Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shapeways and 3D Hubs


Shapeways is like CaféPress or Zazzle, only instead of producing a customized tee shirt or coffee mug that they sell for you, they 3D print your custom creation and sell it for you.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qJuTM0Y7U1k


Also, see the below video from CNN Money:
Shapeways on CNN Money


And here's a link to one of my favorite things you can purchase on Shapeways.
The Theo Jansen inspired Animaris Geneticus Parvus...

http://www.shapeways.com/model/247069/animaris-geneticus-parvus-5.html


3D Hubs

In a related vein, I just found out about 3D Hubs, a website that connects people who want to 3D print something with people in their area that have a 3D printer.  You just go to www.3dhubs.com, put in your zip code, and a list of individuals in your area who have 3D printers comes up.  You upload a .stl file of the item you want print (which allows the website to then quote a price) and select a person to print it for you.  This is an amazingly cool idea and handy for both parties.  It allows the person with the idea to get their idea printed and allows the person with the 3D printer to put this cool piece of technology to work earning a little cash for them.

For those of you new to 3D printing and .stl files, you can download Google Sketchup for FREE from www.sketchup.com.  You can use Sketchup to quickly and easily design a 3D object, save it as a .stl file, then have someone with a 3D printer use that .stl file to print the object.


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