is a website designed to unleash your creativity, rendering your artwork in tangible, three-dimensional form. What could be more nerdy than that?! Use the Shapeways Creator
to fiddle around with your own photos or text and make a truly personalized item like cufflinks, a touchpad stylus, a Photoshaper (3D like a topographical map
), or Lightpoem. I decided to make a Lightpoem using the name of my blog, Superdumb Supervillain
Some of the examples on Shapeways
show a favorite quote or inspirational lyric, also. You choose your font and watch it spiral into a 3D candleholder. It's a conversation starter, for sure, but I think for the cost (app. $50
) they could throw in a little LED votive.
If you're not feeling super creative, you could always use the Shapeways Co-Creator
platform to team up with a designer on a custom piece. You can also browse and buy what others have been making in the Shapeways Shops
. I'd really like to try my hand at jewelry design one of these days and this would be great way to test the waters without spending all the money on fabricating.
Disclosure: I received a $50 gift certificate to try Shapeways out. My opinions are, as always, my own.