Category Archives: Inspiration

4 Gadget Gift Making Trends For Holiday 2016!!

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’re excited to be positioning Shapeways as the go-to for unique, customizable gifts– and our designers are crucial to growing that marketplace. We’ve identified some of the hottest tech hobbyist trends of this year to inspire our makers to stretch their imaginations and consider creating accessories for each, making them on-demand stocking stuffers.

Raspberry Pi: With this little computer giving you a lot of power to program and create, what better companion for it than 3D printed accessories? We’d suggest our designers tap into Shapeways customizable product feature to create Raspberry Pi cases or stands– because while it’s what’s on the inside that matters, it doesn’t hurt to have a neat exterior for your favorite gadget.Apple III Raspberry Pi Case 3d printed

Raspberry Pi Apple III case by RetroConnector

iPhone 7: With Apple’s latest release being on (most) people’s wishlists and being significantly different than previous models, it’s a great opportunity to tap into creative cases and accessories.The Vibe iPhone Case - 40033196:7.67 3d printed

The Vibe iPhone Case by Cacai

GoPro Hero 5 (Black and Session): GoPro’s latest cameras come in two sizes, meaning double the accessory options! Because both work on voice-command, there should be some fun potential for newly designed cases and accessories. We also hear that while the Hero 4 Black is waterproof, it won’t float so some aquatic accessories could be useful.Boonie Hat Mount for GoPro Cameras (Slim Case) 3d printed

Boonie Hat Mount for GoPro Cameras by BrainExploder Creations

Apple Watch Series 2: The new Apple Watch model is about the same size and shape as its predecessor but slightly thicker. We’ve been seeing some great watch docks and charging stations, and there’s limitless room for variations.Apple Watch Metal Bumper 42mm 3d printed

 

Apple Watch Metal Bumper by Amznfx

Remember, one of the most important parts of leveraging the products you create is showing vs. telling shoppers what your product does. Quality photos tell a thousand (or more) words and super nifty videos are even better.

Shop More Gadget and Tech Trends Here!

Recapping Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire

Last weekend Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) event we know, descended to Eindhoven for the third time. Over 100 makers showed off their work, ranging from robots that can play football to wooden guns for rubber bands. From 3D printed selfies to jewelry handmade from electric components and organizations working on building their own maker communities.

In the Facebook video broadcast below I take you on a quick flight through the event.

Our booth was hidden in mystery. While walking by you couldn’t see much, but behind a black curtain our 3D Scanning Engineers Brigitte and Astrid scanned many visitors. One by one people could enter and for the first time see themselves from a whole different angle on the computer.

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Also a true celebrity in the fasiontech industry gave her presence at the Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire: Anouk Wipprecht. You might recognize her from cool projects such as the Spider Dress, the Audi Dresses and the Unicorn Horn. The Unicorn Horns have been 3D Printed at our Eindhoven located factory, and were on exhibit last week at ARS in Linz, Austria.

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Anouk Wipprecht is being 3D scanned by Astrid.

Despite the warm weather we had a great time 3D scanning visitors and hosting the afterparty for the makers. In special I want to thank René Paré, Maud Bongers and Anne-Marijn Burgers for organizing such a fantastic event! Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire – see you next year!

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World Archery aiming for the Olympics with 3D Printing

The Olympic Games landed in Rio de Janeiro, turning Brazil into the first South American country to host the oldest sports event of all time. While welcoming many different athletes from all over the world to compete in a wide range of different sports, the Archery competition is where our gaze is specifically aiming on.

Since 1998, the World Archery is making limited edition pens out of broken arrows to give away to the VIP attendants of their competitions (learn how to make your own arrow pen here). But we can definitely agree that a special pen can’t just fly around on your desk – it has to be stored in a memorable way too.

During the 2012 Games in London, the World Archery used Cricket Balls to store the arrow-shaped pen in. While that was awesome, cricket balls have no symbolic meaning in Rio de Janeiro. This years’ Archery Olympics competition took place at the impressive Sambódromo, which you might recognize as the ending point of the yearly Rio Carnival, and definitely is one of the first places that comes to mind when thinking about Rio de Janeiro.

The Arrow Pen would not be complete without a symbol to remind the games in Rio, and what other material than our 3D printed Porcelain could represent the concrete arch better? The result is stunning, yet elegant.

The Sambódromo is a huge purpose-built area for the yearly Rio Carnival, but during the 2016 Olympics used for the Archery and Athletics Marathon events for the Olympics and for Archery in the 2016 Paralympics. Photo is courtesy of World Archery.

The Sambódromo is a huge purpose-built area for the yearly Rio Carnival, but used for the Archery and Athletics Marathon events for the 2016 Olympics and for Archery event in the 2016 Paralympics. Photo is courtesy of World Archery. Please note the Sambódromo Pen Holder is a gift from World Archery to a selected group of attendees and not part of Rio 2016.

By collaborating intensively with the World Archery and their 3D designer, we went through a few iterations to get a printable design and archieve the best details possible. Since we knew we had a very short time to print all the penholder statues, we worked intensively in speeding up our Porcelain printing process. This resulted in a lead time reduction of 50%! Read more about that and some tips for designing 3D Printed Porcelain in our previous blog.

Laika Studios and 3D Printing

As part of the Autodesk Vision series at SIGGRAPH 2016, Michael Laubach gave a presentation on how animation studio Laika used 3D printing to create the stunningly detailed facial animations for the upcoming feature film Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Using machines such as the Z650 (Full Color Sandstone) and the new Connex Color Printer from Stratasys, Laubach explained how his team combines art and engineering. Focusing on each of the characters faces, the team creates and animates a huge range (over a million combinations!) of facial emotions by separating the features of the face into parts and making the frames into separate, interchangeable pieces. The parts are then printed and then handed over to the stop motion team to put on the character and move in the frame.

It’s incredible to see how 3D printing is being used by the film industry to revive styles like stop-motion animation. Have you ever used 3D printing for a film? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Hacking Your Home With 3D Printing

Why should your house look the same as the one next door? Home is where the heart is, right? And creativity comes from the heart. So a home that breathes your creativity is what makes it your home.

With 3D Printing, it becomes easier than ever to hack existing items you have in your house to create a dynamic space, a place that changes, grows and is really you. Last week we got an email from Evan Gant, who has his own shop on Shapeways called Olivebird and created a range of products that show how easy it becomes to manipulate your own environment.

Take these brilliant small components called “Links” that you can attach to your wall and create a whole new dimension for using building blocks. While it provides a fun way for your kid to decorate the wall their bedrooms (obviously preferred above using crayons on the wall), you can also create fun looking and yet functional storage spaces with these Links.

What never fails to liven up your home is.. Life! With this clever Bell Vase hack you can reuse the jars from your favorite food by simply adding a 3D printed lid to transform them into vases. Designer izign believes in sustainable design, so I’m curious to see what other life extending hacks he comes up with.

With summer drawing near, I can imagine you’re ready to start using your ceiling fan any time soon. But don’t you just hate the moment pulling on the wrong cord and having the light go on in stead? Noé and Pedro Ruiz (design duo Pixil 3D) decided they needed a simple solution, which resulted in the Typography Fan Pull Handles.

Last example I want to give really turned the world of Home Deco upside down. This Radiolaria Vertebralia Planter is a cool design by Joaquin Baldwin that shows plants from a whole new dimension in your home.

Need even more cool ideas to hack your house with 3D Printing? Browse this list of products and get inspired!

3D Shaver – Personalize Your Shaver With 3D Printing

3D printing technology and online customization tools are opening up new possibilities in manufacturing a personalized product. And what could be more personal than shaving?

That was Philips’ thinking when it opened up its classic men’s shaver for personalization. The 3D Shaver, developed in partnership with Shapeways and Twikit and custom designed by you, is currently being offered by Philips in a limited edition trial.

3D Shaver Tool

Shavers can be configured with different handle designs and colors at 3dshaver.com. Once ordered, the custom parts are 3D printed and dyed at Shapeways’ factory in Eindhoven and shipped to Philips in the Netherlands for final manufacturing and assembly. The shaver is then packed in a custom box and shipped to you within 2-3 weeks of placing an order.

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The 3D Shaver is exclusively available in The Netherlands. There are only 125 3D Shavers available and only two shavers can be ordered per day. A large number already have been sold, so you’ll have to move fast to get one.

We’re excited to partner with Philips on this and they have long shared Shapeways vision for the future of 3D printing; we were founded in 2007 in Eindhoven as part of Philips’ lifestyle incubator and look forward to working with them on more personalized products in the future.

Prioritize your Personal Self-Expression with 3D Printing

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‘Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.’ – Gianni Versace

Inherently, fashion is a form of self expression that has the ability to show the world who you are without having to say a word. In today’s world, we style ourselves (and our homes) with the clothing, jewelry and goods that are made readily available to us by different brands, be it large or small. Thus far, that’s worked just fine — but what about a world where you are your own brand? Where you decide what gets made, based on your own preference. Is it possible? Is it even realistic?

Overwhelmingly, yes. I envision a future where your personal and aesthetic expression are prioritized over that which is made in mass — and without a doubt believe that 3D printing is the avenue that will help us achieve this future. Why is your self expression important? Below are a few reasons.

It’s sustainable. In traditional retail, a brand will come up with designs that they believe will have consumer appeal, and then manufacture a certain number of those designs based on projections. All too often, those brands will over-manufacture a piece, only to have hundreds (or thousands) wind up sitting a warehouse — which is an effective waste of material, space and labor.

The beauty of creating your own products with 3D printing, is that the only market validation you’ll ever need is your own. Since products are produced as you order them, you have ease of mind that you’re getting exactly what you want, from an environmentally friendly source that you can trust.

It’s infinite freedom. With customization made more accessible, you no longer have to settle for the almost perfect item. Not everyone may want to design their own everything – sometimes, it’s about making custom modifications to the things that are almost what you’re looking for. Perhaps it’s a piece of wall art that would be so great for your room if only it were just a little bit smaller, or in a different color than is available.

The made-to-order nature of 3D printing means there’s infinite possibility to customize products in a way that is true to exactly what you want. Today, we already have powerful tools such as CustomMaker and ShapeJS that make it easy for anyone to make modifications to products they love.

It’s tools like these that begin to pave the way to the wave of the future, where we’ll see more software and hardware applications expanding to a point where you can customize literally any item you could possibly want.

It’s uniquely you. The most important piece of this is you. Today, you can take your passion and wear it close to your heart, literally. Whether you have a love for science, or a love for ravens – it’s all made possible with 3D printing.

We are lucky enough to be living in a world where we are finally liberated from the mass-produced constraints of our predecessors, and it has only just begun. The future will only give way for more opportunities for you to be you.

Children Pushing The Limits of 3D Printed Porcelain: The 10 Winners of the Chil-Dish Project

Design the perfect dish for your favorite dish. That was the challenge posed by Kristos Mavrostomos and Anna van der Leij of the Chil-Dish project to children visiting Helsinki Design Week in Finland last September. (You may remember us writing about it here.)

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As you can imagine, children loved this and by the end of the week there were over 300 drawings to choose from! Anna and Kristos had no easy task picking the ten winners as the ideas were all fun and imaginative but the winning designs not only needed to be creative, they had to translate into a 3D model that was suitable for us to print for them in porcelain.

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We can’t share the magic of our printing in porcelain as it’s still a secret, but we can share the winning designs—complete with the child’s favorite dish. Because, after all, that was the challenge and what’s a porcelain dish without food?

That’s where Restaurant OLO comes in. Located in Helsinki, they received 26th place in the White Guide (the Nordic equivalent of the Michelin Guide) last year, making them the best restaurant in Finland for 2015. So good food was guaranteed!

The chefs from Restaurant OLO took the Chil-Dish winners to different shops and markets to buy the ingredients for their dish and helped them prepare it.  As you can see from the photos and video, this was a one-of-a-kind experience that took children through the process of bringing their ideas to life.

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Our 3D Printed Porcelain is food safe, so this was an amazing opportunity to blend creativity, children and high quality food! Again a big shout out to Kristos Mavrostomos and Anna van der Leij for starting this project, and to all the chefs from Restaurant OLO for working together with these amazing children! Looking forward to the next edition.

A 3D printed generator

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Yep, you read that right. Someone 3D printed a generator. Even more amazing? They did it right in their own home using 2 desktop 3D printers.

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When we came across this story we couldn’t wait to share it with our community. The generator is made up of 60 parts which took a total of 250 hours to print! Be sure to check out the whole story to see exactly how the designer, Even Erichsen, made this generator come to life. From designing in 3D Studio Max to the actual assembly of the finished generator, Even describes his process and what he’s learned.

This project is an amazing example of how 3D printing is used to build things that can solve problems. While everyone might not find a reason to 3D print a generator, most people have issues they run into every single day that could be solved with this technology. Whether it’s a special stand that fits your phone, tablet, etc. or a gadget that keeps your headphones from tangling, a 3D printed product could be the answer you’re looking for!

 

Enter to win a $4,500 prize package from Shapeways, Decorilla, Thirstie and more!

Note: This is for US residents only. Apologies to our friends in the rest of the world!

When we go to events, some of the products that tend to really blow people away are the lamp shades and vases. No matter where we are, it’s a sure bet that seeing 3D printed home decor is going to stop people in their tracks.

Interior decorating can be a very personal thing, and the ability to 3D print custom pieces for your home ensures that you are able to show off a style that is all your own. That’s why we’re so excited to be teaming up with our friends at Decorilla to give someone a chance to win an amazing $4,500 prize package perfect for anyone who loves decorating (and food & wine!).

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It’s super easy to enter and the prizes are definitely worth it:

  • $500 in Shapeways credit
  • $500 restaurant delivery gift certificate from Doordash
  • $500 wine & alcohol gift certificate from Thirstie
  • $1,000 gold level design package from Decorilla
  • $1,000 gift certificate from BoConcept
  • $1,000 gift certificate from Apt2B

 

Interested? You have until November 10th to enter here. Good luck!

 

Dutch Design Week 2015

Dutch Design Week, hosted in our hometown of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, is a nine-day celebration of design innovation. From October 17 – 25, the city is abuzz with exhibitions, workshops, and parties, all to highlight the importance of design in our lives.

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At Shapeways, we love to celebrate amazing products and the creative designers behind them.  So this year for Dutch Design Week, we’re joining in the fun by opening the doors to our Shapeways factory for tours and workshops and hosting a special party for our Community. Running throughout the week, our tours will show you how we bring products to life with our state of the art 3D printing process. Our workshops will help you get started with 3D printing, and are specially designed for beginners and kids.

See the schedule below to sign up  and stay tuned for more news coming from Dutch Design Week!

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Factory Tour dates:

Saturday, October 17 (13:30 – 15:30)
Sunday, October 18 (13:30 – 15:30)
Monday, October 19 (14:30 – 16:30)
Wednesday, October 21 (14:30 – 16:30)
Friday, October 23 (14:30 – 16:30)
Saturday, October 24 (13:30 – 15:30)
Sunday, October 25 (13:30 – 15:30)

Weekend Workshops:
Note: be sure to bring a laptop in order to participate. The Kids workshop is for children of 10 years and older.
ABC of 3D Printing – Saturday, October 17 (10:30 – 12:30)
ABC of 3D Printing – Sunday, October 18 (10:30 – 12:30)
Kids & 3D Printing – Saturday, October 24 (10:30 – 12:30)
Kids & 3D Printing – Sunday, October 25 (10:30 – 12:30)

Shapeways Community Party:
Friday, October 23 - TBD

Better With Shapeways video series kicks off with Will Haude of 3DBrooklyn

Here at Shapeways, we are inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm of our community and are passionate about enabling you to make anything you can imagine. This week, we’re launching a series of videos to celebrate our community and inspire others to bring their ideas to life with Shapeways.

Today, our spotlight is on Will Haude, creator of  3DBrooklyn. He says “3D printing empowers me to create whatever object I can think of, because that’s exactly what it does. Shapeways lets me print in a range of high quality materials that I cannot print with my printers. It’s great to have a manufacturer and marketplace on one site.” Watch his video below to see how he brought to life a 3D printed bike blinker with Shapeways and littleBits.

Want to win $100? Each day this week, we’ll be launching a new video featuring a designer and their 3D printed product. Share the video of the day on Facebook and tag it with #BetterwithShapeways, and you will be entered to win $100 in Shapeways credit! See below for details and make sure to come back, see all five videos, and enter the sweepstakes each day.


#BetterwithShapeways Sweepstakes Rules

1.     Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways.  It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest.  Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.  Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means.  By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

2.     Prize. The winning entrant will receive $100 in Shapeways credit to make a purchase on Shapeways.com.

3.     Contest period. This contest is open on Monday, September 28 from 10:00am EDT to 11:59pm EDT.

4.     How to Enter.  Share the video or a link to the video on Facebook and tag it with #BetterwithShapeways.  You may also enter by sending a postcard with your name, phone number, and email address to:

Shapeways
Attn: Contest Department
419 Park Ave. South
Suite 900
New York, NY 10016
Postcards must be received by the end of the contest period in order to enter.

5.     Winner Selection.  Shapeways will select the winner from the pool of applicants on Tuesday, September 29.  There will be only one winner.  Shapeways will be prepared to award the prize to a runner-up in the event the winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time.  Shapeways will determine the winner by randomly drawing an applicant from the entire pool of applicants.

6.     Winner notification. The winner will be notified via email.  Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility.  If Shapeways cannot contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable amount of time, a runner-up will receive the prize.  If a runner-up cannot be contacted, Shapeways will select a third place finisher to receive the prize.

7.     Taxes.  The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.

8.     Liability and Jurisdiction.   All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA.  Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final.  By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.  Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering.  Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to community@shapeways.com.

3D Printed VR Headset Will Mesmerize Your Eyes

The emergence of technology such as virtual reality, drones, and gadgets have always prompted a new market opportunity for designers to design custom 3D printed accessories and modifications for them. We’re always on the lookout for the coolest and eye catching 3D prints and this impressive designed 3D printed VR headset by designer Masaharu Ono caught our attention.

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Masaharu was inspired to create this awesome headset through his love of nature. He modeled this headset in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. The VR headset is 3D printed in nylon plastic and is available for sale on Mashaharu’s shop for $10,000.

Below are some iterative sketches behind his 3D printed VR Headset.

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This cool VR headset is one of the more ambitious 3D designs we’ve seen from our community recently. We’re big believers in pushing the limits of product design and testing the potential of making creations that were once thought of as impossible before the existence of 3D printing capabilities.

What is the most ambitious design you’ve worked on? Let us know in a comment below or tweet us on Twitter @Shapeways.

 

Developing 3D Printed Assistive Tools For The Elderly

As we age and get older, especially for the elderly, ordinary actions become extraordinarily difficult such as writing, typing, or opening bottle caps. Japanese Designer Tatsuo Ishibashi was aware of these issues and has created 3D printed products aimed for assisting the elderly and people with a loss in muscular functioning.

Tatsuo’s Shapeways shop mizulabo specializes in “assistive technology”, simple and functional designs that lead to lightweight, low cost, and easy handling of functional activities. He models his designs in 123 Design by Autodesk and prints them through Shapeways. Below are some examples of his tools.

The writing assist tool is a tool for helping people write with a ballpoint pen.

Higaki” is the tool to remove caps and tabs from a plastic bottle and a can easily.

The Finger Input device is a for device for making tapping PC keyboard, remote controller, etc easier.

Tatsuo’s designs show that 3D printing can be used to make very attractive tools for assisting people and functional tools can be aesthetically pleasing and useful. What are some attractive 3D printed tools you’ve designed or come across? Let us know in a comment below.

What’s going on in 3D printing: June 2015

Posted by in Inspiration, What's Hot
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We love reading stories about how 3D printing is impacting people around the world. Today we want to share with you a few of our favorites from the past month. From how 3D printing is changing an industry to (literally) building bridges, this is what caught our attention recently.

7 Ways 3D Printing is Already Disrupting Global Manufacturing - Forbes

In this article, Rick Smith dives into how 3D printing is changing the way we think about manufacturing. We’ve talked about how we want to redefine the way products are made and usher in a world where anybody can get the products they want, and changing manufacturing is a huge part of that. As Rick says, ”…now, industrial 3D printing has reached its tipping point, and is about to go mainstream in a way that will revolutionize the economy.”

The Blade is a 3D Printed Supercar - Engadget

Car lovers, this one is for you! Andrew Tarantola wrote about “Blade,” the first ever additively manufactured car. Developed by Divergent Microfactories in San Francisco, this car weighs about 1,400 pounds and runs on both gas and CNG (compressed natural gas).

Scientists Built a 3D Printer That Can Print Objects Smaller Than Red Blood Cells. - Digital Trends

And we think Miniatures are small! In this piece, Lulu Chang writes about a new 3D printer that can print microscopic objects. According to the material science and engineering professor leading the project, Park Jang-ung, they “believe the technology has set a new paradigm for research using 3D printing and wearable devices.”

Gravity-defying 3D Printer to Print Bridge Over Water in Amsterdam - CNET

As if 3D printed homes weren’t cool enough, Amsterdam will now boast a 3D printed bridge. Michelle Star  details this cool new robot that can “draw” in the air and will print the bridge in steel. The coolest part? The robot will print its own supports as it goes so that it can operate independently.

World’s First 3D Printed Office to Go Up Layer by Layer in Dubai - Gizmag

Okay – this is story technically came out in July but it’s too fun to wait another month to talk about! Darren Quick writes about Dubai’s plans to build a 3D printing building. It will be printed in layers that will then be assembled. The building will serve as the office for staff members of the “Museum of the Future” (so fitting, right?) and is the museum’s first major initiative.

Have you ready anything really interesting recently? Share it with us in the comments below!