The first day of summer is June 21st. Finish up your spring cleaning, and get ready for some summer fun!
What makes summer fun even more fun? 3D printed accessories that make your time outside more enjoyable! So what would make your summer activities more enjoyable? Running, sun bathing, swimming, biking, even spectating some sports.
Shapeways is proud to annouce that we are sponsoring a residency program jointly hosted by Eyebeam and Public Knowledge.
The purpose of the Public Knowledge/Eyebeam Artist Residency is to make policy issues more engaging by creating a new work that raises awareness of an issue with the wider public, and compels people to investigate the issue further.
Did you have a chance to look at our new Elasto Plastic yet? We launched it last week and we're already seeing some pretty amazing things coming out of our printers (daily routine: arrive at the office, grab some coffee, walk past the printers to see what's going on, have mind blown).
What will you use it for? This weekend I challenge you to come up with some rad new applications for flexible 3D printed objects.
To up the ante, you can win a $50 printing voucher this week!
We started something new last week: Maker Materials, starting with the new Elasto Plastic. These Maker Materials give us a better opportunity to learn from you! To a regular person Elasto Plastic may look dull and useless, but to our creative community, the possibilites are endless.
You probably don't have your own Elasto yet, but we want to know your favorite post production techniques on any material. Share your tips for a chance to win a $25 voucher. Head to the forums for more details... This weeks contest has been extended to EOD Wednesday! (Midnight US Eastern Standard time)
You've seen their awesome interchangeable iPhone covers before, and now we're teaming up with Graft Concepts for a contest! Using three templates they provide, we want to see the most innovative backplates for an iPhone. The winner will receive $500 worth of printing from Shapeways and four iPhone cases from Graft Concepts.
From the guys at Graft Concepts:
When we designed the Leverage i5, we had 3D printing in mind. We specifically made the thickness of the backplate to match the tolerances of popular 3D printing materials. We wanted anybody to be able to design and print backplates for our Leverage i5 case. So here we are, releasing 3D fies of our backplates free of charge. Anyone may share, modify and make commercial use of the work, all we ask is that you drop a link in your file description to our site at: http://www.graftconcepts.com. That means anybody can create a backplate that fits on our Leverage i5 case. We are really excited with this experiment and can’t wait to see what innovative ideas people come up with!
Have you seen the The Free Universal Construction Kit? It's a super-clever set of connectors that allow you to combine different types of toys. Like hook up your Lego to Fischertechnik. Needless to say, kids love it!
What's interesting to me is that the individual manufacturers would never create these connectors. But as soon as you have access to a 3D printer, it's easy to make it yourself!
This weekend we sponsored the NASA International Space Apps Challenge in New York. All around the world, over 9000 people collaborated to work on 50 different challenges ranging from a chicken farming in your backyard to lassoing asteroids.
Do you have what it takes to curate the coolest Shapeways products for our homepage? Take a shot and the homepage could be ALL YOURS for a full weekend! So show us your impeccable taste and win fame and a $25 gift voucher.
You have until Tuesday morning, 10am GMT+1 to come up with your selection.
This weekend's contest is slightly different: we're not going to design anything. Instead, I'll assume that you already have an amazing collection of Shapeways prints at your place. The challenge then is to make the best product photograph you can! Here are some great pointers to get you started. Experiment with lighting, setting, composition, and create the best entry.
Surprise us with your creativity and win a $25 voucher. Grab a drink, get your camera and have fun shooting amazing pictures!
We had over 70 entries to the 3D Printed Wedding contest and with so many fantastic designs it was really hard for us to chose winners among the entries. With the help of Kelly Phillips Badal, senior editor and in-house crafter at Country Living magazine, we were able to narrow it down and are very excited to announce the winners of our 3D Printed Wedding contest!
From cake toppers to table settings, we’ve gathered all of the entries for decor, party favors/gifts and bridal accessories and with help have selected the winners for each category. See Kelly's picks below!
Decor: The ball and chain wine glass charm. "This clever little charm made me laugh out loud -- and instantly covet it. And would I use it post-wedding as a sly statement? Absolutely."
Party favor: The 'Suit Up' iPhone case. "Truly classy groomsmen gifts are tough to find, but if Don Draper owned an iPhone, this sharp case would be his top choice."
Bridal accessory: The phoenix hair clip. "The complexity of the design is impressive, and there's a lacy quality to it that reads bridal. Plus, it's a keepsake: You'll want to pass this beauty on to your daughter."
We wanted to make sure each item was actually fit for a that special day, so naturally, we threw a wedding! Additional images from the shoot can be found here.
Designs by Naaaut, Nervous System, Dario Scapitta Design.
We had some really spectacular submissions and want to thank all who participated as well as highlight a few more of our favorites!
This week for our weekend contest we challenge you to 3D Scan to 3D Print using Autodesk 123D Catch.
Take up to 40 photographs around an object with your iPhone, iPad or your camera and 123D Catch will take the photos and stitch them together in the cloud using photogrammetry to create a 3D object. You may need to give the 3D file a little love to make it ready to 3D print then upload the file to Shapeways with the tag '123D Catch' and we will give our favorite entry a $25 Shapeways Gift Card.