3 Ways 3D Printing Empowers Artists

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At the core of art is creativity: The urge to express yourself and to bring something into the world that hasn’t been there before. Art inspires and puts us in awe. And it all starts with an idea.

3D printing is fueled by your ideas. And its core is freedom. 3D printing is perfect for artists because it gives them the tools and the means to share their vision with the world. At i.materialise we are energized to be part of the process of making your idea into a reality. Here’s how 3D printing is empowering artists every day through better tools, materials, efficiency and community. Read more…

How to Share And Embed Your 3D Design Using Sketchfab

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There is now a free, interactive, and comparatively safe way to share your 3D design with friends: Sketchfab. What YouTube is to video, Sketchfab is to 3D files.

Alban Denoyel, previously featured in Makezine, launched Sketchfab after noting that many of us share 3D designs via grainy screenshots, large rendered images, or by unsafely sending out our file. Sketchfab provides a neat alternative: it allows you to share an interactive, fast-loading rendered view of your 3D model— without allowing viewers to download or illegally distribute your file.

This free tool is pretty intuitive, but read on for time-saving tips and screenshots!

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Time Machines, Cupcake Cars and Robot Ponies: Some of the cool things we saw at Detroit Maker Faire 2014

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Our first Detroit Maker Faire wrapped up on July 28th – we were so excited to be introduced to many new friends and unforgettable connections! With the estimated attendance close to 20,000 people, we felt right at home surrounded by talented makers, designers, artists and innovators.

The best part of our day was connecting and introducing so many of you to the wonderful possibilities of 3D printing. If you couldn’t make it to the Faire, we got you covered!

Here are some highlights from the Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford.

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How to Create Custom Pendants and Necklaces With JWEEL

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Want to design your own 3D printed heart-shaped pendant in under an hour?

We did! You might have heard about JWEEL, a free browser-based jewelry design software. It has a built-in feature that lets you 3D print your own necklaces, charms, and rings in gold, silver, brass, and other materials— without making you check your model for printing flaws. It does that for you, so it’s a great way to quickly create custom jewelry designs.

We asked an employee who never designed jewelry before to create a heart-shaped pendant using JWEELRead on to see how they did it, and how you can, too!

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In Less Than a Year, 3D Print Start-Up Toyze Secured a Major Client and Reached Over 100 Million Users: Toyze Explains Its Ambitious Growth Plan

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Om Nom, Toss, Roto, Boo, Blue and Lick are mobile game characters with millions of fans around the world— and the start of an adventure for one 3D print business.

Toyze is an app where users can create, customize, and order 3D printed figurines of popular mobile game characters (including the cast of Zeptolab’s beloved Cut the Rope series.)

The app has already garnered praise by major publications such as VentureBeat, 3Dprint.com, and Yahoo Finance. How’d they do all that in under a year? Read on.

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

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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

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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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