A while ago, I attended a 3D Hubs Meetup. The event advertised free food, but turned out to have a $20 entry fee (super bummer).
Pushing my gluttony aside, I managed to have a couple really interesting conversations with 3D printing enthusiasts. All were creatives using 3D printing to create art. It’s super neat to hear about their projects.
Before the Meetup, I’d never heard of 3D Hubs before. It is an startup trying to become the AirBnB of 3D printing, letting users rent out their individual printers and services.
I’m quite intrigued.
Creating a distributed 3D printing hub is hard. Not only are there others in the market (makexyz serves the exact same purpose) but also it competes with 3D printing services such as Shapeways and Sculpteo, who have invested in industrial-grade 3D printers. In fact, Fabbaloo had an article a while ago stating distributed manufacturing as a type of 3D printing business to avoid starting, ’cause of the potential complications.
I give 3D Hub huge props for trying.
I met a project manager from 3D Hub at the Meetup and asked if there were plans to create an API. Her response was no.
This is a bummer, ’cause it would plug nicely into 3D Printing Price Check, a centralized place to check print costs of a boatload of services, like makexyz, Shapeways, and Sculpteo.
Anyhoo, 3D Hub is definitely a company to keeps an eye on.
Good luck 3D Hub!
Apparently you can’t give folks tangos anymore… bummer…
Match Date: December 2nd, 2013
FIRST TIME PLAYING DOTA IN MONTHS!!!
WHY IS EVERYTHING SO AWESOME!!!???
WHY IS EVERYTHING SO DIFFERENT??!!!
Once upon a time I owned many woot shirts. They fit great, were 100% cotton, and had delightful designs.
However, over time, each one suffered the plague of gaping mystery holes that cropped up on the bottom.
Last month, I finally tossed these threadbare treasures. It was a rough, nostalgic parting, but I figured I should start my new life in New York with some less raggedy wear.
Replenishing the shirt supply has been a slow process, since I feel too olde for woot.
However, recently, as luck would have it, I found awesome shirts!
Once was a nice blue cotton blend with a half-zippered pocket and another was a stripped pure cotton with buttons on the side.
I really like ‘em and hope to find more like these. They are the beginning of a new shirt era.
This is kind of olde news but I just wanna share:
Sculpteo has $6.5 shipping in the US!
So they’re now fast and reasonably priced!
A little while ago, I went to a Meetup that featured ShapeJS, a platform by Shapeways to create objects for 3D printing.
It uses a voxel system to create shapes, which is super neat. It bypasses a lot of potential problems with meshes.
Beekey, a software engineer at Shapeways, demo-ed a lot of cool apps you could make with ShapeJS, like the 2D to 3D converter. I’ve used the converter, and it’s been really helpful. Previously, I’d import my 2D vectors as surfaces in Maya, and then extrude. Now, it’s a super easy, one-click process.
Sculpteo has a similar app called Image Extrude (which I believe came first) but it doesn’t let you export the models, which is a bummer.
Beekey said they haven’t super stressed tested ShapeJS. I’ve definitely crashed Shapeways’ mesh fixer (Mesh Doctor / Netfabb) before, so I hope it holds up.
As from ShapeJS, I learned a lot about powder-based SLS from Beekey. However, I was shocked to discover he’s never heard of MAKE!
C’mon Shapeways engineer, gotta get with it!
Two middle school friends and I met up for dinner in KTown, and had a great time.
Photo by Jenny
Look at all the food!