Reddit is a powerful platform to utilize for promoting your shop or showcasing your 3D printed products. If you're a avid Redditor or lurker then you're in good company. Many Shapies spend time on Reddit and in some cases the products that they design are inspired by Reddit, for example Spaho Designs and Ryan Kittleson's Sculpture. Reddit is definitely a powerful platform to utilize for promoting your shop or showcasing your 3D printed products.
Reddit can be a great source of referral traffic for your shop and can lead to increased exposure and sales. The "homepage of the internet" can be a tricky landscape to navigate, so here are some tips to get started.
Tip 1: When submitting your work to Reddit make sure to choose a subreddit that best fits your niche. For example if you love doing Minecraft sculptures submit to the r/Minecraft subreddit.
Tip 2: Follow and be respectful of the subreddits posting rules. Read carefully and be considerate before posting.
Tip 3: Posting at the right time is important. Keep in mind if your content is relevant and when people will be online in your timezone for the audiences that you're trying to reach. Most importantly make sure your post is not spammy.
Tip 4: Engage with your post, especially in the comments section of the thread. Answer questions that commenters might have.
Tip 5: Use a clear or catchy title for your post. Make sure your post links to a trusted site or url link.
Here is a specific example of shop owners who have used Reddit well for promoting their shop.
Shop owners somersault18:24 used Reddit to showcase their beautiful and attractive Neuron Pendant to a greater audience on Reddit. As a result they saw over 5k visits and a huge lift in traffic to their Shapeways shop.
Imgur is another great resource for linking images to your Reddit post and to your Shapeways products. Take a look at this album by Shapie Jeff Wong for example here. Jeff does a great job of using Imgur to tell the greater story of the process it took from him to 3D model his design, 3D print his model using Shapeways, all the way to the final product.
For more additional tips and tricks on leveraging your shop and products through social media platforms like Reddit feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @NinjaRAWLegend.
You can now download and 3D print your very own (non functional) Honda concept car to 3D print and hold in your hands (depending upon scale at which you 3D print).
Whether it is the FSR Concept from 1994 or the Kiwami from 2003 you can own a very small piece of automotive history for the price of a 3D print.
There are 5 models available to download from Honda-3D and while this is not exactly a game changer for the automotive industry, it is indicative that 3D printing is front and center in their imagination (super ultra daydreams), if not their practice, yet.
There are two opportunities to get your work displayed with Shapeways and Adobe at the show: one, create the ultimate 3D printed art to be shown at the Art Gallery at the 3D Printshow. If you’re newer to 3D modeling, we also have a simple 3D Coloring Contest for anyone to color ShapeMan by our friend Steve Talkowski of SketchBot fame.
It's easy to enter, whether you know how to 3D model or you just want to give it a shot.
Ultimate Design Award: Know how to 3D model? Upload your design to Shapeways with the tag #3DPS. We’re looking for an incredible design that leverages the best of 3D printing. Here’s your chance to create the iconic 3D Print of 2014, something that can’t be made any other way.
3D Coloring Award: New to 3D modeling? One of the coolest features of Photoshop CC is the ability to import an existing STL file and "color it in" using the features. Steve from SketchBot has designed this awesome ShapeMan for you to download and color in under a Creative Commons license.
Head to Steve’s shop and download one of the five ShapeMan designs to show off your skills. Upload the file to Photoshop, color it in, then upload to Shapeways and enter the contest with the tag #3DPS.
*For each contest, one winner will be selected and win a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud from Adobe AND a 3D print of their design. Your entry will also be 3D printed and displayed at the 3D Printshow in NYC for the world to see. The Ultimate Design winner will be displayed at the very prestigious Art Gallery of the Printshow.
Deadline for both contests is 11:59pm EST on February 2, 2014. Show us what you’ve got.
Hard to believe we’re about halfway through January! So, how are those are #3DP2014 Resolutions coming along? If you still haven’t tried to design anything, it’s okay, we forgive you. But now’s a great time to step up your 3D print game. And with TinkerCAD, it couldn’t be easier.
• It runs right through your browser—no need to download anything. • It’s video game-esque...you embark on a series of quests to design cool stuff. • You’ll learn about the software as you use it. • It’s FREE! (Unless you upgrade to the paid option.) • You get confetti when you complete a design.
What happens when NYC product engineers and design enthusiasts combine their passions for 3D printing and Citi Biking? You get 24 Share-it Gold, a 3D printed Citi Bike key necklace created by the inventive folks at Tomorrow Lab and printed by yours truly.
Last Friday night on the ABC hit show Shark Tank CJ Isakow, a fellow Shapie pitched the sharks on his idea called Eyebloc. CJ pitched to investors Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O'Leary. Eyebloc is a custom webcam cover for your laptop or tablet webcam. The advantage of Eyebloc is to protect your webcam from hackers when it's not in use. First prototypes of the Eyebloc was created using Shapeways 3D printing services.
For those who weren't able to tune in you can watch it here.
How did you come up with your idea?
A few years ago my brother mentioned to me he was worried people could see him through his built in camera, and then I heard about high school students being spied on by their teachers through their laptop! So I invented the idea for Eyebloc, but my friends just made fun of me. Duct tape is the major competitor. Then the Snowden revelations broke early this year that the government might be spying on us, and I decided to take action. I set up a landing page saying "you're being watched" and ran ads on conservative blogs. I got hundreds of clicks the first day! So I went on Elance and found these great designers from Cambridge Mass, Kat and Andrew from Plus Fabrication. http://www.plusfabrication.com/ They came up with the awesome shield shape and design.
How did you find Shapeways?
Andrew and Kat recommended Shapeways.
What role did we play in your product development cycle?
We had a few different models made before deciding on the final product. Then actually sold 3D printed versions of the product through Amazon. I went from idea to real sales in less than 30 days!
How many prototypes before you were ready for market?
The guy renovating my bathroom told me I should apply to shark tank, he is a big viewer. I applied with a video I did in 3 takes in my basement. They loved the idea and it was really timely.I applied less than a month after launching.
What was the process like and when were you accepted?
Because my topic was so timely and my product a unique solution, the process went really quickly. A producer saw my video and within a week he had shown it to ABC execs and they invited me to tape.I taped in September. Once they tape you, you are not guaranteed to be shown, so I only found out in December that I will air on Jan 10th at 9 PM EST on ABC.
What is the future look like for you?
This has been a wild ride, what started out as a side project may blossom into a real business. This was all possible because I was able to use 3D printing to get a product to market and test the market without needing to spend $1000's of dollars on an injection mold. Shapeways got me my product for under $10!
Now I have my second product on Shapeways, a cover for the Xbox 360 Kinect. I'm starting to test the market for that product, there are over 20 million Kinects in the market, they are a gateway into peoples living rooms!
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.