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 Topic: 3D Printing and Patents
3D Printing and Patents [message #40930] Fri, 30 December 2011 13:11 UTC
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Those of you that are really interested in what 3D printing could do should read this



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 Topic: Open sourced civilization
Open sourced civilization [message #40764] Mon, 26 December 2011 19:45 UTC
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http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/marcin_jakubowski.html

This is a TED talk describing an effort to make things like tractors with open source designs, free of planned obsolescence issues, easy to understand and repair yourself.

This is the actual wiki if you want to see the details of the designs. http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/Main_Page

-Lightbringer

You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyways.
-Lan Mandragoran, Wheel of Time

[Updated on: Mon, 26 December 2011 19:46 UTC]

 Topic: Mineways: Minecraft to Shapeways
Mineways: Minecraft to Shapeways [message #40755] Mon, 26 December 2011 14:15 UTC
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Really, the title says it all, except for adding the link, go here. Mineways is a little (open-source & free) program I released the day before Christmas, for extracting models from a Minecraft world and printing them on Shapeways. I'm happy to see stores already popping up, like here and here, in addition to my own.

Enjoy!

Eric

http://realtimerendering.com/erich/minecraft/public/mineways/images/leffie_real_thumb.jpg

[Updated on: Mon, 26 December 2011 14:46 UTC]

 Topic: test server top priority
test server top priority [message #40676] Fri, 23 December 2011 03:30 UTC
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once they fix uservoice please vote on my petition to not make any more changes until a test server is up and we can test the changes first.

http://feedback.shapeways.com/forums/111989-shapeways-feedba ck/suggestions/2457232-test-site

will change wording to be more specific once I can.


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 Topic: Default material option
Default material option [message #40620] Thu, 22 December 2011 02:09 UTC
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So I just uploaded two models for private sale and wanted to remove the default material of WSF. Unless I imagined it the usual little blue triangle in the corner was how I managed to do this with the first model.

I then logged out (had to check the link worked) and then logged back in. Now, the little blue triangle is missing and the text words of "default material" have replaced it. The only problem is THIS IS NOT WORKING.

No matter how I click it, get out of edit mode, update materials and pricing, etc., NOTHING works!

Has Shapeways just now made a change to this and not tested it?

Running Google Chrome under Win7.

EDITED: I have confirmed this is a problem with using Google Chrome - I just opened up Internet Explorer and was able to make the change with no problem. Went back into Chrome and still no luck.

Glenn

[Updated on: Thu, 22 December 2011 02:16 UTC]


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 Topic: Thin Pliable (rubber, silicone) Cord
Thin Pliable (rubber, silicone) Cord [message #40607] Wed, 21 December 2011 22:46 UTC
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I have been racking my brains as well as my time to find a good fit for a project I am working on. I want to make/order a product that I can use as an air hose i.e. underwater, air pilot for figure modeling. I preferably would want it to be horizontally ribbed. The maximum radius would be ~1 mm. Any thoughts.

BTW. I have already attempted to cast a silicone hose but the size (2 mm) made it difficult and messy.
 Topic: Any Seattle area 3D Hobbyists?
Any Seattle area 3D Hobbyists? [message #40037] Fri, 09 December 2011 23:06 UTC
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3D Hobbyists needed for Microsoft User Research Study
 
Are you are a 3D printing enthusiast?  Each year our User Researchers go out in the field to pursue a new interest.  This year a group of researchers want to learn more about 3D printing and they need your help!  

If you are a 3D printing enthusiast and are local to the Seattle/Puget Sound area, our User Researchers would like to come visit you.   Visits are taking place on Monday, December 12th through Tuesday, December 13th and will take no longer than 90 minutes of your time.  Our scheduling team will work with you to find a mutually convenient time. 

If you'd like to be a part of this study, please send the following information to uccoord@microsoft.com with "3D Hobbyists" in the subject line:

1. Name/Phone Number:
2. Job Title/ Company:
3. Do you own a 3D printer?
4. Do you use a 3D print shop?
• If so, what is the name of the print shop you go to?
5. Are you willing to have a User Researcher visit you on Monday, December 12h or Tuesday, December 13th?

Interested in other research opportunities? Sign up online at www.microsoft.com/UserResearch.

 
 Topic: I got blogged .. on designer spotlight at fabberforge.com
I got blogged .. on designer spotlight at fabberforge.com [message #39642] Thu, 01 December 2011 04:15 UTC
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This author has a really great talent for blogging, he took few of my answers by email and featured me & my work at a "designer spotlight" section.

http://www.fabberforge.com/fabnews/2011/12/1/designer-spotli ght-dizingof-1.html


Great read! Wink






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 Topic: Problem with reject models printed several time before?
icon13.gif  Problem with reject models printed several time before? [message #39559] Wed, 30 November 2011 03:05 UTC
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Anyone had problems in the last month with rejected products?
In the past two years I never had problem with a single order that I did, but this month 90% of the orders that I did were rejected.
They don't want to print anymore models printed several time before.
Anyone with the same problem?
Thank you
 Topic: Discovery : New revolutionary material can be worked like glass
Discovery : New revolutionary material can be worked like glass [message #38953] Mon, 21 November 2011 11:27 UTC
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I am wondering if there can be applications to 3D Printing...
http://www.espci.fr/en/news/2011-294/discovery-new-revolutio nary
It is an expoxy resin that behaves like glass and thus can be welded, recycled etc...
Ludwik Leibler is also the guy behind the self-healing rubber...

[Updated on: Mon, 21 November 2011 11:29 UTC]


So many things to design, so little time...
 Topic: The bandwagon is rolling!
The bandwagon is rolling! [message #38570] Mon, 14 November 2011 22:14 UTC
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The YouTube video for my Twin Rail Mobius pendant is currently enjoying 9-14,000 views per day.

If you have a youtube video of a similar mobius or math art item, please feel free to add your video as a video response for some extra exposure.

Paul
 Topic: shapeways at wired shop
shapeways at wired shop [message #38538] Mon, 14 November 2011 15:36 UTC
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It's very cool to see some of our shapeways products in Wired's holiday store.

And am excited to see my iPad 2 Wrap: Tree among them.

They have a pop-up shop opening in Times Square this week where they'll have these products on display. I'll be up in NYC this weekend and hopefully get some pics of the shapeways items in the shop.


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 Topic: 3d view coming back? and fixing weird orientation
3d view coming back? and fixing weird orientation [message #38318] Thu, 10 November 2011 17:06 UTC
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Is the 3d view coming back anytime soon? The reason why I ask is that I just uploaded something and the default view is of the base of it and you can't really see the important parts of the object. Normally this wouldn't matter to me so much but it is my first color upload with a texture and I just wanted to check to make sure the texture mapped onto the object correctly (only UV maps are supported and I wasn't quite sure if that is what I had- if I could just see it then I'd know.) Any way I can rotate the thing? Thanks

[Updated on: Thu, 10 November 2011 17:07 UTC]

 Topic: Drawing smooth shere
Drawing smooth shere [message #38293] Thu, 10 November 2011 10:59 UTC
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Best creative people,

Question. I'm drawing a 3D object in Autocat.
It's a shere. Problem is that exsist of all little segments and I want it to be a smooth round shere. Does someone know if we can define the amount of segments when you revolve a object? Or maybe you have to presise this already when you draw a circle?
Any advise is welcome!

Kind regards,

Sanne
 Topic: Petition for Finishing Options
Petition for Finishing Options [message #38186] Tue, 08 November 2011 19:59 UTC
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Dear Shapeways users:

For my own prints, the option to have a finish applied (food safe shellac, polyurethane, etc) to models, especially Z-corp materials, would be a boon.

I've requested this in emails and was told that Shapeways is considering it if the demand is high enough. Naively, I assume it would be, and created this petition to try and objectively illustrate that:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/food-safe-finish-option-for -printed-objects/

If you would like to have the option for finishes to be applied to your models, please follow the link and sign! If there are enough signees, it may help convince Shapeways to provide finishing options for models.

Thanks for considering!

t3s

ps Finishes can be protective, make items food safe, smoothen the surfaces (sandstone z-corp material is rough against skin, for example, but some coats of shellac, even a wax coating, make a big difference), etc. It would be pretty low tech for Shapeways to implement a surface spray option (low tech relative to everything else that they offer!).

pps If you support this, please email to others you think might be on board as well.
 Topic: Laser Cutting
Laser Cutting [message #38149] Mon, 07 November 2011 23:32 UTC
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I am looking into renting a Helix 75W Laser Cutter. Would anyone be interested in stuff cut or etched with it?

24" x 18" Cutting area. Maximum material thickness 8.5"

Can read many inputs including I res photos.

For starters could cut for $100+material cost+shipping may have to change prices in the future depending on how slow the machine is.


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 Topic: Ceramics rule update: Multiple Parts per File
Ceramics rule update: Multiple Parts per File [message #37963] Fri, 04 November 2011 19:44 UTC
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Hey all,

We are making a small update to our design rules for how to put multiple parts in a file. Ceramics does not have a start up fee, so it is ok to put multiple parts (non-interlocking) into one file. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you do:

Parts should not be nested
http://www.shapeways.com/topics/udesign/design-rules/ceramics/part_nested.jpg

The longest dimension of all parts must be on the same plane
http://www.shapeways.com/topics/udesign/design-rules/ceramics/part_orientation.jpg

Individual parts in an STL should have bounding box where the dimensions add up to above 120mm.
http://www.shapeways.com/topics/udesign/design-rules/ceramics/part_smallparts.jpg

The rules are updated on the Ceramics Design Rules Page.

Thanks, and let me know if you have any more questions.

Nancy



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 Topic: Test Post - please delete
Test Post - please delete [message #37420] Thu, 27 October 2011 01:39 UTC
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Test Post - please delete

[Updated on: Thu, 27 October 2011 17:33 UTC]

 Topic: Let's get married
Let's get married [message #37291] Tue, 25 October 2011 05:32 UTC
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Hi shapers,

A friend of mine invited me to her wedding, and finally I came up with a gift that she might love. She does own a wine store after all!

index.php?t=getfile&id=11606&private=0

 Topic: guidelines for custom ipad wraps
guidelines for custom ipad wraps [message #37113] Fri, 21 October 2011 14:35 UTC
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i made a new post showing off some of the custom ipad wraps i've been creating for customers. Also I detailed the process of getting your own custom wrap. any comments or suggestions on the clearness of my directions/presentation would be appreciated. thanks.

http://www.jbaredesign.com/design-sense/custom-wraps-for-you r-ipad-2.html


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 Topic: Integrated Product Design Masters Programs
Integrated Product Design Masters Programs [message #37025] Thu, 20 October 2011 14:24 UTC
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Hey Shapeways community,

I am working my way through my final year of mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and I am currently looking at pursuing a masters degree in something like Integrated Product Design. I figured the Shapeways community might be a good place to look for more information.

I am especially interested in programs that are a combination of the engineering, art, and business departments, like the "Engineering Design and Innovaton" masters at Northwestern University or the IPD program at University of Pennsylvania.

The schools I've found so far include:
1. Northwestern U
2. Carnegie Mellon
3. Brunel (in London)
4. U. Pennsylvania
5. TU Delft (in the Netherlands)

Do any of you on the forum know anything about these programs (beyond what is on their websites, of course)? Do you know of any other schools with masters programs in integrated product design (or something like it)? (American schools would be most helpful, but international schools would be welcome too.)

Does anyone here have an IPD masters degree (or something similar)? What kinds of awesome things have you done with it?

Thank you. I look forward to your responses.

Eitan
 Topic: Steampunk Dice Giveaway Contest
Steampunk Dice Giveaway Contest [message #36671] Fri, 14 October 2011 21:30 UTC
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Hello all,

SteamCon is this weekend and I'm holding a contest to give away a free set of my Steampunk Dice. If you are interested in participating please follow me on twitter @Avandius and there will be an additional announcement this evening explaining the rules, as well as over the weekend.

The more followers the better material I give out. Smile So feel free to retweet.

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/masterworks?section=Steampunk +Dice

Cheers and good luck!

Seth


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 Topic: Active users?
Active users? [message #36653] Fri, 14 October 2011 19:51 UTC
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Does anyone know how many active users are into this site? and how many of them buy things from the site?


Riddle, riddle riddle...
 Topic: Have to pay through paypal now?
Have to pay through paypal now? [message #36367] Mon, 10 October 2011 20:35 UTC
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I'm finding the ordering process to be difficult now. I usedto be able to just pay directly for the price of the models right here on Shapeways, now if I pay through my bank I have to actually physically go to my bank to make the final purchase using shapeways account number, invoice number, etc... or instead use paypal which charges extra fees.

I'm complaining because now I have to wait 8 business days for paypal to clear my payment before it's sent to Shapeways, and I was charged extra by paypal...

Could we please have a secure https payment page here on Shapeways so there's no need for paypal or other annoying payment methods?

[Updated on: Mon, 10 October 2011 21:19 UTC]

 Topic: Freelancer.com for 3D modeling gigs
Freelancer.com for 3D modeling gigs [message #36300] Mon, 10 October 2011 05:21 UTC
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Hey All,

I just noticed a job posted on freelancer.com to 3D model for 3D printing with Shapeways.

Might be something worth keeping an eye on?

http://www.freelancer.com/projects/Rendering-threed-modellin g/model-cellphone-cases-handbags-amp.html




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 Topic: Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs
Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs [message #36115] Fri, 07 October 2011 08:10 UTC
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Some of us, like Dizingof or Trompevenlo, sometimes insert the rendering of their creations into real pictures: I guess they will appreciate this new technique which is really impressive:
http://vimeo.com/28962540
The interface seems also very intuitive.


So many things to design, so little time...
 Topic: 3D printing - Wikipedia
3D printing - Wikipedia [message #35652] Sun, 02 October 2011 08:09 UTC
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Shapeways are mentioned in the Wikipedia page about 3D printing Smile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing

And Shapeways have their own page on Wikipedia Cool
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapeways




[Updated on: Sun, 02 October 2011 08:10 UTC]

 Topic: Urbee 3D printed car goes on display in Canada
Urbee 3D printed car goes on display in Canada [message #35061] Sun, 25 September 2011 09:00 UTC
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Urbee 3D printed car goes on display in Canada

"...Although the vehicle has been in development for several years, its complete printed body shell has never been seen publicly before..."

...Currently it is only the Urbee's body panels that are printed - by Minneapolis-based Stratasys. However, Mr Kor said he hoped that other parts would be produced this way in future...

More info and videos via SmartPlanet.com

 Topic: Questions about the new shipping costs
Questions about the new shipping costs [message #34992] Fri, 23 September 2011 15:59 UTC
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Related to : http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1012-An-Update-to-the -Shapeways-Pricing-Structure.html

"EU Countries" :

Does this mean:

a) Countries of the European Union only ?
b) countries of Europe (geographical) ?
c) Countries of the European Union + Norway and Switzerland ?
d) Countries of the European Union with outermost regions (OMR) ?
e) Countries of the European Union with outermost regions (OMR) + Norway and Switzerland ?

I'm sure I forgot some other options...

Thanks a lot for the answer !
 Topic: 'Beta version' - What does this mean.
'Beta version' - What does this mean. [message #34517] Sun, 18 September 2011 07:33 UTC
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NOTE: I fully expect forum members to chime in and say how they expect Shapeways is using this term - I'm not interested in that. I am interested in what Shapeways themselves mean by this term.

index.php?t=getfile&id=11032&private=0
For some while now, Shapeways has had this little 'Beta version' flag on its banner.

A while back, there was a post about this here. It never drew a response from anyone who works at Shapeways.

So I'd like to ask again.

What does Shapeways mean by 'Beta version'?

 Topic: New Full color Sandstone process / guidelines
New Full color Sandstone process / guidelines [message #34349] Fri, 16 September 2011 12:13 UTC
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http://www.shapeways.com/design-rules/full_color_sandstone

Just saw this - cool!
2mm solid walls, better colors AND interlocking objects!

Too bad my latest FCS batch went into production tonight... :-/

But moveable parts - how cool is THAT?

[Updated on: Fri, 16 September 2011 14:21 UTC] by Moderator

 Topic: UPS to Thailand ?
UPS to Thailand ? [message #34346] Fri, 16 September 2011 11:38 UTC
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Just on the off-chance has anybody had stuff sent from Shapeways to Thailand ?

I was wondering what charges UPS were likely to add to any customs duty ? Could not find anything on the UPS/Thailand website.

I'm planning on sending a batch of trains there to be worked on and painted as I want to expand but have not got the time to do the work myself. There is, sadly, no way I can afford to employ someone at European wages and sell my stuff at a profit at the end of it.

Tom
 Topic: New Cabinet model
icon12.gif  New Cabinet model [message #34280] Thu, 15 September 2011 16:20 UTC
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New cabinet model has been added at

http://www.free3dmodelss.com

Laughing

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 Topic: free 3d models for Rhino3d
free 3d models for Rhino3d [message #33989] Thu, 08 September 2011 07:44 UTC
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Hi,

In case you're using Rhino3d, you might find http://vihrogone.com a useful source of free 3d models in 3dm format.

Available also there is a 3d model of hook for earrings (the one shapeways adds as packaging instructions)


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 Topic: Free Decimation tool tutorial
Free Decimation tool tutorial [message #33838] Tue, 06 September 2011 12:12 UTC
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The following is great free tool for lowering your model's density to below 1 million triangles - so you can 3D print it with shapeways.

Zbrush users can use the Decimation plugin, but if you're $700 short here is how to do it for FREE

Download Meshlab [free open source 3D tool]

How to decimate - Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWM6EGVVNQU&feature=relat ed


Happy decimation


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 Topic: (ponoko) New material: Glazed Ceramic for 3D printing YEAH!
(ponoko) New material: Glazed Ceramic for 3D printing YEAH! [message #33007] Sat, 20 August 2011 19:31 UTC
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http://blog.ponoko.com/2011/08/19/new-material-glazed-cerami c-for-3d-printing-yeah/

Quote:


Pricing
Pricing for this material starts at an affordable $0.20/cm2 for free Personal Factory accounts and $0.18/cm2 for Prime. Pricing is in cm2 instead of cm3, because pricing is based on the surface area of your design.



Sounds familiar Wink

Sure hope it comes back here, once all the kinks are out!


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 Topic: new architechural model has bee added
icon12.gif  new architechural model has bee added [message #32803] Tue, 16 August 2011 18:08 UTC
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More new model has been added for the architectural purpose and material is also added

the material like

ovil oil

blub and many more are there

please check it out

at www.free3dmodelss.com


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 Topic: 3D maps by nokia
3D maps by nokia [message #32743] Mon, 15 August 2011 16:08 UTC
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Just saw this. 3d maps generated by combining satellite and street view images. (and maybe some laser scanning, not sure) very cool!


Link to helsinki =)
 Topic: Journal of Mathematics and the Arts
Journal of Mathematics and the Arts [message #32562] Fri, 12 August 2011 08:09 UTC
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There are a lot of interesting algorithmic, procedurally generated or otherwise mathematical designs getting made on Shapeways, and so I thought I'd let people know about the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.

From the website:
Quote:

Journal of Mathematics and the Arts is a peer reviewed journal that focuses on connections between mathematics and the arts. It publishes articles of interest for readers who are engaged in using mathematics in the creation of works of art, who seek to understand art arising from mathematical or scientific endeavors, or who strive to explore the mathematical implications of artistic works.

There are some freely available sample articles here. Also see Call for Artists.

If there is interesting mathematics that comes up in your work, you might consider submitting a paper about it to the journal.
 Topic: Update Image
Update Image [message #32492] Thu, 11 August 2011 09:23 UTC
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I still want to have all the front icons in the new optic (a little bit bigger as before).
Currently I have to download the stl and upload it to force the recreation of the icon.

What's about a simple interface like this:
http://www.shapeways.com/batch/recreatImage.php?model=278436 &angleX=-90
(precondition user is logged in and owns the model)
to create a new image with the model rotated -90 degrees around x.

Maybe this easy technique could also solve the material handling problem:
http://www.shapeways.com/batch/changeMaterial.php?model=2784 36&material=FUD&available=yes&markup=0.20&de fault=no

Such interfaces could be easily provided within hours to overcome problems on the web interface.
They could be enabled and disabled if needed.

Candidates could be:
- http://www.shapeways.com/batch/getModels
(get a list of all of my model numbers)
- http://www.shapeways.com/batch/getProperties?model=278436
(lists all properties of a model)
- http://www.shapeways.com/batch/getSellingInfo?model=278436
(lists the number of sold items for each material)
....

Would make life much easier ...

Woody64

[Updated on: Thu, 11 August 2011 09:31 UTC]


More then 7500 items sold over SW (but still a hobby)
Minifigcustomsin3d at: Facebook Flickr
References: 3d Printing Industries, CNN, J. Burks, Ugly Duckling, M.Evans, Stop Motion Film,Computer BILD
More then 270 shop items (more then 146 already printed once)
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