Recently i.materialise‘s increasingly well-written blog publised a good article on ways to help 3D printing content creators to make their work more profitable through online distribution. While the article is primarily directed at i.materialise users, most of the tips are relevant to other 3D modelling marketplaces, such as Shapeways or Thingiverse. With this in mind, it’s definitely worth a read for those students and individuals who are trying to find new ways to monetise their CAD modelling work.
For anyone who has been following activity on these sites, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is definitely a strong market out their for bespoke produced items via 3D printing. I will be curious to see how this market evolves. Will it become a race to the bottom for worker’s wages, or will it lead to an entirely new ecosystem of tiers of skilled designers?
As TCT Magazine recently reported, recent Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate Rebecca Wilkes has been experimenting with full colour nylon SLS printing for producing 3D printed jewellery. With the help of the nylon 3D printers at Digits2Widgets, she has been garnering attention at trade shows for her collection of wearable objects with interchangeable components.
I have to say, it’s nice to see a new generation of students taking chances in seeing how far they can push 3D printed materials as an end product. While the materials aren’t perfect, this work proves that if you can find the right product, 3D printing itself is a viable manufacturing medium for products.
Every once in a while you see a piece of wearable technology which seems to border on “too good to be true” territory. Waverly Labs’ Pilot smart earpiece definitely falls into that category.
While the idea of making a piece of technology which serves as a fast interpreter is hardly new, the idea of making one this portable and able to work from audio does seem to be something pulled out of science fiction. It is nothing less than the real-world creation of the Babel Fish from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Even Star Trek featured larger handheld devices which offered comparable functionality.
As we speak, the Pilot is currently gathering investment on Indiegogo right now. Check it out there or on Waverly Labs’ own website.
Recently, thanks to the Geeks Are Sexy blog, I was introduced to the wonderful work of Juan Hidalgo.
In particular, he has a delicate and tasteful approach to geek wedding jewellery. See for yourself:
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The technicians at FormLabs have written a first rate article on painting and applying clear-coats to 3D printed models to turn them from prototypes into sellable parts.
Considering just about every other area of product design makes use of paint jobs for finishing parts, it make sense there are likely CAD jewellery designers out there who would find this technique useful for their work.
ProtoLabs has created a handy physical reference piece for 3D product designers. They call it the Torus, and they’re giving it away as a free promotion.
For the latest edition of Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I would like to present something different– a 3D CAD keychain designer.
Working out of Aberdeen, Scotland, Gavin Bain of Celtic3D draws upon rich historical research into medieval Scottish symbols for the creation of impressive relief designs for his keychains. His work is produced on demand and sold through Shapeways‘ own 3D model community in his Celtic3D online shop.
At the present time, every 3D printer on the market has issues and limitations with the surface quality they can create with 3D printed materials. To get around that can often involve polishing and removing a significant amount of detail. Waht make’s Gavin’s work remarkable is that he has found a way to make use of these limitations of 3D printing surface quality as a feature in and of itself on the design. It adds a look of aged or primitive authenticity to an object created with new technology. Very resourceful!
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