Colored Marbles

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by Magic, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    The Colored Marbles had arrived.


    That's very cool to have the multicolor prints in my hands!

    There are 3 models of marbles (a 4th is coming soon), all being 7/8" and available as co-creators so that you can put your own image:
    - Solid Marble
    - Hollow Marble
    - Bistable Hollow Marble

    The Solid Marble is a simple Sphere. It is not hollowed and has no hole, hence it is the most expensive. I propose it as a co-creator for those who do not have the time, the patience or the knowledge to make and upload a textured sphere, but as I am a little bit reluctant to pretend I invented the sphere :D , I also propose it for free (well, for no markup).
    Just download the file wrl below, zip it with a jpeg (2048x1024 pixels recommended) that you will name "image.jpg" (all in lower case, including the extension) and upload it in your designs. In this way, you won't have to pay the markup!

    Some words about the images: 2048x1024 is recommended (that's what I used, but I guess that smaller image can be OK (say 1024x256 or even 800x400). But they must be twice as large as high. The texture will be wrapped on the sphere, so the first and the lines of pixels will become 2 points at the poles, and the line at half heigh will become the equator. When there are holes, they are at the poles. So sometime you will have to turn the images 90°, like for instance for the Happy/Sad Face:
    (not my best drawing, it is just for you to understand)

    The Solid Marble is suitable for a number of holders that can act as Pendants or Keyrings:
    - the Big Marble Pendant v2
    - the Big Marble Pendant v3
    - the Marble Cage
    Currently only White Strong Flexible has been tested for those designs.
    The two fist ones need some flexibility, but the last one has been design with Stainless Steel in mind (no need to be flexible), and I am quite confident that Transparent Detail could also work with it.

    The Hollow Marble is 3mm thick and has 2 holes of 2mm.
    It is less expensive than the previous one.
    It is suitable for the 3 previous holders but also for
    - the Roll Pendant
    - the Earth Pendant (the inclinaison of the axis is the one of the Earth, so it is perfect for a Earth texture :p ).
    Obviously, you can also use this marble as a bead.

    The Bistable Hollow Marble has been specially designed for the Roll Pendant. It is like the previous one, but the holes, instead of being circular have the shape of an ellipse. As a consequence, it has two stable positions, so you can use each time you have to make a choice with two options: for instance with texures like Yes/No, Happy Face/Sad Face, Wife's Picture/Mother in Law's Picture etc.


    Let me know your opinion!


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    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010
  2. swirlingbrain
    swirlingbrain New Member
    Cool and interesting! Great looking marbles!

    Thanks for the info!
  3. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    I appreciate all the more the compliment that it comes from a specialist !
    Thank you very much!
  4. Jettuh
    Jettuh Well-Known Member
    looks great!
    how does the texture look,, in your eyes!
    does it look good? or is it blurry?

    words tell me more this time then the pictures! :p
  5. Wolfdagon
    Wolfdagon New Member
    That's pretty cool. I already have an idea for what to put on one. I may get one when I place my next order.
  6. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    To Jettuh: the texture looks really great. I was amazed by the precision. I would say, to give a comparison, that it is the same quality as a paper print (not on a photo-paper of course, but on a regular paper).
    Of course it looks a little bit fuzzy probably because you can still see the layers of the material printing (and this adds a kind of granularity) but I think definitively that is worth trying this new material!

    To Wolfdagon: I am convinced that there are a lot of creative designs to do by changing the image on the marble and I look forward seeing your customization!
  7. Baalrog
    Baalrog New Member
    Great idea. Simple but very useful for people who want their own custom gifts.

    How did you go about setting up the custom picture uploading? I created a box from a popular "character" that was mapped with a single side and I'd like to let others upload custom textures for it.

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  8. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    For me, the most difficult part has been to texture the model...
    If this is done in your case, then the remaining stuff is easier:
    1) export your model in WRL format
    2) open it in a text editor: you should see a line that reads
    texture ImageTexture {
              url "dice.jpg"
    (obviously "dice.jpg" is the example in my own file, you will probably find any other name in yours :))
    3) rename the image your receive from your client with the name in the file (or do the contrary: modify the WRL file so that the name in the text match the name of the image that was sent to you
    4) zip the WRL file and the image file together and upload the zip file for your client

    How you receive the image from your client and how you upload the custom model to him is explained in the co-creator tutorial (you have to ask Shapeways to transform your regular model into a co-creator one).

    If any step is unclear, please fill free to let me know.



    EDIT: the co-creator tutorial link is now available just near the co-creator button on your models' pages (when you are logged in, and you visit your own shop of course).
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2010
  9. Baalrog
    Baalrog New Member
    Aah, figured it might be a manual step. Thanks for your help!
  10. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Sounds like a update request. Have it so people can just upload an image to a co-creator, view it, then order it. No middle man (shop owner) in-between, no "build time" upload the image, 10 days later you have it.
  11. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    I am not sure to understand. What do you call an "update request"? I am not familiar with this concept. Is there an hidden tutorial for that? :D
  12. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Well that's another update request I've seen before. A place to actually put update request and bug reports so the forum isn't littered with them in every section, and we can follow them to see the status of them.
  13. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    Ok, sorry, I get confused because I though the update you were speaking about was the update of the jpg image in the zip file :D
    Yes you are right, this could be a new feature request. For sure, if the change of the jpg image could be automated, I would lower my markup on the co-creator model...
  14. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    In the first message of this topic, I mentionned that a 4th marble would be available soon.
    The time has come to unveil the Event Bead.
    I call it Bead, because it is not intended to be used with any holder: you just have to insert a necklace in one hole, and make it exit by the opposite hole.
    These holes are not centered on the bead but there are moved upwards. In this way, if you print a picture on the bead, it will always show it (instead of turning randomly).
    To make a comparison with the Bistable Marble, let's say that it is a Monostable Marble :D .

    So, I already explained why I call it Bead, now let look in more detail why it is an Event Bead.
    One usage of this bead is to outline the significant events of you life, such as (but not limited to):
    - your birth,
    - your graduation,
    - your first job,
    - your wedding,
    - the birth of your children,
    - your discovering of Shapeways...
    For each event, you can make a bead with at the recto a picture illustrating the event, and at the verso some text that would give some explanations or precisions (like a date).
    When you put all the beads together, you obtain the "necklace of your life" :D.
    Attached to this message is an example of image for a birth, so that you can understand the layout for the co-creator.


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  15. Wolfdagon
    Wolfdagon New Member
    Sounds like a cool idea. Look forward to seeing some actual prints combined into a "life necklace".
  16. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    Hi Wolfdagon,

    You can now see a video here of the Life Necklace (with only one bead though...).
  17. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    I received a new version of the Marble Cage.
    This is a redesigned version (see the previous one here).
    This time (and you know I like that) the two moving parts have exactly the same shape, and there is a little it more room for the marble to roll freely.

    I received them in White Strong and Flexible, in Transparent Detail (that needed some extra cleaning for the smallest rings) and in Stainless Steel which is a best material if you want to lock it with a keyring.
    Here is a picture in Stainless Steel:
    You can also watch this video on Youtube.
  18. madox
    madox New Member
    Delayed Response ;) This is great, like the holder for it too.

    Saw an ad for it in the Shapeways package today ;)

  19. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    Thank you Madox. Happy that you like the marbles and the holders.
    I also received this ad... :p It was a very pleasant surprise for me! :eek: (thanks Shapeways!)
    The Hollow Marble is my most successful object so far.
    Then comes the Earth not so flat, which is a similar concept...
    I also sold some couples of holders, but not so many...
  20. Facenna
    Facenna New Member
    These are SO ingenious! Congrats!

    Is full colour sandstone suitable to wear as jewellery though...?

    I would like to make some pendants of my traditional art, but apparently the sandstone is covered in a wax coating... would that wear well? And if it all wore off, would the picture still be safe...?

    Have you by any chance worn these beads for a while and tested their durability...?

    Thanx for your help!