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3D printed selfie

Get your own 3D printed selfie now

For the second time now, we give you a chance to easily get your hands on your own 3D printed HD selfie. Prepare your favorite clothes, your best smile and get ready: the afternoon of Friday 25th July, you can get scanned.

Friday 25th July, Sculpteo will hold their latest session of scanning meetings. One of our partners who specializes in 3D scanning will be at our French HQ from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm.

If you live around Paris, that’s a great opportunity to stop by and get yourself scanned for just 61€. All you need to do is to register on Weezevent.

3D Printed Selfie by Sculpteo

A few days later, once your 3D file is ready, our partner will send you the link to access it. Then you’ll be able to choose the size, the material you prefer, and order your 3D printed HD selfie directly on Sculpteo’s website.

You can wear a disguise, if it’s not too bulky. If you’ve got a nice cosplay from the Japan Expo, now is the chance to immortalize it.

Don’t wait any longer, there are just 10 different time slots available.

refining layers

Refine layers using Batch Control

It is possible to generate finer layer thickness using Batch Control.

Most of Sculpteo’s printers use a process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which involves rolling multiple thin layers of polyamide in a basin. Those layers are then fused together through the heat of a laser, resulting in a nearly smooth object. This video gives a good impression of what the process looks like.

Typically the thickness of these layers is between 100-150 μm, but orders of over 20 units allows you to enable batch control. Batch control rearranges the objects within the printer, optimizing the space and material used during the printing process. It also allows for a layer precision of 60 μm.


Batch control is automatically activated when you increase your order above 20 units in the checkout process. Then, to activate the finer layer precision, simply scroll down to layer thickness and select it!

Batch control allows for a finer precision and an optimized unit price. An individual unit has a minimum price of 6€ but that can be cut in half with a large batch.

So be sure to consider using batch control when printing a large quantity of items!


Adam Beamish Print Ideas

The basics for turning your ideas into 3D prints

Whether you’re a 3D design extraordinaire or someone with a great idea, its possible to get your vision printed through the Sculpteo website.

There are hundreds of possibilities to turn your idea into a physical object, here are just a few.

The best way to get exactly what you are looking for a 3D print is to design the object yourself. SketchUp and Blender are two of the best open sourced 3D design softwares out there, but if you’re looking for a more technical experience, AutoCAD and the Adobe Creative Cloud will get the job done. Designs created in one of those programs saved as .stl files can be uploaded directly to the Sculpteo website and printed within a few days.

If designing is not your knack, you could hire a free lance designer 3D designer or use one of the many online marketplaces that offer free 3D designs. Thingiverse is a free and very extensive marketplace that offers most things you could imagine. Grabcad, on the other hand, offers more technical designs (tools, car parts, etc.) with tens of thousands for free. Finally Turbosquid has many beautiful paid designs, which could be used for prints or 3D designs alone. Any of the files downloaded from these sites can be downloaded and uploaded to the Sculpteo website for printing.

Sculpteo also has its own 3D printing marketplace which offers a quick and easy way to print 3D designs without having to first update them. The marketplace offers a large number of objects but is not yet as extensive as some of the other websites out there.

Lastly and possibly the most exciting of 3D printing’s capabilities is 3D scanning. With digital scanners and 3D printers it is possible to recreate a copy of anything in model form. High tech scanners now have the ability to record both the color size and shape of just about anything, 3D printing then offers the ability to recreate a nearly exact model of the object.

Printing extremely elaborate objects has become quicker and easier than ever, and nothing should hold you back from arriving at the object you’re looking for.

*Also be sure to check out the 3D design work by the talented Adam Beamish!

3D printed bag

The world’s first 3D printed football equipments by Nike

It’s no secret that Nike has been working with 3D printing since a long time. 3D printing has helped the sport giant for the prototyping phase of its product development. But for the 2014 Soccer Worldcup, Nike takes it to the next step and launches a 3D printed world’s premiere: 3D printed sport equipments. The Nike Football Rebento Duffel – a sport bag – and the Mercurial Flyknit Guard – soccer shin guards – were both realized with the use of 3D printing to demonstrate Nike’s capabilities in the future.

The Nike Football Rebento Duffel reflects the meeting between traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art innovation. To create this product, Nike’s designers kept in mind their true motivation: bring performance and elegance to the game’s best players. That’s why they worked with both premium leather and 3D printed nylon. Only three bags were produced to be carried by Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer in Brasil. Each bag features custom gold hardware with the player’s name.

3D printed bag

“We wanted to create something that was truly special for the game’s greatest players,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Football. “We did this by utilizing one of the most cutting-edge technologies – 3D printing – to make a bag that is unlike anything else.”

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If those sport bags remains luxury products, Nike has also developed a 3D printed consumer oriented product. Nike designer team created the new Mercurial Flylite Shin guards in order to reduce weigh and gain flexibility. 3D printing offered the possibility to create inedit shapes and forms that can’t be achieved with other manufacturing processes. The Nylon material used for 3D printing offers a very high weigh/resistence ratio.

“Players such as Neymar recognize the need for a guard and want that protection, but they tell us they want it without sacrifice,” said Martin Lotti.  “So we sought to give them just that – our best protection without sacrificing, speed, fit or comfort.”

Nike Guards

The combination of engineered materials and a new design provides premium protection with a barely-there feel. Engineers from Nike also developed a new system to reduce shock when they happen. The form of the guards tiself allows to disperse the different forces applied during the impact.

Nike Guards

“We found that the more material you took away, the better the guard protected the shin,” added Lotti. “Reducing material also allowed for unprecedented flexibility, creating a fit that was unlike anything players had experienced.”

Since Nike takes this matter very seriously, the Mercurial FlyLite Guard will be available at nike.com starting July 1. For the 3D printed sport bags however, you’d have to wait a few more worldcups until it becomes an affordable reality.


Source: nikeinc.com

3D Print all your creations directly from Autodesk Meshmixer with Sculpteo

Exciting news from Autodesk 123D! Their Meshmixer app is making it even easier to modify, repair, and 3D print your design. For a few years now, Autodesk has been a front runner in the 3D printing world, and it’s done it again with the latest release of Meshmixer. After integrating 3D printing services directly into 123D Creature and 123D Design, Autodesk has just announced that Meshmixer users will be able to use Meshmixer as a 3D printing center for their 3D files. 

Users of the previous Meshmixer version are already familiar with the 3D printing capabilities of the application. However, Autodesk’s taking it even further by opening Meshmixer to online 3D services. Autodesk’s latest release of Meshmixer lets you directly print your 3D models with Sculpteo. You can now import any of your 3D files to sculpt them, change their surface, add color and order a 3D print from within the interface. Like magic! Your file goes directly to your cart on Sculpteo.

Here are the different steps: open your file, go for a print, upload with Sculpteo API, and checkout!

Upload your file:

Sculpteo Robot Meshmixer

Modify it the way you like and go for a print by clicking on the printer icon at the bottom of the left column:

Sculpteo Robot Meshmixer Price

Review the print and add it to the cart:

Meshmixer Review Order with Sculpteo

Review your print before going to the cart!

Meshmixer Sculpteo

Everything’s okay!

Proceed to checkout:

Sculpteo Cart Meshmixer

Wait a few days until you receive your print!

Like the previous version, this new release includes powerful tools to help you get your 3D prints right:

  • Use all the different pre-designed shapes
  • Create new 3D models from a previous model that you have by sculpting it with different tools
  • Modify your models and make them printable with powerful editing tools like the “Make Solid” tool
  • Use a toolbox of brushes to paint your 3D model and then export it directly to Sculpteo to have it printed in color
  • 3D print your models
  • Native print support for MaketBot and Type A Machines, add/edit custom printers

Sculpteo was the first 3D printing service trusted by Autodesk for integration in the 123D apps family, beginning with 123D Creature. We are thrilled to continue this long and lasting partnership by being integrated in this latest release of Meshmixer. It lowers the barriers of entry to the 3D printing world even more. Files created with Meshmixer are directly 3D Printable, and the different tools make it super easy to have your model printed with Sculpteo.

We can’t wait to see what kind of models you come up with. Feel free to share your creations with us.

To get started, check out this new YouTube playlist of Meshmixer tutorials!