December 9th, 2013
As I was a little boy, I liked to watch old pictures of my relatives at my grandparents' house. Scrolling all that dusty photo paper - there was something mystical and spiritual in that. Looking into the eyes of my ancestors was so surreal. I knew that they have lived decades ago, but I was still hard to perceive the archived depiction of a moment. A moment which had happened long time ago, but that seemed to happen right now. Just frozen. Frozen emotions and depicted souls.
Photography was invented in the 19th century and it became a very popular way to immortalize the image of a person or a family. Later, the art of the portrait photography was refined throughout the 20th century. Remember those famous photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King and so on, and so on, and so on... There are so many magnificent pictures which gained popularity and now are worldwide-known.
Nowadays photography is a very popular hobby and an affordable activity for a lot of us. So making a portrait needed to reach higher heights to keep that miraculous effect of capturing a soul. 3D modeling is the new form of photography. That is why we decided to review the best of new 3D renderings of human beings.
December 5th, 2013
Once again, you have proved that you are the best buyers which we could ever wish for - active, involved and willing to touch the future which (we strongly believe) belongs to 3D printing.
Remember, we decided to give away one H-Series 3D printer from our sponsor Afinia to a random buyer? Well, you all had 11 days (from the 14th of November till the 24th of November) to buy a 3D model worth $10 or more and count on luck. And a lot of you did it.
It was nice to see you so interested. We adore the way you show your support to us. So it is time to show give the love back.
Congratulations to Francesca (franchobassi)! She is the lucky one who have bought a "Four Story Building Facade" on the 19th of November. H-Series 3D printer from Afinia goes to Chile!
December 3rd, 2013
The hype about 3D printing has been going high for several years. While the industry insiders try to dodge the pressure by dispelling the myths that “you can print everything”, the think-tank Gartner has recently started monitoring and analyzing the “nascent market” of 3D printers. Yes, 3D printers are reaching mainstream – the mainstream psyche at least. It is expected that 98,065 units of sub-$100,000 3D printers will be sold in 2014. Compare that to 9 million units of iPhone 5S and 5C sold in a first weekend after they had been launched or 293,000 conventional 2D printers sold daily and it is obvious that 3D printing still has a long way to go.
3D printer industry is not slow though, even if compared to personal computing. More than twenty years passed from the invention of computing machine till the first personal computer appeared in 1964. It took more than 30 years until it became a necessity for virtually everyone. 3D printing technology was first developed in 1984 - so the industry is still young. However, Gartner predicts that the market of 3D printers for consumers will grow almost twice per year.
It is too early to tell if 3D printers will follow the same path as personal computers. It is also too early to tell if the inflection point of 3D printing will be based on personal devices, or on 3D printing services like Shapeways and Sculpteo. But it is already obvious that personal 3D printers will have to overcome a few obstacles to become a must-have item in every household. Here are a few of them:
November 28th, 2013
Hello there! Do you need some 3D models? Then you are in the right place at the right time!
It's a huuuge weekend ahead: Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the 3D Day. Wow, actually it's practically a whole week of holidays! So, here is what we want to introduce you - Black Friday Sale, which will take place from Thursday, the 28th of November till Tuesday, the 3rd of December.
Black Friday is traditionally the day of the biggest sales in the USA. Step-by-step it became a synonym for huge discounts worldwide. That is why we decided to encourage our sellers to give a 30% or bigger discount. You can see the proposals here. And, as we told you, you can take an advantage and shop for the whole 6 days.
Start on the Thanksgiving day, proceed on the Black Friday, whole holiday weekend. Ok, it's Monday. Holiday over? NOT! It's Cyber Monday - a day to get some 3D models of extra quality for a price which is more than nice! And do it on Tuesday too, as it will be the inter-net-a-national day of 3 dimensions - the 3D Day!
Do not forget to use your cart - it will make your shopping way easier.
Enjoy the sale!
November 27th, 2013
Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle - call him whatever you want, but he is not on your side right now.
Are you getting same gifts each year? Yes, Santa's elves make them in the workshop at the North Pole and somehow manage to distribute all of them all over the world through one night. But, what the hell! How come some of those gifts are under some worldwide known brands? The Santa "mafia" must be crazy powerful... Just think about it - if they can force the corporations to work for them, they probably can do anything. Not! There is still something left. Something so powerful that it can turn the world upside down. And you can use it and take a part in this snowy challenge.
Welcome to Christmas 3D Printing Challenge. Your mission is to perform better than Santa and his elves. These aces of Christmas gift-giving have been in this business for about 200 years already. It is time to change the game!