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[Shapeways] is our lemonade stand. Mostly to gain entrepreneurial muscles and work together. And we're having a blast trying it out.
Creating an awesome object from scratch is always fun and to hold it in your hands is magic but when you receive positive response from the community it was designed for is priceless!
I was able to prototype at such low cost, yet end up with a product that was great. Shapeways enabled me to take a finished product to investors & distributors.
3D printing technology allows us to capture our fantasies and imaginary forms.
When picking materials for your model, think about how the material will help to position it as a product. Is it an exclusive piece that you want to only offer in Premium Silver? Or a versatile design that looks great in a range of materials and price points?
Anyone can create 3D printed products using the 2D to 3D image popper, which allows you to turn a drawing or sketch into a 3D model. Learn more through this video tutorial.
Shapeways only charges you for the amount of material you use. There is no penalty for complexity or the bounding box of your model. This makes some products, like spectacles and jewelry, seem surprisingly inexpensive, while it makes other products more expensive. Here are three tricks to optimize your design for the lowest-cost 3D printing.
Like many of our printer technologies, our Full Color Sandstone printers work by laying down thin layers of powder and selectively binding this powder together to produce solid parts. Unlike our other printer technologies, this printer also uses a set of CMYK printheads to color the part while binding the powder together to produce the colorful solid parts.