 projects on display. The 70 projects were ranging from coffee makers to 3D printing and with almost everything in between. Me and Adela were joined by Daniel  where he got to show off his work as well.

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The visitors of the Makerfaire were very pleasantly surprised that Shapeways made the trip all the way to Trondheim. Some even said that us being there made the Makerfaire even more exciting. As they were amazed by our work and the simple fact that they could finally get their hands on the wide variety of products in different materials. This off course was music to our ears for the simple reason that they also love what we do. Let’s keep Sharing the Spark, as we say. Hopefully we have inspired the large designing community in Trondheim to come up with more beautiful products for the future.

 Be sure to stay tuned! Next stop Shapeways is attending the 3D Print show in London this week.

 Ryan & Adela


 

Join Shapeways in London for the 3D Printshow

Shapeways is coming to London this week for the 3D Printshow. We’re hosting a meetup, we’ll have a booth at the show and we’re also in the running for the Global Awards!  We invite you to join us at these events:

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3D Printing Meetup

Wednesday 3rd September, 7-9pm

Join the team at Hung Drawn and Quartered Pub. RSVP for all the details

3D Printshow
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September 9:30am – 6pm

Saturday 6th September 9:30am – 5:30pm
1 Old Billingsgate Walk, 16 Lower Thames Street, London
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3D Printshow Global Awards

This year, we at Shapeways are thrilled to be nominated for two categories for the 3D Printshow Global Awards: Brand of the Year and Best Online/App Based Service. There’s time until Wednesday so cast your vote now! (Please ;-) )

We hope to see you in London this week!


 

Vote Now for Shapeways to Talk 3D Printing at SXSW 2015

Help us spread the 3D printing love at SXSW 2015 by voting for our panels, from 3D Printing & Intellectual Property, to the Truths vs Myths, and an overview of how YOU can use 3D printing now.

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Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen is proposing a panel entitled What YOU can really do with 3D printing,

You don’t have to be an engineer or professional designer to use 3D printing – anyone can do it! In this session, we will not only talk about what 3D printing really is (not just plastics!) in a way that everyone can understand, but also share how it is relevant to anyone. Whether you’re looking to recreate a family heirloom, make a spare part for a broken remote control, or just play around with design, 3D printing is truly accessible to anyone to make anything.

Kenny Davis from Hasbro will join Michael Weinberg from Public Knowledge, Natalia Krasnodebska and Duann Scott from Shapeways for the How 3D Printing Will Change Brands’ IP for Good panel.

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By opening up their Intellectual Property to interpretation, major brands can enable their fans to create new derivative works. This user generated content adds value to the brand, gives the designer both social and financial capital, and generates new revenue for the brand. Allowing fans to interpret their favorite brands legitimizes and elevates the culture of fan-art and gives designers new freedom to create sought-after content.  Using the Hasbro/Shapeways SuperFanArt as a case study, we will discuss how 3D printing enables companies to capitalize on their brands’ long tail, and how the design community will benefit.

Bringing it home with some honest insight and debunking the myths, 3D Printing: Myth vs. Truth with TJ McCue of Forbes along with Savannah Peterson of  Shapeways and Andreas Bastian of  Autodesk.

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The technology is decades old, but now there’s an ecosystem in place that moves it beyond the maker edges to mainstream center. This panel will provide an insider’s view on the myth vs. truths of 3D printing and where the industry is heading.

Log in now and vote for all of your favorite Shapeways people to represent the 3D printing community at SXSW


 

Shapeways coming to Helsinki – Let’s meet and talk 3D!

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At the dawn of Helsinki Design Week, Shapeways is hosting a 3D printing meetup. I (Henrik) will be there, and I’d love for you to join.

  • Wednesday September 3rd, 17:00 – 21:00
  • William K Annankatu
  • Annankatu 3, 00120 Helsinki (view map)
  • RSVP here

We’ll have a breath of 3D printed products for you to see and get a taste of our latest materials. I’ll also talk about the latest developments at Shapeways and new ways for you to bring your products to life.

Come share your ideas and enthusiasm with likeminded people.
Hope to see you next week!


If you can’t make it to our meetup, you have an opportunity to catch me talking at
IxDA Helsinki (Thursday September 4th) or at
Abattoir (Friday September 5th) opening gala.

If you’d like to have me come talk about 3D printing at your company, there are still few slots open between September 2 – 5. Ping me at henrik@shapeways.com and I’ll get back to you.


 

SIGGRAPH 2014 – a Recap from Vancouver

Last week, the Shapeways team traveled to Vancouver for SIGGRAPH’s 41st Annual Conference. At the Shapeways booth, we featured various 3D printed products from our community, highlighting some of the almost 50 materials now available.

The Shapeways booth before the doors open...

The Shapeways booth before the doors open…

Some products featured on-site…

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We also demonstrated a sneak peek of the new Printability Center, designed to be a shared canvas where customers and 3D Print Engineers can work together to create manufacturable products. Look for more news on this to come!

Sneak peek of the new Printability Center

Sneak peek of the new Printability Center

Throughout the exhibition, we did various giveaways: a daily drawing for $200 in Shapeways 3D print credit; and a raffle for the Dodecahedron VIII, designed by Bulatov Abstract Creations. The beautiful mathematical sculpture is valued at more than $700!

Dodecahedron VIII by Bulatov Abstract Creations

Dodecahedron VIII by Bulatov Abstract Creations

Here are the winners – Congratulations!

  • Dodecahedron VIII: Kevin McAllister, Vancouver, BC

  • $200 Daily Drawings:

    • Tuesday, 8/12: Dunnivan Perry, Mobile, AL

    • Wednesday, 8/13: Paul Lesser, Portland, OR

    • Thursday, 8/14: Andre Lin, Vancouver, BC

Overall, the team had a fantastic time speaking to community members, and introducing new designers to the power of 3D printing with Shapeways. Visit our events page to see more of the products that were featured on-site, and to see where we’ll be next!

- The SIGGRAPH Team

 


 

The 3D Printshow Global Awards – Vote for Shapeways

The 3D Printshow Global Awards acknowledge inspirational work that has helped develop and elevate the art of additive manufacture, as well as those businesses that have risen to the challenges of the marketplace, flourishing in what is a highly competitive industry.

This year, we at Shapeways are thrilled to be nominated for two categories for the 3D Printshow Global Awards: Brand of the Year and Best Online/App Based Service.

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To vote, all you need is your name and your email – just click on the awards:

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Thank you for all your support and stay tuned for our London Meetup and events in September!

For those of you who will be in London, we look forward to seeing you at the party on Thursday 4th September, you can get tickets here.

 


 

Product Design Idea to Prototype: Meet up with Shapeways and Quirky August 19

Posted by in Design, Events, meetup

At Shapeways we are very interested in the process of product design and how designers are inspired to create, refine, iterate and perfect new products and ideas harnessing the power of 3D printing and the Shapeways community. With the recent release of Beta Products and First to Try we are excited to give Shapeways designers the opportunity to invite fans and friends into their product design process.

Lucas Goossens of LucasPlus Designs

Lucas Goossens of LucasPlus Designs

To further investigate the process of product design, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Quirky for an evening of networking and sharing ideas and inspiration with other designers, inventors and makers. Join us on Tuesday, August 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Quirky’s New York City headquarters. You can find more information and RSVP on our meetup page.

Susan Taing of bhold

Susan Taing of bhold

The evening will feature a panel discussion highlighting how designers conceptualize products and their process of moving from idea to prototype. Shapeways shopowners Lucas Goossens, of LucasPlus designs, and Susan Taing, founder of bhold, and Quirky inventors “You Can Call Me Phil” and “Vector.” Following the panel discussion, participants can enjoy a demonstration of 3D printing a product prototype and practice their product pitch with others in interactive breakout groups. Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!


 

Making our way to Norway for the Trondheim Maker Faire

Posted by in 3D Modeling, Events

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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

Posted by in 3D Modeling, Events

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!


 

Shapeways Shares 3D Magic At BronyCon 2014

Posted by in Community, Events, meetup, Toys

We were recently invited last weekend by the awesome folks at BronyCon to attend BronyCon 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. At BronyCon we got to meet and engage with hundreds of My Little Pony fans, many whom were artists and designers who have recently heard of our partnership with Hasbro to launch 3D printed My Little Pony SuperFanArt.

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While at BronyCon we showed off some of the Shapeways 3D printed My Little Pony prints designed by independent artists which were a big hit amongst the crowd.

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Sam here was the smallest fan of these SuperFanArt 3D printed ponies!

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Are you an artist interested in becoming a designer for SuperFanArt? Find out how to be featured and sell your art on SuperFanArt here!


 

August 14: Animation goes 3D with the Made in NY Media Center

Posted by in Community, Events, meetup

As animation, 3D modeling, and 3D printing software and technology evolves, animators and filmmakers are finding new ways to incorporate 3D printing into their work. Whether it’s custom modeling and printing characters for a stop-motion animation, creating custom merchandise for your film, or translating animation software skills into 3D modeling, 3D printing is creating new opportunities for animators. On Thursday, August 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm you are invited to join other animators, 3D design enthusiasts, filmmakers and creatives for an evening of discussion and networking co-hosted by Shapeways & the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

A still from Raymond McCarthy Bergeron's film re-belief

A still from Raymond McCarthy Bergeron’s film re-belief

The evening will include a panel discussion featuring Shapeways designer and filmmaker, media artist, and tech guru Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, puppeteer and founder of Puppet Kitchen Michael Schupbach, and artist and animator Andrew Thomas, who will discuss how they bring together animation and 3D printing in their work with moderator Laurie Berenhaus. We invite you to come to learn and share about how you can use 3D printing and design to push the boundaries of your animation and imagination. Light refreshments will be served following the discussion.

Free. RSVP on the Made in NY Media Center’s site to reserve your spot.

Featured Speakers

Raymond McCarthy Bergeron is a misplaced Vermonter, currently living in North Bethesda, Maryland, who just completed his MFA in Film & Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously, he was an employee of Champlain College, where he started in the Information Systems Department, and worked in the Emergent Media Center. Recently, he completed a film for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s GPM Project titled Waterfalls, projected on Spherical screens globally, and completed his thesis film re÷belief, a mixed medium of 3D printing and handcrafted works. He also is a member of the IGDA, ASIFA East, and ACM.

Michael Schupbach has been designing and building puppets for the stage and screen for over 15 years. He is a proud alumnus of Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop and co-founder of the NYC based Puppet Kitchen, a full time puppet design, build, and performance studio. His screen credits include: The Oogiloves Big Balloon Adventure, The Disney Channel’s Johnny and the Sprites and Bear in the Big Blue House, Imagine Dragons Radioactive Music Video, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, PBS’ Sesame Street, and Universal Studios’ Sesame Street in 4-D. Michael has B.A. in Education with a concentration in Educational Television from The Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, and a somewhat less serious degree from The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College.

Andrew Thomas hails from Boston and is now based in Brooklyn.  After studying sculpture at Boston University he discovered 3D printing while learning 3D modeling techniques for creating 3D game assets. In addition to working at Shapeways as a Customer Service Coordinator, Andrew has exhibited artwork in Boston, West Rutland, Vermont and Venice, Italy, and works as freelance a 3D designer. Most recently he created shop on Shapeways selling 3D printed characters for Oscar Nominated indie animator Bill Plympton.

Panel Moderator

Laurie Berenhaus is a 3D Modeler/ Sculptor, designs for Rapid Prototyping, and currently works at Shapeways in Customer Service. Laurie studied 3D graphics at the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School in Orlando, Florida and received her BFA in Sculpture from The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA. Before diving into the digital world, Laurie worked as a sculptor and puppeteer designing and fabricating puppets, masks, and specialty props throughout New York City and Philadelphia. Passionate about storytelling and the creative process, Laurie continues to learn and share her knowledge.


 

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…