Each month we cover the top 10 most viewed products from a list provided to us by Savannah Peterson, the leader of the Global Community Team from Shapeways 3D Printing Service and Marketplace. Animals — cats, a dog, a tardigrade, and a blob fish — continue to dominate most viewed products.There are many repeat products listed here that we saw last month as well, including Heavy Breathing Cat, Sad Keanu Reeves, Doge, Grumpy Cat, and Blob Fish.
I used to always check out the website Stuff on my Cat, and now it seems that the Internet cat phenomenon has approached even more absurd heights with the introduction of 3D printed characters such as Grumpy Cat and the one pictured here, Heavy Breathing Cat. In December, Heavy Breathing Cat was the top viewed product at Shapeways, up a spot from last month’s #2. Offered in 8 different finishes — including a 14K gold printed cat available for $10,000 — the appeal of this cat continues to grow.
People love making fun of celebrities and for some reason Keanu Reeves makes this really easy. I don’t know if it’s simply the combination of his good looks with his reputation as an airhead and a bad actor, but something makes him a very easy target. This December, the little sad Keanu Reeves was the second most viewed Shapeways product after Heavy Breathing Cat, popping up from last month’s #3 ranking (for Itty Bitty Keanu, slightly smaller than this Little version).
A tardigrade is a “water bear” — known as Earth’s toughest animal — that can withstand severe temperatures and extreme environments and ionize radiation. Designed in a collaboration between Shapeways’ Eric Ho and designer Kostika Spaho, the tardigrade is a popular animal and its reputation grows as its 3D printed likeness grows as well. It’s new to the list, and already caught our interest, too!
#4 Bane Cat
Continuing the cat theme, Bane Cat is based on the DC Comics super villain character, Bane. Animator Coretta Singer collaborated with Shapeways’ Eric Ho to design this Bane Cat with his characteristic mask for the enjoyment of both Bane fans and cat fans too. He’s available for $19.99 in full color sandstone… or go for broke and order the 14K gold (in rose, white, or yellow gold) version for $25,000.
Theo Jensen’s Strandbeest, which recently exhibited at Miami Beach’s Art Basel, can be acquired in a duplicate, miniature form based on his Animarus Ondula. This piece has 122 printed parts and 20 separate legs. It’s available for $256.92 on Shapeways.
This 7 die set by Chuck Stover (wombat) is spiky but is said not to scratch tables and it includes a D4, D6, D8, D10, D10, D12, and D20. The dice are designed for stainless steel, but can be printed in other materials. Up from #7 most viewed last month, these dice roll in at sixth place in December.
This kerbalnaut is one of three mascots for Kerbal Space Program. Jebediah wears an orange jumpsuit to signify how bad he is, and he is the most popular of the three mascots. This Jebediah was also one of the top sellers in December, so people aren’t just looking!
Just when you thought it was only cats that are all the rage on the Internet — dogs, too, take their place at the table of venerated, memed, animals. Doge is just this kind of dog that started as a meme and progressed to a 3D printed figure. Designed by Ryan Kittleson, Doge is available for $19.99 in full color sandstone. Doge dropped a little bit from last month’s place as the fifth most viewed product, but is still here: such place, very viewed, much shiba inu.
#9 Grumpy Cat
Do you think that there will ever be a time when people no longer are obsessed with memed and 3D printed animals? These animals appear to be taking up quite a few people’s minds (and pocketbooks) and Grumpy Cat is no exception here. Also one of the top ten best selling products in December from Shapeways, and most viewed last month, Grumpy Cat, paradoxically, makes us smile as we take in her mood in order to elevate our own.
#10 Blob Fish
Blobfish, designed by Eric Ho, is known as the world’s ugliest animal (but who decides?) and is the last on our top ten list of most viewed products on Shapeways. Yes, that’s right folks, it’s all about animals again this week: cats, a dog, and a fish.
There you have it! Decembers’s top 10 most viewed products from Shapeways. Which of these do you like the best? Have you or will you be purchasing any of these… or even just checking them out? Let us know what you think over at the December’s Top Ten Most Viewed Shapeways forum thread at 3DPB.com.
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