Three days in a row I came home from work to find the paper slips UPS had left behind after two unsuccessful delivery attempts. The first two days I was a tad puzzled as, normally, you have to order something for it to be sent to your house (and by courier, no less) and I hadn't ordered anything at all. Anyway, on the third day, my neighbour had picked it up for me and left it outside my door. Hooray. Initiative.
Can you imagine my surprise when, after a couple of minutes fumbling with the packet (it came from a company called shapeways, so it briefly crossed my mind it could be spanx underpants, "spanx" I hear you thinking? I know, my mind can work in mysterious ways), I found this lovely metallic little ninja, the spitting image of this other one.
I left a voicemail for that boy (it was either him or some spam-gone-wrong-moment. I´d surely clicked somewhere I shouldn't have and would now be ripped off no end for a product I hadn't really consciously ordered... drama.)A bit later I get this (and I translate literally) text message: "me? ordering a ninja? huh? you mean a custom made stainless steel 3d printed ninja? where is that?"
I'm totally chuffed. Now I just need to find a chain strong enough to be able to wear it. Lovely and (oh, so very) feminine stainless steel. :)
So, there you have it. My own custom made stainless steel 3d printed ninja as seen modelled by the boy. Where is that ninja? Well, in your pocket.
Yup, he'd been waiting to try this (apparently revolutionary) new technique where you take a design/drawing, send it in and they create exactly that: a stainless steel (or plastic) 3d printed model of it. To test it out, he decided to (secretly) send them a version of my ninja sticker.
Note: Jokes aside, it really seems to be revolutionary and, according to that boy, it will change the way we approach production. I hear that using it someone created a part for his motorcycle and could ride it again (said part had been discontinued and no-one could help him repair his bike.) Me, I'm just delighted with my pendant. Check shapeways out.