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Create beautiful worlds at scale with 3D printed miniatures:

Have you entered your #design to win a @formlabs #3dprinter yet? Check out the shapeways blog for the full #contest details that will have you #3dprinting your #prototypes to make your design ready for sale on shapeways. Perfect for #industrialdesign #jewelry #miniatures #models #architecture maquettes #sculpture #art bringing your #cg to reality.

Check out this A 3D printed miniature version of the island of Manhattan with the landmark buildings. Designed by Shapie Evbert:

3D Printed Williamsburg Bridge Necklace. Own one here:

3D Print of The famous Iron Bridge in Shropshire, England was the first bridge to be made of cast iron. 

Glowing 3D Printed Architectural Models on Shapeways (VIDEO)

We see many architects 3D printing their models using Shapeways 3D printing service but most of them remain behind the scenes and never make it onto the Shapeways site or blog so it is always cool to see architectural 3D prints in the Shapeways marketplace to share what architects are doing.

but most of them remain behind the scenes and never make it onto the Shapeways site or blog so it is always cool to see architectural 3D prints in the Shapeways marketplace to share what architects are doing.

(via Shapeways)

3DMTP Cloud-Based Service Converts 3D Architectural Files into 3D Printable Models

3DMTP is a cloud-based software service, focused on making 3D architectural models 3D Printable. 3DMTP automatically transforms 3D designs, from BIM, 3D CAD, SketchUp software and other 3D visualization software into scalable and 3D printable model files.  

3DMTP helps overcome the complex challenges sometimes faced in making 3D scaled models printable for architects, developers and designers. The innovation is based on algorithms which study-the geometric structure of the model, identify and AUTOMATICALLY fix problems that would have prevented it from being successfully printed. Sweet.

Once you are ready to turn your design into a 3D printable model, upload your design file and set your parameters: scale, profile, and desired 3D printer. 3DMTP automatically processes the file without any additional operator interface. 3DMTP also fixes holes between polygons and facets, repairs reverse surfaces, changes the thickness of walls to minimum print tolerance for the selected printer, fixes non-volumetric geometry (making objects “watertight”), and fixes many other problems of degenerated geometry that otherwise would prevent the model from printing successfully

Check out some of their 3D Printable architectural models already in their Shapeways shop.

3D Printed Brewster Station : Pushing the Limits of Browser Based 3D Modeling

Possibly the most advanced 3D Print ever to hit Shapeways from browser based 3D modeling software Tinkercad is the Brewster Station by emmyceru AKA Emily AKA Cat Girl…. Simply amazing… And yes, this is a photograph….

Introducing the New Shapeways 3D Printing Material Selector (via Shapeways)

We have updated the Shapeways 3D Printing material page to make it easier to select the right material for your 3D Printing.

You can compare and select 3D Printing materials based on price, detail level, strength and smoothness so if you are new to 3D Printing it can help you find the right material for your needs and/or budget.

If you have a 3D model ready to 3D Print and you want to choose the right material you can enter the volume, surface area, thinnest walls or model size in bounding box to choose what 3D Printing materials can be used with your model.

This is especially handy if you know your model has very thin walls as it will let you know what materials are possible to reduce the chance of your 3D Print being rejected after upload. 

This is another update as part of our recent refresh of the Shapeways experience.

We have seen 3D Printed experiments in variable structures in concrete and the potential it has for creating intelligent structures for architecture.  Netfabb have recently uploaded a really simple, interesting video of the capillary effects of 3D Printed structures. 

There is massive unrealized potential with 3D Printing to make the materials function in much more intelligent ways than they are currently being used.  There are two main factors that contribute to the current underuse of the materials and processes.  

The first is the capacity of the human mind to understand the true potential of a new material. When we are given a new material we often use it in the same way, or as a direct replacement for an existing material. As we did with Bakelite to plastics and now with 3D Printing. As we begin to better understand the materials and processes we start to use them in more sophisticated ways until we make the most of their potential, using them for their unique material properties.

The second is the tools we use to design and fabricate the materials.  From hand tools to power tools and now the 3D modeling tools, we are limited by the forms that the software will allow us to create.  With tools within 3D modeling software like Grasshopper, Netfabb or those being developed and used by Nervous System we are starting to see the very tip of the iceberg of intelligent tools to design for digital fabrication.  

We will start to see 3D printed forms being innovative not just in the external forms as we currently see in the Shapeways galleries but also in their internal structure.  The structure of the materials will start to be optimized for strength, weight, porosity, flexibility, impact, abrasiveness, friction and many more factors through data input, not just manual crunching of CAD.  We have seen it start to happen in the arts with form such as Joris Laarman’s Bone Chair and Bridge Table and in medicine with porous ceramic structures used to aid in bone grafts but it will eventually be a standard practice in design to enter requirements to define both material structure and form for digital fabrication.

Hopefully Netfabb’s simple video will act as inspiration for us all to start think of digital fabrication in this way. 

The first Shapeways 3D Printer running in New York City showing the process of 3D Printing our Frosted Ultra Detail which is a UV cured acrylic resin.
Anyone can upload their designs to be 3D Printed by Shapeways in materials ranging from plastics, stainless steel, ceramics, silver and full color.

Anyone can also sell their designs in their own Shapeways Shop to be 3D Printed on demand and shipped worldwide by Shapeways.

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dorkShop : 3D Printing is THE Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

We know it’s true and the dorkShop know it too thanks to the Intro to Design for 3D Printing at Parsons The New School of Design.

Arthur Young-Spivey, Caitlin Morris, Lisa Marks and Alvaro Soto introduced the context and concepts of 3D printing along with a beginners tutorial in 3D modeling for 3D printing in Rhino.  The group ranged from artists, architects, jewelers and designers all interested in making their ideas a reality with 3D printing.  If you are interested in running a design for 3D printing class in your area get in touch with us and we may be able to help spread the word. Any schools interested in getting access to 3D printing should subscribe to our 3D printing educational program.

Shapeways | blog: Print/3D Exhibition at Material ConneXion

Shapeways is part of Print/3D an Exhibit of Works of Additive Manufacturing (AM) from Industrial Design to Architecture at Material ConneXion in New York City.

Designs from the Shapeways community included Gilbert13, Nervous System, Sevensheaven, Continuum Fashion, Theo Jansen, Stony Smith, David Krentz Dinosaurs, Kaetemi, Bathsheeba Grossman, Bits to Atoms, Kevin Wei, Kurt Van den Branden, Anders Hansen, Tristan Bethe and MineToys alongside 3D models from MakerBot, MGX, Bespoke and more.

Print/3D runs at Material ConneXion, 60 Madison Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY from February 28th to May 11th, 2012.