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SketchUp & i.materialise 3D Printed Jewelry Challenge Winners Inspired by the Cosmos and Diamonds

by • May 10, 2016 • No Comments

sketch1Advertised as “the easiest way to draw in 3D,” SketchUp is user friendly 3D modeling software. Perhaps it is so user friendly for the reason you begin by drawing lines and shapes — the way you may on paper. So, according to the SketchUp website, you “push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to manufacture anything you like.” With this functionality in mind, you can imagine the sky’s the limit when it comes to 3D create. Recently, SketchUp gave its veteran and new users a challenge in partnership with i.materialise: submit 3D creates for “3D printable rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, charms, or cufflinks.” Yes, people, it was a 3D Printed Jewelry Competition and the verdict is in on the winners!

Olivier Eloy took initially place in the create challenge, submitting a Silver Diamond Pendant that aptly displays the geometric dimension of SketchUp’s create possibilities. The pendant, that is shaped like a life-sized diamond, can be worn on a leather or silver chain. Elroy wanted the piece to have an antique finish, and that is what i.materialise did for him, printing his create in sterling silver as part of his initially place prize, that in addition comes with a €100 ($110) i.materialise voucher and a SketchUp Pro License.

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Second place in the competition goes to Ariadne Kapelioti’s C.A.T. Cocktail Ring — another cosmic create based on the circular orbit of the sun, moon, and planets that represents “the excellent themes of life; birth, growth, rebirth, social structure, faith and worship.” Kapelioti succeded in a €75 ($82) voucher of i.materialise for her highly one-of-a-kind ring create.

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Finally, in third place was Rui Cabanita, who succeded in a €50 ($55) i.materialise voucher for her “Gravitational Waves” earrings — a excellent create concept inspired by the new discovery of these waves revealed by a team of scientists in February 2016. According to the New York Times, the scientists “heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.” The Times mentioned the discovery as “a ringing confirmation of the nature of black holes, the bottomless gravitational pits of that not actually light can escape.” I can’t ponder of anything cooler than basing a jewelry create on a new scientific discovery of this magnitude.

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The earrings’ shape is based on data released by the LIGO twin observatories located in Washington say and Louisiana — where the gravitational waves were observed passing through the air at the speed of light. When it comes to the create system, Cabanita explains:

“We produced the curves via a spreadsheet program and and so trimmed, scaled and polished them in a vector-based graphical program and finally exported them to SketchUp Make 2016 where we created their 3D shape.”

If you didn’t get the accident to participate in the SketchUp 3D Printed Jewelry Challenge this time around, I bet you are inspired adequate by these winners to begin dreaming up your own creates for next time around! You can in addition check out this page for additional next Design Challenges of i.materialise.