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Alan Hudson posted an update about the AbFab3d toolkit on the Shapeways forum. Since I’m a software developer I thought I would take a look to see if I could use this toolkit for making some designs for 3D printing. You need to be a developer with Java experience to be able to use AbFab3D. […]

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Multi-Colored Airmchair

I was inspired by the bright colors of this armchair posted by design-dautore.com. I have noticed that some printed sandstone colors are very bright, even neon-like. I thought it would be interesting to use those bright sandstone colors for my own armchair design. I started with manipulating a block mesh in Blender to get the […]

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Protecting Sandstone

As Shapeways indicates in their material portfolio, sandstone is brittle and should be kept away from moisture. I have found the final printed sandstone models to be quite strong and solid. However, I wanted to find a way to seal and protect the material. WillLaPuerta in the Shapeways forum recommended using Rust-Oleum Lacquer Spray Paint. […]

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Nautilus Submarine Design

I was inspired by the Nautilus Submarine Art Car at Maker Faire 2013 to make my own steampunk-styled submarine. There have been many interpretations of Jules Vern’s submarine Nautilus, but probably the most famous is from Disney’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’. I looked at many images to come up with my own design. I […]

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Steampunk Submarine

I was inspired by the Steampunk genre to make my own steampunk-styled submarine. This was going to be my first 3D printed model, so I had to learn how to make a design printable. Not all 3D designs can just be printed. Shapeways has requirements for designs to be printable. The model has to be […]

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3D Printing

3D printing is in the news a lot these days. I was initially interested in 3D printing from an software point of view since I’m a software engineer. I created and open sourced a Android client library for the Shapeways API. But the more I got to see what artists and designers were able to […]

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