Get ready for a new 3D Printing Meetup ! This new one will happen at La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in the North of Paris on Tuesday, December 4.
We are very glad to organize this event in such a great place dedicated to science and experimentations. A Fablab just opened there a few days ago…so if you come to the Meetup you will be able to visit it!
Please join us from 8 to 10pm next Tuesday for a few hours of fun around 3D Printing. We will present you our awarded iPhone app, 3DPcase. You will be be able to play with it, create your own custom iPhone cases and meet the team behind one of the most innovative use of 3D printing for consumer products!
Glen Liberman is the co-founder of Kinekt Design, the design studio behind the famous Gear Ring, and many other inspiring design and music projects! He uses Sculpteo for 3D printing his prototypes and accepted to answer a few questions for the Sculpteo blog. Discover Glen’s successful creations and how he uses 3D printing for his design projects!
The Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel and features micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun.
Sculpteo: Can you present yourself in a few words and tell us about your current projects?
Glen Libeman: My name is Glen Liberman and I am a co-founder / co-owner of Kinekt Design and Kinektron, respectively. I’m a creative designer and electronic music composer.
Sculpteo: How did you start 3D printing? How did you discover it and what brought you to create things with 3D printing?
Glen Libeman: I started with 3D printing to test prototype Kinekt Design’s patented Gear Ring. I found it so incredibly intriguing that I become infatuated with the process of creating physical object(s) with it. Since I am not a machinist, I found it difficult to fabricate a lot of the ideas that I had in my head. 3D printing opened up a new world of possibilities to me, one that was simply not feasible before.
And of course, I love objects. They are the artifacts of a society; physical representations that can tell a story the same way a book can.
I still paper fold and sculpt, but 3D printing makes the process that much easier and faster. I’m not saying it should replace craft and handwork, but it definitely allows individuals the opportunity to experiment with a new process and all sorts of materials suitable for different applications.
Sculpteo: What is Kinektron? How do you use 3D printing for your projects?
Glen Libeman: Kinektron is my second business that focuses on the creation of unique electronic musical instruments. It is a collaboration between three people – Robert Guyser, Matthew Heins, and myself.
Our first product will be the K-DSC-1, a digital synthesizer and sequencer that is housed in a compact, hand-held cube. We plan to launch it to the public in 2013.
We’ve utilized 3D printing throughout the design / prototyping process to test our assembly / housing and make sure it’s suitable for manufacture and production.
Sculpteo: Do you own a Sculpteo store?
Glen Libeman: I do not own a Sculpteo store, but you can see / purchase some of my personal work at www.glenlib.bigcartel.com. I utilize 3D printing to fabricate my experimental / exploratory tech creature models – Adapter, Evolver, etc. – and to cast my jewelry rings.
Sculpteo: Do you have advices to share with 3D printing beginners. For example, which software do you use for 3D modeling and how do you make sure your models will look great once 3D printed?
Glen Libeman: I use Solid Works to 3D model. My advice for 3D printing beginners is to experiment and try new things as much as possible. Even if whatever you’re creating does not result in a functional or useful product, it can still be worthwhile.
There are so many possibilities for interesting and intriguing designs to surface that it’d be a shame not to explore rapid prototyping fabrication.
3D printing photo booth are getting a lot of attention these days… We are excited to see that there is a great interest for a more and more personal use of 3D printing.
We have been creating 3D printed figurine of yourself for more than three years now! Our Figurine Workshop is one of the most popular. We are actually working on improving even more our service. Stay tuned! It will be ready soon…
Before that, we wanted to propose you a round-up of some of the coolest 3D printed photo booths.
Omote 3D Shashin Kan is a Japanese pop-up portrait studio that fabricate 3D printed figurines of yourself. It takes about 15 minutes for the artist behind the project to scan your entire body, including every details of your outfit. A month later, you receive your exact replica. A gorgeous miniature sculpture of yourself. It costs between $264 and $528 depending of the size you want, from 10cm to 20cm tall. If you live in Tokyo, you have until January 14 to try it!
Makerbot just opened a 3D printing photo booth in its New York City store. You can come take a scan of your face and have it 3D printed in plastic with their latest device. Less precise, but fun too…and cheaper: it costs about $25 to scan and 3D print your head at the store.
ScanBooth is a 3D printing photo booth that has been presented to the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire. In 7 hours, around 40 people left with a 3D print of themself! ScanBooth is a collection of software for running a 3D Photo Booth. It is integrated with Sketchfab, that will present its service at the next WebGL meetup in San Francisco. ScanBooth is available on GitHub for anyone wanting to create its own 3D Photo Booth!
Get ready for more 3D printing photo booths! It looks like it is just the beginning!
Now is the right time to prepare your store for Christmas!
A few tips to make it a success:
update your store frequently : adding new designs on a regular basis will make your customers come back often to your store
take pictures of your objects. 3D visualization is awesome to see an object from all angles but there is nothing like having a good picture of the object itself! We feature in priority designs with pictures on the homepage.
get featured on our Sculpteo Store homepage: we select in priority designs with great picture and very creative ideas! If you think your design should be featured, please write me at mathilde [at] sculpteo.com with the link to your design.
bring traffic to your store: embed your Sculpteo store into your own website, create a Facebook page for it, send us your links, …
let your customers be creative! Don’t hesitate to experiment with your designs and have fun. We let you propose customizable designs. More and more people are sharing our passion for 3D printing, let’s welcome all new members in the community… even caffeinated cats!