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Shapeways: 3D printing in glass, Blender renderer files released


Two cool news items from 3D Printing community Shapeways: you can now print your designs in glass (which is an industry first), and they've released their Blender renderer files under a Creative Commons license.

I reported about the new Blender-based rendering system earlier. The current default scene is very simple: a plain white, slightly reflective floor. If you think you can do better, you can participate in a contest to design a new scene: the winner gets a $150 printing voucher.

To participate, just grab the files (see link below), and design a new scene in Blender 2.49(!). You can do pretty much anything you like, but you have to leave the camera's position and orientation intact. Also keep the rendering time reasonable as they currently render hundreds if not thousands of models a day.

Good luck!


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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I don't think they will be able to print clear glass objects yet because they print it all, layer by layer. Glass requires incredibly high temperatures to be deformable. When printing layer by layer you can as far as I know never create a clear glass piece of art.
    I'm not sure though.

  2. Is this glass usable for chemical applications (like high temperature, strong chemicals and quick temperature difference)? Clear glass would be better...

  3. Lars, the glass products are porous, so even if it is impervious to chemicals, they couldn't hold them. (I'm bummed I can't create a cool drinking glass this way.)

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