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Keyboard shortcut charts updated (again)

July 22, 2014, 01:24:41 AM by kat


Turns out Blender has a few more useful shortcut key than at first thought! And the charts turn out to be very popular! So they've had another minor update from last week. As part of the clean-up the "Where is Blender's Scripts/addons folder" section is now a separate page.

Import SketchUp tutorial update

July 11, 2014, 03:28:20 PM by kat


As part of an ongoing process the "Importing SketchUp Models into Blender" tutorial has been updated to cover newer versions of Blender, with the old "Importing SketchUp into Blender 2.49" now available separately (because it's more specific to Blender 2.49). Update any bookmarks as the URL's have also changed (although any old links should auto-redirect to the correct page) - the old link, "http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/blender/import-google-sketchup-kmz-models.php", is now "http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/blender/sketchup-import_legacy.php" but will auto-redirect to "http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/blender/sketchup-import.php" when used (this had to be done partially because SketchUp is no longer owned by Google).

3D Printed Kids' Toys Design Challenge

July 03, 2014, 01:42:07 AM by kat


Pinshape is happy to announce the 3D  Printed Kids' Toys Design Challenge. We've teamed with some great 3D industry partners to offer an  amazing set of prizes to entrants, and hopefully brighten the day of sick kids through the magic of 3D printing. We'll not only provide physical prizes to the winners, but we'll will give them access to a huge audience on Amazon.com, who Pinshape recently teamed up with, and most importantly, we'll  donate 3D printed versions of the top toys to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Theme
Kids Toys - static figurines, action figures, puzzles, games/game  pieces, etc

Partner Companies
Pixologic, Wacom, Sculpteo, Clara.io, Digital-Tutors

Judges
Adam Ross (http://www.idolworkshop.com/) - Professional  3D print artist. Works include Iron Man 3, Wolverine, Captain  America, Robocop, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, and many more
Joe Menna (http://www.theartofjosephmenna.com/) - Professional 3D print artist. Works include DC Collectibles, McFarlane Toys, Dark Horse Comics, Gentle  Giant Ltd., Bowen Designs, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, and more
Greg Callahan (http://www.gcallahan.com/) - Professional 3D Character and Toy artist. Works include Marvel, Sideshow Toys,  Dragon Age, Sony, Digital Art Masters, Serpa Power, and many more.
Klim Kozinevich (hpp://www.bigshottoyworks.com/) - Over 20 years of experience in character based product design, and the  entertainment industry. Works include mascot characters, hand-sculpting prototypes to overseeing production of best-selling  toys for mass market. An innovator in every area of the industry.
Paul Gaboury (http://www.pixologic.com/) - Pixologic's 3D product Development Manager. Works with major studios including  Legacy Effects, Disney Animation, Bad Robot, Pixar, Hasbro, Sideshow Collectibles, and many more. Involved in everything ZBrush.

Dates
June 25 - August 1

Prizes
  • First  place
    • Toy Printed and given to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
    • A Cintiq13 HD from Wacom
    • 1 License of ZBrush software from Pixologic
    • 1 Year of Pro Rendering from Clara.io
    • 3 Month subscription from Digital-Tutors
    • $100 of printing credit from Sculpteo
    • $250 of printing credit from Pinshape
    • Toy listed on Pinshape's Amazon.com store
  • Second  Place
    • Toy Printed and given to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
    • 2 Month subscription from Digital-Tutors
    • $50 of printing credit from Sculpteo
    • $100 of printing credit from Pinshape
    • Toy listed on Pinshape's Amazon.com store
  • Third Place
    • 1 Month subscription from Digital-Tutors
    • Toy Printed and given to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
    • Toy listed on Pinshape's Amazon.com store
  • Fourth & Fifth Place
    • Toy Printed and given to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
    • Toy listed on Pinshape's Amazon.com store
About Pinshape
We are a Mountain View based startup company that is creating a premier 3D printing marketplace. We are focused on making it simple to find  great 3D printed products from the industry's best designers (exclusive, manually approved designer pool) and allow people to print designs at home on your own printer, or have our professional print service print and ship them to their door. We are a combination of Etsy, Pinterest and iTunes for 3D printing.

We're different than the other people out there right now for a few important reasons:
  • We allow downloads, streaming AND a professional print service with  35+ materials
  • We are hardware agnostic - we want to support all 3D printers, not  just one we sell
  • We are focused on printability - every model has to be printable  through our service to be sold or shared
  • We have an exclusive design community- we manually review and approve each designer to ensure quality of the community
The launch of the contest will coincide with our site redesign, which you can see some previews of here: https://dribbble.com/dembsky/projects/214336-Pinshape

We are part of Batch 9 of the 500 Startups accelerator program.

Please get in touch at 650-889-6110, or info@pinshape.com


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