Have you ever wondered how we choose the products that are selected for showcase in our new materials launch? Have you ever wondered how you can be featured? Enter our weekend contest and your model could find it’s way to the home page in a material no one has ever seen before!
It's wedding season and we have decided to go bridal this weekend (and Monday). We've seen some interesting wedding additions, and now we want to see yours! What would you customize in your wedding? The cake topper, ring(s), cuff links, 3D Printed vows? The options are endless! Enter a design for a chance to win Shapeways cash, (as well as the love of our PR team). Designs are due end of day Tuesday 7/30. For more information or to enter head over to the forum.
This summer the IDSA International Design Conference has announced a competition for their launch day. The challenge is to design a 3D Printed car to launch down a ski-slope track at the conference.
To enter you have to design a car using their supplied wheels and axle and send the STEP file to Zach Kaplan of Inventables (email@example.com) by August 12. The top 10 designs, based on aesthetics and the utilization of unique 3D printing attributes, will be printed and launched down the ski-jump. The contest will be judged based on best flight, best aesthetics, and most spectacular crash. The top prize is a 3D Printer! For more information check here.
Last month we teamed up with Graft Concepts and launched a contest to see who could make the most innovative backplates for an iPhone. Using their downloadable templates, we saw over 50 entries, with many so awesome that it was really hard to choose one winner.
In the end we picked Maikel Grootendorst's design, which is a handlebar (or stem) mounted backplate so you can attach your phone to your bicycle. We love the functionality, the fact that the backplate snaps in and out of the border means you could just leave it mounted on your bike and take your phone with you. Maikel receives a $500 Shapeways printing voucher and four iPhone cases from Graft Concepts.
The runner up goes to this playful, interactive design by Maarten Lemmens, which lets you customize your phone using your ministeck.
Lastly, an honorable mention goes to Craig Fletcher, for his sculptural octopus case. We liked the idea that this could be one of many artistic backplates, so you could use your phone as a mini mobile art gallery.
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!