Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is the first in-depth museum survey dedicated to exploring the impact of computer-assisted methods of production on contemporary art, architecture, and design. Shapeways is partnering with MAD for the exhibition and will host 'OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON,' an educational and interactive space on the Museum's second floor where visitors will be able to experience 3D design and printing firsthand.
Opening in conjunction with the exhibition curated by Ron Labaco on October 16th and running through April 2014, the 'OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON' space will include a series of interactive 3D apps for visitors to create their own 3D models, on site 3D scanning, and 3D printing in a range of materials. Shapeways' 'Designers in Residence' working in the gallery will also be available to demonstrate 3D modeling techniques and tools used to create objects like those in the exhibition.
We know that many of our Shapies are also Kickstarter fans, so when we see Shapeways products on Kickstarter, we're always happy to give a shout out for a worthy cause. Today's worthy cause comes from that land of the Great White North, where fall is practically winter, where people end every sentence with "Eh", Canada!
Calling all Makers: Check out the Moti Smart Motors Kickstarter campaign! (If you look closely, you'll see Shapeways parts in all of the designs and prototypes!) Of course building robots is no easy task, and there's lots of coding involved to get your robot fully functional, but the Moti Team has simplified this process by making it simple to snap motors together and then control your whole creation from an app! It's really as easy as attaching a smart motor to any existing object to bring it to life. Imagine the 3D Printing possibilities!
The Canucks are trying to raise 165,000 Canadian Dollars to bring their project to life, and with only 19 days left, they're only 6% of the way there. So if this project interests you, lend them some helping hand$.
The results from the 2013 3D printing survey are in and thanks to you, Shapeways is still the most popular 3D Printing service. We're honored!
In the second year of the 3D Printing survey, conducted by Jarkko Moilanen & Tere Vadén of the P2P Foundation, we were once again voted as the most popular 3D printing service. We're so humbled by the support of the community, and always appreciate your feedback, which helps us improve on a daily basis.
For those interested in learning about the broader industry, the survey also looks at the demographics and uses of 3D printing, along with the type of desktop 3D printers. This year, RepRap usage seems to be skyrocketing.
When we first launched the Educational 3D Printing Discount back in April for students and educators to get a 10% discount on all of their orders we were not able to verify institutions that did not have a .edu email address. Now we have developed a solution to allow international institutions thanks to those who registered their school in our submission form.
Register for the 10% discount on all 3D printing by visiting the Shapeways Education page and activating your email. The 10% discount will automatically be applied at checkout unless you have another discount code you wish to enter. You can still use Shapeways credit and your student discount at the same time.
If your school is not yet registered, please fill out the submission form and we will work to register your school's domain as soon as possible.
Want to get more involved in spreading the 3D printed love? Now you can also join the Shapeways Campus Crew! You'll get exclusive access to Shapeways staff, designers, and samples, plus the inside scoop on new materials and discounts. Getting started is as easy as running a meetup on campus.
Fill out this form to tell us a little about yourself, and we'll be in touch with the next steps.
We have an amazing opportunity for artists, designers and coders using Shapeways 3D printing in NYC. In the coming months we reveal a major project we are working on that will give you an opportunity to work in an incredibly inspiring environment where you will have access to the latest software and 3D printers, expose your work to the public including the option to sell your designs on site or through Shapeways online sales.
As we get closer to the launch we will reveal more details in full but for now we just wanted to gauge your interest and start to collect the names of people who are interested in being involved. So if you or any of your friends, colleagues, family, fellow students, teachers, anyone is interested, please let us know in the comments and we will begin to reach out. There are many openings and the project will run from October 2013 through to July 2014 so we may be able to work to fit your schedule.
The Annual 3D Printing Survey conducted by Jarkko Moilanen as part of the initiative for open source research on peer production (supported by the Peer to Peer Foundation) is now open. Answer the 23 simple questions to help everyone gain a better understanding of how and why you are using 3D printing, whether with an online solution such as Shapeways or with a desktop 3D printer at your home, hacker space or school.
Most of the architectural models we 3D print at Shapeways never make it into the Shapeways shops as they are private 3D prints for architects and their clients. Not only do we print scale model buildings but often other items such as furniture, cars, people and animals that bring life and a sense of scale to the maquettes.
Here are a few architecture maquettes, models and miniatures that are available to purchase in the Shapeways shops. If you have a architectural 3D print, whether it be your student work, a historic building or client work that you can share, be sure to make it available in your Shapeways shop, it may be just the thing someone is looking for to add to their own 3D printed landscape.
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.
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.
Our mission at Shapeways
has always been to enable anyone to make anything they want. First, we
built a system to allow Makers to design and purchase models for
themselves. Then we created Shapeways Shops to enable anyone to launch a
business and sell their products worldwide. Now, we want to make it
easier for Makers to gain access to the newest 3D printing materials on the market and test them with us. Think about it like one big, global 3D Printing R&D team.
excited to announce the launch of our first 'Maker Only' material: a
flexible, rubbery plastic called Elasto Plastic! The finish, color, and
properties are not yet ready for sale to a wider audience, but it's a perfect
material for any Maker out there who can work with a textured surface and
maybe a little extra powder arriving with their model.
The new, improved Elasto
Plastic is a great option for Makers as it is an incredibly durable
material with a lot of really interesting properties such as high impact
resistance, flexibility and compression (depending on the geometry), along with a high level of static friction because of the surface
texture. Though not strictly water-tight, it can hold liquids, but it does
not like high temperatures or fire. It is a valuable addition to our 3D Printing material options here on Shapeways that we are sure you will
find incredibly useful and fun.
Fridays at 5 is our regular Google hangout where you get to ask Shapeways Engineers your questions about 3D Printing with Shapeways. Last week we talked about the upcoming launch of our new elasto material, how we 3D print our high detail acrylic and we set fire to a couple of Nylon and Full Color 3D prints to prove they are not suitable to put into a kiln.
Join us again this Friday to ask your questions or enter them in the comments of the blog so we can be sure to address them first. We are beginning to record these sessions so that we have an archive of answers to your 3D printing questions, thanks to Todd Blatt for the screen capture and 'interesting' questions.
Do you have questions about Shapeways 3D printing materials and processes? Want to know how to optimize your design to ensure it gets 3D printed first time? Do you need advice on what software might be best to best make your ideas for real. Join us for a Google Hangout with Shapeways 3D printing engineers this Friday at 5pm NYC time and we will answer as many of your 3D printing questions as possible.
If you have a specific question ready to go, please ask in the comment section of the blog and we will try to address those questions first.