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Women in 3D Printing Meetup Recap

Hey everyone! Christina here, reporting almost a week later about our awesome Women in 3D Printing Meetup which was held on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the CapitalOne 360 building in downtown San Francisco.

To get the meetup started, we settled downstairs in the CapitalOne 360 building and luckily there was plenty of room for us ladies to gather and convene. It seems almost fitting that the music they were playing over the loudspeaker when we all sat down was ‘Independent Women’ by Destiny’s Child but they quickly turned that off.

To start things off, we quickly got to know each other by introducing ourselves. We had a lot of ladies from many different industries from video games & film, architecture, jewelry, and product design to name a few. One thing was for certain, everyone was interested in the possibilities that 3D printing could bring! There were a lot of questions about different materials and 3d printing processes as well as general conversation about design. We brought many 3D printed items to show the different things you could do with 3D printing and others in the meetup brought their own 3D printed creations to share as well.

Thanks to all the ladies who came to our first meetup! It was quite a fun time to chat with all of you. Hope to see everyone again at the next meetup as well as new faces! Be sure to join our 3D Printing in San Francisco by Sculpteo group on Meetup so you don’t miss our events!


Meetup to Catch SF in 3D with Autodesk

Come out and have some fun with Autodesk 123D Catch! Network with others interested in 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, share stories, tips and hangout with us! Limited to 30 people.

Its time for our first Meetup with the Sculpteo team in San Francisco. If you’re in the area be sure to sign up to meet some of the members of both the Sculpteo and Autodesk teams.

Here’s a link to the Meetup Page, where you can RSVP, and below is all of the info regarding the day’s agenda. Hope to see you there!


1:00pm to 1:30pm – Meet & Greet at the Autodesk Gallery. Have a quick tour. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

1:30pm to 3:00pm – Introduction to Autodesk 123D catch, learn how to create 3D files with a smartphone and how to use Meshmixer to cleanup your models.

3:00pm to 4:30pm – Break into groups and go around SF near the Autodesk Gallery to Catch as many scans as possible.

4:30pm to 6:00pm - Go back to the gallery to share the days Catch. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

*Must have a smartphone or iPad with the 123D Catch app downloaded in order to participate.

For iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/123d-catch/id513913018?ls=1&mt=8

For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autodesk.Catch

See you all there!

Sculpteo Ebook 3D Printing

3D Printing or Plastic Injection : our guide to cost efficiency

It’s out! We’re happy to announce the launching of our Guide to Cost Efficiency through Short Series Manufacturing.

There’s no need to prove how useful 3D Printing is for Rapid Prototyping. Or even to create customized objects. However, the advantages that the technology presents can go far beyond that.

Advancements in pricing and online technologies (specifically Sculpteo’s Batch Control tool) have opened the world of 3D printing into that of manufacturing – into direct and exciting competition with injection molding, the current standard in manufacturing.Ebook 3D Printing

In order to perfectly understand the main advantages of 3D Printing for short series production, we made a comparative analysis of the respective advantages and drawbacks of each technology when it comes to production. We have led our studies, depending on the following criteria:

  • The number of units produced
  • The volume of the object
  • The complexity of the object’s design.

The study confirms that 3D printing is an economically viable solution for manufacturing particularly for objects with complex design features. It presents designers and product developers a new mode of accomplishing and designing their product’s objectives.

Currently, 3D printing does not offer a replacement for injection molding, however it does provide an additional, financially responsible option for manufacturing. The study is meant to offer business of any size the knowledge to successfully design and produce their objects.

To get a better understanding, you can easily download the guide on our website.

Intellectual Property

How do we protect IP on sculpteo.com?

Designer and creators, ever wonder what happens with your files’ privacy after they’re uploaded on sculpteo.com? Well wonder no more! This post offers all the information as to the privacy of your file after it is uploaded to the site.

When it comes to privacy rights, some compare additive manufacturing to the revamping of the music industry with the rise of iTunes and online music services. Like an MP3 file, a 3D file can be downloaded and proliferated without much hassle. So it is of the utmost importance to protect those files when they are uploaded to a site. This is how we do it here at Sculpteo:

  • Every upload is set private by default

By default, your file is confidential and kept safe within our protected servers. So if you don’t change any parameters after upload, only you will be able to print it and only those with whom you personally share the link will be able to see it within the 3D viewer.

  • You can easily change the settings of your design

If you’d like to change the privacy settings of your file, its quite simple.

First go on Your objects page and choose the 3D file that you want to set. Click on the thumbnail and click on the arrow icon on the top right corner as show on this image:

3D file settings on sculpteo.comOn this page it is easy to change the privacy settings of multiple objects and to quickly see which are public and which are private. It’s ideal for those looking to change the privacy settings of a multitude of objects.

Setting the privacy mode to ‘Public’ will allow others to order a 3D print of your object and permits you to set a margin of profit when people do.

By clicking on ‘design settings’ you will go on a very useful page where you can add pictures, description of your design, vendor informations if you have as shop, and change the sharing rules.

How to set a 3D file public on sculpteo.comIn the above example, I’ve left my pot private but I gave the right to other people with a link to order a 3D print of this design. This is quite useful when you are several working on the same project but not sharing the same account on sculpteo.com

You can set different level of publicity of your design on this ‘Sharing menu':
– visibility :  either private or public
– give the right to other people to order it or not
– give the right to other people to customize it or not

When you’re ok with it, make sure to press on the blue button ‘Save’ (just under your username on the top right corner of the page) and you’re all set!

If you want to go on details of each status of confidentiality, please check our Confidentiality and Intellectual Property page on our resource center.

  •    Check the rights for your 3D files

The Sculpteo terms were written to be as clear as possible, however to summarize: when you upload on www.sculpteo.com or pro.sculpteo.com, you recognize to be the author of the 3D file or to detain the rights to use this 3d file. This is specially important when you are uploading a 3D file that you have bought or downloaded on a 3D library or marketplace. We advise you to get the details of the licence that you have purchased. Usually, you have the right to use the 3D file for your personal use but not a commercial use. So please double check the license that you have on a 3D file before setting is as public, printable by other or add a designer fee.

  • Report to us any IP issue

If you notice an IP issue on sculpteo.com gallery or an inappropriate content, don’t hesitate to contact us and to shoot us an email. We will remove the litigious design as soon as we can, usually within 1 business day. Sharing a design on sculpteo.com gallery is the responsibility of the uploader of the file and we don’t make any moderation of what is appearing in the gallery. Thanks for your help to keep it clean and respectful!

  • Does it work ? YES!

According to the brilliant guys of Econolyst, the well-known UK based 3D printing consultancy company, there are few IP issues into Sculpteo gallery or on the marketplaces of other 3D printing services. They made an analysis on 17 different websites and browsed more than 366,000 files, uploaded by 98,500 users! They have highlighted that the most popular and seen content is original and creative, not a copy of well-known brands and product.

A statistic proof that 3D printing is enabling a new economy and not a copy of the existing mass-manufactured items. We are happy to make this revolution happen with you and protect your creations!



Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara 2014 Recap

Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara 2014 Recap

Hello world, Christina writing. I’m the 3D Printing & 3D Design Evangelist at Sculpteo located in our San Francisco office. I’m writing here to give a bit of a recap of what went on during Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara!

During the beginning of any conference, it can be difficult to get your bearings if you’re a first-time attendee let alone an exhibitor. For Nora Touré, our US Sales Manager and myself, it was quite a crazy time preparing for Inside 3D Printing and for me to prepare for my talk which I had to give on day one of Inside 3D Printing. The workshop topic I was given was among many good topics. It’s too bad we were too busy to attend some of the other interesting talks! Well, Nora did manage to squeeze in a few during the Expo!

Day 1: I had a slot right after the guys at Type A Machines who spoke about Desktop 3D Printers – From Start to Finish. Too bad we missed it! Everyone knows how much I love to talk about 3D Printing and watching printers in action!

The two hour workshop that I gave was Reshaping Manufacturing: Understanding the 3D Printing Process. In a nutshell, I briefly went over the history of 3D Printing, a few different case studies of 3D Printing being used and how 3D Printing is reshaping the way that we manufacture today. I also went over the different types of printers, materials, challenges and even how to go from blueprint to final 3D Printed model. The workshop went quite well overall. I was worried that I had too much too talk about and not enough time! I just want to say, thank you to everyone who chose to attend my workshop! There were a lot of great questions during the workshop and even more afterwards. I had a great time giving the talk and hope to do it again soon!

After the workshop, we rushed to go and set up our booth. Apologies to Dr. Laura Hockaday for having to decline a lunch invitation! Laura gave a talk on 3D Printing Heart Valves during Day 2. She spoke about 3D Printing for Tissue Engineering, optimizing 3D Printing technology for heart valve bioprinting, 3D Printing for a custom bioreactor, using commercial rapid prototyping and the next steps for the field to advance. Such an amazing topic that I’m very sorry to have missed!



Back to the recap, we managed to set up the popup booth in less than 10 minutes. After grabbing a quick lunch next door, we attended the workshop being held later that day by Christina Westbrook of C Westbrook Designs where she took us through 3D Printing Jewelry from Idea to Item. She had on display a lot of items that she designed and 3D Printed.

Day 2: We arrived at the Santa Clara Convention Center and quickly set up our display of 3D Printed items in many materials. I think the brick of Pink Pigs stole the show and many people took photos or blogged about them! During the first day of the expo, we had many wonderful people visit us! Some were current customers, students, researchers, industry veterans and others who were just getting their feet wet in 3D Printing. It’s quite an amazing time to be apart of 3D Printing and I’m sure my excitement showed! Nora did manage to get away from the booth to attend the Maker Track where Karla Lopez of Authentise spoke on The Secret Sauce of 3D Printing Design Sales. She also talked about what it takes to build a successful marketplace and what people want to 3D Print as well as the challenges. Later that day, Nora also attended the Business & Investment Track where a Startup Competition was to take place among Tom Bielecki of PrintToPeer, Michael Golubev of 3DPonics, Shamil of Wiivv Wearables Company, Joe Inkenbrandt of Indentify3D, and Peer Munck of 3Discovered. They each gave quick 5 minute pitches about their business strategies, customers, challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead to a panel of investors. Exciting stuff (I can imagine) to be put in the ‘hot’ seat pitching to investors, Shark Tank style! FYI, Shamil of Wiivv Wearables Company won the Startup Competition!

Day 3: The last day was a short day for the expo. I saw many people who attended my workshop and were very excited about 3D Printing! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to venture out to see any part of the expo other than our neighbors. Nora did manage to sneak away from the booth (again!) to attend an Art Track being held by Jenny Wu, an Architect & Designer. Her talk titled Experimental 3D Jewelry Design was about her journey of creative expression from experimental architectural projects to her latest endeavor in fine jewelry creation using 3D Printing. She also displayed her items for people to see.

Back at the booth, we had many last minute visitors for the last day of the event. However, this was also the day that we had lost our beloved Red Robot. He can be seen in the initial booth pictures but when it came time to pack him up, he was no where to be found. Red Robot, wherever you are, we hope that you were given a good home! We miss you!