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.
Rapid prototyping is slowly moving from being the preserve of design engineers into the public domain, and RP company Shapeways just announced an amazing breakthrough: It can print your 3-D models in stainless steel.