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Products in the Press

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Seeing a product you designed in the press is an amazing feeling. It validates all the hard work that goes into making your product, while giving more people an opportunity to discover and ultimately purchase! Products on Shapeways are special because they cover a range of industries and genres. From tech gadgets on tech blogs, to sculptures featured in design outlets, there’s plenty of room for PR!

The products featured below were noticed for various reasons. Whether it was because it fit within a pop culture moment or just showcased amazing design, these products caught a reporter’s eye and inspired them to write. Always keep in mind that beautiful photos, design stories and customer engagement will help to make your products stand out across the board.

Tardigrade (Water Bear)

The water Tardigrade from Raw Legends Collaborations was featured in 3D Printing Industry after “it became a bit of a minor 3D printing viral sensation, making it onto the editor at Popular Science’s Twitter feed and countless science blogs.” Read More


Ittyblox was written about in CityLab for all the model fans. “At least some pieces, like the 1:1000-scale Guggenheim Museum and Tudor City building, are based on real-life structures. And all are cut with fantastic detail.”  Read More

Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures

For products that require a video, a few 1-2 minutes can go a long way. Dezeen Magazine wrote a piece on designer John Edmark‘s incredible Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures. Read More

Left Shark

Before the law got in the way, Left Shark was featured as a new meme in various outlets including The Star. “A surprising MVP emerged from Sunday’s Super Bowl — or, more appropriately, MVM — and now you can get your very own 3D-printed “Left Shark” mascot.” Read More

Steampunk Themed Accessories

Steampunk has a lot of fans, and included multiple Shapeways products in their roundup of designs. “Steampunk machines, devices, etc., usually consist of a lot of gears and analogue mechanisms. Today you see all sorts of unique designs, such as steampunk jewelry, clocks, clothing, and just about anything else that you can think of. 3D printing is a technology which has taken things to the next level, as designers can now fabricate their own unique, extremely complicated, steampunk creations.” Read More

Chopstick Holders & Crayon Creatures

Quartz featured Chopstick Holders and several of Bernat Cuni’s products in their story on “some of the coolest and most interesting things you can 3D-print right now.” Read More

Wave Cable Holder


Urbano Rodriguez’s Wave Cable Holder was included in a roundup of tech accessories perfect for the office in the March issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.


If you’re looking to get your products noticed, social media is a great place to start. While it doesn’t quite feel like “press,” all platforms are a space to share, and make it more likely for reporters to find your product and write about it. Shapeways social media guru, Eric Ho has given some great tips of how to get your products in the right platforms.

As always, don’t forget to post your products in our “Feature This!” forum. Our PR team loves to check out what’s new, and will reach out if there is a fit for a story we are working on!


Designer Spotlight: Urbano Rodriguez

This week we are thrilled to feature Urbano Rodriguez. A clearly creative mind, Urbano creates some amazing gadget accessories that are not only functional, but fun to look at. As a professional designer by day, he also takes his skills and experiments with unique jewelry and toys, so he’s created a shop full of interesting items for everyone!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
All of my family is from Spain, but I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I live and work here. I graduated with a degree in marketing and advertising. I have since developed my work as an Art Director, Designer, and Web Designer at mkt1, an small Internet Agency I founded with a friend, about 14 years ago.


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Designer Spotlight: Megan Hornbecker

Happy Mini Week! This weeks designer is a miniature master. With the help of 3D printing, Megan takes the life-size pieces she wants for herself, and decorates 1:12 scale homes instead. Make sure to check out her shop, Modern Mini Houses, full of beautiful, tiny wonders!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hi, I’m Megan. I live outside San Francisco, CA. I work for a web design company, pretend to be a cook and wrangle two kids by day. By night I build modern miniature homes that resemble something I aspire to own some day.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I’ve liked miniatures since I was young kid, but have been obsessed with modern miniatures for the last 8 years. I want all of the decor and furniture showcased at full-scale galleries like Design Within Reach, West Elm, CB2 but settle for the much more budget friendly option of making them for my 1:12 scale homes.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
A friend built me a 1:12 scale version of a West Elm chair I had been pining for. To return the favor I designed a bookcase in Adobe Illustrator based on one I’d seen. I learned that my woodworking skills suck; I can’t cut true square corners nor sand without unintentionally rounding edges. Measure twice, cut once wasn’t working for me, so I threw in the towel and googled 3D printing to turn my digital sketch into reality. I found Shapeways, learned how to create 3D models and printed my first bookcase.

Why do you think 3D printing is so appealing to the miniature community?
3D printing makes you less reliant on traditional techniques and enables you to create designs that are outside of the box. You don’t have to become a machinist, an expert woodworker, or invest in a ton of specialized tools or equipment to be able to make 3D printed miniatures.


How do you finish your designs after they are 3D printed?
I design all of my models in Strong & Flexible Polished so they look great without finishing. I’m currently working on painting and sanding techniques to give the look of lacquered wood and distressed metals.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
When I found Shapeways almost 3 years ago, I tested out all of the free 3D modeling software they recommended. At the time I found SketchUp to be the easiest to use so I taught myself by watching youtube videos. There was A LOT of trial and error; building supporting walls too thin, not using enough segments on rounded edges, and lots of other mistakes. After several months I found what worked and tweaked my designs to get the highest quality with the least amount of volume and to keep them small enough to fit in the polisher. I’m at the point now where I need to invest in more robust 3D software to really be able to design the miniature sculptures and accessories that are piling up in my head.

How do you promote your work?
The usual spots like my blog, website, Facebook, Flickr, and Pinterest. I have a mentor in the modern miniature world that is selling some of my work on his website at I’m also in the process of building an e-commerce site to sell all of my finished pieces that I hope to launch next month and I’m applying for booth space to sell at miniature shows around the US this year.


Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Vijay, from Dotsan is amazing. I love his Wired Life collection. I reached out to him if he could redesign his stag head into a smaller 1:12 scale version and he was happy to oblige. Not only did he make it in the scale I wanted but we had several conversations about 3D printing which helped me become a better designer. All of Dotsan’s “Wired Life Small” animal heads are the perfect size for 1:12 scale dollhouses (I have them all, they are awesome). Jessica and Jesse from Nervous System are my heroes. I mean, who makes a 3D printed dress?!? These two are brilliant. Theo Jansen was the first designer that really made me believe that if you can think it, you can 3D print it.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I’d love to print in ceramic at 1mm or 1.5mm thick. I’m working on a new line of miniature art sculptures, but to be true to scale they would need to be 0.25mm thick, too thin for current printers. I’d also love larger 3D printers to be able to print some of my items in full-scale so I could actually use them in my real house not just my dollhouses.



  • Amazing product photography! Simple detail photographs, with a lot of context shots to make the product really come to life
  • Sections for easy shopping
  • Great shop details with a short shop summary and ways to contact Megan for more information

Thank you so much, Megan! What an amazing shop! The product photos are too good – keep up the amazing work. Don’t forget to follow Megan: on her  blogwebsiteFacebookFlickr, and Pinterest. To be featured, email aimee @

Do you make your own mini houses and displays using 3D printed furniture and accessories? Share your work by entering our 3D printed mini house contest by April 10 to win Shapeways credit and be featured on the Shapeways blog!


Designer Spotlight: Jenny Tseitlin

This weeks designer spotlight features Jenny Tseitlin. Working with 3D modeling since 2006, Jenny has created a beautiful shop, ranging in different materials and designs. Jewelry and home accessory designs combine geometric shapes with nature to create some very intriguing shapes and unique products.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I live between the desert and the sea, biblical area between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. I am a designer working and creating in 3D since 2006. Specializing in jewelry, I am also in love with product design; it became a real passion while working on my master’s degree in 2008.


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Designer Spotlight: David Bachman

This week we are happy to introduce David Bachman. A Mathematician and self-taught 3D modeler, David has created a unique shop full of designs ranging from jewelry to sculptures. All his designs are made with a fascinating mathematically produced patterns that translate a normally non-visible world into beautiful physical pieces.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a Mathematician at Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. My academic research is on Topology, which is the study of abstract shapes. I teach several classes on 3D printing and design, and am particularly interested in turning the abstract shapes I study into reality.


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Designer Spotlight: Peter Chapman

This week we are thrilled to highlight Peter Chapman, the mind behind Tofty’s EDC Items. Combining his engineering mind with (specifically) the steel and silver available to print via Shapeways, Peter started off making copies of tools. From there he’s branched out to add tritium based jewelry – such an innovative and interesting take on 3D printing!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hi, my name is Peter and I’m a Mechanical Engineer and Designer, in my late 20s and based a few miles west of London, in the UK. At the moment I’m self employed, running a design consultancy, as well as a classic bike restoration workshop with my father. I mostly design single-piece multi tools, flashlights and glow-in-the-dark tritium jewellery.

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Inspiration, gifts and order dates for Valentine’s Day 2015!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you like browsing the most unique pieces, or want to make something special yourself, it’s the perfect time to express your love in a personal way. Let us help you make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet. Keep shipping dates (below) in mind if you’re looking to customize or design products yourself!

DIY Apps
While this #icant pendant isn’t exactly romantic, see how easy it is to create a pendant out of your own handwriting or design using 2D to 3D. From paper to pendant, you can easily make the perfect gift:

You don’t need design skills to make something special – our talented designers have done most of the work for you! All you do is choose a product, personalize, sit back and relax.
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Make Your Own
There’s nothing quite like creating the exact product you want. It’s even more special when that product is for someone you love. Need some inspiration? Check out this engagement story from our Community Manager, Natalia.

Not looking to make something this Valentine’s Day? No problem! We have an array of products in our marketplace, even a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, that will make for great gifts. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or not, we’ve got you covered!

Top Row: Heartbeat Ring by AlessandroAzzolini, 3D Printed Bow Tie by Mstyle183, Heart Cufflinks by

Middle Row: Head to Head Again (Cufflinks) in 4 Bend by T_LAB, Heart Guitar Peg by EnnoshitaArt, Anatomical Heart Pendant by LHDesigns.

Bottom Row: Trimmed Rose by sinarhp, Coloured Heart by MrSirLRD, Marine Vase by StJimmy.

Order Dates
For convenience, we’ve listed these order deadlines for February 13th delivery based on UPS Next-Day Shipping for customers in the US. If you are outside of the US, refer to shipping dates found on your cart page.

  • January 22 – Gold Plated Brass
  • January 27 – Polished Brass, Bronze, Premium Silver, Matte Black Steel, Polished Grey Steel, Matte Gold Steel, Polished Gold Steel, Polished Nickel Steel, Colored Strong & Flexible
  • January 30 – Raw Brass, Raw Bronze
  • February 2 – Platinum, Stainless Steel, Matte & Polished Bronze Steel, White Strong & Flexible, Polished
  • February 3 – Metallic Plastic, Black Strong & Flexible
  • February 4 – Gold, Polished & Raw Silver
  • February 5 – Full Color Sandstone, White Strong & Flexible


Designer Spotlight: Silvia Nencini

This week we are highlighting the lovely Silvia Nencini and her shop, Coraline Jewels. Her love of the sea inspired a beautiful line of jewelry that mimics the look and feel of coral without harming the environment. Beyond that, the designs are auto-generated via computer program, beautifully combining new technology with nature.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hello! My name is Silvia and I am a designer from Pisa, Italy. I have just completed my BA Degree in Architecture from IPSIA Institute in Florence, Italy. I worked in the architecture field for 3 years and I specialized in Product Design with a Master’s Degree.


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Designer Spotlight: Florin Grigore

This week we are highlighting Florin Grigore, an artist with sociology and law education background, Florin has taken his self-taught skills and artistic background to create a beautiful shop full of unique and fresh jewelry.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a self-taught designer born and living in Bucharest, Romania with a background in fine art and formal education in sociology and law with a main focus on Intellectual Property.



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Designer Spotlight: Steve Marshall

This week we are highlighting Steve Marshall, of StuffBySteve. Steve is a completely self-taught modeler who likes to push the limits of skill and imagination. His shop ranges from puzzles to fun music inspired pieces-proving that 3D printing can bring all kinds of passions to life!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a Computer Science student at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg. I love both programming and 3D printing, and few things are more exciting to me than seeing my ideas come to life!



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Designer Spotlight: Haydn Bao

This week we are highlighting Haydn Bao, one of three behind the awesome drone shop, Fusion Imaging. A talented group of three hailing from Australia, Haydn is the product designer of the team. Haydn gives us some insight into why 3D printing and drone accessories work so well together, as well as where their inspiration came from. With a shop full of great branding and drone accessories, we are very excited to highlight Fusion Imaging.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Haydn Bao, the designer among a small team of drone enthusiasts based in Sydney Australia. We originally designed components for ourselves, but soon many others wanted us to purchase our designs. That’s how Fusion Imaging was born.

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Designer Spotlight: M Sloris

This week, we are so happy to highlight M Sloris. M is a dedicated Shapeways Crew member, artist and designer. She has an amazing shop full of nature-inspired jewelry that’s differnt than anything you’ve seen. Her pieces will be sure to make great gifts; she’s even ordered inventory, aware of our material cut-off dates, allowing customers to order past deadlines!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a fine artist who first discovered the world of 3D printing about two years ago. My initial goal was to design jewelry based on the forms in my oil paintings; that resulted in the ‘One Infinity’collection. I live and work on the road. Over the last year; I joined the SW crew from Songkhla, Thailand, launched my website from Granada, Spain, created multiple new designs for the holiday season in Palermo, Italy, and just received the first prints of that work in Mahdia, Tunisia.

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Customized Pet Gifts for Animal Lovers

How many times have you heard “I want a pony!”? Well now, you can give one! Whether you’re a dog or cat (or bunny, pony, or hamster) person, we can all agree: pets are family members. We adore their companionship and love. Each and every pet is unique in their own way, so it’s no surprise to hear that some awesome people have come up with some apps to help customize a figurine of your pet, or products for your furry friend! Check out some of our favorites below.

Cuddle Clones
Cuddle Clones is a great site that lets you create your very own customized versions of your pets! Simply send in a photo of your favorite pet(s) and Cuddle Clones will make a full-colored figurine with a personlized base! Such a wonderful way to honor your favorite furry family members.




Pupworkshop is a fun app that lets you customize your pup in a different way. Choose from colors, ears, eyes, snouts, tails, and even spots! The final product is a cute little animated pup who requires no puppy training!


If you’re an animal lover in general, we’ve got plenty of 3D printed animals. Jewelry, home decor, accessories and more!


Top row: NODE – Tiger Pendant by jbfontes, Dragonfly Pendant with Honeycomb Wings by markbenson, Hunting Cat by RobTorres. Middle row: Wired Life Stag by Dotsan, Mini Tiger Head by SimonStrauss. Bottom row: Morton the Elephant by HiLobster, Goldfish Pendant by alaswadi, Owl Pendant by echuckjackson.

Check out our apps page for more fun creations, and browse shops from the designers above more more great products! Happy shopping!