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Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: will.i.am and Britney, M&A, Staples, Holiday Gift Guide

will.i.am Britney Spears 3D Printing

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from December 4 to December 9.

Make Magazine Publishes a Holiday Gift Guide for 3D Printing

Make 3D Printing Holiday Gift Guide

Popular among “makers,” Make is a leading source of DIY goodness. The magazine has published a holiday gift guide for 3D printing, ranging from plastic filament to 3D printers.

When it comes to home 3D printing, most of us still haven’t taken the plunge. If you, or someone on your gift list, is still in the toe-dipping stage, maybe the smartest thing to do is to start at the stocking-stuffer level with a copy of the MAKE Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. It’s the best deal going when it comes to getting oriented in the exploding consumer 3D-printing scene. Or, if you’ve already made up your mind to gift someone a 3D-printer, grab a copy for yourself to help guide that decision, then pass it along in the box!

Or, if you’re in a hurry (and it’s worth noting that lead times on 3D printers can be fairly long) our online guide, linked below, can get you started shopping right now. Within, you’ll find a tasty assortment of gifts for desktop manufacturers of all skill levels, from experienced pros to total n00bs, arranged in pricetag order from $30-$3,000. Here’s wishing you speedy shopping and a relaxing winter break!

View the entire gift guide.

Father’s Day Gifts for Dad: Shapeways Friday Finds

3D printing marketplace Shapeways featured some fun Father’s Day gifts in its weekly Friday Finds blog series.

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Skeleton

Deaths Head Hawkmoth Skeleton


The Wrap – cable winder for Euro iPhone charger

The Wrap iPhone Charger

TriStand – iPhone Case with 3 Built In Stands

iPhone TriStand


See more at Shapeways blog.

Happy Mother’s Day: 3D Printed Gifts for Mom

Mother's Day Appear Lamp

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms out there! Here are our top picks for 3D printed gifts for Mom.

Our first pick (above) is a customized Appear lamp, featured by i.materialise ($107).

Mother's Day Mom Pendant

A nice gold-plated Mom pendant featured by Shapeways ($32.99).

Mother's Day Pencil Holder

#1 Mom pencil holder, featured by Thingiverse (free download).

Mother's Day Mom and Baby Elephants

Elephant Mother and Child, featured by Thingiverse (free download).

Mother's Day Statue

Mother statuette, featured by Shapeways ($3.47 and up).


And finally, a cute 3D printing video from MakerBot dedicated to Mom.

Ponoko Team Demos Autodesk 123D and 3D Printing Made To Order

Ponoko Webinar with Christina Westbrook

Yesterday, we attended a Ponoko webinar with community manager Christina Westbrook. Christina likes to make things and shared her passion for personal fabrication with us. Last year, Ponoko announced a partnership with Autodesk to host 123D in their Personal Factory App Gateway. In this webinar, Christina was showing us how to use 123D and Ponoko to make interesting products.

First Christina showed us some examples of what you can do with 3D design software and 3D printing. These ranged from jewelry to lamps to custom iPhone cases.

Below is an example product Christina made: a case for a Square card reader. This product costs about $10 in materials and she sells it for $18 on Shapeways.

3D Printed Square Card Reader Case

This product was made out of durable plastic, but a variety of materials are available, including gold plating and stainless steel.

Durable plastic is cheap at $1.70 / cubic cm, and can be printed as thin as 1mm. You can purchase samples or make your own prototypes to test out different materials. http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/materials

Ponoko Material Samples

How did she get the exact dimensions for a Square reader? She suggested either buying a digital caliper or taking a photo of a source object and measure digitally. We asked if you can import a photo into 123D in order to trace the dimensions. That might be on the roadmap, but isn’t ready today.

Autodesk 123D

In the webinar, Christina gave us a detailed walkthrough of 123D from Autodesk. 123D is free 3D modeling software that lets you create complex 3D designs. The exported files can be uploaded to Ponoko or other sites to be 3D printed.

What can you design? As Christina said, “Something simple can be made into an awesome gift.” Over the course of the 15 minutes, Christina designed a ring with an extruded heart shape.

Here are some screenshots of her design:

Ponoko Webinar Design

Ponoko Webinar Design

Ponoko Webinar Design

Ponoko Materials Selection

Expert 3D design tips:

  • Adhere to the minimum thickness for your target material. When designing a product in 3D software, keep in mind the minimum wall thickness. If your design is too thin, your product may not survive shipping. For durable plastic, the minimum thickness is 1mm; for stainless steel, it’s 3mm.
  • Color can be added to projects. This can be done in the design software or later with dye.
  • If you do sell your 3D printed products, don’t forget to account for the extra time it takes you to finalize a product in the price. Some designers like to dye their products after they are printed to give them that extra polished feel.
  • When shapes in a design overlap, combine areas and make the intersection hollow. This will save on cost.
  • Clean up edges so your customer doesn’t get scratched by your product.

What’s coming down the road?

Christina wouldn’t divulge specifics from the roadmap, but it sounds like Maker Faire on May 19-20 will be a big event with more exciting announcements to come.

Thanks to Christina and the whole Ponoko team for hosting this informative webinar!