The tech world collectively gasped and gossiped yesterday as Facebook announced its purchase of Oculus, a virtual reality headset originally launched on Kickstarter, for a cool $2 Billion Dollars. Safe to say that their 21 year old CEO and his team of are set for life, but what does this mean for the rest of us?
What happens when NYC product engineers and design enthusiasts combine their passions for 3D printing and Citi Biking? You get 24 Share-it Gold, a 3D printed Citi Bike key necklace created by the inventive folks at Tomorrow Lab and printed by yours truly.
Searching for the latest tech accessory for your new gadget but tired of the same old same old? We've found some fresh and unique 3D printed products on Shapeways that will compliment that shiny new smartphone or gadget of yours. A few years ago 3D printing affordable gadget accessories was challenging and they often fell in the shadow of their mass produced counterparts, Now they can be customized, are comparable in cost to all other accessories and come in a variety of options. Have a look at few of these 3D printed gadget accessories.
This bike mount grips your Pebble watch securely; positioning it above the headset cap where you can easily see it.
The great thing about 3D printing is that you're not limited to what's available. If you don't like what you see on the market then you have the option to design your own product. Don't own a 3D printer? We'll provide the service for you. These are just a few examples of the awesome gadget accessories members of the Shapeways community took the initiative to create with many new designs uploaded everyday. Is there a tech accessory you wish existed but doesn't? Plunge in 2014 and create it. It's never been easier to go from conception to production with 3D Printing and Shapeways!
These are exciting times for pixels and atoms alike. Yesterday was the launch of the Structure Sensor campaign on Kickstarter. In just over 24 hours the Structure developers, Occipital in San Francisco, have quadrupled their funding goal and raised nearly $400,000 with 43 days left to go. And for good reason. With a tap of the screen the sensor lets you measure a room, make a 3D model from real life objects and send the files directly to your iOS device.
3D Printing isn't just about photorealistic bulldogs, beautiful jewelry and iPhone cases, it is also a way to design, prototype and produce more complex products by integrating other components. Check out this working stepper motor constructed around a Shapeways 3D printed frame along with some nails, magnet wire, neodymium magnets and a digispark microcontroller.
If a simple motor can be constructed, what is the next step? (pun intended)
Using a 3D Printed Hang Glider Bracket and The X Bracket Universal Smartphone Holder Tom Rust shot a HD video of a flight over Fort Funston, San Francisco CA. With a view of the North Pacific coastline including Daly City, Northern Peninsula, San Francisco out to Point Reyes and as far east as Mount Diablo, Sutro Tower and Golden Gate Bridge as well as peaks of downtown San Fransisco.
This week's Designer Spotlight focuses on Bo Lorentzen, a photographer whose creative upbringing has led him to create custom mounts and accessories for the popular GoPro camera.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am Bo, originally from Denmark, now living and working in Hollywood, California. My background is photography and graphic design.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you to design for the GoPro?
My designs are mostly created to solve my own needs and wants. The GoPro for me is a amazing camera, which truly shows how scale and technology affect how we do things, because it creates images with quality better than my broadcast cameras of years ago.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
Shapeways is an absolutely fantastic concept, I was printing parts for customers myself on my UP! printer, constantly having to check on prints and files, using Shapeways is the only logical way to do this, I upload a file and let Shapeways deal with fulfilling orders. It is brilliant! (Ed-thanks, we think so too!)
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I did actually take classes in 3D animation in the nineties, but 3D product design is something I have slowly figured out the hard way. I probably learned to think in 3D from my mother who is very artistic and "forced" us as kids to draw, to work in clay, and generally hammer together and build whatever we were thinking. So when we saw a TV program about pirates, we would later be building a pirate ship in the backyard.
How do you promote your work?
I don't really promote like I should, most of my sales are from word of mouth, from happy customers using my designs. I write a blog, where I share my thoughts about photography.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
EVERYBODY, the Shapeways community is truly amazing and one of a kind, there are so many creative people using technology to make hard-copies of their imaginative concepts. To mention one maybe Theo Jansen's amazing moving sculptures might be one, I look at those weekly.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I am very excited about printing with multiple materials in one project in the future.
Another family 3D printing project to hit Shapeways is the Controller Pendant by stop4stuff. Not only is it a story of a father and son, working together on a creative project, but also a story entrepreneurial spirit. If the design sells, the boy get's his pocket money without doing any additional work, but most importantly, the boy get's his pocket money without it coming out of his father's pocket.... Win, win.
Some time last year (2012) my 13 year old son, Nath, was trying to think up ways to make a bit of extra pocket money. Knowing Nath's artistic flair, I suggested a design of something he could have 3D printed. Nath drew up the design on paper, I did the 3D model work and between us we came up with the style of the pendant based on an Xbox games console controller.
Ordered on the 15th December, the pendant arrived on the 2nd January, in plenty of time for his birthday next week.
This is Nath's first design and any markups from this model all go to Nath.
So, if you want an awesome pendant for yourself or your gamer friend, go for the Controller Pendant and support teenage entrepreneurship. Happy Birthday Nath...
We have already received some very impressive entries so the bar has been set quite high but it is always worth entering because there is always room for more awesomeness and hey, if it does not win it still might sell if you have it for sale in your Shapeways shop....
To enter the contest:
Upload a new design to Shapeways with the tag iPhone5_3D by 5pm EST Friday October 19th 2012.
Upload a description of your design specifying the use/context.
Make it awesome.
Terms and Conditions:
Free prize draw, closing date, 5pm EST Friday October 19th 2012.
Winner will receive $500 worth of 3D Printing from Shapeways.
The winner be notified in writing by October 30th, 2012.
No purchase necessary.
Multiple entries allowed.
Entry must be a new design uploaded after September 13th, 2012.
Entry must be on display to public to be eligible
All IP for all entires remain property of the designer as per standard Shapeways terms and conditions.
All entries, images, renders and 3D prints may be used by Shapeways for promotional purposes
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 and no correspondance will be entered into.
Promoter: Shapeways LLC, 419 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016, USA
We have seen the European version, now the US Version of the Clip-it for iPhone converts your iPhone charger to a wall dock; making
sure that you can easily charge your phone at every wall socket.
Unfurnished rooms, hotels and conference rooms are no longer a problem.
makes use of your existing Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable. Simply
snap it in and lock it by clipping it to your charger. Clip-it is
perfectly engineered to hold the latest two generations of original 30
pin Apple charging cables.
Clip-it US is designed for the iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S and the included Apple USB Power Adapter (US version).
We have updated the downloadable files for customization now that we have been able to test the fit, especially around the corners for the iPhone 5, the case can be downloaded here, and the bumper here.
This is the first company that I have seen so far that offer replacement parts to be 3D Printed by their consumers. This is an incredibly smart move as it takes away the need for them to warehouse and distribute replacement parts. It also means that their fans have an opportunity to modify and customize aspects of their synthesizers.
We work hard to make our OP-1 users happy with free OS updates and added functionality. But sometimes we fail. As some have noted, the shipping cost of the OP-1 accessories is very high. This is because we can't find a good delivery service for small items. Meanwhile, we have decided to put all CAD files of the parts in our library section for you to download. The files are provided in both STEP and STL format. Just download the files and 3D print as many as you want. Next fail is the OP-1 manual update. We are almost there...we promise it will be ready sometime next week. Thank you all for your patience, we promise to work even harder in the future to make you happy.
We announced the contest to win $500 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing last week and have already seen a few designs for the iPhone 5 trickle in but we wanted to make it a little easier for you with a few 3D files to download that might help.
Please note we are waiting for the 3D Prints to come back and of course we have not yet tested them on an iPhone 5 yet.....
You can download the STL files to modify in your 3D software of choice as long as it supports STL import, we have also uploaded the case to TinkerCad along with the bumper and the dummy iPhone 5 so you can start customizing the design even if you do not have any 3D CAD skills, yet...