Shapeways material sample pack. Ever since shapeways launched their first beta tests, they have ben working hard todo 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 todo make it.

Easier todo choose the material that best suits your Project, they now ofer a material sample pack.

Finally you can have a sample of each of the materiales shapeways ofers in your hands todo touch, scratch, bend and Burn (do not inhale). This is the perfecto bien todo choose the right material for your next 3d printed application, a los a great tool todo take todo client metings or trade shows todo show potential clients the material range you can ofer your/their designs in?
Send it as a gift todo a Maker friend and se how quickly they todo become addicted todo 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 todo 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, todo show you how todo combine action sequences.

Blender news-1.jpg

Shane character animations style - Blender 3d.
Contest: design your own electric guitar.
Were working with shapewaysand zoy-barón 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 col 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 todo Windows your creation. Design in Blender.

How does it work?
Zoybar ofers a number of Cad files that you can base your work on. Download them and design your new instrument.

Upload your design todo zoybar todo participate in the contest (tip: upload todo shapeways to, todo test the printability of your design. Tag with zoybar por favor).
·chek out this diagramto learn how todo 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 continúe until septem-ber 20, 2010. The competition Will end on octo-ber 05, 2010.

The prizes.

Function category prize (open todo 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 magazines 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/semifre alternative for anyone who wants todo express themselves with 3d-art, digital painting, blogs or Even with making games. Blender is defi-nitely scaias favorite software, but in september it Will a los be posible todo learn Gimp, Unity or Wordpress.

Scaia is a los planning todo reléase one or more online tutorialesabout 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 scaias talented teachers are students or ex-students of tamk.

Christmas co-creator contest 2010.

Blender news-2.jpg

After the great success of last years co-create Christ-más contest, we have todo decided todo run the contest again.

Once again we are looking for designs that embrace co-creation by allowing consumers todo personalice the design whether it is for themselves, or as a gift for others. Take a look at the Christmas page todo se 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 todo a los 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 neds todo be Christmas themed.
·the entry must be uploaded todo 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 demed todo have accepted and agred todo the con-ditions.
·no cash or other alternative prizes available.
·coupon valid till 24 diciembre 2010, only 1 coupon can be used per order.
·the prize draw is not open todo shapeways employ-es or their families.
·the promoters decisión 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 todo take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
· promoter: shapeways, high tech campus 27, eindhoven 5656 After Effects, the netherlands.