Our Factory of the Future in Long Island City has been under construction since October and we're getting close to the finishing touches. As well as being the place we create your models, we want the Factory to be a showcase of your talent too!
Ben, our Lead Industrial Engineer explains our latest contest:
We're thrilled to announce that multi award-winning designer and typographer Craig Ward, will be our judge. His work blurs the lines between typography, illustration and installation and he has done some incredible projects. We know the the possibilities of 3D printing let your imagination run wild, so he's the perfect partner to judge our contest.
This weekend contest is all about MakerFaire, which is coming up in New York in a few short weeks.
At SIGGRAPH, our Community Wall was the star attraction in our booth, and it gave me such joy to showcase the work of our talented community. For MakerFaire, we want to go even bigger and better. Along with the Hall of Fame Search Contest, this weeks Weekend Contest focuses on showing off the potential of our materials.
It was not easy to pick a winner with over 160 entrants in what was one of our quickest contests we have ever hosted on Shapeways. We are continuing to work on bringing you more high quality 3D printing material options to Shapeways with our new Mystery Metal the next in line with many more to come. We are focusing not only on bringing new materials to Shapeways, but also working hard to improve the quality and consistency of our existing options. You should see your prints evolve over the coming months.
To celebrate the introduction to Premium Sterling Silver, Gold Plated Brass and a new mystery metal we are about to launch we want to see what YOU are designing for our jewelry grade materials. For a little inspiration we are going to have a quick contest to see your designs for 3D printed pendants. The winner will get their pendant 3D printed in the material of their choice.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)