• DIY Printable Strandbeest

    Theo Jansen is an artist who makes wild animated, wind-powered robots that seem to have a life of their own. Once you set them up on a beach and let them go, they undulate, slide, and coil across the sand like some sort of steampunk gazelle. 3D printing service Shapeways is now offering two Jansen designs for sale, including a propellor-powered motor for getting your beest to move. You… Read More

  • Now You Can Fabricate Your Own Strandbeest

    Now You Can Fabricate Your Own Strandbeest

    3D printing service Shapeways is useful for everything from unprecedented puzzle construction to werewolf hunting. But this time they’ve really outdone themselves. You might remember the Strandbeests, a set of sculptures/machines that “walk” under their own power due to clever design by their creator, Theo Jansen. The originals were large and hand-made from light wood so… Read More

  • 17x17x17 Puzzle Cube Makes Rubik’s Look Like Child’s Play

    17x17x17 Puzzle Cube Makes Rubik’s Look Like Child’s Play

    So, you’re a big Rubik’s cube buff. Can solve any cube in five minutes, think people who can’t are fools? Well, sounds like you need a new challenge. How about this 17x17x17 puzzle cube by puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer, and printed using Shapeways? Should keep you busy for a few years. Too bad it costs two thousand dollars, whaaat! Read More

  • Shapeways Now Lets You Make Stuff Out Of Silver – Werewolves Beware

    Shapeways Now Lets You Make Stuff Out Of Silver – Werewolves Beware

    Are you getting a bum quote from your local silversmith for the creation of a silver knuckle duster? Me too. They just don’t understand the importance of protecting ourselves from the lycanthropic scourge. Now, however, you can get together with a 3D modeler friend and make some sweet silver accessories for those terrifying full-moon melees. Read More

  • New wave of web services brings customization to commerce

    For a long time, CafePress was the major player in customized product creation on the Internet. Slowly other sites sprang up, like Zazzle, Skreened, StickerGiant, Lulu, and many more. Many of these options are novelty one-offs, though, and you’re paying for the customization, not the craftsmanship, of the product. But the success of these somewhat kitschy sites have revealed a real… Read More

  • Ancient art of origami applied to complex fabrication techniques

    I think by now we’re all fairly familiar with Shapeways and their 3D printing system. Incidentally, you can now select glass for some 3D models at Shapeways, which is pretty cool. But the additive printing process employed by Shapeways and similar outfits (fabrication, rapid prototyping, etc) has some inherent limitations in the designs that can be printed. Researches at the University… Read More

  • New customized Christmas gifts available from Shapeways

    Shapeways are at it again, with an assortment of custom fabricated gifts available for Christmas. They ran a little contest recently, and the top three entrants are available for purchase now, including the cute “Punk Angel”, a snowflake ornament with custom message, and a snowflake candle holder. Each of these is under $30, so they’re sure to please without breaking the bank! Read More

  • The future of fabrication is here: Shapeways announces stainless steel printing

    Sure you’re not going to make a Hatori Hanzo sword – yet – but Shapeways, a 3D fabrication service, has just announced stainless steel printing, allowing you to make steel objects as easily as you would made resin or plastic prototypes. That’s right: something that took our ancient ancestors generations to perfect is now available to anyone with a CAD/CAM program and… Read More

  • Have a custom stylus fabricated! Monogrammed, Zelda-ed, whatever

    I know, there’s not a lot of room in the world for the stylus any more. Resistive touchscreens are on the way out, right? True, but tell that to the 766,500 Nintendo DSes sold last month. So there’s a bit of a market. Personally, I find the DS’s stock stylus a bit short — so a little extra length would be good, and I wouldn’t mind having my initials in… Read More

  • Contest: Would your Dad like some 3D printed metal cufflinks?

    Good news, people with Dads or Dad analogs! Show Pop you care with Shapeways custom cufflinks. Shapeways can offer two winning CrunchGear/TechCrunch readers each a pair of the custom 3D printed metal cufflinks as a Father’s Day gift. The final shipping date for this item is May 26, 2009, so be sure to let me know the winners prior to then. These items MSRP for $49, including shipping… Read More

  • Shapeways rapid prototyping service enters the brass age

    We’ve been in love with Philips off-shoot Shapeways for months now and the service just got nominally better. While you can still fab in plastic, today you will be able to fabricate the first 3D items in brass, a cool and unusual addition to the Shapeways service. Read More