Precious Plated Metal 3D Printing from Shapeways: A Closer Look


Originally Published on 6 Feb 2015 to YouTube by Savannah Peterson, Global Community Manager at Shapeways.

Synopsis. “Shapeways has introduced 14k & 18k gold, Rose Gold, and Rhodium Plated. They’re beautiful and I had to show off our launch models in this video!”



Fab Lab hopes to buy permanent space

[Source: “Fab Lab hopes to buy permanent space,” Press Citizen, 6:42 p.m. CST January 22, 2015, by Josh O’Leary]

Zoning hurdles have thwarted the idea of establishing the state’s first Fab Lab inside an Iowa City shopping center, but organizers are still keeping hope alive for a high-tech workshop.

The STEAM Room has been hosting clubs and organizing science events inside the Iowa City Marketplace, formerly Sycamore Mall, since last summer, with the initial goal of one day opening up a permanent operation at the mall.

However, obtaining the necessary heavy commercial zoning from the city at that location would have been far from a sure thing, said STEAM Room director Kirk Cheyney, so the organization is searching for a new home and has kicked off a fundraising campaign.

“It’s easier to move to the right zone than change the zoning law,” Cheyney said. “It would have been a months-long process, and at the end, if they said ‘no,’ it would have been months without having anything to show for it.”

Cheyney first pitched a Fab Lab for Iowa City in 2013 — a digital fabrication laboratory packed with an array of tools and electronics such as CNC machines, 3D printers, laser cutters, a computer lab, woodworking equipment and welding gear, to name just a few of the components.

The idea, which began as an MIT outreach initiative and has since grown into a national network of Fab Labs, is to provide widespread access to the tools of invention. The nonprofit Iowa City lab would rent work spaces and sell monthly memberships, like a gym, giving the public the ability to use equipment they normally wouldn’t have access to.

Organizers set up shop last year in two empty storefronts in the shopping center — which is undergoing major renovations — where they hosted youth summer camps and have continued to hold regular activities in the months since. Robotics clubs from West High and City High, for instance, are frequent users of the lab.

The Fab Lab can only use the mall space through May, however, said Cheyney, and organizers have been scouting properties in south Iowa City. The city had told the lab it would require a zoning change to operate permanently at the mall.

Cheyney said the Fab Lab has four properties on its short list, ranging from 12,000 to 40,000 square feet, with the hopes of purchasing a facility by this spring. To do so, organizers have set a goal of raising $750,000 in the coming months.

Wendy Ford, Iowa City’s economic development coordinator, said the city will support the Fab Lab in its search for a permanent location.

“We’re excited to see them pursue their own building in an appropriately zoned area, and look forward to supporting those endeavors,” Ford said.

The lab already owns an array of equipment, much of which has been donated. Now it just needs a place to house it all, said Cheyney.

“It’s amazing the amount of support we’ve already received and keep receiving,” Cheyney said. “We’ve built our current facility with nothing but volunteers. The support of community has been great; we’re just hoping to kick it up a notch.”

Learn more about the STEAM Room Fab Lab and its capital campaign at

Reach Josh O’Leary at, 319-887-5415 or on Twitter at @JD_OLeary.

Kirk Cheyney watches a 3D printer at work on Wednesday inside the STEAM Room Fab Lab’s temporary location at the Iowa City Marketplace. Cheyney, the Fab Lab’s founder, hopes to acquire a new facility for the nonprofit lab. (Photo: Josh O’Leary / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

3D Modeling for 3D Printing Tutorial

In the following six videos, Shapeways Designer Evangelist Lauren guides you through a simple project to turn a line sketch on paper into a 3D-printable file. This lesson uses Tinkercad, a browser-based modeling tool, and Photoshop CC.

More tutorials are online at



This tutorial covers:
– Brief introduction to the history and applications of 3D printing
– Overview of how 3D printing works
– Review of design file types and formats



This tutorial covers:
– Draw or sketch your design with pen and paper
– Photograph your design and import to Photoshop
– Digitize your design in Photoshop by creating an outline



This tutorial covers how to:
– Extrude a 3D model from a 2D file
– Prepare your model using basic 3D modeling tools
– Export your 3D model from Photoshop for use in Tinkercad



This tutorial covers:
– Navigate and getting oriented in Tinkercad
– Basics of controlling and modifying 3D objects
– Rotate 3D models in your workplane



This tutorial covers:
– Import your 3D model as an STL file
– Scale and adjust your design
– Combine two shapes to create an articulated/interlocking design
– Design with the 3D printing material in mind (SLS nylon)
– Download 3D model for 3D printing



This tutorial covers:
– The basics of how 3D printing service such as Shapeways works
– Review design guidelines of h3 & Flexible Plastic
– Upload & order your design


3D Printed Gold by Shapeways


Video first published to YouTube by Shapeways on Apr 25, 2014.

Welcome to the golden age of 3D printing: introducing 14 carat gold to the Shapeways materials family.

This video highlights the hand-polishing process that gives our designers’ products their beautiful high shine.

Like all of Shapeways cast metals (silver, bronze, brass), your designs are 3D printed in wax. The wax model is used to make a plaster mold for casting, and is made through traditional casting, hand-finished processes. With 3D printing, jewelers, designers and makers can design intricacies and geometries that are not possible through traditional mold making.

To learn more about 3D printing jewelry, visit:


Shapeways 3D Printing & the Culture of Creativity

This video was originally published to YouTube by Shapeways on Sep 5, 2012.

What is the future of creativity, manufacturing, and design? How is the Shapeways community and 3D printing enabling everyone to make their ideas real?

This film portrays how the Shapeways 3D printing community and marketplace is enabling everyone to be a creator. All you need is an idea and an Internet connection.

Shapeways* Made in the Future

Directed by Stephan Malik
Produced by Carine Carmy, Shapeways
From Shapeways: Josh Levine, Peter Weijmarshausen, Carine Carmy, Brad Dickason, Gary Kenney, Duann Scott
From the Shapeways Community: Stijn van der Linden of Virtox, Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg of Nervous System, Michiel Cornelissen, Bernat Cuni of Cunicode, Carl Collins and Peter Knocke of GothamSmith

Featuring Designs by:
Bathsheba Grossman, Bits to Atoms, Columbia Aerodrome, Craig Kaplan, Cunicode, Gilbert13, GothamSmith, Joshua Harker, Meggo, Michiel Cornelissen, Museum of Small Things, Nervous System, Schreer Design, Shapeways, Spaho Design, Theo Jansen, Tristan Bethe, Vertigo Polka, Virtox, Wearable Planter.

Music by Tai Vare & Bill Wandel
Including: Principal Violin – Sonia Lee, Principal Cello – Tom Sullivan, Live strings recorded at Pearl Sound Studios by Chuck Alkazian

Special thanks to the Shapeways Community, the weather gods for enabling us to hit 5 cities in less than a week, and the future.