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Bring Your Designs to Life with the ‘littleBits Bring Your 3D Prints to Life Contest’

Shapeways has teamed up with littleBits to challenge you to make your designs move with the ‘littleBits Bring Your 3D Prints to Life Contest’, we want to see what you will make when you can add modular electronics to your 3D prints.

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3D printing is great for making unique items to exactly meet your needs, but what better way to take your ideas one step further and add motion, light, sound, or even programming with littleBits modular electronics.  littleBits create powerful but easy-to-use electronic components that snap together with magnets, so there is no need for soldering, wiring or programming (unless you want to). That means you can prototype with electronics and don’t need an engineering degree to do so.

The Challenge:

Make a design that combines 3D printed Nylon and littleBits to make a 3D printed creation that comes to life using the littleBits. We chose Shapeways Nylon because you can make complex, interlocking parts in a single print, incorporate a living hinge, all with the precision to make compress fit, or threaded connectors.

Add littleBits to your 3D prints and control them using a mechanical input, like a button, or use a sensor to control with just a gesture or sound. We challenge you to use the following littleBits modules but you can incorporate any littleBits modules that you like.

To get you started, the littleBits team has released the STL and STEP files of these base components for you to download and import them into your 3D modeling software of choice and modify you design to fit these components. Download littleBits 3D files here.

Take a look at the littleBits project gallery for inspiration, where you can see everything from a Remote Control Car to a Flying Dragon or a Keytar with 3d printed knobs. Also find custom 3d-printed accessories designed for mounting littleBits in projects.

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The Remote Control Facetime Car made with 3D printed components.

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The Keytar uses 3D printed knobs to make the sounds more ergonomic and awesome.

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Run Horse Run uses your voice to make the horses, run.

The Submission

  • Upload your design that incorporates at least two (2) Little Bits modules to Shapeways with the tag LittleBits
  • Your design must be printable in Shapeways Nylon Selective Laser Sintering (WSF) with a maximum material volume of 300cm3.
  • Your submission can include one or multiple parts, (please indicate that an upload is “1 of 3″ or similar so that we can better understand your design.
  • Include a description of your design, the function and proposed movement.
  • BONUS POINTS: For a rendered animation or video of the design in action

The Prize

  • littleBits Pro Library (over $4,900 value)
  • 3D Printing Credit at Shapeways to the value of $500
  • The top 3 designs will have their design 3D printed by Shapeways

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The 3D Printshow Global Awards – Vote for Shapeways

The 3D Printshow Global Awards acknowledge inspirational work that has helped develop and elevate the art of additive manufacture, as well as those businesses that have risen to the challenges of the marketplace, flourishing in what is a highly competitive industry.

This year, we at Shapeways are thrilled to be nominated for two categories for the 3D Printshow Global Awards: Brand of the Year and Best Online/App Based Service.

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To vote, all you need is your name and your email – just click on the awards:

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Thank you for all your support and stay tuned for our London Meetup and events in September!

For those of you who will be in London, we look forward to seeing you at the party on Thursday 4th September, you can get tickets here.

 


 

Shapeways supports the Shapes Future Awards and the winners of the Pinup2014 Design Competition

Jury Winner Shapes Future Award Yuan Jiang Ephemeral beauty - Qi Hu

Jury Winner Shapes Future Award Yuan Jiang “Ephemeral beauty – Qi Hu”

The Morpholio Project announced the winners of the Pinup2014 Design Competition, which was assembled as a means to publicly promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening amongst today’s design emerging talent. Shapeways’ own Duann Scott served on the jury and said about the entries, “The breadth and quality of the entrants was truly inspiring, making it very difficult to pick the winners, or to put it better, not pick more to be winners.”  With the support of Shapeways, Pinup2014 is also announcing Shapes Future Awards winners for explorations in 3d printing. You can see all of the winning projects on the Morpholio Project’s website.

Jury Winner Shapes Future Award Andrew Reitz "Snow Angel"

Jury Winner Shapes Future Award Andrew Reitz “Snow Angel”

Jury Winner Shapes Future Award Prajakt Karmarkar "Drawing Things Together"

Jury Winner Shapes Future Award Prajakt Karmarkar “Drawing Things Together”

 


 

Shapeways “Love in 3D” Wedding Contest Winner!

A huge thanks to each and every one of you who entered the Shapeways “Love in 3D” Wedding Contest. We were so excited to look through all the Pinterest boards, read your unique love stories, and be even more inspired than ever before.

Of course, we could only choose one winner, and we believe a congratulations is in order for Bastiaan Ekeler! Not only did you create one beautiful Pinterest board, but your story already started with 3D printing! We were also touched by your desire to create unique, personal gifts for your fiancé to keep your relationship fresh and fun.

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Announcing the Winners of the Prototype to Product Contest with Formlabs

We had a huge response to the Prototype to Product Contest we ran with our good friends at Formlabs. Entries ranging from highly detailed ZBrush sculpts through to complex, interlocking mechanical parts, architectural models to 3D printed fashion and jewelry,  through to the whimsically weird.  We even received a submission all the way from Gran Canaria (yes we had to google the location, and yes it is crazy remote).

Although we received nearly 300 designs, only one person will have a brand new Form 1+ 3D printer shipped to their door.  The judges deliberated against the criteria, there were was tension, there was joy, they argued long into the night.  The Formlabs team pumped some serious excel magic to tally the votes, Shawn Sims from NotCot cast his well trained eye over the entrants,  The Shapeways team checked that the designs would withstand the 3D printing test and together they deemed the winner of the grand prize to be…

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Design competition for students and emerging professionals

We are excited that Duann Scott, Design Evangelist at Shapeways, will be a guest juror for the Pinup 2014 Design Competition. This competition invites students and young professionals to submit a collection of their studio, 3d printed or un-built work comprised of up to three digital images. The competition is free to enter and the deadline is June 9th. 

The proliferation of device culture, social networking, and cloud technology are changing the way we create, and connect on a daily basis. For design, this means that technology is not only transforming the process of production, but also the processes through which we share, critique, and organize ourselves around the work we do.

The Competition poses the following questions: What are the aspirations by which we evaluate design today? In an increasingly networked culture, what makes a project capable of cutting through the virtual noise, and starting a new conversation? How do evolving forms of media affect the way in which your message reaches its destination? What is your message? 

You can find all the details, including how to enter and prizes, here.

Pinup 2014 was assembled by designers, professors and students as a means to publically promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening in academia and amongst today’s emerging talent. The competition is supported by ArchDaily, Shapeways, the AIAS, IIDA, ADC, AIGA and is hosted by The Morpholio Project. The guest jury includes participants from FastCompany, ArchDaily, Design Milk, Interior Design Magazine, Core77 and Columbia GSAPP. 

 

 

Have You Entered Your Design to Win a Formlabs 3D Printer

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You know you want a Formlabs 3D printer so you can iterate your designs to bring them to market quicker at Shapeways.  Use your awesome design skills to win yourself that Formlabs 3D printer along with Shapeways 3D Printing credit by entering the Prototype to Product 3D Printing Contest

Contest ends June 30, 2014.

Judging based on the following criteria:

Creativity: Novelty and originality

Culture: Social importance of the design

Complexity: Significance and technical sophistication 

Check out the contest page for the full details and get your entry in now to nab your self a high resolution 3D Printer of your very own.


 

Enter the Instructables Gadget Hacking and Accessories Contest

We are very excited that Popular Mechanics featured the eight clever gadget hacks on their blog in honor of the Gadget Hacking & Accessories Contest we are hosting with them in partnership with Instructables, Ultimaker, and Sphero. You have until June 2nd to enter, so if you have an idea, there’s still time to submit! You can find all the details here

In honor of this contest, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite gadget hacks on Shapeways:  

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Enter the Prototype to Product 3D Printing Contest

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Have a great idea for a product or a new, improved version of one that already exists? If so, here’s your chance to bring your idea to life. And there’s no more efficient way to do so than iterating your design with a desktop 3D printer and sending it to Shapeways to make the final product.
That’s why we’re so excited to have partnered with Formlabs to bring you this game-changing contest. So you can introduce your product to the world. 
From now until Monday, June 30, enter to win a Formlabs 3D printer and enough 3D printing credit at Shapeways to take your ideas from prototype to product.
Winning entries will receive:
  • Grand Prize: Formlabs 3D Printer and $500 worth of 3D Printing with Shapeways
  • First Prize: (2 winners) – $150 in Shapeways printing credit 
  • Second Prize: (4 winners) – $50 in Shapeways printing credit 
  • Every entrant receives $10 in Shapeways 3D printing credit

All entrants receive $10 in Shapeways printing credit! 
 Get all the juicy details here.
What are you waiting for? Start designing. 
And good luck to everyone!

 

Announcing our First Gadget Hacking & Accessories Contest

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Happy Monday, It is a wonderful day to kick off the awesome Gadget Hacking & Accessories Contest we are hosting in partnership with Instructables, Popular Mechanics, Ultimaker, and Sphero

We were inspired to choose this contest category because of you—our inventive community who’s designed and made some of the most ingenious gadget hacks and accessories we’ve ever seen, from drone accessories to gaming mods, to cases for electronic gadgets of all types

With so much talent out there, we encourage everyone to join. Already designed a gadget hack or accessory? Enter the contest by submitting an Instructable for a chance to win a feature in Popular Mechanics, an Ultimaker desktop 3D printer, Shapeways credit and your own Sphero! 

Gadget hacking newb? Well, now’s the perfect time to try your first hack—and document it for your chance to win.

What can you win?

Every entrant will receive a $10 credit on Shapeways!

Grand Prize (1 winner)

Judges’ Prize: Using 3D Printed component (1 winner)

First Prize (3 winners)

  • $100 in Shapeways printing credit
  • A Sphero 2.0 
  • An Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Second Prize (5 winners)

  • $50 in Shapeways printing credit
  • An Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

How To Enter

Create a new Step By Step, Photo, or Video Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined here. Instructables must be published between April 7, 2014, and June 2, 2014 (11:59pm PT) to be eligible.

Though 3D printing opens the door for endless ways to accessorize, update, or customize your gadgets, entries don’t have to include a 3D printed component. However, only entries with a 3D printed component will be eligible for the Judges’ Prize.

For more info, check out the Official Rules.

Good luck and happy hacking!


 

Making Bank: Shapeways Partners With The United States Mint

We’re extremely excited to announce an incredible partnership that shows the true potential of 3D printing. For a limited time, the United States Mint is partnering with Shapeways to make 3D printed coins in our Premium Silver. We are authorized to create a limited number of silver coins with a special bonus. For the first time in history, a lucky few will have the exclusive privilege of having their face embossed on the back of what is slated to become the ultimate collectors item! 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Shapeways is proud to offer exclusively to our loyal 3D printing community. You are the ones that have helped pave the way for Shapeways to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and this is our small way of giving back and saying thank you. 

We have a mintage limit of 50 coins, so as we expect demand to be high, submissions will be taken for the next 48 hours and then will be drawn as a lottery once the period has closed. To take advantage of this offer, message us on Facebook or tweet at us with the hashtag #PenniesFromHeaven. Submissions will be taken until at Midnight PST April 3rd. All entries will be placed into a lottery and the lucky 50 winners will be contacted directly by our dedicated customer service team on Thursday.

Good luck!

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Shapeways Olympics Contest Winners

There might not be any more medals to give out in Sochi, but Shapeways is just getting started. We saw many great entries to the #ShapewaysOlympics contest and are proud to announce the winners!

This modular trophy by Corretta Singer from Jamaica! This accolade converts from a desktop display of accomplishment to a medal you can wear! Her clever design and showcasing of the Shapeways brand makes her this year’s #ShapewaysOlympics gold medalist!

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Core77 Design Awards: Submit Your Entries

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Do you think you have what it takes to be recognized for design excellence? With all the talent and creativity across the Shapeways community, we’re confident that some future Core77 Design Award winners are Shapies. So don’t forget to submit your work to the 2014 Core77 Design Awards. There’s just about a week left to participate—submissions are due March 20—and you can enter here.

Our very own Designer Evangelist, Duann, will be on the judge panel for the DIY category, which has no distinction between Professional and Student entries.
Professional and Student designers in each category will win a trophy and be published in the Core77’s awards gallery and online network.
Good luck to everyone who enters!


 

Monsterlympics Winners!

The Sochi Olympics may be over, but we are celebrating some monsters over here! A big thanks to everyone who participated in our #monsterlympics contest, and thank you to Monstermatic for making such a fun app. We received lots of great entries, but it all came down to the gold, silver and bronze.

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AND THE GOLD GOES TO:

RAINBOWBALL! We loved the colors and secretly want to know how you did it! Congratulations!!

SILVER:

SNOWBOARD SOCHI! We had to give you props for sticking with the theme – spot on with the goatee and hat!

Last but certainly not least, BRONZE:

No name!! You won us over with the use of the camera feature, which we play with all the time too.

THANK YOU EVERYONE for entering the contest! Congratulations to the gold, silver and bronze winners! Please get in touch with us so we can award you your very own, real live 3D printed monsters! And don’t forget, post-contest, you can print out any and all of your favorite monsters straight from the Monstermatic app. Shapeways will print them, package them, and send them on home to you! We’ll anxiously await the photos!