We are all so grateful for the brilliant, creative and inspiring community we get to engage and interact with every day. Regardless of what your plans are today, or who's sitting at your 3D Printed table (this one by PrettySmallThings), we just wanted to take a moment to remind you how much we value having you as a Shapie. So, from all of us, Thanks .
The Shapeways crew took some time this week to capture our sentiments surrounding the Holiday Season. When asked "what are you most grateful for at Shapeways?" Here's what we had to say:
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."
For the second installment in our three-part DIY 3D Print gifting series, we are rewriting the 12 Days of Christmas song: "...Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, create your own gold-plated rings!"
Yes, Shapeways has an app for that: The Custom Ring Creator. Regardless of whether you’ve ever designed anything, you can make a unique ring in minutes.
Gentlemen, it is that time of year again when you can shamelessly show off that glorious facial hair above your upper lip, during the entire month of November. Not all of us can pull off the manly art of growing a mustache like Freddy Mercury, Hulk Hogan, or Burt Reynolds. If you’re an amateur, classy lady, or just a mustache enthusiast we at Shapeways have curated these 3D mustache inspired prints!
Have you ever dreamed about your products gracing the shelves of big department stores? Or doing a collection for a huge household brand?
Big name brands are very interesting in the 3D Printing spaces, and as it continues to penetrate the mainstream consumer market, big brands often reach out to incorporate our Shop Owners and designs into their product lines. Today we are excited to announce a partnership with featuring two Shapeways Shop Owners, Bathsheba Grossman, and Roger Pearce!
Roger Pearce was chosen for this opportunity because he entered and won our pendant contest a few months back. Neiman Marcus loved the design, and are offering it personalized through their website as an exclusive Shapeways on Neiman Marcus collection. If Roger hadn't been proactive in entering the contest, he may never have had this opportunity. hinthint We do at least one contest a week, so be sure and check the blog and the forum for the latest, the contests often give you secret insight into the Shapeways roadmap.
Bathsheba Grossman is "lifetime" Shapie and respected artist across the global design community. Always pushing the boundaries of what's possible with the technology, Bathsheba's refined sculptures and products are often already known by the big brands that approach us. She is a fantastic designer we love working with, and someone I feel lucky to know personally.
What Brands have you dreamed of working for?
Remember, new Shapeways customers save $15 on their order of $75 through midnight pacific time tonight with code "ghost" - Happy Halloween Shapies!
Sebastian Schild had a problem: His bird Jim was stressing out and everything Sebastian tried to do to help him just didn't do the trick. Then an .stl and some ingenuity came to the rescue. Here is Sebastian describing his process:
"The names of our birds are Jim and Knopf, after characters in a German TV show for children. Our male bird, Jim, needs the collar because he started to pick out all of his feathers. It started about 2-3 years ago and in the meantime he had picked out nearly all feathers from his front, his legs and under his wings. That must be a psychological problem (perhaps with his "wife") because the veterinarian did not find any other cause.
With Halloween just around the corner, we've got monsters on the brain. How appropriate that we stumbled upon Monstermatic, a cute mobile game that allows users to create and 3D print custom designed monsters. Players are given tools to invent, interact, share, and ultimately unleash their monsters into the world through 3D printing.
Clayton shared a bit about how Shapeways is helping to turn his idea into reality with the Shapeways API:
“When we started looking into color 3D printing, like everybody else, we typed “color 3D printing tutorial” in our Google search bar and looked for results. Shapeways was dominating the result page and quickly became our main source of information. Their guide section is extensive, organized and covers all the technical aspects of color 3D printing.
Once we got our head around the process we started looking into prices and quality. Again, Shapeways was way ahead of its competitors with a strong 15% to 30% below the market price while keeping the best quality available.
Lastly, we looked into how was easy it would to integrate the third party’s 3D printing process within our app, and hands down, Shapeways surprised us with a simple yet flexible API.
In Monstermatic, players are given tools to make monsters using 3D printing. To do so we had to find the most reliable 3D printing company and I am happy to say we did: Shapeways!”
Aww, thanks guys, inspiring stories from our community melt our hearts...
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 are not going to tell you just yet what the new 3D printing material is going to be, nor can we confirm or deny that there are clues in the latest short story by Bruce Sterling, From Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter. We can confirm that every letter in the name of the new material can be found in the short story, however the new material has NOT been tested by Bruce Sterling, yet.
You MAY be able to see, touch and smell the latest material next week at SIGGRAPH in L.A.
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.
Why clean when you can illuminate? New York based industrial designer Christian Stolarz has designed two elegantly simple components for 3D printing that transform an every day broom stick into a beautiful lamp.
I was unhappy with the lighting situation in my house, thank god I'm a designer and able to fix this situation!!!
Just as Sprout, designed by Egant converted a plastic milk jug into an easy to use watering can, the Broom Stick Floor Lamp combines a few items you may already have lying around your home to transform them to more than the sum of its parts.
The 3D printed parts fit standard broomsticks with a 23.8mm diameter (available at Home Depot). You'll need 3 broom
sticks, and you can cut them to the any length/configuration you like. The cable: the top part
holds cables with an approx. 6.3mm diameter, most standard cables should work.
If you are looking for a 3D printed lamp to go with your new stand you may just be able to find the perfect one on Shapeways.
Tired of fiddling around with meaningless apps on your iPhone whilst on the train, running your battery so low that you cannot instagram misspelled sign writing at your corner store? Forget the apps, now you can mindlessly fidget with the gears on the Infin8 Gear iPhone Case, to infinity, without draining your iPhone battery.
Check out the video of the phone (case) in action.
Mixing 3D printing, craftsmanship & honest design, Lance Atkins wants to bring useful, 3D printed goods into your home with the help of Shapeways and a Kickstarter project entitled Inherently Useful.
Over the past two years have seen an avalanche of Kickstarter projects launching 3D printers, 3D scanners along with the occasional project using 3D printing as a way to reward some of their backers but Inherently Useful may be the first to tie 3D printed products into every level of the project.
A range including a pen, vase, iPhone dock and lamps the range all uses Shapeways 3D printing to make fully functional objects for your daily use. The range has evolved out of products that Lance wanted for himself, and as is often the case on Shapeways, when you make something EXACTLY as you want it, often others have the same need and aesthetic so the product resonates with them in the very same way, it may even inspire them to make something for themselves.
"When I make something for myself, it's perfect, for me"
You can back Lance's Kickstarter project for as little as $1 but $29 will get you a 3D printed pen and over $350 will get you a couple of very cool 3D printed lamps, powered by Shapeways 3D printing:)
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is a mid-century modern design classic first released in 1956 by husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames but even after ovder 50 years of being in production, even the reproductions are prohibitively expensive, until now.
The Mini Eames Lounge Chair by kspence is a 1:20 scale miniature is about 2 inches tall and at just over $25 as a full color 3D Print is 1:67th the cost of a full scale reproduction. Do the math, it's a bargain and you can hold a piece of design history in the palm of your hand, maybe even make the perfect seat for Sad Keanu?
The Fuji X Mount Double Lens Cap by Scott Krebs solves a problem many photographers have, how to store and protect their lenses in a way that makes them easily interchangeable whilst in the wild. Having a double connector means that a photographer can easily swap between two lenses single handedly.
We have seen in the past on the Shapeways blog, that when photographers have a need that is not met by manufacturers and the users have access to tools of manufacturing through 3D printing they often create elegant solutions (sometimes simultaneously) to solve those problems. This 3D printed double lens cap mount by Scott Krebs, he was looking for a product that did not exist, so he created the product himself, now anyone who has that same problem can use his design, and Scott can in theory use the profit from his sales to create more products that solve his, and in turn other photographers needs.
I've been wanting a double lens cap for my Fuji but no one made it, so I just designed it and had it printed at Shapeways. I'm very happy with it... I was often changing these two lens and switching the caps with both of these small lenses in one hand. Scott Krebs.
Do you have a problem with a 3D printed solution that you can share too?