Designer Spotlight on Josh Azevedo: From Humble Beginnings to Running a Top 3D Design Business

Custom Wedding bands by Josh Azevedo

3D Business owner Josh Azevedo entered the world of 3D design by accident— or more specifically, by marriage.

Azevedo started as an animation graduate with an unsteady future, but now has his own 3D Design business: DesignAnything3D.com. He uses i.materialise to print orders, grow his business, and gain clients. Here is his success story.

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3 Reasons to visit the i.materialise stand at Maker Faire Detroit

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We are brewing with excitement to attend Maker Faire Detroit this weekend, and you should be too! It will be hosted at The Henry Ford Museum on July 26 and 27th.  This two day festival will feature over 400 makers and their ideas, inventions, and solutions.  Join us in celebration of inventiveness and creativity along with your fellow designers, hobbyists and tinkerers! Whether you are new to the movement or a seasoned maker, we can’t wait to share our passion about 3D printing and talk shop at our stand. Read more…

Greetings From Roxy, Your New Community Manager!

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Ever wondered what it is like to skydive without a parachute?

That’s how it felt to discover 3D printing, and the road that led me to become i.materialise’s newest community manager.

My name is Roxy, first name “Rebecca.”

I was born in Germany, raised in the United States, and exist to build things.

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5 Skills To Help You Begin 3D Printing Today

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From an outsider’s perspective, 3D printing can seem difficult.

But chances are, you already have the natural skills and resources to get started. And that’s good: 3D printing is growing in popularity because it allows individuals to create one-of-a-kind products in a short amount of time— without heavy production costs. The overall market for 3-D printing products and services recently surpassed $2.2 billion, and is expected to rise more than 20% per year— to $5 billion by 2017.

Read on for the 3D printing skills you might not know you had— and how to use them to begin making things now…

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How to Design Custom Jewelry With JWEEL

A metal ring created and printed with JWEEL.

You don’t have to be an expert to start making 3D printed jewelry.

There is a free, beginner-friendly browser-based program called JWEEL that lets you build and design 3D printed jewelry.

You can buy your jewelry after you finish designing it, but don’t have to (prices start at about 61€/$83 for brass, and they don’t SPAM you with e-mails!) Here’s more information, including how to use JWEEL.

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10 Things to See and Do at Maker Faire Detroit

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We’re excited to announce that the Maker Faire is coming back to Detroit, Michigan for the 5th year in a row. We are grateful to be a part of this event and are looking forward to sharing our passion for 3D printing with you. The event will be held at The Henry Ford on July 26 & 27. Over 400 makers are expected to participate sharing their passion for cars, robotics, electronics, rockets, fashion, art and science! If you have a DIY mindset and love to tinker, hack and invent, here are 10 reasons to attend. Read more…

The $24,000 Vase: GeMo Sets New Standards for Non-identical Prints

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3D printed items don’t have to be generic, identical toys— it is possible to create, buy, and sell personalized, asymmetrical, one-of-a-kind artwork.

This mindset is exactly what Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy from Studio Integrate are now known for.

What began as a project for unique 3D printed gifts intended for friends evolved into Studio Integrate’s £14,000 ($24,000) idea: the GeMo Vase.

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4 Ways 3D Printing Drives the Maker Movement

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The maker movement is a group of artists, engineers, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and anyone else interested in Do It Yourself (DIY) culture. 3D printing has become a key player in the movement by giving regular people the ability to take an idea and create it into  a finished product. Whether you’re interested in selling your products or simply want to create something new, here’s how 3D printing is driving the maker movement. Read more…

The Ultimate Maker Faire List for 2014

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With i.materialise recently attending Maker Faire Bay Area in May, it only seemed logical to provide our community with a list of upcoming Maker Faires! This list includes the larger events, but there are also hundreds of smaller, community-based, independent Maker Faires happening around the world, all year long. There are more than enough Faires to get you through the rest of year.

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A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing in Silver

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Long valued as a precious metal, silver is the perfect material for creating 3D printed jewelry. Here is a beginner’s guide to make you a  jewelry designer! Read more…