07 December 2008

It's a Shapeways Christmas

In September, I wrote two posts about a company and website called Shapeways. If you're so inclined, you can re-read them here and here. Shapeways is a three-dimensional printer that allows anybody with access to a 3-D renderer to upload a model and they will print it out and ship it back. Three-dimensional model printers have been around for a while, a little while at any rate. Where Shapeways takes it a step beyond is that they have an online rendering program and anybody with a computer can make his or her own fully customized and one-of-a-kind thing.

This kind of technology integration curls my toes. I mean, ten years ago nobody'd ever heard of Google, or a blog, or a 3-D model printer for that matter. Amazing!

Well, just in time for Christmas, Shapeways has come up with a couple of seasonal offerings and the one that I think is just plain cool is a napkin ring that sells for between $5 and $7. This napkin ring is silver and it can be composed of any copy you'd like it to be.

So to prove that anybody can do this, I went through the process and made a set of napkin rings of my own. I mulled over ideas for a couple of days. I wanted to have my rings be both seasonal and related to food. Hmmmm. What to do what to do? Visions of sugarplums danced in their heads? Nah, too precious. So I pulled out my copy of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and re-read it for the first time in years. I kept coming back to this part of it:
Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast. 
And they'd feast! And they'd feast! And they'd FEAST! 
They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast. 
Which was something the Grinch couldn't stand in the least!

That's it! So I used the line They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast. And it came out looking something like this:

Not bad for six bucks apiece. Let me now state for the record that I am ready for Christmas. On second thought, let's make that I'm ready to start getting ready for Christmas. So to quote How the Grinch Stole Christmas again:
Fah who foraze! 
Dah who doraze! 
Welcome Christmas! 
Bring your cheer. 

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