The tech world collectively gasped and gossiped yesterday as Facebook announced its purchase of Oculus, a virtual reality headset originally launched on Kickstarter, for a cool $2 Billion Dollars. Safe to say that their 21 year old CEO and his team of are set for life, but what does this mean for the rest of us?
You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoins in the news recently but the truth of the matter is that many of us don't really know what Bitcoins are or what they do. Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. They're essentially coins that you can send over the internet as a form of digital currency. Bitcoins can be generated by anybody running a free application called a Bitcoin Miner. Bitcoins are transferred anonymously peer-to-peer and function without any type of central authority. Bitcoin is changing finance the same way Shapeways and 3D printing is changing manufacturing.
In the meantime, Bitcoins have a really cool and recognizable symbol. Have a look at a few Bitcoin inspired 3D prints.
Are you a fan of Dinosaurs? Or a recent #Dinovember bandwagoner? If you just answered yes, and should you like your Dinos in cinematic form, you've likely seen the work of David Krentz. Given his feature in our recent Bronze launch, the timely nature of viral heartwarming dinosaur stories, and in an effort to showcase some of the Shop Owners we're so grateful for, I give you...
Interview with David Krentz: "I still pinch myself that someone pays me to make dinosaurs."
Seriously who doesn't love eggs? Lay them, eat them, or decorate them; Eggs are an essential part of our everyday lives. Chances are that you have eggs sitting around in your refrigerator. Until you're ready to use them you might as well rest them on some of these awesome 3D printed egg sculptures and apparatuses.
This small and sturdy nest designed egg holder is a fancy way for holding the egg before consumption.
Egg holders are pretty popular on Shapeways. If you're a egg lover or enjoy spending time in the kitchen do yourself a favor and get one of these. Which came first the chicken or the egg? HUMPTY-DUMPTY #MindBlown
Last July, we saw Isohedral'sRocket Espresso Cupgo viral. We were excited about the espresso cups, and clearly we weren't the only ones! The espresso cups also caught the attention of Fred, of Fred and Friends, and now, a year later, a mass produced version the cups will be hitting shelves worldwide. We are very happy that Shapeways was able to play a part in the process, and we asked Craig a few questions about his journey from idea to mass market product.
Take your vacation memories to the next level with loci, a 3D Printed sculpture of your flights.
With loci, users are able to highlight important flights to them, such as their
honeymoon or a memorable summer adventure, through a custom software.
The software also connects to Tripit or Foursquare data to help make the
tracking process a bit easier.
Each loci comes with a special card with a map featuring all the airports flown to in order to help the user visualize his or her travels. The card also displays a chosen title, total distance traveled, number of airports visited and the number of flights taken.
The product is currently a prototype made by Netherlands based interaction and sound designer Andrew Spitz, who also co-created a soon-to-be-released iPhone app called Flying. A large part of the app is the ability to track one's flights, so he hopes to eventually include loci directly in the app.
Whether you're fascinated by evolution theories or not, check out this amazing replication of Charles Darwin's first ever sketch of a tree of life by joabaldwin.
The detailed replication pays homage to Darwin's original sketch found in his private notebook, "Notebook B on the transmutation of species," 1837-1838.
The finches perched upon the end of each branch represent the
A, B, C and D marks on the original drawing. Each is slightly
different; the more apart the finches are from each other in the
evolutionary tree, the more distinct are the differences between
From a side view, the shape of the printed tree mirrors Darwin's sketch exactly.
This fantastic piece also comes in the form of a necklace.
As taken from Darwin's notebook itself, "I think ... Case must be that one
generation then should be as many living as now. To do this and to have
many species in same genus (as is) requires extinction. Thus between A
& B immense gap of relation. C & B the finest gradation, B &
D rather greater distinction. Thus genera would be formed.—bearing
We are looking for a someone to help us to find and introduce new 3D printing materials and processes to Shapeways.
The Materials group at Shapeways is responsible for pushing the boundaries of what people can create. A great material can open up new product categories, drive huge growth for the company, and expand people’s minds as to what’s possible with 3D Printing.
We have just raised the bar for Silver 3D printing at Shapeways with the introduction of Premium Silver.
Premium Silver is our 3D printed Sterling Silver taken to the next level with an incredibly smooth, glossy surface to give your designs a truly professional finish. We will be offering Premium Silver for a six week trial until Tuesday May the 14th, during which we will assess the pricing and design rules. If you love this new finish as much as we already do, we will keep it as a permanent material option on Shapeways.
As exciting as it is to work in the future here at Shapeways, who doesn't love reminiscing about the novelties of the past? Today, let's forget about the world of iPods and remember stereos and compact disks.
Piece together your music collection with lorenzo_polo's Blazzler. The 3D printed puzzle, shaped like a retro pocket stereo, perfectly blends the past with the future by providing an innovative holder for all those old CDs you still have lying around.
But don't feel restricted - the puzzle can be used in a variety of different ways. Anyone down for a game of musical Jenga?
Check out this cute stop motion video to get a better idea of the creative possibilities.
Today we are making it easier to have conversations on Shapeways. Now, when your username is @mentioned in a model comment, you will receive a notification. If you @mention someone's username they will also receive a notification. It's the best way to have a conversation with a designer or to recommend a product to someone else in the Shapeways community.
You can view your most recent mentions by clicking on the @ notifications icon next to your profile image in the top navigation bar.
Have you come across a product you wish could be customized for you? @mention the designer's username to start a conversation with them. They will receive a notification about your mention and soon you could have a product designed just for you.
As a Shop Owner, have some of your potential customers had questions? When a customer @mentions your username you will receive a notification and can start the conversation right away.
The notification the shop-owner receives is displayed above.
The conversation on the product page between the customer and the designer is displayed above.
Found the perfect product for a friend? Let them know by @mentioning their username in a comment. They'll receive a notification with your recommendation.
This is only the first step towards a more social experience on Shapeways and there are many more to come. Our goal is to empower our community with the ability to make anything possible - and we believe a big step towards making that happen is improving the ability to communicate with each other. You've told us you wanted it to be easier to have conversations on Shapeways and we listened. We're excited for you to start a conversation; go start one today and tell us about your experience with this new feature in the comments below!