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The Week in 3D Printing

This week in 3D printing, we discovered why green screens and St. Patrick’s Day don’t mix, enjoyed some magical dancing sculptures, got a tiny bit scared by some hyper-realistic robots, and watched some holograms try to get in on the 3D printing game.

No word on if it’ll let you rewind last night

Artist Toki’s stop motion sculpture is entirely 3D printed, and incredibly intricate. When light passes through it, an animated dancer appears, similar to a zoetrope. He says he’s trying to express the relationship between time and movement, and to “capture the beauty and nature of time itself.”

And they say robots won’t take over the world…

This skeleton may look like one of the 3D printed hosts in Westworld, but believe it or not, it’s even realer. Weta Workshop’s been creating hyper-realistic endoskeletons for use in movies and beyond, bringing tangibility to sci-fi.

Now read this section in a Dr. Evil voice

VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi interviewed Xbox co-founder Seasmus Blackley’s about how he’s working on a way to enable instant 3D printing — with the use of augmented reality and something AR firm Daqri has dubbed as “software defined light.” Much like how lasers inside a 3D printer fuse plastic, Blackley is working to project holograms into tanks of monomer, solidifying the parts touched by the light.

Desktop Vs. Service-Based 3D Printing: A Tale of Spaghetti

“What does this error message mean?!” “Wait, why is there only half a print?” “But… I JUST leveled it…”

While owning (and maintaining) a desktop 3D printer may sound like fun, it’s not for the faint of heart… or for those who lack fairly in-depth technical ability. Between constant leveling of the print bed, double-checking to make sure you’re not going to have a filament run-out, and the ever-possible “Whyyy did it just STOP?!?!?”, it can take some serious dedication to the project to make sure that printer is running at 100%, especially when it comes to constantly lubricating, tightening and adjusting. And while desktop 3D printing may SOUND more affordable, you really do need to shell out some serious coin to get a reliable printer. One day it’s running correct, next you’ve got a build plate full of spaghetti: 

Sometimes you need something that just works — and that’s where a service-based 3D printing platform like Shapeways come in.

Upon uploading to a site like shapeways.com, your file is automatically processed through an incredibly intricate system. Model checks are automatically performed to estimate whether or not your file is not only printable, but also what materials it can be printed in. Yes, materials. Metals, plastics, acrylics, porcelain — each material opening totally new doors of creativity.

Aside from providing pricing and lead time estimates, the system automatically checks any potentially problematic areas, and allows you to automatically fix them for the selected material, ensuring that it’s printable. That’s something you’ll only learn by trial and error on a home machine, potentially wasting filament and lots of time in the process. Then, the design is checked manually for printability by a Shapeways employee before it’s sent to the printers. Finally, each piece is hand-finished by production staff.

Once it’s ordered, your order arrives at your doorstep in a matter of days, a finished product of the highest possible quality and resolution in its material class. No more fiddling around with settings, layer height, slicers, or burns from loading up printers.

That said, there are also advantages to 3D printing at home, and ways that it can co-exist with a service-based model. If you’re not concerned about high-resolution finished products and have plenty of time to nurture your hobby, an inexpensive desktop 3D printer might be right for you. If you’re a product designer in the early stages of prototyping your design, having a manufacturing machine in your office can lead to a fast iteration in plastic of small- to medium-sized products. Once you’ve iterated and are happy with your design, then it’s time to send it over to a service-based platform for superior accuracy, minimal stepping, and the ability to receive it in multiple materials, ranging from plastics to precious metals and ceramics.

Tell us your experiences with transitioning from desktop to service-based 3D printing, or if you use both in tandem, in the comments below!

Share and Win — It’s That Easy

UPDATE: Originally this contest ran from November 2nd to November 30th. Due to overwhelming demand we have decided to extend it indefinitely until supplies last

If you’ve made something on Shapeways, you know how incredible it feels to hold an object in your hand that you’ve created, whether you designed it yourself, or simply chose the material. And with holiday shopping under way, there are thousands of people out there just waiting to see what you’ve created, from shoppers looking for gift ideas to people looking for a designer like you to make something special.

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A photo posted by Daphne Lameris (@lameris_jewelry) on

 

That’s why we’re offering you a chance to flaunt your creations AND win some Shapeways Swag in the process. Just take a pic of your latest 3D printed Shapeways wares, tag us on Instagram and Twitter, and use the hashtags #shap3Dbyme #contest. That’s it! Then, we’ll send you a free T-Shirt if you’re located in the United States! Fine print and details below.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide, and let us know what YOU’RE making that’s perfect for holiday gifting.

Win this T-Shirt when you share pics of your Shapeways creations with hashtags #shap3Dbyme #contest

Win this T-Shirt when you share pics of your Shapeways creations with hashtags #shap3Dbyme and #contest

 

T-shirt Giveaway Rules
1. Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways. It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest. Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter. Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means. By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

2. Prize. The winning entrant will receive one Shapeways-branded T-shirt.

3. Contest period. This contest is open while supplies last.  Shapeways will announce when supplies have been exhausted.  All entries must be received after that announcement will be void.

4. How to Enter. Tag a tweet or Instagram post with both #Shap3DByMe and #Contest. Entries must both hashtags to be eligible. Entries that do not include both hashtags will be considered incomplete and discarded. An individual may only enter this contest one time.

5. Winner Selection. All entries received while supplies of the prize last will receive a prize.

6. Winner notification. Winners will be notified the social media platform they used to enter. Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility and information required to send the prize to the winner. If Shapeways cannot contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable amount of time Shapeways will disqualify that entry.

7. Taxes. The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.

8. Liability and Jurisdiction. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA. Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final. By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering. Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to Community@shapeways.com.

9. Other Restrictions. Users discovered creating multiple Twitter or Instagram accounts in order to enter this contest will be disqualified from entry.

10. Additional Considerations. Shapeways is not responsible for (i) any typographical or other error in any communication relating to the Contest; (ii) lost, illegible, late, misdirected, or incomplete, entries or emails; (iii) interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), websites, telephone, cable or other connections; (iv) any technical failure or jumbled, garbled, corrupted, scrambled, failed, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; (v) hardware, software or network malfunctions; (vi) other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, or electronic; (vi) any damage to Participant’s or any other person’s computer resulting from participation of the Contest or downloading or uploading any materials.

Shapeways reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to (a) abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Contest, without notice or other obligation, in the event that Shapeways is prevented from continuing with the Contest or the integrity or feasibility of the Contest is undermined in any respect, including due to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, labor dispute, tampering or other unlawful act, or if, in the sole opinion of Shapeways, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, hacking, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which, in sole opinion of the Shapeways, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest; (b) determine winners from entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Shapeways; and/or (c) disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry or judging or process or operation of the Contest.

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram or Twitter. By entering this contest you agree to release Instagram and Twitter of all liability related to the contest.

F1 Racing Miniatures And Memorabilia That’ll Get Your Wheels Spinning

It’s no secret that some massive changes have occurred in the Formula 1 Racing scene. Between constantly changing regulations, and John Malone’s Liberty Media – F1 deal closing last week in an $8B deal, F1 is set to become much more mainstream.
With the cars (and industry) racing around at 240MPH, you’re probably looking for ways to rep your favorite road racing sport.

Mini3DDrivers’s Mini Scuderia #7 car (and accompanying Mini Kimi Raikkonen driver) are just one of the whimsically accurate tiny cars offered in this F1- dedicated shop.

 Maybe you’re looking for an F1 inspired track to throw on your desk or wall.  3D Racetracks features a number of topographically accurate racetracks, including an officially licensed Nurburgring.

Want to celebrate the Ferrari 312T driven to victory by Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni? This 1:100 scale by Giles’s Designs can be used as a keychain or pendant. There’s also a number of other F1 inspired memorabilia in his shop, such as these miniatures.

Looking for more automotive & F1 inspired accessories? Check out my list here, and follow me on Shapeways to see what I’m looking at!

 

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Spin It To Win It Contest Winners!

There’s no doubt that Gravity Sketch provides endless fun and incredible access to simplified 3D design and printing. Which is why we partnered with them to create the Spin It To Win It Contest where contestants utilized the features in Gravity Sketch’s app to create their most unique and personalized spinning tops ever.

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With 30 entries, choosing a winner was no easy task. The incredible talent and creativity that went into every single top created is unfathomable, and we’re amazed by our community’s dedication every day.

But, without further ado, here are the winners of the 2016 #SpinItToWinIt contest!

In third place, twoshay’s Gravity Prop Top was light, fast and stable. It’s design allows a straw to be aimed at it and further propelled past the initial spin point. How many times do you think you could spin it?

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Second place was awarded to the defender of rain storm, the Umbrella Top by PamC. The uniqueness of this top was unparalleled by its ability to spin. That’s right, it spins! We love the creativity that went into this design.

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And finally, our First Place contender. Sethdesigns created this amazing Blue Angel Number 6 top to honor fallen Marine Corps Blue Angels pilot Capt. Jeff Kuss (#6). But it wasn’t just the story behind the top that we loved. It’s bi-level design, accompanied by the detail and ability to spin left us amazed.

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Thanks again to all the contestants, and a huge thanks to Gravity Sketch. We’d love to continue seeing the amazing products you’re creating using Shapeways and the Gravity Sketch app, so please tag us with #Shap3dByMe on social media to show off your creations!

Spin (Click) To See All The Gravity Sketch Entries!

4 Ways To Capture The Ultimate Road Trip

The weather’s great and you’ve officially started your annual summer vacation. But instead of bumming around your neighborhood for two weeks and “taking it easy”,  you’ve rented a car and decided to drive out to the opposite coast (whether it be the “BEST” cost or the “BEAST” coast). You’ve never driven cross country before and you want to make sure you capture every part of the adventure.  We’ve complied a few ways to make this possible.

Since you’ll be driving, you’ll want a way to mount your GoPro(s) so you get a great view of those stunning flatlands in Kansas.  This 360 GoPro Mount by go360hero can be mounted anywhere to capture that all-around you feel.

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And if you’re running the also highly rated Xiaomi Yi as your action cam of choice, here’s a great solution to get your 360 fill by clusteruk

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Maybe you’re looking to pull focus on your fancy DSLR. Wileydavis created a great way to pull focus with this adapter that fits right onto your Canon 50mm lens.

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There’s also the possibility that you have the ultimate aerial photography device: a drone. If you’re running a (slightly) older DJI Phantom, it’s easy to attach one of those six GoPro’s you’re running to the bottom of a quadcopter. Einaros’ simple vibration-damping mount will let you capture sweeping aerials.

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And if you have a Phantom 3, Fusion Imaging has a great way to keep that high-def camera from getting damaged when landing on the jagged Rocky Mountains.

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Want even more? We’ve got more ways to document that cross country escapade linked below:

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Rev Up Your Engines for Collector Car Appreciation Day

You’re zooming down the Hutchinson River Parkway doing twice the posted speed limit because the road’s been closed for your driving pleasure. You’re pushing every S-curve and cutting every apex, being sure to avoid the (inevitable) potholes that line this otherwise fast-paced road in upstate New York. Until….
You’re snapped out of your daydream, you glance over at the model of your classic 911 on your desk, just itching for the weekend.

Today’s your day; Collector Car Appreciation Day (Or, if you’re on Twitter, #CollectorCarAppreciationDay). Here’s a few ways to remember the sleek lines and impeccable engineering that went into your favorites.

It’s no doubt that the Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic shapes in history. So many people think “german engineered sports car” and immediately picture the once-air-cooled, rear-engined masterpiece. Remind yourself what it looks like under a delicate sheet in your garage, with this model by MakeAndModel

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Maybe you FINALLY got around to upgrading your turbo in your newly imported Skyline. While these turbo cufflinks by Leander won’t help compress your waist to look thinner, you’ll be reminded why you spent those nights and weekends working on your R33 while out on the town.

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The E30 M3 is, and will continue to be a near perfectly balanced sports car that remains a classic piece of BMW history. You deserve to constantly remind yourself of the hard work you put in not only finding your near one-of-a-kind legend, but also be able to show what you own with this keychain.

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But this isn’t all we’ve got for Collector Car Appreciation day, dive deeper in clicking the button below and search our site for your favorite automotive masterpiece.

More Classics HERE

Sharks Across America

While you’re out celebrating the long weekend, it’s only fitting that you kick, relax and enjoy some waves… as long you’re willing to share the ocean with some of nature’s most feared predators! Undetectable, and willing to strike at any moment, Sharks are constantly looking for a good, tasty meal; so why not protect yourself by becoming one.

Here’s a few ways to tout your sharkiness.

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You’re lying on the beach, reading, sipping a fruity, relaxing beverage in the sun while enjoying a warm summer breeze when suddenly…. DUN DUN. There’s a commotion. Oh no! The bookmark by StewMM, that you’re using also happens to have the same profile as the predator currently lurking 10 feet off the shore.

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Hammerhead sharks may not be particularly dangerous to humans, as they have been responsible for only 33 reported incidents since 2013 (and no fatalities!) But that doesn’t mean that you should cast fear aside. Wear this hammerhead pendant by Collective 3D when you’re floating around the gulf to show that you’re one of them.

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Congrats! You’ve spent your entire vacation either becoming, or avoiding sharks at all costs. Whether you’ve survived braving the surf or stayed dry the entire time, you deserve an award. Display your trophy in your favorite beverage with this Shark tooth cocktail pick by BluGrn_design and celebrate not getting eaten… this time.

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Whether or not you’re a nautical aficionado, check out our Sparks Across America page to see what designers in YOUR area are creating! Happy 4th of July Weekend!

How To Add Glam To Your FitBit Flex

Some say the FitBit Flex is the ultimate wearable fitness tracker. Its pricepoint, durability and battery life put it ahead of the pack, all while touting the now infamous FitBit monicker.

But sometimes you want to wear something a bit more upscale than a not-so-flashy rubber-and-plastic(ish) fitness tracker. Bytten makes that possible, completely transforming your FitBit without losing a step. They come in multiple colors, materials and styles; and some are even customizable! Whether you want something edgy… Elegant… Simple… Or completely custom… It’s all here. Check out Bytten’s shop, and tell us how you spice up your FitBit.

Transform Your FitBit Into A Statement Piece With…

You love your FitBit. It helps to quantify how far you’ve walked, how many stairs you’ve climbed, and if you’ve done just enough physical activity to warrant that extra serving of chicken on your burrito. But what you may not love about it is its look. It’s usually black, clunky and definitely doesn’t match every outfit when it’s on your wrist.

This metal “armor” helps to change that. It’s sleek, shiny and can actually take the form of a pretty pendant, which your Flex slips right into.

But there’s more way than one to fab up your Flex. This bracelet accessory keeps your tracker on your wrist, and is customizable to add your name, or more!

Now you’re all set to keep tracking yourself, while looking great. Want even more? Here’s more wearable tech that doesn’t look like… tech!

Make His Day, and Win $500 Dollars for Dad

Posted by in 3D Modeling

Dad deserves serious recognition on his special day, but sometimes it can be tough to find a Father’s Day gift that’s as special as him. That’s why we’re giving away a $500 Shapeways gift card so you can Make His Day with unique gifts he’ll love.

All you need to do is put together a Father’s Day list on Shapeways.com of all the 3D printed products your dad would enjoy. Whether it’s something new for his bicycle, or that reminds him of his classic 911 , or that helps him maintain his DadBod , there’s a ton of items he won’t find anywhere else that he can customize to meet his needs and personal taste.

Here’s the deets on how to enter:

1. Create a Shapeways.com account if you don’t have one.
2. Start a Father’s Day wishlist and build it out by searching the marketplace.
3. Share the link to your list on either Facebook or Twitter; make sure to include the hashtags #makehisday and #Sweepstakes to officially enter.
4. The contest runs until June 16, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.
5. A winner will be chosen at random June 17, 2016, and will receive a gift card for $500 to be redeemed on Shapeways.com.

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Shapeways Sweepstakes Rules
1.     Eligibility. This contest is operated by Shapeways.  It is open to Shapeways users in the United States over 13 years of age at the time of entry who live in a jurisdiction that does not prohibit this contest.  Employees, officers, and directors of Shapeways and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.  Individuals may enter more than one entry into the competition but may not do so by way of automated means.  By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.
2.     Prize. The winning entrant will receive $500 in nontransferable Shapeways Credit
3.     Contest period. This contest is open from 12:01 am EDT on June 8th 2016 to 11:59 pm EDT on June 16th 2016.
4.     All entries must be received by June 16th, 11:59 pm EDT.
5.     How to Enter. Upload a link to your list to either Twitter or Facebook and tag it with both #makehisday and #Sweepstakes. Entries are not valid unless they include both hashtags.  You may also enter by sending a postcard with your name, phone number, and email address to:

Shapeways
Attn: Contest Department
419 Park Ave. South
Suite 900
New York, NY 10016

 Postcards must be received by the end of the contest period in order to enter.

 6.     Winner Selection.  Shapeways will randomly select the winner from the pool of applicants on June 17th, 2016 There will be only one winner.  Shapeways will be prepared to award the prize to a runner-up in the event the winner cannot be contacted in a reasonable amount of time.  Shapeways will determine the winner by randomly drawing an applicant from the entire pool of applicants.
7.     Winner notification. The winner will be notified via email to the email address associated with the winner’s Shapeways account.  Upon contact, Shapeways may need to obtain confirmation of the winner’s eligibility.  If Shapeways cannot contact the winner through the contact information in their Shapeways account in a reasonable amount of time, a runner-up will receive the prize.  If a runner-up cannot be contacted, Shapeways will select a third place finisher to receive the prize.
8.     Taxes.  The winner will be solely responsible for paying all federal, state, and local taxes that may be due on winnings and, as a condition of receiving the prize, Shapeways may require the winner complete tax documentation.
9.     Liability and Jurisdiction.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.  All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a court located in Manhattan, New York, USA.  Decisions by Shapeways regarding the interpretation of these rules are final.  By participating in this contest, you agree to release Shapeways and its agents from any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind of injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.  Shapeways reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules. Shapeways reserves the right to suspend or cancel this Contest in the event of hacking, security breach, or other tampering.  Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to seth@shapeways.com
10.  Other Restrictions.  Users discovered creating multiple Twitter accounts in order to enter this contest will be disqualified from entry.
11.  Additional Considerations.  Sponsors are not responsible for (i) any typographical or other error in any communication relating to the Contest; (ii) lost, illegible, late, misdirected, or incomplete, entries or emails; (iii) interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), websites, telephone, cable or other connections; (iv) any technical failure or jumbled, garbled, corrupted, scrambled, failed, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; (v) hardware, software or network malfunctions; (vi) other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, or electronic; (vi) any damage to Participant’s or any other person’s computer resulting from participation of the Contest or downloading or uploading any materials.

Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to (a) abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Contest, without notice or other obligation, in the event that Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest or the integrity or feasibility of the Contest is undermined in any respect, including due to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, labor dispute, tampering or other unlawful act, or if, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, hacking, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which, in sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest; (b) determine winners from entries received prior to action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor; and/or (c) disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry or judging or process or operation of the Contest.

How a Simple Mod Made an Entire Community Happy

Every few years automakers change up the entire design of an automobile. Frame, sheetmetal bodywork, engine, transmission and more to help give a vehicle a refresh and push buyers to want the newest model.

With the redesign of their Cooper line, Mini changed a lot about the third generation model. It was elongated, given a new engine and transmission, along with smaller details like this alien-like spaceship keyfob design.

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User jwhdevries wasn’t fond of this odd component and after a little research and seeing other Mini drivers fix the issue with Sugru moldable rubber or electrical tape, decided there was a better way to fix the issue at hand. The fob was unnecessarily large, and odd-shaped, and they found that the extra plastic was entirely unnecessary. With his 3D design knowledge, he designed this product in Strong & Flexible Polished plastic.

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After posting it on North America Motoring, a Mini- focused forum community with a massive positive response, it was reviewed on Motoring Fun, further pushing it up the ranks.

Through a bit of frustration, a lot of motivation and some serious creation, this product has been one of our top sellers in April; starting as a shared issue within a tight-knight community..

Have you created an amazing lifehack that helps fix a simple issue? We want to hear about it! Tell us about it in the comments below, and share it with us on social media by using #Shap3dByMe!

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Easily Make 3D Pendants With a 2D Image!

It’s said that the most unique gift is one you’ve created yourself, and we wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, 3D modeling isn’t a skill that’s instantly acquired, and often takes time to build prowess to create the idea that’s lingering inside your head.

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And that’s why we’ve created the 3D Pendant Creator. This tool lets you take a 2D drawing and turn it into a jewel to go around your favorite person’s neck.

Here’s how it works:

First off, you’ll need a drawing. Begin by sketching out that pendant you’ve been itching to give to that special someone. Black lines on white paper works best.

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After you’ve finished sketching, outline the design with a dark pen or marker for best results. These will be the tallest parts in the pendant (think borders, or accents).

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Here’s where it gets really cool. Shade in parts that you want “lower” than the dark lines, keeping in mind that the darker shades will be taller than lighter shades when put into pendant form.

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After you’re happy with the product, take a picture with a smartphone or camera.

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Head on over to shapeways.com/creator/pendant, and upload the design. Your model will render and process.

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On this page, you have a few sliders you can play with to customize your pendant.

Size will adjust the overall sizing.
Thickness determines how thick you select the pendant to be.
Backing adds a square or rectangular backing to the pendant. This can be useful if you’re uploading a larger design or photograph.
Flat or Mirrored Back chooses whether the back is the same as the front, or flat.
Softness of Detail adjust the rough corners and features, to smooth them out a little bit.

Once you’re decided on that sweet pendant of yours, add a loop to the pendant to allow it to be put on a chain or necklace by clicking directly on the pendant where you want a loop to appear.

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Diameter of Loop adjusts the overall size, while Thickness of Loop adjusts the amount of space on the inside of the loop. Pie Slice or Half Circle change the type of loop from a X to Y axis.

After you’re totally satisfied, click Create My Pendant, and your pendant will process to allow you to choose the material you want it to be printed in (metal is the coolest!). Select the metal, add to cart, and you’re set!

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We know you’re creating some seriously awesome pendants, so once you receive them, tag us on social media @Shapeways with the hashtag #Shap3dByMe.

Follow Seth on Shapeways here

 

Keep Your Lightning Cables Unfrayed With This Lifehack | Shapeways Reviews

Your iPhone’s low on battery, and you’re digging through your pack looking for a lightning cable to juice up your phone, but the only one you can find looks like this:  

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Yep, a completely frayed, non-working cable.

BUT! There’s a way to keep this from happening. This nifty little piece of plastic by TheKre8Group lets you quickly and easily wrap your cables to keep them tidy and safe from undesirable bending and fraying.

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Wrapping a cable is super simple.

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Insert the USB end into the larger slot.

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Wrap the cord around, starting in the beveled channel and wrapping upwards, making sure not to double-layer any part.

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Once you’ve wrapped the cord, insert the lightning end into the smaller hole to hold it secure.

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Now, you have a simple, affordable, compact solution to help prevent expensive cables from fraying and breaking.

Check out our video review here:

Do you have a neat way of keeping your cords organized? We’d love to hear it! Leave it in the comments below, and let us know what you want to see next. Follow TheKre8Group on Shapeways here , and be sure to check out their shop here.

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