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?
Shapeways is featured in a Print Shift, a 2D printed on demand book by Dezeen that focuses on the ever changing 3D printing landscape. You can get yours copy now, printed on demand, and delivered to your door by Blurb (sound familiar).
Print Shift is a magazine that explores the fast-changing world of 3D printing and analyses the way it is changing the worlds of architecture and design. The 60-page, advert-free publication explores advances in 3D printing across a range of topics including fashion, food, design, architecture and even weaponry and archaeology. Written by the Dezeen editorial team, Print Shift is the result of extensive research into a field of technology that is developing at exhilarating speed. We have spoken to architects, designers, scientists and researchers around the world, travelled across Europe and visited some of the leading studios and factories at the cutting edge of a technological revolution.
In the video by Seymourpowell TV, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs discusses the role of inexpensive 3D printing and 3D scanning in product design.
New York-based fashion designers with a strong interest in all aspects of wearable technology are invited to apply.
The Fellowship supports research, collaboration, and the presentation of experimental and cutting edge technology such as 3D printing within fashion. We are currently looking to fund one 12-month project starting in October 2013. Computational Fashion is an Eyebeam initiative bringing together artists, scientists, technologists, and the fashion industry to explore new ideas at the intersection of fashion and technology. More information about the Fellowship is available here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 8, 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time
You know 3D printing rocks, I know 3D printing rocks, but do musicians know 3D printing rocks? Here are a few finds in the Shapeways shops that shows just how much 3D printing rocks on the musical dimensions.
Let's start with an easy way to always know where your guitar pick is, the Pick Pocket.
Mataerial by Petr Novikov, Saša Joki?, Joris Laarman Studio and IAAC is a 3D printing robot that instead of building an object layer by layer, draws forms from any surface out into thin air.
Working in the same manner as the "3D printing pen" except instead of your shaky hand trying to make a recognizable shape from an ooze of hot plastic cooled by a fan, this process uses two thermosetting polymers which set when combined by a precision robot actually 3D Printing in space. The team also state that CMYK colors can/could be combined in the same manner to create full color 3D printing using the same method. The same process could of course be used at a much smaller scale and theoretically multiple robots could 3D print different materials simultaneously onto any surface such as a conductive material and a non conductive material to create electrical pathways. This is definitely a technology to watch and hopefully their patent application is not so restrictive as to restrict its potential.
Mataerial is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Joki? from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that we call Anti-gravity Object Modeling has a patent-pending status.
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.
Instagram has become a really fun way for us to share behind the photographs behind the scenes at Shapeways. It gives us an easy way to give you a peek at the people and the factory of 3D printers that make your designs real, along with the events we attend and a little 3D printing inspiration. Instagram also gives us an opportunity to see your 3D prints in the wild if you tag them with #shapeways or mention us @shapeways but now there is another way to help us to find your 3D prints for real.
Instagram has just rolled out a 'Photos of You' feature that enables you to tag a person in much the same way you can on Facebook, this means you can tag your Shapeways 3D prints on your photographs as another way for us to see the printed parts, especially if it is part of a complex product. We will in turn try and tag you and your products whenever we share them on our Shapeways Instagram, if you see one of your designs on our photos, be sure to let us know with a comment and we will tag you too.