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Forum: Work in progress
 Topic: Masterworks Shop
Masterworks Shop [message #28406] Tue, 31 May 2011 08:32 UTC
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Hello everyone!

Just finished my first dice set. Learned a lot and still learning the capabilities of the printers.

Let me know what you think! Smile If all goes well, they'll be for sale very soon.

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/masterworks


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 Topic: 1:60th Ancient Architecture
1:60th Ancient Architecture [message #27839] Thu, 19 May 2011 16:58 UTC
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My summer garden sculpture project is to create a scale model of an ancient doric temple. Working on the outter columns at 1:60th scale first. Printed in WSF sealed with Super Seal and molded in Vytalflex 40 for casting in copolymer bonded concrete.
http://www.shapeways.com/openfile/252958/252958.v0.s13.convert.large.jpg

You'd think either designing or molding these would be the hard part but it took me almost a dozen phone calls to find a local supplier of white portland cement and #00 white silica.

I need to cast the column mold 50 times over the next month.


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 Topic: Ceramic Ocarina
Ceramic Ocarina [message #27836] Thu, 19 May 2011 16:13 UTC
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Hi all, I've just finished the design of my 3D Ocarina Of Time model which takes advantage of the new Glazed Ceramics Material. It's sizes were taken from a 12 Hole Sweet Potato Tenor ocarina. I designed the mouthpiece so that it should be playable. Here it is on Shapeways -

http://shpws.me/1zNg

index.php?t=getfile&id=8943&private=0

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[Updated on: Sat, 21 May 2011 19:42 UTC]

 Topic: simple robot
icon9.gif  simple robot [message #24840] Tue, 15 March 2011 02:02 UTC
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I been working on this simple little robot for the past few weeks on and off and i thought he would be fun to have as a little 3D model to sit on my desk, i have the whole thing made from NURBS and i have all other parts working fine except the leg where i intersected a sphere into the leg and used the trim tool to get that boolean effect but it is not "Water-tight" so i need to completely close it up, i included a pic attachment so you kno what im talking about, any help would be appreciated

[Updated on: Tue, 15 March 2011 02:05 UTC]

 Topic: My first design
My first design [message #24467] Sat, 05 March 2011 01:19 UTC
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So this is my frst test at designing. i chose to design a pendant in the shape of a cross. planning on having it either be metal or glass. i plan on it having words on the front too. below i had it say "faith" but i was wondering on feedback for what the words should be and other stuff like that. please and thank you!

http://i53.tinypic.com/24mxdgm.jpg

[Updated on: Sat, 05 March 2011 01:34 UTC]

 Topic: Die Cast or 3D Print?
Die Cast or 3D Print? [message #24462] Fri, 04 March 2011 21:32 UTC
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Howdy,

A question about a possible application for 3D printing:

Basically I want to make customized "speed buckles" or "hook buckles"; you would find these on backpacks, crashpads and other gear commonly designed/manufactured in the outdoor equipment industry. Below are some picture examples.

Ideally I would combine the basic function of these friction devices with a more pleasing design, such as a desert scarab beetle shape or other fun shapes. These would then be used for the normal purpose of tightening/loosening webbing straps without the hassle of pinching tiny plastic buckles, which break and are generally annoying to many people. The desert beetle design would be paired with equipment designed to be used in arid climates so it would be purely aesthetic. That being said, I am confident I can design (using normal 3D computer aided techniques) a buckle that will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, that is, the "beetleness" will not interfere with the buckle's function.

What I am not confident in is the viability of using 3D printing for this task. While it is clearly a new and exciting service that is offered here, I am curious about a few factors.

In order for the buckles to be durable enough to actually be used as buckles, they will have to be made of a suitable material, which will most likely be more expensive. For example, stainless steel printing is $10.00 per cm3. A single buckle would be about 2.5'' x 2'' with a thickness based on strength of the material. In cm thats about 6.25cm x 5cm for the basic dimensions. Still relatively small, but that sounds expensive! Considering I would need multiple buckles I am beginning to wonder if 3D printing is appropriate for this idea.

Any thoughts? All comments appreciated!

 Topic: Dice Templates
Dice Templates [message #24404] Wed, 02 March 2011 22:00 UTC
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Hi all,

I know it is sometime difficult for some designer to hollow their models.
As I am designing many dice these times, I decided to allow dice designers to use templates of the 5 platonic solids (that is the regular D4, D6, D8, D12 and D20).

index.php?t=getfile&id=7453&private=0


They are already hollow with a thickness of 1.5mm.
1.5 mm is suitable for Strong and Flexible material, for Detail materail and Alumide (and more, if you are lucky).

A small tunnel (0.01x0.01mm) is joining the external shell and the internal shell together (so that the internal shell will not be removed by the automatic check tools of Shapeways). The support material will get trapped inside (so your die will be heavy) but Shapeways won't charge you for that.

You can download them, choose the one you want and then decorate it as you wish (add numbers, symbols or whatever).

I hope you will find that useful...
Enjoy!


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 Topic: New Bracelets
New Bracelets [message #23991] Thu, 17 February 2011 21:37 UTC
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Hey guys, here are a few new bracelet designs.

http://www.3daspect.com/spiraly.jpg
http://www.shapeways.com/model/214584/spiral.html?gid=ug4806 7

This design is one continuous spiral strand

http://www.3daspect.com/cellular.jpg
http://www.shapeways.com/model/212188/cellular.html?gid=ug48 067

A Voronoi Cellular structured bracelet, the cell pattern is not only on the surface but strands cut through the volume of the piece.

http://www.3daspect.com/hexx.jpg
http://www.shapeways.com/model/214366/hex.html?gid=ug48067

A simpler piece with interconnecting hexagons

Cheers peeps

Hugh.

[Updated on: Thu, 17 February 2011 21:38 UTC]

 Topic: Figure Prototype Stand
Figure Prototype Stand [message #21198] Thu, 02 December 2010 19:16 UTC
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Recently got a first test print of something I'm working on at the moment. This is a figurine stand designed specifically for prototype figures. It basically allows you to place pretty much any figure on it, by having pins that can be moved to different positions of the surface. The purpose of this is, obviously, to save money, as I won't need to print any stands for prototypes of unfinished figures. And it looks pretty cool too.

http://blog.kaetemi.be/public/shapeways/.figstand_demo_s.jpg

As this is still a work in progress, it still has some issues. More specifically, with the printing of the pins. It seems my idea of having flexible pins didn't turn out that well, for two reasons. The first issue being that it seems 1mm pins have a fairly high printing failure rate. Interestingly Shapeways included the failed prints together with some extra ones that are properly printed. In the picture are supposed to be eight pins, count them. The second issue, is that the pins are too flexible this way, and therefore don't hold on to the figure properly.

http://blog.kaetemi.be/public/shapeways/.figstand_pins_s.jpg

So, what I'll do next, is try to print a set of solid pins in the range of 1 to 4mm with difference of 0.1mm between each (making a nice total of about 30 pins), and see how that turns out.


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 Topic: "Cute" Christmas tree ornament
"Cute" Christmas tree ornament [message #21189] Thu, 02 December 2010 16:25 UTC
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Few days to Christmas deadline orders so here is a cute 3D printed Christmas tree ornament


http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j322/dizingof/christmas_tree_ornament1.jpg

http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j322/dizingof/christmas_tree_ornament3.jpg

http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j322/dizingof/christmas_tree_ornament2.jpg





SIZE:
Height 8.7 cm / 3.4 inch
Width 8.7 cm / 3.4 inch
Depth 4.7 cm / 1.8 inch

Wall thickness: 1.5mm

As per my suggestion on this post i attach a 360 deg. turntable rendering

http://i.picasion.com/pic33/13e2a85c9675e87deafb7de20acfb079.gif


Cheers



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 Topic: Christmas Sale !! on 127 dice designs
Christmas Sale !! on 127 dice designs [message #21084] Tue, 30 November 2010 07:57 UTC
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Hey everyone,

I just received an interesting PM from a Dice collector asking if i could group all my Parachute Dies on one page for him - to cut all the setup cost (if he were to order all of them one by one...)


So, if anyone is interested in ordering a grouped Dies from my 117 Dice designs - please message me with the dies on your wish list and i will prepare a private link for you.


Your favorite dies will be grouped on one ordering page and with one total low price .

(Don't forget .. you can order all your grouped dies with just one material)


So make your list and feel free to message me.


Cheers




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 Topic: More Complex Cubes
More Complex Cubes [message #21011] Sat, 27 November 2010 16:16 UTC
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These complex cube designs were all created in TopMod2 software. They were printed in 20 and 26 mm sizes to allow me evaluate the three dimensional shapes for possible use as cubelets for my puzzles.

Complex cube 2-7
A complex cube consisting of a central cross-shaped core and a surrounding shell. The aim of this piece was to give the maximum freedom of movement of the core inside the shell.
http://www.shapeways.com/modules/udesign/utils/openfile.php?id=177188&f=photos/photo27550.jpg

Complex cube 4-9
A tangled complex cube consisting of two interlocked tetrahedra.
http://www.shapeways.com/modules/udesign/utils/openfile.php?id=177177&f=photos/photo27552.jpg

Complex cube 4-8
This complex cube consists of a single piece. Each corner of the cube is connected to its neighbours by a tortuous path that can be traced through the interior of the cube. The whole cube is quite springy when printed in WSF plastic.
http://www.shapeways.com/modules/udesign/utils/openfile.php?id=177176&f=photos/photo27555.jpg

Complex cube 3
This complex cube consists of two separate parts interlocked. The central core can move freely and even rotate inside the surrounding cage.
http://www.shapeways.com/modules/udesign/utils/openfile.php?id=176215&f=photos/photo27557.jpg

I'm not sure if I'll actually use any of them for puzzles yet, but they look very decorative and are fun to fiddle with.

You can see the video of them here.

Now updated with a short description of each piece which I meant to include before.

[Updated on: Tue, 30 November 2010 00:28 UTC]


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 Topic: Lamp
Lamp [message #20860] Tue, 23 November 2010 20:45 UTC
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I'm working on my rendering, as well as a lamp model. So I'm wondering what everyone thinks of the render. Making a WSF like material has proven very difficult. Also what do you think of my lamp? Last upload looks like it will cost around $85. Did I mention my birthday is Friday? Razz

[Updated on: Tue, 23 November 2010 20:45 UTC]


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 Topic: Spiralling Infinity
Spiralling Infinity [message #19886] Sat, 30 October 2010 09:12 UTC
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The last few days I've been working on variations of mobius style spirals making up the infinity sign ().

Here's what I've come up with so far Smile

Be sure to check out the models using the 3d viewer to see the full effect of the Double and Quadruple.

Spiralling Infinity
http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/mobius/images/spiralling-infinity.jpg

Double Spiralling Infinity
A simplified version using 1mm strands can be found here

http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/mobius/images/double-spiralling-infinity.jpg

Quadruple Spiralling Infinity
A simplified version using 1mm strands can be found here

http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/mobius/images/quadruple-spiralling-infinity.jpg

Edit: Update

A couple more designs along the same theme.

Double Insane Infinity
http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/mobius/images/double-insane-infinity.jpg

Infinitely Insane
http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/mobius/images/infininatly-insane.jpg

Any thoughts? (apart from I'm slightly mad)

[Updated on: Sat, 30 October 2010 11:25 UTC]

 Topic: Get a Handle!
Get a Handle! [message #19410] Tue, 19 October 2010 18:53 UTC
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My latest design to make your life easier http://www.shapeways.com/model/166773/get_a_handle.html?gid= ug8552


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 Topic: Halloween Cat
Halloween Cat [message #18625] Fri, 01 October 2010 21:57 UTC
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Hi,

Since Shapeways evidentally is hoping to make some Halloween sales, I thought I'd help by offering "Sparkle Cat", whose colors are appropriate, I think. It should make a nice little Halloween trinket for a girl.

index.php?t=getfile&id=5291&private=0

http://www.shapeways.com/model/160724/sparkle_cat.html?gid=u g28511

 Topic: 62 Dice designs in 1 month
62 Dice designs in 1 month [message #18592] Fri, 01 October 2010 00:09 UTC
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Hey Shapers,

Just realized now while uploading new dice designs that this category in my shop has now
62 Dice designs and i designed them all in the last month, Sept 2010 ! Shocked

Almost all of them have actual real pictures showing how they turned out in 3D printing.

Some more high-res pictures can be viewed at this thread:
http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=3307&a mp;start=0&


Thanks every one who ordered them - i will do my best to excel further at this interesting niche.

index.php?t=getfile&id=5284&private=0




Cheers,
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 Topic: I Ching pendants
I Ching pendants [message #16985] Tue, 31 August 2010 01:04 UTC
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Hey, guys. Here's my latest set of designs; my first foray into jewellery (thumbnails are clickable for larger versions).

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab218/DrawnSteelHero/th_i-chingpendants01.png

They're hexagrams, for fans (is that even the right word?) of the I Ching.
The hexagrams shown above each consist of two halves, an upper trigram and a lower trigram. There are eight trigrams (with upper and lower versions, totalling sixteen models). Any upper trigram can be worn on its own, or it can be threaded alongside a lower trigram for a combination of up to 64 hexagrams.

Above, from left to right, we have upper and lower versions of:
Chi'en (heaven/sky), K'un (earth), Chen (thunder), K'an (water), Ken (mountain), Sun (wind), Tui (marsh/lake), and Li (fire)

Below is an example of how the pendants go together. Here we have a Chen upper trigram and a K'an lower. By threading the Chen trigram on top of the K'an, we get the hexagram Chien (Removing Obstacles).

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab218/DrawnSteelHero/th_i-chingpendants02.png

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab218/DrawnSteelHero/th_i-chingpendants03.png

Hopefully I'll be test-printing a pair very soon, then uploading the full set! Smile

Andy
 Topic: rims for my 1:5 scale project car (trike)
rims for my 1:5 scale project car (trike) [message #16882] Sat, 28 August 2010 15:17 UTC
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index.php?t=getfile&id=4761&private=0

the body is already cnc-mild out of foam laminated with glass fiber. Modeling the rims now to be printed in 3d.

this is a project for school modeling a 1 to 5 model of a self designed transport vehicle. It will be a 2 seat(sitting behind each other) trike of witch the back part gen tilt in the corners (up to 20 deg)

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 Topic: Gladiator miniature #2 (Retiarii)
Gladiator miniature #2 (Retiarii) [message #15108] Fri, 23 July 2010 07:47 UTC
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Here's the next character in my gladiator miniatures set. I started with the Secutor which is finished and uploaded. Now I'm half way done the Retiarii. I'm working on the hair, then I'll finish with the body's clothing. I'd just like a lil' feedback and comments, thanks. Smile

(If you need anymore screens at better angles just say the word.)

index.php?t=getfile&id=4259&private=0

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 Topic: Barefoot Pendant
Barefoot Pendant [message #14749] Wed, 14 July 2010 22:40 UTC
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This was inspired by the now infamous barefoot bandit. He got his start near where I live over 2 years ago. (Google him, he's all over the news). He was "seen" barefoot, and also started leaving barefoot drawings in places he "visited". So I thought I'd create a pendant and some earrings for those who want to feel as free as Colton Harris-Moore is no longer.

Besides a 3D printed piece of artwork is better than a stupid T-Shirt right? Very Happy

http://www.shapeways.com/model/136774/barefoot_pendant.html

http://www.shapeways.com/model/136790/barefoot_earrings.html



[Updated on: Wed, 14 July 2010 23:48 UTC]

 Topic: My SIGGRAPH2010 entry
My SIGGRAPH2010 entry [message #14236] Thu, 01 July 2010 22:54 UTC
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It took a lot of sweat and pain to get this one ready in time, but I give you :

Eyjafjallajökull

index.php?t=getfile&id=3995&private=0

An ode to that beautiful volcano that gave us a Europe without planes and with clear blue skies, for a while anyway Very Happy

It consists of three parts :


  1. 1 An intricate network of two separate gyroid shapes, printed in color sandstone, with bright but subtle earth colors which serves as a base :
    http://www.shapeways.com/model/132491/eyjafjallaj__kull_base .html

  2. 2 In the base stands an Alumide (or S&F) Smoketree.
    http://www.shapeways.com/model/133549/eyjafjallaj__kull_smok e.html

  3. 3 And on the tips of the tree : anything Shapeways wishes to display or hang up for grabs : pendants, rings, bracelets, thingy's.
    Preferably from a wide range of Shapeways designers :
    http://www.shapeways.com/themes/jewelry
    And a handfull of summer bracelets of course Wink
    http://www.shapeways.com/model/130911/cubichain_bracelet.htm l



Hope you like it !

Stijn

Sidenote : The tips of the tree might be fragile in Alumide, but I wouldn't mind if a few pieces broke of, every seen perfect trees ? Wink

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 Topic: A ballpoint pen
A ballpoint pen [message #14094] Tue, 29 June 2010 19:24 UTC
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A simple ballpoint pen based around a Standard Ballpoint Pen Refill. Printing it now, hopefully the mechanism will work Embarassed , if so more designs to come. Cool
index.php?t=getfile&id=3976&private=0

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 Topic: Fractal Pendant
Fractal Pendant [message #12902] Sun, 16 May 2010 21:34 UTC
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Hi all,

I was wondering I could try to print to try Gold Plated Stainless Steel.
I have been quite unfortunate these last times, with the new rules for Stainless Steel. 95% of my stainless steel designs cannot been printed anymore.
So I decided to do something new with 3mm thickness (yes, I know... it's big).
Here is the result : the fractal pendant.
index.php?t=getfile&id=3588&private=0
I hope it will not infringe the spaghetti rule of any other exisiting or non-existing-yet rule.
I will order it tonight and will let you know.
Bye.

[Updated on: Sun, 16 May 2010 21:37 UTC]

 Topic: Inverted Mime
Inverted Mime [message #11738] Tue, 13 April 2010 14:59 UTC
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A parallel universe would have a box pretending to have a mime trapped in it.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/110662/inverted_mime.html


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 Topic: Stainless Steel Clip Ideas
Stainless Steel Clip Ideas [message #11670] Sun, 11 April 2010 14:35 UTC
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So im building this frame that I want to be able to hold multiple inserts.

For example: its a keychain that is printed from stainless steel. Then, you buy several different inserts (WSF, Color, etc) that you can just pop into the keychain. This way, you have a strong case (Stainless Steel - Also an investment) and several different inserts so you can change your style at a moments notice. (WSF, or Color - Cheap)

My problem is keeping the inserts in the Frame at all times, while keeping it as simple as possible for a customer to order it and start using it with the least amount of work on their part.

Here is what im trying to make:

index.php?t=getfile&id=3233&private=0

Thoughts:

Can I use a machine screw that goes into a hole in the stainless WITHOUT a threaded insert?

Could i design a quarter turn screw in stainless steal as part of the model? (the 3mm wall thickness is killing me on this one...but i can work with it)

Could it be a sliding clip?

Any ideas/ experience with Stainless would be extremely helpful!

[Updated on: Sun, 11 April 2010 14:36 UTC]


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 Topic: Band
Band [message #11521] Wed, 07 April 2010 14:38 UTC
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Yesterday my fiance purchased me a titanium ring. I wanted to see how much it would cost in stainless so I drew it up. It would have cost $75 less in stainless Razz. But I like the simplicity of it, so I made it a co-creator. http://www.shapeways.com/model/109237/ring_copy.html#templat e-details


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 Topic: I'm such a card
I'm such a card [message #10774] Mon, 15 March 2010 17:15 UTC
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I was thinking a deck of transparent detail cards would be cool. I've seen a deck like it but it still has solid backs so you can't see what card it is from across the table. Not only that but the cards would have to be small cause 52 times any size card would probably get expensive quick. So then I thought, I have a full house, why not make a full house hand of cards with my family on it. So tada http://www.shapeways.com/model/102141/full_house.html#templa te-details . Before that though I made this http://www.shapeways.com/model/101928/cards.html because not only am I a card (which I really didn't know I was until I looked it up on Google. If you're called a card it means your a funny character), but I'm also a Joker. I hope they print as awesome as the renders look.


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 Topic: Sketchup Pro 7.1 Manifold issues recurring
Sketchup Pro 7.1 Manifold issues recurring [message #9938] Sun, 14 February 2010 05:07 UTC
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Just checking to see if anyone else is having issues with Sketchup files lately. I use the Sketchup->Meshlabs->Acutrans pipeline and have created models for print successfully, but now I'm getting manifold problems even when loading up a previously successful model. Checking/cleaning with Meshlabs and Accutrans shows watertight meshes with correct normals and no-manifold or verticies issues. Checking with Blender produces either a clean manifold report or the whole thing is non-manifold (Blender isn't my strong suit so might be dorking that up, though I did follow the tutorials).

I know there isn't a file attached, but I have sent one of my files to Shapeways to look at (maybe I'm just cluing out on something), so I'm looking for others who might be having the same issue recently or who have concocted better solutions.

Thanks!
 Topic: Making my animations real
Making my animations real [message #6797] Thu, 24 September 2009 09:40 UTC
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Ive been learning how to animate using blender and after about 1.5 months staring at my characters onscreen I decided to get one printed, just ordered it today Very Happy

For anyone interested, here's a link to the first part of the animation :

http://www.vimeo.com/6663345

Im having the camera printed - its a simple model but Id like to have it sitting on my desk while I animate it Very Happy

[Updated on: Thu, 24 September 2009 09:42 UTC]

 Topic: Anyring
Anyring [message #6436] Fri, 11 September 2009 12:36 UTC
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Am I the only one developing things? lol jk

So Anyring
http://www.shapeways.com/model/51260/anyring.html
I've been working on the idea the last few days. I was thinking of joints and axles. I wanted to make something that could move in all directions except where the joint was attached. I started with 2 rings and 2 barrings. I thought this will work great... till I looked at it from the side. Not only would the barrings roam free if the rings were aligned, but the rings would more then easily slide apart. Then I went with an idea I had a few years ago. an idea I call a moving surface. It involves a globe rotating around another globe, which would probably work, but way too much surface area, and removing the build material in between would be difficult, and cause much friction. So I came to this design. Same idea as the globes but took it down to rings. 3 rings with 2 barrings. At first I noticed when the rings were aligned the barrings would roam, so I attached them together. They can't escape the inner and outer rings because they are in a groove in the rings that closes in on the top. Then I thought the barrings would be able to not only roam but rock back and forth now that they are not just spheres, so I joined the 2 sets with a ring. So (to be tested) the inner ring should be able to face any direction (didn't include axles so no limitations on rotation) and be able to spin. Now (if it works) all I have to do is figure out how I would robotically move the center. I'll put images on the item seeing max files per message is now 1?


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 Topic: Bracelet in Stainless
Bracelet in Stainless [message #6383] Wed, 09 September 2009 13:14 UTC
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Well seeing I've sold more of my bracelet then anything else, I made it to be printed in stainless. http://www.shapeways.com/model/50760/bracelet_stainless.html Would go well with a Stainless Mayan Calender Pendent, which comes out to $24 something in stainless.


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 Topic: Thermal Engine
Thermal Engine [message #5684] Wed, 05 August 2009 14:35 UTC
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I just noticed today someone ordered my thermal engine. Well 2 copies of it Very Happy. If this person would so kindly let me know how it comes out when they get it. I haven't had a chance to print it yet, besides it's on my stainless wish list for high heat testing. Plus it is a theory of my own that it will work. Haven't seen anything like it out there. But if my noggin is working right than so should it.

[Updated on: Wed, 05 August 2009 14:36 UTC]


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 Topic: the Steam Gondela
the Steam Gondela [message #4592] Sun, 24 May 2009 20:11 UTC
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index.php?t=getfile&id=764&private=0

this is what i have so far, its meant to be a steam punky style air ship. but with a fantacy twist.


should i put the lasting and stuff on the top (the same as the back fins) or is that gonna be to much for the over all look?

also any ideas for a figurehead



just hope i get some responces this time

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 Topic: South Pointing Chariot
South Pointing Chariot [message #4511] Tue, 19 May 2009 20:40 UTC
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Hi,
I'm working on a south pointing chariot (ignore the wheels, they're not finished).

index.php?t=getfile&id=742&private=0

Ideally I want this to be printed in one piece, i.e. with the gears already on the axle. I have two ideas to achieve this.

1. Have the gears located in their correct position with sufficient clearance, so that my model doesn't become one solid piece (but not too much or the gears will become 'sloppy').

2. Have the gears positioned away from their normal position, further along the axle with the axle reduced for greater clearance. After printing the gears would be moved into position on the thicker part of the axle, and maybe locked in place with a clip on ring of some sort.

I would welcome any thoughts, ideas or comments!

Best regards, Ian.

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 Topic: Click-together and frictional parts?
Click-together and frictional parts? [message #4508] Tue, 19 May 2009 17:31 UTC
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Hello,

What are the design specifics for designing click-together parts in WSF?
Also how does it held up to friction?
Are all designed clearances about 0.2mm?

Also how much for given thickness and mm2 does the WSF flex? I have designed my parts with 2mm thickness and 60mm long and I hope it to flex, when pressed, about 2 to 4mm.

I want to design a ribbed outer click stop ring around a tube that drives/moves another tube inside it and I want it all to click together.
I´m designing an optical gadget that will have diopter correction in btw.

Thanks,
T

[Updated on: Tue, 19 May 2009 17:34 UTC]

 Topic: Gear Heart
Gear Heart [message #4421] Thu, 14 May 2009 20:52 UTC
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Hi Shapies,

Here is my latest piece, Gear Heart; an extension of the Gear Ball project and Maker Faire contest entry.

It is also a tribute to papercraft artist Haruki Nakamura's kinetic sculpture, Gear's Heart.
(His amazing YouTube video can be seen here: Gear's Heart)

Gear Heart
http://www.kilbit.com/gear_heart.jpg

A sample of what it looks like when rotated.
http://www.kilbit.com/gear_heart_rotated.jpg

It looks good in red. Smile
http://www.kilbit.com/gear_heart_red.jpg

I started this topic because the 2+ pages of comments on the product page can get a little confusing.

Here are some answers to a few of the questions I've received:
The model has been ordered and is currently being printed. I will definitely post pictures (and video!) to the "It arrived!" forum when it arrives.
It uses the same core/connectors as the Gear Ball, so I don't anticipate any mechanical problems.
All 13 parts are hollow to a thickness of 2mm.
I do plan on acid dying it red, so I'll be sure to share that experience, too. Smile

The product page can be found, here:
http://www.shapeways.com/model/29355/gear_heart.html

I hope you all like it. Smile
If you do, please give it a rating!

Thanks!
David
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 Topic: First model
First model [message #3948] Fri, 17 April 2009 09:45 UTC
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So, I saw all of those wonderful mathematical knotty things and thought I'd try the same:

http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/8074/3curved.jpg

My inspiration for the shape was the mathematical figure, "Compound of 5 Tetrahedra." It took quite a while faffing around in blender to get that thing right. I had a pretty well-defined picture in my mind already, so the first step I did was create the outline of the shape except, instead of letting the wires follow the tetrahedra, I had them start at the vertex then angle down into the five-pointed star. This produced a messy, angular shape, which I had intended to use as a jump-point to a more pleasant version.
So I rotated the intersections points a bit and put some more resolution in the arms. At this point though, there wasn't the interlocking of adjacent strands you see here. I also had to figure out exactly how I was going to duplicate the single component across the entire model, since there was no way I could work with the whole thing at the same time! In the end I had to use 4 array modifiers, producing 3, 2, 2 and 5 copies each, for a total of 60 copies of the initial piece. After some fiddling I got the merging working nicely and I increased the rotation to obtain the interlocking.
Deciding that using simple subsurf wasn't going to cut it, I replaced the old arm with a new one made of a beveled curve to get a more uniform appearance. After converting it and manually filling in faces/vertex pushing to get it to merge at the intersections, and you have what you see here!

Here is the uploaded model page Initially I tried to upload a 3-level subsurfed model - oops - 600,000 or so triangles >_< Just 160k with level 2, thankfully.

[Updated on: Fri, 17 April 2009 10:50 UTC]

 Topic: Puzzle shop - price drop
Puzzle shop - price drop [message #3728] Fri, 03 April 2009 09:15 UTC
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Now that I have a range of puzzles on offer I have decided to rationalise the price list and offer you some top quality items with minimal mark-up.
The larger puzzles warrant an order of their own, whilst the smaller ones make great fillers when you need to top that order up to $25.

Catalogue at 3rd April 2009
http://www.shapeways.com/shoplogo/105.jpg

  1. Steady State Cube - 2.4 cm - $25
  2. Happiness Cube - 2.1 cm - $20
  3. Cubed Burr II - 2.1 cm - $20
  4. Primary Gain Cube - 1.6 cm - $10
  5. Tertiary Gain Cube - 1.6 cm - $10
  6. Inside Out Cube - 1.5 cm - $9
  7. The Seldom Seen Cube - 1.5 cm - $9
  8. World's Smallest Cube Puzzle - 0.75 cm - $2

Treat yourself to a challenge.

[Updated on: Fri, 03 April 2009 09:29 UTC]


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 Topic: Justice has a gatling gun
Justice has a gatling gun [message #3615] Sun, 29 March 2009 13:03 UTC
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Current work in progress:

Lady Justice with a cigar and a Gatling gun...
I present to you the Gatling gun, the rest will follow.

[img]index.php?t=getfile&id=428&private=0[/img

Once it's finalized I'll have it printed.
Comments and advice are welcome,

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