Shapeways Material Sample Pack

Ever since Shapeways launched their first beta tests, they have been working hard to improve their 3D printing services. What started out as one material choice has be-come a wide variety of material options, finishes and colors. And to make it
easier to choose the material that best suits your project, they now offer a Material Sample Pack.
Finally you can have a sample of each of the materials Shapeways offers in your hands to touch, scratch, bend and burn (do not inhale). This is the perfect way to chose the right material for your next 3D printed application, alos a great tool to take to client meetings or trade shows to show potential clients the material range you can offer your/their designs in?
Send it as a gift to a maker friend and see how quickly they too become addicted to realizing their designs... Buy it nowfor $30 (but includes a $25 voucher).

Little Ninja Project

Shane Newville, creator of “Little Ninja Project” has released a video describing his animation techniques. If you want to read more about the Little Ninja Project, download issue #23, Shane wrote a very nice article about creating and producing the “Little Ninja Project”. His video used the blend file supplied with issue #23, to show you how to combine action sequences.

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Shane's Character Animations Style - Blender 3D

Contest: Design Your Own Electric Guitar

We're working with Shapewaysand Zoy-baron a fun and exciting new contest:
Design original hard-ware features that can be incorporated with the Zoybar instruments and that can be 3D printed with Shapeways.
A platform for Open Hardware, working together with Open Software and an Open Production platform - how cool is thatí Read on for contest details.

The Challenge

Design original hardware features that can be incor-porated with the Zoybar instruments and enter a contest to win your creation. Design in Blender.

How does it work?

Zoybar offers a number of CAD files that you can base your work on. Download them and design your new instrument.
Upload your design to Zoybar to participate in the contest (tip: upload to Shapeways too, to test the printability of your design. Tag with 'zoybar' please).
·Chek out this diagramto learn how to partici-pate and for all the relevant links.
·Timeline: The competition will start on August 05, however submissions will not be revealed before August 22 and will continue until Septem-ber 20, 2010.The competition will end on Octo-ber 05, 2010.

The prizes

Function category prize (Open to all): A Full Zoybar Guitar or Bass Hardware kit provided by Zoybar, plus 3D print of the winning design entry in the amount of $200 (USD) provided by Shapeways. Total Value: $870 (USD)
Fantasy category prize: (Exclusive for Blender users only) A Full Zoybar Guitar or Bass Hardware kit. Valued: $670 (USD) provided by Zoybar.
The winners will be announced in Blenderart Magazine’s 30th issue and on the Shapeways blog.

Course: 3D-World with Blender

A new blender study/support-group has started in Tampere, Finland.
Scaia, a Finnish course based school for digital arts, have opened their new Internet pages and the courselist for September.
Scaia teaches with software that have a free/semifree alternative for anyone who wants to express themselves with 3D-art, digital painting, blogs or even with making games. Blender is defi-nitely Scaia’s favorite software, but in September it will alos be possible to learn Gimp, Unity or Wordpress.
Scaia is alos planning to release one or more online tutorials about Blender during the course semester.
Here is a little teaser what might be ahead:

Scaia is powered by the help of TAMK, Tampere Uni-versity of Applied Science - Art and Media, and a stu-dent based co-operative, High Score.
Most of Scaia’s talented teachers are students or ex-students of TAMK.

Christmas Co-Creator Contest 2010

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After the great success of last years Co-Create Christ-más Contest, we have to decided to run the contest again.
Once again we are looking for designs that embrace Co-Creation by allowing consumers to personalize the design whether it is for themselves, or as a gift for others. Take a look at the Christmas Page to see some of the creative Christmas designs the Shape-ways community have already produced.

Prizes include:

·Top five finalists receive a free 3D print of their design and be included in our Christmas promo-tions,
·Winner to alos receive a Shapeways Voucher for $100*

To enter:

·Submit your new Co-Creator with the tag "Xmas2010" by the 30th of September 2010.
·Product can not cost more than $100 (excl. VAT and mark-up) and needs to be Christmas themed.
·The entry must be uploaded to Shapeways, be public and a Co-Creator on the Christmas page.
·The winner and runners up will be notified in writing by 11th October 2010.
·No purchase necessary
·By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the con-ditions.
·No cash or other alternative prizes available.
·coupon valid till 24 December 2010, only 1 coupon can be used per order.
·The prize draw is not open to Shapeways employ-ees or their families.
·The promoter’s decision is final – in case of dis-pute, no correspondence will be entered into.
·Winning entries will be documented by Shape-ways and may be used for promotional purposes.
·Winners retain all IP as per Shapeways standard terms and conditions
·Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
· Promoter: Shapeways, High Tech Campus 27, Eindhoven 5656 AE, The Netherlands.