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Modern Miniature Inspiration: Carol Mitcheson of Mitchy Moo Miniatures

This week we are pleased to feature Carol Mitcheson, of the blog Mitchy Moo Miniatures, and some of her inspired displays that use 3D printed miniature furniture and accessories. Carol is one of the judges for our Mini House Contest, where you have until April 10 to share photos your mini house or display with 3D printed details for a chance to win Shapeways printing credit and a feature on our blog.

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Introduce yourself and tell us how did you get interested in mini houses and what inspired you to launch your blog?

My name is Carol Mitcheson, but my friends call me Pepper and my interest in miniatures started after a rather tongue-in-cheek comment about my husband’s action figure collection. A friend suggested I make a pub for them so they would have somewhere to hang out. I hated dusting them every week so I thought “why not.” It wasn’t until I started furnishing the pub that I realized modern miniatures where hard to come by and I ended up making many of them from scratch. I started the blog to record my progress and share anything I’d learnt with other miniaturists.

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What inspires you to create your houses and rooms?

I probably do this the wrong way around but I collect miniatures, find I have nowhere to display them and then design a home for them. I get inspiration from everywhere – other miniaturists, interior design magazines and real-life buildings.

How did you discover Shapeways and 3D printed miniature accessories and furniture?

Another blogger, Megan from ModernMiniHouses, opened a shop on Shapeways and did a post about it. I was just fascinated by the technology. I realized then, that at last, there was a way to create complicated, scalable items that didn’t cost the earth.

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You’ve collaborated with designers using Shapeways to design accessories like a toolbox. Can you talk about how these collaborations came about and your process for creating them?

There are certain things in real-life that a very hard to replicate in miniature. I was building a miniature shed at the time and keen to fill it with as many realistic items as I could. I wanted to create an opening toolbox and some stacking boxes. Every miniature shed needs a miniature tool box, right? I read through the Shapeways forum to find a designer for hire and settled on a design team that had good feedback. Over two months I emailed my ideas, measurements of the life-size objects and received a work-in-progress report as the project developed. I received the designs in a file format that I could upload to Shapeways. The items were printed and received within a week.

Once you receive a 3D printed item, how do you work it into a display? Do you do any additional painting or finishing?

The first items I received were already painted and good to go. I bought another tool box later that I wanted to look like the ones sold by a well known DIY store in the UK. I painted it in the stores colours and added decals to make it look as realistic as possible. The addition of miniature tools and painting techniques to age the items make them look at home in the scene.

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Carol’s display featuring a miniature stag head by Dotsan

If miniature enthusiasts wanted to get started with 3D printing, what advice would you give them?

There is a lot of information on the Shapeways forum to get you started with 3D printing. If you don’t feel confident enough to design it yourself, there are many sellers and designers happy to help. It’s an exciting time for miniaturists – I feel the only restriction to our hobby now is our own imagination!

Check out the 3D printed mini houses contest for more information about sharing your mini house designs and displays with us!  


 

Shapeways + littleBits Hackathon Roundup

Saturday morning was a glorious day in NYC, and we gathered at the lovely littleBits HQ for a full day of fun at the  3D + IoT Smarter Gadgets Hackathon, hosted by Shapeways & littleBits. Over 30 people of all ages and backgrounds from teachers to tinkerers arrived with an everyday object and their imagination at the ready. Here’s what went down…

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After some bagels and coffee, our awesome judges each presented their work and their thoughts on how to approach design. Each one had a key tip for the day, and for design in general.

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Ron Rosenmann of Frog Design told us about coffee time at Frog and how it helps them to make time to brainstorm together. Heidi Farrell of Smart Design quoted Jonathan Ive’s maxim that “So much of our manufactured environment testifies to carelessness” and urged us to constrain assumptions at the beginning of a project to help focus our creativity.

Oscar Salguero of Kid O Toys advised us to invite your friends to a workshop to make lots of ideas for you. He warned that you’d better “make something that works or they’ll be annoyed!”. As a toy designer, he reminded us that kids have no fear! So be a kid! Lastly, Emily Tuteur from Littlebits showed examples of how Littlebits come together and got us all excited by the CloudBit and IFTTT. Then it was playtime! We split up into five teams and two family projects.

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Diego (8 years old) made a three phase adapter to trigger a catapult and his sister Sophia (6) made a windmill with pompoms to simulate a candy cane machine. Alexandra (8) made an awesome catapult too, using a completely different technique, to dislodge a block to trigger the spring.

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At the end of the day, Everyone uploaded their projects to littleBits and  we had some fun demonstrations. Here’s what each group made:

Sheet Saver is a smart toilet paper dispenser.  Bianca, Chris, Daniel, Jude, Nick & Stephanie put their heads together to fix the simple problem of toilet paper efficiency…by controlling how much you can use. Enough is enough! Saving trees one sheet at a time.

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Brush-R brush with music! Mason, Maren & Bastiaan hacked a music box to make a song timer to help you brush your teeth for the optimum time of two minutes.

Take A Chill Bit is a responsive office that calms you when you’re angry. Ilya, Mitul & Noel came up with two projects using the Jawbone UP App. The three makers created a circuit that tracks their attitudes throughout the day. “The device detects the problem, reports it on Jawbone UP App and reduces the level of stress by stimulating sensory channels” using a fan and an MP3 player. If you get stressed, it activates to calm you down with soothing light, sound and a fan. Their other project was a way to easily send caloric information to your phone to track your intake. Using a pressure sensor and the cloud, this group turned a box of oatmeal into a smart device!

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Tooth Doodle: a seismograph machine integrated into the toothbrush! Marj & Boian made a seismograph machine integrated into a toothbrush to make brushing fun, you can make art while you brush or if you’re data-driven, match your strokes to an ideal brushing curve!

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Conflict News is Eric’s news delivery service that delivers news through an interactive diorama, instead of cluttering your phone, you get a visual of what’s happening.

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Soundmail plays your favorite song when you come home. Shannon, Cortlan, Soo, Tharit & Reed gave a professional presentation, featuring beautiful slides of the UI of their new creation that works with the Spotify API and is a new service designed to connect people’s emotions through voices and song.

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Remorse Code.: mitigates communication disconnect with your partner. Alecia, Caroline & Adele thought there were too many communication apps so they devised a way to visually share their feelings using the cloudBit and a bargraph.  “Set secret messages with your partner and dial in when you need to say something important. Just think of your bar graph as a BAE graph and let your secret communication fly”.

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We had Andrew and Ed from Shapeways on hand to give each team advice how to best incorporate 3D printing into the next phase of their project, from creating custom cases to house the electronics to integral design components like fun characters that animate.

Now it’s your turn! Seeing what the teams came up with – what will you make? You have until the end of March to  submit your ideas to the Contest!

What ordinary household object will you give a new life with some electronics and 3D printing magic?


 

Shapeways+littleBits 3D+IoT Gadgets Contest

We are so excited to partner with littleBits for a unique design challenge: How can you make your home smarter using the Internet of Things and 3D Printing?

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

Find something in your house that you consider mundane. A coffee mug, a pair of old gloves a floppy disk. Now ask yourself, how can you make it smarter? With littleBits and 3D printing, of course! Upcycle that object into something smarter and cloud-connected. Start doodling ideas and check the rules below.

HACK-A-THON

What better way to get your creative juices flowing than a hackathon? Join us at littleBits beautiful offices this Saturday for the 3D + IoT: Make Smarter Gadgets Make-a-thon with Shapeways & LittleBits. Hear from inspiring speakers, tinker with materials and meet like-minded folks to get your projects started.

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RULES

The contest takes place in 2 phases: Ideas and Finalists.

Ideas Phase: Deadline to submit is March 28th.
Submit concepts for your creation including a rough 3D model and a layout of how you would incorporate littleBits. Upload your projects to the littleBits project page using the hashtag #shapebits.

Make sure in your upload, you include:
- The inspiration and impetus behind your concept
- Reflect on what you did 1st, 2nd and 3rd
- List the resources you consulted to help others in the future

*Remember we are a community who loves sharing work in progress. Don’t be shy to share your piece even if it is not finished yet and ask in the Project Buzz category in the littleBits forum for help.

Finalists Phase: Deadline to submit is April 30th.

After the final deadline, our expert panel of super star judges will be invited to review the entries and select 5 contestants for the “Finalists” phase.
During this phase contestants will receive free bits to create their projects and a coupon from Shapeways to print them out. Final projects will need to be uploaded by April 30th on the Shapeways & littleBits sites both using the hashtag #shapebits.

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PRIZES

The maker behind the smartest, most awesome project submitted will get a Workshop Set, which includes 100 Modules ($1,547 value) and $500 in 3D printing credit from Shapeways.

In addition, the top three entries will be showcased in our MakerFaire booth in San Francisco this May and featured in our newsletters and the littleBits Community Hall of Fame.

JUDGES

We have a fantastic lineup of judges who will rank entries across these measurements of awesomeness:

  1. Creativity — how inspired is your creation, how close to the theme is it.

  2. Technological achievement – how well does this project incorporate the potential of littleBits + 3D Printing

  3. Aesthetics- how well designed and polishes is your final object

  4. Surprise- how original and unexpected is your final project

Here they are:

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Heidi Farrell, Design Engineer at Smart Design, NY

Heidi Farrell is an engineer who designs mass-produced, everyday products. She has worked on things like kitchen tools for OXO and camera gear for Joby x Lowepro. Based in Brooklyn, Heidi studied product design at Stanford, has worked in SF and Stockholm, and is currently a design engineer in Smart Design’s New York studio.

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Ron Rosenmann, Senior Design Technologist, Frog NY

Ron focuses on interaction prototyping and building UX simulations as part of the design process at Frog. A nice sampling of his awesome work can be found here.

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Andrew Mager, Developer Evangelist, Smart Things, SF

A developer evangelist at SmartThings in the Bay Area, helping developers all over the world integrate their devices and code into their home automation schemes.

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Oscar Salguero, Senior Designer at Kid O Toys, NY

Industrial designer by training, Oscar has worked on products ranging from high end furniture in Tokyo to energy generating soccer balls for developing communities in Nigeria and Brazil. He’s currently leading a new line of sensory oriented & developmental toys for kids under 6 years of age.

That’s all folks! Have questions? Ask away here or on twitter using #shapeBits. Happy making!


 

Mini houses, maximum inspiration: Meet our mini house contest judges

Miniature houses are big on Shapeways! To celebrate our miniature community, we’ve launched a contest in conjunction with the fabulous blog Modern Mini Houses to invite mini house fans to share the beautiful displays they’ve created that incorprate 3D printed furniture and accessories. You have until April 10th to share your mini house or display with us on Facebook for a chance to win Shapeways 3D printing credit. Visit the contest page for more information on how to enter and read on for more mini house inspiration and to meet the contest judges.

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Living room by Megan Hornbecker with 75 mm stag head by Dotsan

To kick off the mini house contest we wanted to highlight the work of the contest judges: Megan Hornbecker of Modern Mini Houses, Kacie Hultgren of Pretty Small Things, and Carol Mitcheson of Mitchy Moo Miniatures. I am constantly delighted by their attention to detail and the imaginative ways they incorporate 3D printing into their displays. When I look at these mini houses I want to move right in!

Megan Hornbecker chronicles her obsession with miniatures and dollhouses on her blog Modern Mini Houses and was recently featured in our Designer Spotlight. She also shared her process of creating a 3D printed miniature pendant light in a special “How I Made” tutorial.

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Living room by Megan Hornbecker

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Kitchen by Megan Hornbecker

Carol Mitcheson is a miniature maker and collector based in the UK and the author of the blog Mitchy Moo Miniatures. She also co-designed some mini accessories on Shapeways, including the mini tool box featured below.

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Shed by Carol Mitcheson

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Living room by Carol Mitcheson

Kacie Hultgren is a designer who uses Shapeways to create miniature furniture and accessories in her Pretty Small Things shop.  She also spoke about marketing and branding at the Shapeways Small Business Bootcamp.

Need some more inspiration to design or discover the perfect piece for your mini house? Megan, Kacie and Carol have curated selections of their Shapeways favorites and they are featured on our miniature furniture page.

Want to make a 3D printed mini dream house and win Shapeways credit? Read more on the mini house contest page and share your creation with us!


 

Winner of the 3D Printed iPhone 6 Case Contest Announced

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After 3D printing and extensively testing 10 iPhone 6 cases created by the Shapeways community out of the over 100 entries to our contest, we’re proud to announce the winner of our iPhone 6 case contest is Paralogical Design with the iPhone 6 Controller Case!

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Paralogical Design won $500 in Shapeways credit and we hope all the gamers out there get their hands on this awesome case ASAP. We couldn’t stop playing with it here at HQ, and we had multiple visitors to our offices fall in love with it too.

Thank you all for your patience! We promise not to keep you in suspense like that again :) .


 

Video: iPhone 6 Case Semi-Finalists Reviewed, Finalists Announced!

Remember that iPhone 6 3D Printed Case Contest we hosted a few weeks ago? We waited to print the cases until the backlog of repricing orders had been cleared, and finally have them in-hand! I took the time to review the top 10 semi-finalists, and am proud to announce the final four. Everyone who participated did a great job, but like all initial prototypes, some need a few design adjustments to be ready for the main stage.

Curious as to which cases are making their way to Ethan Imboden at Frog Design in California for final review? You’ll have to watch the video to find out:

Now that you’ve seen them, which case would you like for your phone?


 

Shapeways 3D Printing Campus Battle Grand Prize Winning School Is…

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Congrats to our winning students at MTU from team Shapeways!

On behalf of Team Shapeways: Congrats to our winning students at MTU!

We have our Campus Battle winners! After a tough competition for the last 6 weeks, Michigan Tech University came out the winner and every student at MTU who registered during the contest will receive an additional $75 in print credit and a prize pack from Shapeways and friends! With over 200 schools competing it was close race. The runners up included:

  • Princeton University
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Maryland Institute College of Art

 

Grand prize partners include General Assembly, Autodesk Tinkercad, and Skillshare.com

We wish everyone could be a winner but luckily you’re still ahead with our 10% Education Discount. And don’t forget you can get further support for specific projects by applying to the Shapeways Education Grant or get in involved with our Shapeways Crew Campus Representative program. Check out more information on our Education page!


 

Dinovember: Discovering Endless 3D Printed Bacon in Space

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DINOVEMBER has taken over and things are getting crazy at Shapeways HQ! After all our recent news about 3D Printing in Space with our friends Future Engineers, Grumpy Cat, Doge, Jebediah and some other 3D printed friends blasted off to see what the buzz was all about.

Upon arriving in a land far, far away, they were greeted by their pal Rawr Dinosaur. As they all gathered around to catch up and talk about space life, something truly magical happened. A bacon mobius descended from the atmosphere and provided endless space bacon!

See all the fun unfold in this stop motion film:

On a slightly more serious Dinovember note, did you know they uncovered new dinosaurs this year? Giant vegans, no less! How cool is that? You can check out these featured dinos and many others on our dinosaur featured page! If you’re feeling extra inspired, you can enter our Dinovember weekend contest and model your own dinosaur!


 

Winners of the About.com Home and Shapeways #ShapeMyHolidaysSweeps Announced

Our friends at About.com Home their Experts put together a beautiful curation of home products. A few weeks ago, we opened up voting for members of both the Shapeways and About.com communities and let you decide which product you wanted in your home. The voting was extremely close, the winner only separated from the other top few products by a few votes!

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The Favorite Product in the #ShapeMyHolidaySweeps was the 36 pencil bowl by Michiel Cornelissen!!

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Our 48 lucky voters have been notified that they’ve won and will receive their pencil bowl in time for holiday, and Neeharika Ilavala, our grand prize winner, will receive all 10 products from the About.com Home curated collection.

Big thanks to everyone who voted and all the Shop Owners who decided the beautiful products in the curation!

 


 

Make A Shapeways Holiday Wishlist And Win Up To $500

The holiday season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to begin thinking about giving the most unique and unexpected gifts for your friends, family, and loved ones. Shapeways is here to your shopping rescue with our 2014 Shapeways Gift Guide! To encourage you to gift 3D this holiday we’re launching the Shapeways Holiday Wishlist Contest.

There will be a daily winner Monday-Friday for posting their most wanted 3D printed product and when the #ShapewaysWishlist contest is over, one lucky winner will be selected to win $500 in store credit towards printing their wishlist! Contest runs through November 23 11:59 ET.

To enter all you have to do is the following:

1) Create a wishlist on Shapeways with at least 10 products. To add products to your wishlist , hit the “Wishlist” button under buy on the product page. It will automatically add the product to your wishlist. Access your wishlist by clicking on your lists

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2) Share your Shapeways wishlist on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to mention @Shapeways.

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3) In addition to sharing your wishlist with us, post your favorite 3D printed product from Shapeways on Twitter or Facebook and mention @Shapeways using the hashtag #ShapewaysWishList for your chance to win that product. A winner will be selected each weekday.

Happy wishlist-making!

 


 

Winners of the 3D animation to 3D print contest

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3D printing holds almost endless possibility for 3D animators and this fall we teamed up with the 3D Modeling and Animation Group on Facebook and Mold3D to host a contest to invite animators to turn their characters into a desktop figurine that could be 3D printed by Shapeways.

Our judges, Edward Quintero and Rob Vignone of Mold3D; Justin Hanes, founder of the 3D Modeling and Animation Group; and Andrew Thomas, animator and Customer Service team member at Shapeways, had a great time looking through the entries and were inspired by the imagination and technical skill that each participant brought to the figurines they entered. It was a tough decision, but here were the judges top picks:

First prize: 3inch Mad Skeleton by MStyle183

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The judges loved how this slightly evil looking little guy also seemed like a really fun toy.

Second Prize: The Gunfighter by Richard’s Maquettes

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The judges thought the character design was impressive and this figurine highlighted the artistry this designer is capable of.

We had two third place winners:

Third Prize: Bones V2 by Mattbag

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The judges felt that the functionality of this model was really cool, had great craftsmanship and it’s the way it can be posed could be really helpful for other animators.

Third Prize:  Bull Moose by Ponson

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The judges loved Ponson’s unique style and highly original characters.

Are you an animator who is curious to try 3D printing? Check out our tutorials to help you get started, including tips and tricks for character models, and how to prepare your render for 3D printing!


 

Design Contest: Help Shapeways & Occipital Bring 3D Scanning to iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Shapeways has teamed up with our friends at  Occipital, makers of the Structure Sensor & Skanect, to bring you a design contest:  the Structure Sensor Case Design Contest for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus!

Occipital is calling on the Structure & Shapeways communities to help extend the  3D scanning power of the Structure Sensor by coming up with a great 3D-printed attachment case for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, so you can scan anywhere, right from your phone.

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There’s $1000 in prizes from Shapeways & the Structure Sensor Store for the best designs! They’ll also be made available right here on Shapeways, with no added markup, and Creative Commons CC0- licensed for everyone in the community to print or download.

You have until Wednesday, November 12 at 11:59pm PST to submit your entry. Don’t miss out – there’s only one week left! Find the full contest details, starter materials, and how to enter here. I’ll be judging your designs so show me what you’ve got and GOOD LUCK!

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One of the thousands of 3D scans made with the Structure Sensor

 

 


 

About.com Home and Shapeways Team Up to Make Your Holiday More Awesome

Do you have guests coming to visit during the holidays? Are you already stressing about getting the house ready for hosting? 3D printed products make for excellent conversation pieces and can be a game changer at holiday events. About.com Home knows how special holiday celebrations are, and we’ve put our heads together to #ShapeMyHolidaySweeps!

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Our friends at About.com Home have gotten a fresh new look and to celebrate that, Experts from their team in everything from Colors to Kitchens (and even Dogs) picked their favorite product on Shapeways. Check out the great About.com Home curation of products and vote for your favorites. 48 lucky winners will get the top voted product and a grand prize winner will get all 10! Be sure to pin and share your favorite product to help it get more votes :) .

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Isn’t it fun to see Shapie products on a site as cool as About.com? Which product did you vote for?


 

Fall Finds Pinterest Contest Winners!

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Thank you for all of the lovely entries to our Fall Finds Pinterest contest! There were so many beautiful boards to choose from, but at the end of the day, we had to pick 5 of you! A big congratulations goes to: 3D Printed Jewelry, Sloris, Meena Rao, Three Jane Jewelry (despite the board name ;) ), and Thomas Haldenby! We’ll message you via Pinterest; if you aren’t following us already, go ahead and do so in order for us to message you to claim your prize! 

Check out their awesome boards below…

3D Printed Jewelry:

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Sloris:

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Meena Rao:

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Three Jane Jewelry:

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Thomas Haldenby:

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If you have another idea for a great contest, let us know! We love the enthusiasm and support of such a great community. Thanks again to all of the entries to this contest! Again, winners don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest so we can get in touch. Feel free to email aimee @ shapeways. com as well!


 

Shapeways iPhone 6 Case Design Challenge: “Extend the Function” Semi-Finalists Announced

Have you checked out all of the great iPhone 6 cases already on Shapeways? In honor of Apple’s latest launch, we challenged Shapies to “Extend the Function” of their iPhone 6 through an awesome case design.  It took a lot of deliberation to narrow it down to these top 10 from the great looking cases the Shapie community came up with, but by focusing on the function the entries extended (app or otherwise) we were able to make the tough decisions.  We’re excited to see who Ethan Imboden, our guest Designer Judge selects as our winners. You can browse all of the entries by searching “SWiPhone6” on our site. Below are the top 10 entrants, in no particular order.

Keep your coif classy with this iPhone 6 Slide Out Comb by jfuhrman:

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iPhone 6 case with “steady selfie stick” by Facetious cuts out the awkward upper shoulder selfie:

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Adapt your phone to any viewing environment with this iPhone 6 case CELLULAR with 2 Add ons by The Midnight Raid.

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Turn your iPhone 6 into a portable speaker with this iPhone 6 Speaker, Kickstand and “More” case by Fusion Imaging:

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This iPhone 6 case by Entity Development comes with interchangeable backplates making iPhoneography easier and keeping your headphones from tangling in your pocket.

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Analogue meets digital when cross-stitching and 3D printing come together with this iPhone six Cross-stitching Frame Case by Diogenic Design.

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The phone may be bigger but your subjects don’t have to be with this handy Macro Case from District 2 Design:

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This iPhone 6 Controller Case by Paralogical Design could be the stocking stuffer for every gamer we know:

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13 year old Shapie Natalya_A knows that iPhones often live on our desk near other supplies, so we designed this iPhone 6 desk/dash caddy, case and charging station:

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While the volume of your iPhone is limited, this iPhone 6 Safety Whistle Case by Shopshopshop ensures it will be heard:

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And just because this is an incredible example of responsive design, we had to include a mandatory honorable mention to Amznfx and his epic bendgate iPhone 6 case that went viral over the last two weeks. Clever and awesome!

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Which of these cases do you want for your phone? Which case do you think “extends the function” of the iPhone 6 best?