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:
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 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!
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!
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!
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
2) Share your Shapeways wishlist on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to mention @Shapeways.
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.
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:
Occipital is calling on the Structure & Shapeways communities to help extend the 3D scanning power ofthe 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.
There’s $1000 in prizes from Shapeways & theStructure 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!
One of the thousands of 3D scans made with the Structure Sensor
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!
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 .
Isn’t it fun to see Shapie products on a site as cool as About.com? Which product did you vote for?
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!
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!
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.
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!
Which of these cases do you want for your phone? Which case do you think “extends the function” of the iPhone 6 best?
We encourage you to get wild with your creations – fun, scary, cute, we can’t wait to see it all. The First Place winner will receive $100 in 3D printing credit with Shapeways, your design 3D printed in orange strong and flexible plastic ($50 value), a one year subscription to Sketchfab Pro ($120 value) + a Sketchfab T-shirt, Cardboard VR kit ($25 value) and a one year subscription to CG Cookie Citizen ($172 value)!
You have until Halloween night (October 31st, at 11:59pm) to submit your entry. Don’t miss out! Not a Blenderhead? You’re still eligible! See the full contest details and submit your entry here.
Are you an animator or 3D modeler interested in trying out 3D printing? You have until October 15th to join our 3D animation to 3D print contest for the chance to win your original figurine printed by Shapeways, Shapeways printing credit and a chance to featured on Mold 3D’s website.
Today we’re really excited to announce that Mold3D has joined the 3D Modeling and Animation Group on Facebook as a co-sponsor for the contest. Mold3D.com is a 3D Printing website that focuses on producing quality content and resources for artists that was launched in January 2014 by animation industry veterans Edward Quintero and Robert Vignone. Edward has over a decade of experience as a designer, 3D artist and entrepreneur, including as a co-founder of design firm Massive Black, and as a senior artist at Industrial Light and Magic and Dreamworks Animation. Robert Vignone is a 3D print artist and teacher, and has worked at studios such as Weta Digital, Disney Feature Animation and Sony Cinematics. At Shapeways we love what Mold3D is working on because they provide a place for 3D modelers, sculptors, designers and 3D Print enthusiasts to come together to learn, share, promote their work and inspire each other.
Edward and Robert told me they were inspired to start the site because, while there were plenty of 3D Printing news sites around at the time, they felt there was a need for a 3D Printing community strictly dedicated to artists working in the entertainment industry. Since their launch Mold 3D has produced 3D printing workshops and build a community of 3D printing enthusiasts.
For the 3D animation to 3D print contest as co-sponsors Robert and Edward will be participating as judges, and the winner of the contest will also be featured on Mold3D.com. Get all of the contest details here. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Like to eat? Like to design? Combine those two passions by entering the “You Are How You Eat” design contest! We’ve partnered with Design Milk, Adobe, and Alessi to bring you this contest, which asks you to reimagine the everyday tools we use to eat.
To enter, create a design that:
- Is a completed design product concept;
- Is designed for the average adult male and female consumers in any country, who eat food using a utensil;
- Demonstrates an innovative approach to eating;
- Demonstrates your abilities as both a designer and communicator to convey new ideas through one image, title and description.
The contest will be open through October 19, and then judging for finalists will begin. The judges, including our very own Designer Evangelist, Lauren Slowik, will be looking for innovation, creativity, functionality, completeness of design, and adherence to creative brief. Then you – the design community – can vote for the winners!
The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 cash courtesy of Alessi, 1 year of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan (includes Photoshop), $200 of credit to Shapeways so you can 3D print your design*, and your design prominently included in a feature on Design Milk
Two (2) Runners up: 1 year of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan (includes Photoshop), $100 of credit to Shapeways so you can 3D print your design*, and your design included in a feature on Design Milk.
Together, we are about to make history. Today marks the beginning of manufacturing in space. Are you ready to take on the #MissionPrint Challenge? Here’s the launch video of SpaceX-4 that just successfully carried the Made In Space Zero-G 3D Printer to the ISS:
Video courtesy of SpaceX
Hearing mission control say “…and we have liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon. CRS-4 is underway. A US commercial spacecraft launching from American soil delivers new technology and science to the International Space Station,” gives me and hopefully every other space lover chills. Knowing that that “new technology” is one that we all are fortunate enough to experiment with every day, the ability to additively manufacture on demand through 3D Printing, is inspiring. Remember, there is no overnight shipping to space; and it is physically impossible to traditionally manufacture parts in a space environment. We really are witnessing, and taking an active part in, making history.
Screen Shots here and below courtesy of FutureEngineers.org
This is the first in a series of NASA developed 3D Space Challenges that Future Engineers and our other out-of-this-world partners are happy to share with the Shapeways community. Encourage every K-12 student you know interested in 3D Printing to check it out, and remember, ALL students (university, college, trade schools, and professors too) get 10% off ALL their prints at Shapeways ALL the time. What a great excuse to “ground print” and prototype your space tools with us.
Tools designed for this challenge are judged on the following well-rounded criteria:
40 Points – Innovation and Creativity of the Solution
20 Points – Ability to communicate the design through the Text Description and/or Finalist Interview
20 Points – Quality of the 3D Modeled Geometry and compliance with the Design Guidelines
20 Points - Usefulness of the design in a Space Environment
Kids are powering innovative developments in 3D Printing across the unique web of our industry’s reach. They are opening shops on Shapeways, printing on desktop printers in their classrooms, and mod-ing their toys at home. There are dozen of touching stories of kids literally enabling the future of 3D printed prosthetics. And perhaps most profound of all, they can see what we can’t. Young minds aren’t limited by the bounds of conventional design and manufacturing constraints. Freed of this parameter, they are capable of leveraging the technology and materials available in unique new ways. Inspired by their potential, Future Engineers has an awesome lineup of prizes for the top contestants. The winner of the challenge will even have their tool printed in Zero-G’s on the ISS and get to watch live from Mission Control. While the #MissionPrint Future Engineers contest is for K-12 students in the US only, we will be featuring innovative designs by makers of all ages on our blog between now and when winners are announced on January 30th, 2015.
Are you ready to accept the #MissionPrint Challenge, stop dreaming and start doing? Keep us posted on your progress in our Space Forum and be sure and tag your space tools #MissionPrint. The best way to ensure your products will be astronaut-ready is to prototype on the ground, and we can’t wait to help.
Calling all jewelry lovers! We’ve teamed up with some of our wonderful designers to host not one but two contests this month.
Daily Facebook Giveaway:
We are giving away 10 amazing pieces of jewelry on Facebook! Visit our Facebook page each weekday through the end of September for a chance to win. We want to spread the word about our incredible designers, so all we’re asking is that you “like” our posts. Check back each day to see the newest giveaway!
Pin Your Favorite Jewelry on Pinterest:
Our designers are getting ready for fall and the holidays, so we want to see what inspires you for the season. Pin your favorite fall jewelry from Shapeways and beyond for a chance to win $500 of your Shapeways picks!
How to enter:
Create a Pinterest Board titled “Fall Finds”
Pin at least 10 fall flavored accessories by September 30, 2014
At least 5 must be Shapeways products (your prize, if you win!)
Tag each pin #ShapewaysJewelryContest
Five (5) winners will be selected! Winners will receive their Shapeways pinned products, up to $500 in value. If you pin more than $500 of Shapeways products, we will work with you to select your prize products.
Don’t know where to start? Check out some of our favorite 3D printed jewelry in gold, sterling silver, stainless steel, and even colorful nylon plastic.
The Fine Print: If your Shapeways products cannot be successfully 3D printed, we will work with you to select alternative prize products. Shapeways employees and their families are not eligible to win. Contests end September 30, 2014.
UPDATE: The 3D file available for free download has been tested for fit on an iPhone 6 and improved to ensure all apertures are in the correct location. (Sorry). Duann
Are you ready for your next design challenge? In honor of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6, and in our tradition of powering the coolest phone cases in the world, and our ability to bring some of the first cases to market, we’re launching “Extend the Function” an iPhone 6 case design challenge! The goal of the challenge is to extend the function of your phone or of your favorite app, maximizing the capabilities of the iPhone 6. 3D printing lets us combine form and function like never before and we cannot wait to see what Apple’s latest innovation inspires you to design.
We have a special guest judge for this competition, Ethan Imboden, the Head of Venture Design at Frog. Ethan is a serial innovator and incredibly talented designer, we are all lucky to have him as our guest expert! He will be using his keen eye when evaluating the best combination of form and function in the winning case. The winner will receive $500 in Shapeways credit!
Duann, our resident designer of awesome things, has generously put together a basic case based on the specs apple released this weekend. You can find it in his shop on Shapeways and on tinkercad.
When designing functional products like iPhone cases it is really important to specify the right materials and wall thicknesses. Shapeways Nylon (WSF) is by far the best material to use for your iPhone case. Keep wall thickness and wires to at least 1mm thickness. We have designed the case at 1.2mm so that you can engrave the design with a 0.5mm cut and still keep 0.7mm thick which is the minimum. It is always best to add rounded edges so that the product is not sharp, and adding a fillet between perpendicular planes makes the connection much stronger, and will reduce the chance of the part cracking.
Enter the contest by uploading and tagging your model “SWiPhone6” on Shapeways. Share it with your friends using the hashtag #ShapewaysiPhone on social media for bonus points!
You have until Midnight on October 6th, here in the city that never sleeps. How are you going to step up your case design?
Terms and Conditions
No purchase necessary.
Maximum of five entries per person. By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
No cash or other alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Shapeways employees or their families.
The promoters decision is final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
Winning entries will be documented and printed by Shapeways and may be used for promotional purposes.
Contestants models must be uploaded to Shapeways and tagged #SWiPhone6 to be considered.
Winners retain all IP as per Shapeways standard terms and conditions. Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
The winner will be contacted by Monday 6th of October, 2014
Promoter: Shapeways, 419 Park Avenue South, #900, New York, NY, USA, 10016.