Shapeways, the Dutch upstart that brings rapid-prototyping to the masses, is one step closer to becoming a custom-manufacturing juggernaut. The company will announce today that it has raised $5 million in Series A venture capital and will move its headquarters to New York.
New technology, by its very definition, has bugs--a frustration for the general user, but a major opportunity for the artist. “These flaws give artists opportunities to explore new mediums in ways that were unintended yet poetic,” Matthew Plummer-Fernandez tells Co.Design.
Online rapid-prototyping giant Shapeways has announced the results of its ICFF '11 Design Contest, a competition for the best 3-D printed contemporary furniture or product design (which we co-judged). The winner is an elegant little pen holder that does double duty as a paper tray.
A Dutch man has set the record for the world's most complex "Rubik's Cube-type twisty puzzle." (Didn't know there was a record for that kind of thing? Neither did we!) Here's the cool part: It came out of a printer.
The market for iPad and iPhone accessories is worth billions--and it usually takes a sizable, glossy company powered with lots of marketing and PR to horn in on it. (Think of Incase or Belkin.) But not anymore--and not in the age of rapid prototyping. Solitary designers can readily produce products as good as any you'd find in the Apple store--as the iPad Canvas Wrap, by designer Jeff Bare, proves.