Is 3D-printed jewellery the next big bang?

July 23rd, 2014

Is 3D-printed jewellery the next big bang?


Don’t we all love a good look? Adding a classy touch to your personality with custom made pieces of jewellery or translating your own ideas into fabulous jewellery designs is no longer a case of being extra rich. Extra rich in creativity is all you need to be – 3D printing will do the rest. Haven’t got a single clue what we’re on about? Here are some of the earth-shattering, inspirational ideas we collected.

[We are currently running a 3D-printed Jewellery Challenge, test your skills and win amazing prizes.]


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Flat is Boring: Top 10 funkiest ideas

July 11th, 2014

Flat is Boring: Top 10 funkiest ideas


When we asked you to be brave and trade your craziest ideas for outstanding 3D-printed creations, we didn’t quite expect people to come back with gun and tank images. But then again, who are we to judge your dreams? This week, however, we focused on the top 10 funkiest ideas submitted for Flat is Boring inspirational challenge. Make yourself comfortable while you’re being transported to a world of eccentric minds.


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Welcome to The Mind-Trap: 35 Most Photorealistic 3D Renderings

July 16th, 2013

Welcome to The Mind-Trap: 35 Most Photorealistic 3D Renderings


Technology has turned the world upside down. It facilitates daily lives and substitutes our perception of the reality. The things that years ago seemed to be impossible suddenly became a constant. In 1936 BBC began transmitting the world's first public regular hi-definition service, in 1950 television was recognized as the main medium for molding public opinion, afterwards it has become a must-have domestic appliance and did not leave this position for a quite long time.

Back then people were thinking that technologists achieved a lot and there is nowhere to move forward. Then the internet came to shake the whole world. Most companies cannot work these days if the office loses internet connection. Technology is still improving. Where the hell it can go further? Today 3D printers are commercially available in the market. Do you need a detail for the household? Would you like to get a unique wedding ring? Do you have a genius idea of cheap prosthesis production? Just create or download a 3D model and print it out!

Until you get used to it, it is always immensely hard to believe. Even when you start believing, you are not sure: is it real or fake? It is actually both. Computer graphic artists are up to completely blow our minds. Instead of going to the city streets and capturing cityscapes, landscapes or portraits with professional cameras, they decide to generate the same image, using 3D design software. And hurrah! Guess, they say, is it real or fake? We keep guessing, while surfing all around the virtual world. Damn,sometimes you sit for 5 minutes and: 1) Ask yourself if is it a photo-shot or a trick by a CG artist; 2) Try to convince yourself that technology can do that; 3) Come back to the idea that it must be a photo-shot, because computer is not that clever to restore the reality in digital; 4) You give up.

So, half a year has passed by and we have a second part of The Most Photorealistic 3D Renderings. Do not torture yourself thinking. I tell you, all of them are purely fake. There is no a single photograph or a photographical background at least. Every single detail in these renderings is generated by madly talented 3D artists. Enjoy and let the flow of inspiration grab you.


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Best 3D Models of April

May 28th, 2013

Best 3D Models of April


The past month was full of new experiences and challenges for all of us. While April was shocking with cardinal temperatural changes, popularity of "make offer" feature at CGTrader's marketplace has overcome any boundaries of the our greatest expectations. In the middle of May 3D Printing Competition has been launched and we cannot wait the winners to take the prizes - two breath-taking 3D printers by Ultimaker. So, until we count the last days for the summer and model slippers to be 3D printed, we represent a bit different top of The Best 3D Models of April.

Why is it different? It happens that some 3D designers complain all around the forums that they run out of ideas or that everything what could be 3D designed - already is. I would not agree to this. Sometimes it is even enough to look around. So, for this top list only highly distinct and extremely catching 3D models have been selected. It was done in order to reflect the broad variety of possible forms and content in 3D. Obviously, they do strongly vary in terms of particular technique, chosen topic, representation, level of realism and rationalism and the fact that some 3D models require more imagination and accuracy than others.

Here it comes, still fresh and inspiring top of the Best 3D Models of April.


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A Good Look at The Real World by Marek Denko

March 18th, 2013

A Good Look at The Real World by Marek Denko


Marek Denko is a 3D designer who attracted the whole computer graphics community with his artwork. The artist had no training in the field of 3D design. But he was always learning from his own mistakes and successes.

Marek Denko's first job in the industry was as a low polymodeling freelancer for a company in Bratislava. Today he is a world-known 3D designer. The designer's artwork is highly distinctive with a peculiar touch of his. It definitely bewitches with the level of realism and intense atmosphere. Marek Denko shares with us the secrets of his profession, inspirations, and reveals how to find a way in the labyrinth of computer graphics world.


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