This design is based off of my girlfriend's pencil drawing ( which I "secretly" turned into a 3D sculpted pendent) and is/was meant as a surprise gift for her on her birthday as a tangible pendent version of her art that she could wear around her neck of her favorite drawing. However the nature of ordering something online and receiving it weeks later makes it a bit harder to hold surprises in and prototype consistently and as easily, specially if it has a due date as early as a birthday that's not far away :P
I ordered my first version of the pendent right here through Shapeways in one of the cheapest materials, "white and flexible plastic" a few weeks ago and patiently waited for the UPS truck to arrive (*pictures of early version included on this product page*). Once it arrived I was excited to feel it in my hands and know that the size felt right, however after looking it over I realized I needed to make some changes but I knew it would be at least another few weeks to see if the changes I made would go as to plan plus more cost on the material used and shipping, which can be off-putting but I was WAY too excited to see this come to life. The loop on the top seemed like it should be thicker and more supportive, the fine details in the mesh I wanted to be clearer and higher resolution but also smarter in polycount reduction. There were also a bunch of misc details and errors I realized I wanted to change before printing it into Shapeways metal as a final product that would retain most of the fine details and supportive structure. Right as I was about to make my latest iteration I saw this contest and it inspired me even more to finish it and get it out there, also becuase the $10 shapeways will help for the final version haha. :)
With a desktop 3D printer, the benefits of saving costs on shipping, materials, time and labor costs of prototyping high detail meshes seem extremely exciting!
With the speed and accuracy of fine detail prints in the Form 1+ printer, 3D gifts and products could be more spontaneous with iteration and improvements which could lead to even more creativity on bringing designs and gifts to the real world made with my love of 3D modeling, where you could rapidly prototype in hours (especially in high-resolution) and wait that few weeks for the final product through Shapeways instead of multiple weeks for multiple instances of prototypes :)
Thank you Shapeways and Formlabs for the contest opportunity!