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Shapeways Meetups in Southern California March 25 and 27

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Continuing our March on the road, Shapeways is hosting two meetups next week in Pasadena and Ventura, California to give our community members a chance to connect with each other and learn more about how they are using 3D printing to realize their creative and business goals. We hope you can join us!

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Wednesday, March 25 in Pasadena
6:30 to 8:15 pm
Cross Campus Pasadena
Join us for talks by Les Karpas of Metamason and Igor Knezevic of Alienology about building their businesses with 3D printing as well as networking over light refreshments.
RSVP and details

Friday, March 27 in Ventura
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Barrelhouse 101, Ventura, CA
Join us for a high tech meets handmade happy hour to talk about how craft and technologies like 3D printing are coming together to create a bright future for makers.
RSVP and details

I will also be speaking about funding and creating goals for your creative business, and how services like Shapeways can help, at the Craftcation conference in Ventura from March 26th to 28th. If you are attending the conference please say hello!

Hope to see you next week in sunny California!

Shapeways Community on the road in March!

The Shapeways Community team knows that our community is global and an important part of building community is meeting, talking and sharing ideas face-to-face. This March we are covering a lot of ground across the United States and Europe and you can find us in five countries and thirteen different cities giving talks, hosting meetups, judging hackathons and leading workshops. Whether you are in Berlin or Los Angeles (or many places in between) we hope that you will connect with us this month – take a look at our events page and our meetup page for updated dates and locations.

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To kick off our marathon month, Savannah Peterson, Director of Community at Shapeways gave a talk at the Gasparilla Interactive Festival, Tampa Bay’s showcase for cutting-edge technologies, digital innovation, and entrepreneurial inspiration, and served on a panel about women and millennials as entrepreneurs and innovators.

On March 8th we sponsored a Printathon at Brandeis University where our master of social media, Eric Ho, and customer service agent Andrew Thomas served as judges for the students projects. The event featured two Teams from Brandeis, one from UConn, one from Columbia and one from Waltham High School. The theme of the competition was social justice and students were encouraged to print products that can help humanity. The day was followed by a meet up with Voxel8, an electronics 3D printer.

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Brandeis University Printathon participants and judges

In the next two days three members of the Shapeways Community Team will be on stage talking about different aspects of 3D printing in three different time zones: On Thursday, March 12 Natalia Krasnodebska, Community Manager, will discuss 3D printing and intellectual property at the Copia Institute Inaugural Summit; On March 13 Lauren Slowik, Design Evangelist for Education, will lead a workshop on 3D printing in education at the 3D Printshow Summit in Madrid, Spain; finally, also on March 13 Savannah Peterson will speak about “Decoding Gender Diversity in Tech” at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.

Setting up for the 3D Print Show in Madrid

Setting up for the 3D Print Show in Madrid

Lauren will also be making stops in Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Berlin for the 3D Print Show – please check out her blog entry on her European road trip for updates on meetups and events throughout the month.

Me and author Michelle Ward at Craftcation in 2014

Me and author Michelle Ward at Craftcation in 2014

Finally, at the end of March I will be heading out to Southern California to speak at Craftcation, a conference for creative makers in Ventura, California held March 26 through 29. I will be talking about funding your creative business and creative business models, plans and goals and will be talking a lot about business lessons from our Shapeways shop owners. I’ll also be hosting a meetup in the LA area on Wednesday, March 25 and a High Tech Meets Handmade Happy Hour in Ventura on Friday, March 27.

We hope to see you while we’re out on the road this month!

Shapeways + littleBits Hackathon Roundup

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Saturday morning was a glorious day in NYC, and we gathered at the lovely littleBits HQ for a full day of fun at the  3D + IoT Smarter Gadgets Hackathon, hosted by Shapeways & littleBits. Over 30 people of all ages and backgrounds from teachers to tinkerers arrived with an everyday object and their imagination at the ready. Here’s what went down…

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After some bagels and coffee, our awesome judges each presented their work and their thoughts on how to approach design. Each one had a key tip for the day, and for design in general.

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Ron Rosenmann of Frog Design told us about coffee time at Frog and how it helps them to make time to brainstorm together. Heidi Farrell of Smart Design quoted Jonathan Ive’s maxim that “So much of our manufactured environment testifies to carelessness” and urged us to constrain assumptions at the beginning of a project to help focus our creativity.

Oscar Salguero of Kid O Toys advised us to invite your friends to a workshop to make lots of ideas for you. He warned that you’d better “make something that works or they’ll be annoyed!”. As a toy designer, he reminded us that kids have no fear! So be a kid! Lastly, Emily Tuteur from Littlebits showed examples of how Littlebits come together and got us all excited by the CloudBit and IFTTT. Then it was playtime! We split up into five teams and two family projects.

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Diego (8 years old) made a three phase adapter to trigger a catapult and his sister Sophia (6) made a windmill with pompoms to simulate a candy cane machine. Alexandra (8) made an awesome catapult too, using a completely different technique, to dislodge a block to trigger the spring.

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At the end of the day, Everyone uploaded their projects to littleBits and  we had some fun demonstrations. Here’s what each group made:

Sheet Saver is a smart toilet paper dispenser.  Bianca, Chris, Daniel, Jude, Nick & Stephanie put their heads together to fix the simple problem of toilet paper efficiency…by controlling how much you can use. Enough is enough! Saving trees one sheet at a time.

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Brush-R brush with music! Mason, Maren & Bastiaan hacked a music box to make a song timer to help you brush your teeth for the optimum time of two minutes.

Take A Chill Bit is a responsive office that calms you when you’re angry. Ilya, Mitul & Noel came up with two projects using the Jawbone UP App. The three makers created a circuit that tracks their attitudes throughout the day. “The device detects the problem, reports it on Jawbone UP App and reduces the level of stress by stimulating sensory channels” using a fan and an MP3 player. If you get stressed, it activates to calm you down with soothing light, sound and a fan. Their other project was a way to easily send caloric information to your phone to track your intake. Using a pressure sensor and the cloud, this group turned a box of oatmeal into a smart device!

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Tooth Doodle: a seismograph machine integrated into the toothbrush! Marj & Boian made a seismograph machine integrated into a toothbrush to make brushing fun, you can make art while you brush or if you’re data-driven, match your strokes to an ideal brushing curve!

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Conflict News is Eric’s news delivery service that delivers news through an interactive diorama, instead of cluttering your phone, you get a visual of what’s happening.

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Soundmail plays your favorite song when you come home. Shannon, Cortlan, Soo, Tharit & Reed gave a professional presentation, featuring beautiful slides of the UI of their new creation that works with the Spotify API and is a new service designed to connect people’s emotions through voices and song.

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Remorse Code.: mitigates communication disconnect with your partner. Alecia, Caroline & Adele thought there were too many communication apps so they devised a way to visually share their feelings using the cloudBit and a bargraph.  “Set secret messages with your partner and dial in when you need to say something important. Just think of your bar graph as a BAE graph and let your secret communication fly”.

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We had Andrew and Ed from Shapeways on hand to give each team advice how to best incorporate 3D printing into the next phase of their project, from creating custom cases to house the electronics to integral design components like fun characters that animate.

Now it’s your turn! Seeing what the teams came up with – what will you make? You have until the end of March to  submit your ideas to the Contest!

What ordinary household object will you give a new life with some electronics and 3D printing magic?

The next frontier: Meta augmented reality and 3D printing

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We’re excited to collaborate with Meta, the first wearable, Augmented Reality computer, for a hackathon in San Francisco March 6 and 7, 2015. In anticipation of the hackathon and for inspiration about how Augmented Reality and 3D printing can complement each other I asked Soren Harner, Chief Product Officer at Meta, to tell me more about how Augmented Reality be a tool for designing 3D printed products.

Interested in attending the hackathon on March 6 and 7 in San Francisco? For 50% off the registration enter the code MetaShapewaysHacks.

Please introduce the Meta products and tell us a little bit about how you have been developing them.

Meta is the first wearable Augmented Reality computer that lets you create and share digital objects in the real world. Meta’s Augmented Reality (AR for short) platform has attracted thousands of development groups who are building professional and gaming applications for numerous industries and we are currently shipping the Meta 1 Developer Kit.

Like most hardware startups, we are incredibly indebted to 3D printing. We created early functional prototypes using 3D printers. In fact, we couldn’t have shipped our first product without them. In the early days, we were creating a new prototype every day.

Augmented Reality, like 3D printing was a few years ago, is a technology that has been in the works for awhile, but is only just now becoming more available to the “average” person.

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The Meta 1 Developer Kit

How do you foresee augmented reality will develop in the next few years?

Steady as she goes; our chief scientist, Steve Mann, has been working on AR since the 1970s. What we see now, more than ever, is smaller components at more affordable price points and more readily available. Advancement of GPUs and the miniaturization of emerging technologies, like displays and cameras, in cell phones makes it easier to create powerful AR devices.

However, as with VR, we understand we’re embarking on a journey. In the next few years we will see form-factors improve and an ecosystem of augmented reality apps develop and evolve. We feel this maturation is required before wide-scale adoption happens.

What connections do you see now, or hope to see, between augmented reality and 3D printing?

We see AR and 3D printing in complimentary and very similar fields. Just as 3D printing speeds up the manufacturing prototyping feedback loop, AR can speed up the modeling feedback loop before sending it to a 3D printer.

We’ve used Meta as a print-preview function for 3D printing. You can do more than see the object: you can place the object, at scale, in the physical location where you plan to use it. This gives you a sense of live perspective – a CAD model doesn’t do that.

The real benefit is after you have the model. For example, if you were designing jewelry you could easily design, edit, size, resize, change materials and colors customized for the designers body shape. It comes down to having a perspective of objects within the actual physical space. You can see your model in the environment instead of just on a 2D screen.

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Can you explain some of the design applications that have been built for Meta and how they could create files that are 3D printable? What else do you hope developers will create to bring together augmented reality and 3D printing?

We’ve built a 3D viewing application which allows for intuitive interaction with objects. It is available as part of our SDK in our developer portal. It allows you to select a 3D model from a library of objects and interact with them. We also provide the source code in the dev portal. We’d love it if someone at the upcoming hackathon would extend the app to allow for STL export (hint hint). Even better, we’d like the app to have basic mesh editing so that you could morph the model from within Meta.

We’d like to see tighter integration between Meta and CAD systems. Currently, files need to be converted to the .obj format for use in Meta. Another opportunity is to look at how individually printed pieces fit together into larger assembled parts. Imagine testing joints and how various parts fit together; that would really smooth out the end-to-end use-case.

It would be interesting to close the loop: 3D photocopying. Use the Meta depth camera to create a 3D scan of an object and then print it on the 3D printer. In a sense, this would be like duplication from the mere sight of an object.

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Ultimately, we are part of the same 3D ecosystem. As depth cameras and light-field cameras become more commonplace, I think we’ll see an explosion of 3D content. This ecosystem is just going to get bigger. We also believe 3D printing combined with AR will be especially powerful in education and training. Imagine visualizing molecules in a lesson, printing them and then passing them around.

We’d really like to urge people to come to the hackathon. We’re bringing together developers, hackers, AR enthusiasts, and leading minds in the AR industry. Uber talented Meta engineers will be on hand for the two day event at the gorgeous Wix lounge in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Attendees will present their apps to possibly win a Meta 1 Developer Kit and a 1 year Unity Pro license, as well as Shapeways credit for the Design Award. You can register now and use the code MetaShapewaysHacks for 50% off registration.

 

 

US Ambassador visits our Eindhoven Factory of the Future

After we opened the doors of our new Factory of the Future in Eindhoven last October, we keep on receiving requests of people who want to visit our new location. From students to business representatives, from shopowners to press. Last week, however, we had the pleasure of hosting Timothy M. Broas, Ambassador of the United States of America.

The ambassador was accompanied by Economic Officer Blake A. Johnston and a delegation of the Province of Noord-Brabant. Together with my colleagues Ralph and David I had the honor to talk with them about the ins and outs of our company and our community, and show 3D Printing in practice.

EHV team together with US Ambassador

From left to right: Blake A. Johnston, Ralph van den Borst (Customer Service Manager), Timothy M. Broas (Ambassador), Ruud van den Muijzenberg (Event Coordinator Europe), David Gillispie (Vice President of Manufacturing).

Do you want to see our Factories in Eindhoven (NL) or Long Island City (USA) yourself? Keep an eye on our Meetup.com page as we’ll soon be announcing Factory Tour dates for the next year!

Shapeways Celebrates You This Small Business Saturday

Did you know today is Small Business Saturday? A day focused on supporting your community and the independent businesses within that. Online small businesses count too, and that’s why today is my favorite of this wild holiday weekend. There is a lot to celebrate today, alongside the over 22,000 small business owners powered by Shapeways 3D Printing. Remind your friends and family when they shop from you store on Shapeways, not only are the getting a great deal this weekend, they’re also supporting the maker movement and the small businesses within that.

Learn more about the people behind Shapeways 3D Printing powered businesses through our Designer Spotlight series. Celebrate your creative independence and remind others to #ShopSmall! What small business on Shapeways is your favorite?

 

Celebrate the holidays Shapeways style with two events in New York City!

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Add a little 3D printed cheer to your holiday calendar and come join us to celebrate a great year in 3D printing and entrepreneurship at New York City’s Wix Lounge. On November 29th in honor of Small Business Saturday we’ll be co-hosting a brunch and discussion to talk about how technology is powering small businesses of the future. On December 2nd we’ll host our first 3D printing community holiday party and you are invited to make a unique 3D printed holiday gift and mix and mingle with Shapeways designers and 3D printing enthusiasts. Details below – we hope to see you and celebrate with you soon!

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Lucas Goossens of LucasPlus Designs

On Small Business Saturday, November 29, take a break from your holiday weekend to join us for mimosas and brunch at Wix Lounge from 1 to 2:30 pm to talk with industry insiders about technological tools that small business owners are using to power and build their businesses. Speakers include Shapeways shop owner and designer Lucas Goossens; the Art Engineer Luis Martin; Yuval Finkelstein, Training Director at Wix; Linda Missal, NYC Partnerships Manager at Townsquared; and Christine Cha; Community Outreach Manager at Wix. They will discuss how to cut through the clutter of tools for DIY entrepreneurs and discover which ones are right for your business. The event is free, but please RSVP so that we know how much mimosa makings to get!

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On the evening of Tuesday, December 2nd we return to Wix Lounge for our first ever 3D printing community holiday party! Mix and mingle with other 3D printing enthusiasts and Shapeways shop owners and raise a glass to all the great things you’ve printed this year. Try out Shapeways 2D to 3D app, that enables you to turn a black and white drawing into a printable 3D model and other fun creative apps to create a unique 3D printed holiday gift, ornament or piece of jewelry with no modeling experience necessary. Please bring your own laptop. Light refreshments will be served, but please RSVP so we know how much to get!

Hope to see you this holiday season!

Shapeways sponsors Cranksgiving charity bike ride

We’re taking part in Cranksgiving, a nationwide “food drive on bikes” where participants cycle to multiple grocery stores around the city, purchase non-perishable goods and donate them to those in need. Running since 1999, this charity race has spread to over 60 cities around America, helping provide thousands of needy families across the country with a wealth of food during the week of Thanksgiving. This year, it’s even being backed by news anchors from the TODAY Show.

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Shapeways is proud to sponsor Cranksgiving! Six lucky winners will ride away with custom 3D printed head-badges, designed by Scott Denton and printed in our Long Island City factory.

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Join some of the Shapeways team on Saturday November 22nd in NYC, or take part in the 60 other events happening across America. You’ll be joined by anchors from the TODAY Show who are supporting Cranksgiving and food banks around the country.

Love the idea of Cranksgiving, but don’t want to ride through NYC streets? Consider making a donation! All funds raised will be split 80/20 between City Harvest, and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation.

Some of the Shapeways team will be riding on Saturday – so give us a shout if you see us on the course!

 

Shapeways in Italy: Inspiring students at the Crea©tivity Summit

We are thrilled to be part of the 9th edition of Crea©tivity, which is being held in the Piaggio Factory in Pontedera, Italy on November 20th and 21st. A conference focused on students of design, we will have a small exhibition and our very own Sara will speak in one of the keynotes and Ruud will participate in the Pecha Kucha Night.

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Furthermore we are happy to see community member and Shop Owner Silvia Nencini speaking at the Pecha Kucha night as well. You might remember her joining us in our booth earlier this year at the Mini Maker Faire Trieste with her 3D Printed algorithmic coral-like jewelry so it’s great to see how much she has grown in the past months. We hope to run into more community members from the area as we would really like to hear your stories in 3D design, definitely drop us a line if you’re visiting Crea©tivity.

Also – as a small tradition we are hosting a Meetup. We’re planning to host this on Saturday, 22nd of November in Firenze. For details check out the event on Meetup.com (we still need a location so if you have a good suggestion feel free to reach out!).

If you are in Italy, we hope to see you at these events this weekend:

Thursday 20th & Friday 21st of November Crea©tivity in the Piaggio Museum in Pontedera
Saturday 22nd of November we’ll be in Firenze for a casual 3D printing meetup. RSVP here

Italy, see you soon!

Software for Artists Day Sunday November 16th

Shapeways is proud to sponsor Pioneer Works first Software for Artists Day on Sunday November 16th. The day-long event in Red Hook, New York will bring together artists and developers to illustrate the many new software and hardware tools available to contemporary art practice.  It will involve lectures, demonstrations, and conversations which will demystify the most sought-after technology in use today.

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Participants will be able to attend four 45-minute lectures over the course of the day and will also be able to participate in “soapbox sessions” in which they will have 3 minutes to present a project in order to attract interest and/or advice from other artists and technicians.

Shapeways will be on site with some products to show and tips and tricks about using the free software on our site.

Pioneer Works, Red Hook, New York

Sunday November 16th

10am – 7pm

Register here - hope to see you on Sunday!

If you can’t attend, here’s a brief preview of the software available on Shapeways now:

Shapeways API - The Shapeways Upload API enables web and desktop applications to submit 3D models and harness the power of the Shapeways marketplace. You can control pricing, available materials, and add markup to models that are for sale to our community. Read more about the Shapeways API  or join us in our developer forum.

ShapeJS - This tool makes parametric 3D modeling accessible for programmers. If you know Java Script, you can use this tool to generate 3D printable geometry, ias simple as a few lines of code. Read more about the power of ShapeJS here, or jump into the discussion on our developer forum.

Need more inspiration? Check out these amazing 3D creator apps that have been made so far. Got a cool app you’re working on? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Build your business with 3D printing: Shapeways Small Business Bootcamp October 24

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I am so excited to announce the first ever Shapeways Small Business Bootcamp in New York City, taking place October 24th from 9:30 to 4 pm, with a happy hour to follow. Read on for a schedule of talks, speakers and how to RSVP. 

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3D printing is powering small businesses and empowering creative entrepreneurs to design, produce and sell unique products that fill specific needs for consumers. Join us for the first ever Shapeways Small Business Symposium for a day of entrepreneurial and design inspiration, as well as advice on business planning, marketing and designing 3D printed products.

Speakers include entrepreneurs who have launched successful businesses using 3D printing and Shapeways staff members who are experts in the 3D printing design and production process. Participants will come away with a deeper knowledge about the mechanics of 3D printing and design and the tools they need to launch, or grow, their business with 3D printing.

The Shapeways Small Business Bootcamp is hosted by Union Square Ventures. The event is free and light breakfast and lunch are provided. Advance registration is required. Please reserve your spot here.

If you are not able to join us day-of: We’ll be recording the event and will make it available on Shapeways’ YouTube channel.

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Schedule:

9:30 am Welcome and Keynote: How 3D printing is driving the future of manufacturing
David Gillespie, Vice President of Manufacturing at Shapeways

10 am: Designing a winning product
The inspiration, design and iteration process behind successful product design
Susan Taing, founder of Bhold

10:30 am: Planning for your 3D printing powered business
Melissa Ng, founder of Lumecluster.com, wonderlands for the entrepreneurial mind

11 am: Build your brand: Marketing and branding for your 3D printing business
Jeremy Burnich, Joy Complex
Bryan Salt, Thinker Thing
Kacie Hultgren, set designer, educator and owner of Pretty Small Things
Moderated by Savannah Peterson, Global Community Manager at Shapeways

12 pm: Staying motivated as an entrepreneur
Facilitated by Eleanor Whitney, Community Outreach Coordinator at Shapeways and Savannah Peterson

12:30 pm: Lunch and breakout discussions with Shapeways staff
Build your business with the Shapeways API
Merchandising your Shapeways shop

1:30 pm: The basics of copyright for 3D printing
Thomas Ellison, Customer Service Lead at Shapeways

2 pm: Building a custom, 3D printed design business
Bathsheba Grossman, artist and 3D printed metal sculptor
Wayne Losey, Chief Creative and PlayMaker of Modio
Ashley Zelinskie, artist
Moderated by Lauren Slowik, Design Evangelist for Education at Shapeways

3 pm: Design for optimal 3D printing: know your materials
Christian Brock, Wulongti Toys
with Raphael Stargrove and Gabriel Leader-Rose, Physical Product Managers at Shapeways

The event is free and light breakfast and lunch are provided. Advance registration is required. Please reserve your spot here.

 5 to 7:30 pm: Happy Hour at Barn Joo
Connect, relax and share more ideas and inspiration over drinks and snacks. Please RSVP.

Klein Bottle Opener Bathsheba 3D printed mathematical art

Klein Bottle Opener by Bathsheba

Speaker Bios:

Susan Taing is a designer and maker based in New York with experience spanning creative, tech and manufacturing. An MIT and Stanford grad with experience in Product Marketing at Google, her company Bhold creates thoughtfully designed functional objects that are also fun, whimsical and elegant.

Melissa Ng is the founder of Lumecluster.com, wonderlands for the entrepreneurial mind, where she helps makers of all types battle their fears through writing and 3D printed Dreamer Masks.

Jeremy Burnich, of Joy Complex, is a self taught designer with a passion for art and sculpture. He has  worked and apprenticed with some amazing artists and is now finding his own voice. He believes a piece of jewelry is a wearable sculpture and art meant to be touched.

Igor Kenezevic is the founder of Alienology, a Los Angeles based design studio and consultancy, active in the areas of Product Design, Architecture, Concept Design for film and themed environments – all done with expert 2D and 3D CGI skills.

Bryan Salt is the Founder/Partner and Creative Director of Thinker Thing, which  has developed a radical new process to build real objects using a touch screen user interface.Bryan has worked on the cutting edge of technology for the last 25 years, for companies such as Televirtual, blue chip Medical companies and the British Military on virtual reality visualizations and simulations.

Wayne Losey is a career toy maker who has migrated from traditional toys to push the boundaries of 3D printed products. He now brings his product and storytelling expertise to the digital world as the Chief Creative and PlayMaker of Modio, a 3D printing app that empowers users to design, customize and print their own unique creatures and characters.

Bathsheba Grossman is an artist exploring the region between art and mathematics. Her work was in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential designs of 2007 and has been influential in popularizing direct-metal printing as an art medium.  She has encouraged 3D printing suppliers and developers to consider art and design applications as a strong market.

Kacie Hultgren of Pretty Small Things is a set designer for live performance by day and maker by night.  Her experiments using desktop 3D printers for model building led to a miniatures business catering to dollhouse enthusiasts. She is also a 3D printing educator, producing tutorials for Lynda.com.

Ashley Zelinskie is a Brooklyn based artist whose work aims to blur the lines between art and technology.

Christian Brock is a Web Developer, Cyber Ninja, Hard Core Transformers Fan, Paper Engineer and Toy Designer at WuLong Toys.

Join Shapeways at the Designers of Things Conference and Meetup in San Francisco

Come and talk 3D Printing, Design and Groundbreaking I.P. in San Francisco September 23rd to 24th 2014.

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The Designers of Things conference is focused on Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, yes all of the cool things together at last.  Natalia Kasnodebska and Duann Scott from Shapeways will be presenting on Tuesday, September 23 | 4:00pm-4:30pm FANS + OPEN IP = INTERNET OF REALLY COOL THINGS (yes, we are so excited we used caps), discussing SuperFanArt, the groundbreaking I.P. initiative between Hasbro and Shapeways that enables designers and artists to create and sell 3D printed products based on Hasbro owned I.P.

Also join us on Wednesday the 24th to the Designers of 3D Printed Things Meetup at a mystery location in San Francisco.  It will be awesome, we will have 3D printed objects, bring along your 3D prints so you can show off your design skills and ask questions of Shapeways 3D printing experts.

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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