It’s the most exciting time of the year for us to share all of our independent designers’ amazing work from around the globe — in the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide! The whole Shapeways family has worked tirelessly to put together an unbeatable selection of customizable finds for your family and friends, gifts you can’t find anywhere else. And we’re making it easier than ever to discover and create gifts for every unique personality on your list.
What also makes Shapeways gifts so special is that you can Say You Made It. Nothing in our marketplace exists until you order it — and you get to customize your gifts every time. Whether it’s the perfect ring, custom-made in your best friend’s metal of choice, rose gold. Or a keychain you design, inspired by your aunt’s favorite cat. You can even put their name on one of the newest iPhone case designs. The best part? All of these products were created by independent designers — meaning you’re supporting a local maker, somewhere in the world.
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:
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.
Wrapping a cable is super simple.
Insert the USB end into the larger slot.
Wrap the cord around, starting in the beveled channel and wrapping upwards, making sure not to double-layer any part.
Once you’ve wrapped the cord, insert the lightning end into the smaller hole to hold it secure.
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.
You’re an action sports HERO, or at least you want to be. So, you went out and bought a GoPro to record those CRAZY things you planned to do. Skydiving, scuba diving into the depths of the ocean, and evading NYC taxicabs on your bicycle. But you really just use it to document your family vacations, finding you want better sound quality and don’t ALWAYS need that waterproof case.
This simple GoPro case by whitenoise_customs frees up your GoPro. By being completely non-restricting, this case allows amazing access to the microphone, and all the buttons, while still allowing you to attach the stock mounting base. Tether this onto the selfie-stick or gorillapod of your choice, and be ready to capture some footage to remember. (As long as you’re not going swimming!)
Getting this case on is super simple.
Take the GoPro out of its waterproof housing.
Slip the GoPro into the frame case.
Screw the mounting base on, and there you go. A super simple case with a sunshade. Or without. The case comes in a few different variations, all with the same awesome fit, so pick the one that best fits your needs.
Check out whitenoise_customs’ shop here to get your case, and check out our full video review of this great accessory.
We want to see your favorite 3D printed GoPro accessories. Tag us on social media with #Shap3dByMe, and send us your Shapeways GoPro lists! Let us know what you want to see next in the comments below, and never stop creating.
It’s a banner week at Shapeways. A week introducing not one, but two new material innovations.
Developed in junction with MIT to implant micro-particles into your 3D prints during the manufacturing process, our latest innovation lets you experience your prints like never before. Just in time for spring, this new material is sure to please your senses.
Watch the video below as Shapeways Material Explorer Anton Sensenbrenner and colleague Ralph discuss this amazing new frontier in 3D printing.
Click HEREto get started adding scents to your 3D prints!
And be sure to support Anton’s flower pot business here
You open a door in a hurry and simultaneously smash your wrist on the doorframe. Sure it hurts, but you also hear a slight crunch. You look down, and sure enough, your brand new Apple Watch’s screen is smashed to bits.
Which is where today’s review comes into play. We’re taking a look at two Apple Watch cases with slightly different form factors.
Now, you may be thinking, “why do I need a case for my watch? I wouldn’t put one on my Rolex, or Omega” But that’s where the Apple Watch separates itself from traditional watches whose screens “take a beating”. The iWatch will get damaged far before a nice traditional watch will. So cover up!
The first case we’re checking out is Dungstar’s 14k rose gold plated cover. This attractive yet functional cover looks great, feels great and gives the device a cool, unique look.
Getting the cover on is simple and anchors it to the watch.
Pull the bands off your watch Snap the cover right on top, aligning the buttons.
Slide the bands back to lock into place.
Taking a look at this case you can see it offers pretty solid coverage around the entire case, while leaving the screen somewhat exposed. This makes sure you’re never blocked while using the watch, allowing full-motion access to all of the screen, without eliminating the sleek and minimalistic form factor.
The second protector we’re looking at is a 18k gold plated cover by Mstyle183. Assembly is the exact same as with the previous case, using the bands to lock the cover in place.
At first glance, the case looks almost the exact same too, but once you look closer, and start using the watch, you notice that it covers the screen quite a bit more. It helps to protect a bit more of the front of the watch, which makes it a little bulkier.
If you’re looking for a sleek, minimalistic case for your Apple Watch, Dungstar’s design is a great option. But if you want something that provides a bit more protection, definitely check out Mstyle183’s option. Check out our full video review here:
Do you have one of these cases? Let us know what you think about it. Leave your comments below, and let us know what you want to get out of these reviews.
“Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz.” Your alarm is going off… Every morning, I knock my Apple Watch off its charging cable on my nightstand, trying to smash at the alarm going off. Unable to see nearly anything at 6AM in a subterranean Manhattan apartment, I spend the next 5 minutes searching for the Watch under my bed. Luckily, a Shapeways designer, StudioNeat, created a solution for that.
Because it’s magnetic, the charging puck doesn’t tether to the Watch like an iPhone’s lightning connection. StudioNeat’s solution is a small plastic clip that has spaces to hold both the charging puck and the Apple Watch to ensure a solid, safe connection that won’t scratch up your gadget.
Here’s how it works:
Place the puck face-up in the bottom of the holder.
And then place the Apple Watch right on top of it.
Now you’ve got a charging solution that won’t fall apart when you think your morning is falling apart.
Check out our full video review here:
What do you think of this awesome simple design? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to tag what you want us to review @Shapeways and #SWGadgets on social media.
Follow StudioNeat on Shapeways here and check out the Apple Watch Charging Puck here.
The Lady Tech Guild is a collective of professional women who are 3D artists, designers, biohackers, educators and entrepreneurs in the 3D industry, with decades of experience and specialized knowledge in our fields. We support like minded girls and women to become resourceful, inspired creative professionals. We empower women by connecting them to technology and to each other.
Many of these ladies are also Shapeways community members doing amazing things for women and girls in tech. Below is a highlight reel from their recent trip to Ahmedabad, India where they were invited to participate in Makerfest 2016.
One of our community’s favorite materials that Shapeways offers is our 3D printed stainless steel. We often get commonly asked questions that aren’t often easily explained for those without a technical or material science background. In order to better explain and educate the community about our steel material to help you guys better design your products, we’ve partnered with our steel 3D printing manufacturing partner ExOne to put together a few educational videos explaining the steel 3D printing process and commonly asked questions.
In this video ExOne technician Brandon Cary answers FAQs on our steel material.
This video demonstrates the process and technology involved in creating 3D printed steel parts.
We hope that you find these videos valuable and that they provide you with insight on the process and technology involved in creating your 3D printed steel parts. We plan to continue to creating useful and educational resources like these for the community.
DINOVEMBER has taken over and things are getting crazy at Shapeways HQ! After all our recent news about 3D Printing in Space with our friends Future Engineers, Grumpy Cat, Doge, Jebediah and some other 3D printed friends blasted off to see what the buzz was all about.
Upon arriving in a land far, far away, they were greeted by their pal Rawr Dinosaur. As they all gathered around to catch up and talk about space life, something truly magical happened. A bacon mobius descended from the atmosphere and provided endless space bacon!
See all the fun unfold in this stop motion film:
On a slightly more serious Dinovember note, did you know they uncovered new dinosaurs this year? Giant vegans, no less! How cool is that? You can check out these featured dinos and many others on our dinosaur featured page! If you’re feeling extra inspired, you can enter our Dinovember weekend contest and model your own dinosaur!
Super fun idea, specifically great for 3D printing. Our White Strong & Flexible plastic is perfect for creating hollow objects that are transformed with just a few lights. Make it special for the holidays, or a unique nightlight for your kid’s bedroom.
We all have those friends who “borrow” our chargers. Never worry about a stolen or misplaced charger again, thanks this handy sleeve!
ING – Key Sleeve by Daphne. You have keys to your house, your friend’s house, your car, mail, work, and probably a few that you’ve forgotten what they’re for. Keep organized with a key sleeve that tells you which one is which!
There are so many ways 3D printing can help you create products just for you. The Shapeways marketplace is full of creative minds who are making products easy for you to customize with the click of a button. Check out our DIY page for more ideas of how to get what you really want.
Together, we are about to make history. Today marks the beginning of manufacturing in space. Are you ready to take on the #MissionPrint Challenge? Here’s the launch video of SpaceX-4 that just successfully carried the Made In Space Zero-G 3D Printer to the ISS:
Video courtesy of SpaceX
Hearing mission control say “…and we have liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon. CRS-4 is underway. A US commercial spacecraft launching from American soil delivers new technology and science to the International Space Station,” gives me and hopefully every other space lover chills. Knowing that that “new technology” is one that we all are fortunate enough to experiment with every day, the ability to additively manufacture on demand through 3D Printing, is inspiring. Remember, there is no overnight shipping to space; and it is physically impossible to traditionally manufacture parts in a space environment. We really are witnessing, and taking an active part in, making history.
Screen Shots here and below courtesy of FutureEngineers.org
This is the first in a series of NASA developed 3D Space Challenges that Future Engineers and our other out-of-this-world partners are happy to share with the Shapeways community. Encourage every K-12 student you know interested in 3D Printing to check it out, and remember, ALL students (university, college, trade schools, and professors too) get 10% off ALL their prints at Shapeways ALL the time. What a great excuse to “ground print” and prototype your space tools with us.
Tools designed for this challenge are judged on the following well-rounded criteria:
40 Points – Innovation and Creativity of the Solution
20 Points – Ability to communicate the design through the Text Description and/or Finalist Interview
20 Points – Quality of the 3D Modeled Geometry and compliance with the Design Guidelines
20 Points – Usefulness of the design in a Space Environment
Kids are powering innovative developments in 3D Printing across the unique web of our industry’s reach. They are opening shops on Shapeways, printing on desktop printers in their classrooms, and mod-ing their toys at home. There are dozen of touching stories of kids literally enabling the future of 3D printed prosthetics. And perhaps most profound of all, they can see what we can’t. Young minds aren’t limited by the bounds of conventional design and manufacturing constraints. Freed of this parameter, they are capable of leveraging the technology and materials available in unique new ways. Inspired by their potential, Future Engineers has an awesome lineup of prizes for the top contestants. The winner of the challenge will even have their tool printed in Zero-G’s on the ISS and get to watch live from Mission Control. While the #MissionPrint Future Engineers contest is for K-12 students in the US only, we will be featuring innovative designs by makers of all ages on our blog between now and when winners are announced on January 30th, 2015.
Are you ready to accept the #MissionPrint Challenge, stop dreaming and start doing? Keep us posted on your progress in our Space Forum and be sure and tag your space tools #MissionPrint. The best way to ensure your products will be astronaut-ready is to prototype on the ground, and we can’t wait to help.
“Maker” is a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the U.S.
The ‘Maker Movement’, sometimes called the ‘Third Industrial Revolution,’ subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, ‘Maker’ delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.
The documentary is a series of interviews with leading thinkers in the maker movement, their motivations and the future as they see it evolving. You can request a screening for your local area, school, hacker space or find a screening that is already happening in your area. Also screening from September 26th on Netflix is the Print the Legend movie, following the growth of Formlabs and Makerbot as they raced to bring 3D printers to peoples homes.
This should be listed under ‘do not try this at home’ as many territories have different laws on who and how to you can get tattooed. To follow their process so you can see exactly how not to try this at home, Pierre Emm and friends have shared their how (not) to on Instructables.
We are testing Full Color Plastic 3D Printing at Shapeways and what better way to test than with material torture videos. We 3D printed a few basic parts to test for strength, flexibility, water and fire resistance.
Take a look at the video above to see the material under all of the different torture tests (oh, I was gentle as I wanted to test some of the parts in real world applications). Overall while the material is not as refined or durable as SLS Nylon, which is the benchmark to which I compare all 3D printed materials, you can still do interlocking parts AND it is in almost full color (CMY, no K).
The material is not as strong as our popular Nylon SLS material but is definitely less brittle then Full Color Sandstone. At 3mm thickness the material is relatively stiff with only a small amount of flexibility (depending on geometry) yet at 1.5mm thickness the parts flex quite easily, to the point where the material may fail after just a few cycles of bending. At 1mm thickness of wires, the prints can be very easily broken with very little effort so I really recommend at least 2mm walls/wires unless you never, ever intend to touch your 3D prints.
I also gave the material a quick grind with a Dremel which the full color plastic held up fairly well to. If you have a printed part that fits on an existing component that is too tight, you could easily and reliably grind away excess material with a clean finish. I imagine it would respond to sanding with similar success as the color is impregnated approximately 2mm into the surface of the 3D prints, you could smooth the parts without removing all the color as long as you are not too heavy handed. I am still experimenting with the parts in a tumbler to see if we can automate the smoothing process.
I am quite excited that the full color plastic is entirely waterproof, after soaking for over 24 hours there is no bleeding of colors, no degradation of material strength, stiffness or any swelling. I have not had a chance to really UV test the pigments but as far as moisture is concerned this could be used for outdoor applications.
Another concern may be exposure to heat, the material feels as though it will deform under high temperatures but it definitely catches fire easily and stays alight emitting a terrible smell. So please do not expose you full color plastic 3D prints to exposed flames.
If you have any other tests you would like me to do to our Full Color Plastic, please leave a comment in the blog.