The excitement is palpable, and taking a look at our growth over the last year proves that it's not just hype. The rapidly growing Shapeways community - comprised of designers, makers, hackers, enthusiasts and shoppers - demonstrates that "creative commerce" and the widespread demand for personalized products are rapidly on the rise.
2011 was a massive year at Shapeways. We saw a huge growth in the number of community members, models uploaded, products 3D printed, shops opened and income earned by Shapeways shop owners.
A quick scan of the numbers:
In 2011, Shapeways 3D printed over 750,000 individual products and delivered them to people around the world
Over 238,000 3D models were uploaded to Shapeways in 2011 by our community of over 100,000 members
Shapeways shop owners earned over $270,000 in revenue in 2011 alone, compared to $100,000 from our launch in 2008 through April 2011
Over 2,500 shops opened in 2011 alone
Check out our Prezi (i.e., infographic on steroids) below of just a few of the cool things that happened in and around Shapeways in 2011.
To our incredible community, thank you for making this possible! You've
been visionaries and pioneers. Now let's make 2012 even better.
Being a math teacher I am hyper sensitive to inaccurate graph scales. I notice that your infographic does not start at zero on the vertical axis so that growth from the start to the finish is inflated. I roughly calculate that your scale makes it look like an increase from the labeled $100k to $400k, instead of the 270k labeled. I expect better from tech minded people.
I totally agree, I'm happy to see that your company is doing well (3D-printing is a matter of great excitement to me), but it shouldn't resort to such a blatant attempt to artificially make things look (even?) better.
There was no attempt made to be deceptive about the information.
The infographic has no values attributed but is an accurate representation of the output from our data.
The numbers in the graph are rounded down a little in all instances.
The graph lines were not started at zero as the numbers started at from those at the end of 2010.
Apologies for any confusion if I have strayed from conventions in developing the infographic.
What are the January-December 2010 totals for the four items shown in the graph? It would be more informative to say for example 'the number of 3D items uploaded to Shapeways increased tenfold to 238,000 in 2011 compared to 24,000 in 2010'.
Would you mind if I used the graph in a presentation on 3D printing I'm going to do in March?