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Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Wandering if you're thinking of making it possible to print electric circuits within the models?
In that way I can get rid of the "old" ugly split line :-).
#1 Erik Brinkers on 2013-04-23 13:43 (Reply)
Hugely excited about Shapeways! Here is Lux Capital's reasoning for betting big and believing in Pete and the entire Shapeways team!
http://www.lux.vc/3dp
#2 Josh Wolfe (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 14:15 (Reply)
Awesome. money TALKS...
Im trying to figure a cleaver tag line/blog name to start some additional mass.
God-speed folks...
#3 Tony Byrne (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 14:29 (Reply)
Have a look at my project. Its history is a failed prototyping and wasted money in the region of hundred of thousends and no product. Today I can produce this with material cost unbeliefable and unthinkable a view years ago. This is really changing the world of manufacturing. This is very well done.

Alfred Jakes
#4 Alfred Jakes (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 14:45 (Reply)
To all of you. I spotted you from the beginning and was so excited for you and your company. I'm just an ordinary person, but I knew you would be a success. I took one of
the articles about you, years ago and showed it to my dentist who was trying (and did) to make an implant bridge for me. He was fascinated with your ideas. It took a couple of years to complete, but the bridge implant is beautiful. Knock a few decades off of me and I'm beautiful too. Too bad we didn't have your imagination and expertise available then.
Thank you just for being here, company and people.
#5 Jeri Atkin on 2013-04-23 14:48 (Reply)
Man... I don't know.

I really, really like what you guys are doing, but you've taken a lot of investment dollars.

... and you are the highest profile company in the 3D printing space.

If you go down as a bad investment, because you took too much money up front and were still a little too far ahead of the curve... it could be a big setback for the burgeoning industry.

All I'm saying is be careful. We all want you to succeed.
#6 Keith Kritselis on 2013-04-23 14:59 (Reply)
Hi Keith,

thanks for the note and your passion for Shapeways and 3D printing in general. We all agree that this is a great journey we are on and it might take some time. We will work hard to continue to grow and spend the money wisely to continue to make Shapeways easier to use, improve quality and lead-time and reduce prices enabling you to make larger products at reasonable prices.

In the end I think the investment will actually increase the chance we will succeed!

best,
Pete
#6.1 Pete (Homepage) on 2013-04-25 21:44 (Reply)
GREAT SIR,YOU AND COMPANY'S VISION HAS COME TO THE FORE AND THE DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION LIKE 3D GOT THE PROPER MASTER TO RIDE IT TO ITS FULL GLORY AND YES YOU AND YOUR COMPANY WOULD SURELY BE ON THE TOP.
KUDOS AND MORE ...MORE ..MORE TO COME FROM 3D AND U I TRULLY BELIEVE AND HAS BUGGED ME ON TOO.
CONGRATS ,GOD BLESS AND MORE GOOD FORTURE AHEAD.
WARM REGARDS AND GOOD WISHES
MAN IS H(EART) YOUR EMULATOR IN THE FUTURE
#7 manish on 2013-04-23 15:00 (Reply)
congratulations! love shapeways
#8 susan (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 15:12 (Reply)
Hi Peter,

That's great news!

I've been watching Shapeways from the very beginning and I am very excited to see each new development!

From my prospective I think the business model is working beautifully at this point and only needs minor adjustment to fully attain what you initially envisioned.

I think prices are currently doable, it's the lead time now that needs to be improved so consumers can get their purchases in a time frame that is comparable to traditional retail.

Most importantly though, the rejection aspect needs work. This needs to be alleviated so that shop owners that have a previously developed product can invest in advertising without worrying that a future rejection will come up causing their advertising investment to be lost.

So exciting! I can hardly wait to see what happens next!

All the best,
James
Inventor, designer, Shapeways shop owner.
#9 James William Kincaid III (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 16:01 (Reply)
Hi James,

thanks for the kind note. Yes we are working on lead-time (should be somewhat noticeable already) and the rejection process.

Pete
#9.1 Pete (Homepage) on 2013-04-25 21:46 (Reply)
I saw where Shapeways (and 3D Printing) was headed right from the start... Jumped on board, and now you have enabled me to grow as an artist and to start my own mini-business.

Now, hurry up and open a facility in Canada!
#10 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 16:25 (Reply)
Can I say Congrats, and then, make like Roger Rabbit, and ask you for a Portugal Branch of your Company, Prrrlllease?
#11 Edgar Castelo (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 16:32 (Reply)
dfg
#12 dfsg (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 20:20 (Reply)
We support shapeways for their wonderfull work!
But please enhance the shop website interface which is far from prestashop standart!
I'm waiting for the day that Shapeways can develop technology to print human kidneys which would abolish dialysis.
#14 Pynchas on 2013-04-23 21:06 (Reply)
I don't think we'll get to the point where Shapeways will be offering that, but hospitals will be one day...
#14.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 21:35 (Reply)
I'm gone to say to my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this webpage on regular basis to obtain updated from hottest news.
#14.2 Jamika (Homepage) on 2013-04-24 12:04 (Reply)
Count me as one of those who think 3-D printing is the future. Thank you for making something for me. I can see and feel the future.
#15 Choice Dalton (Homepage) on 2013-04-23 22:08 (Reply)
I live and work in Shanghai. I've used Shapeways for the past few years, great experience with your service. A one order was tied up for weeks in Chinese customs however. That prompted me to look for a Chinese based service that could do the job for local delivery. We got eight quotes from five companies for SLS, the best quote was nearly twice the price of Shapeways, the highest was 9x the Shapeways price.

Open a branch in China, please!
#16 Shaw (Homepage) on 2013-04-24 01:38 (Reply)
Hi and congratulations.
I have used you service for prototyping many times and always had very positive and inspiring feedback and products from your guys at Shapeways Eindhoven. Keep up the good work and continue to inspire future industrial designers with groundbreaking technics. The impuls to invest is justified, 3D printing is an established step in industrial design already and can only grow bigger.
#17 Marcel Joosten (Homepage) on 2013-04-24 06:52 (Reply)
Thank you all for your wonderful comments
We are all really excited to continue this journey with our amazing community!

Natalia, Community Manager
#18 Natalia on 2013-04-24 15:19 (Reply)
Hopefully this means you will open up a Canadian shipping center soon and we won't have to pay ridiculous UPS fees.
#19 Ali on 2013-04-24 18:24 (Reply)
This is fantastic for Shapeways, and I hope to see continued improvement. I'd personally love to be able to interface more with my customers. As of now, they are all anonymous sales to me. Just numbers. I'd love to interact with them as I would with the purveyor of my favorite local hobby shop. I'd like to be able to say thank you, and find out what they think. To many customers, this is their first foray into 3D printed products. I'd love to hear the reactions from them.
#20 Gabriel Prero (Homepage) on 2013-04-25 20:36 (Reply)
Great to be involved again in this groundbreaking initiative! In 2007 we were, we will be again in 2013. Really looking forward to it.
Richard
Has there been any talk among the powers that be of taking Shapeways public?
#22 Art Schwartz on 2013-04-30 21:11 (Reply)

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