Author Archives: Aimee

Designer Spotlight: Tomer Emmar

This week we are featuring Tomer Emmar, designer behind the unique shop fortyseven. With a design focus around androgynous bespoke silver jewelry, the shop features beautiful jewelry that can be enjoyed by everyone!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Tomer and I am a multidisciplinary industrial designer. I am located in San Francisco, CA with aspiration to travel all over the world.

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Designer Spotlight: Benjamin Cann

For this weeks designer spotlight, we are excited to feature Benjamin Cann, a very inspiring shop owner with designs we could stare at for days. Benjamin has a lot of different designs, pushing the boundaries of 3D printing in really beautiful and fun ways. Hear about his process and inspiration below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a French mechanical engineer, based in Germany. I used to work in various sectors such as material & process research, aerospace, jewelry industry and now in automotive engineering. Besides my day job, I have been continuously learning by myself 3D design techniques, making prototypes and any kind of projects involving advanced methods. Some projects are fully personal, other more contests oriented in order to frame more my creativity. Indeed, I won a couple of 3D Printing contests in the past years. Another of my passions is photography. I have been shooting film for 5 years now and it’s a great way for me to cut with all-digital, instant results. I take a lot of patience to shoot what inspires me at a certain moment. It allowed me to have some exhibitions and commissioned works in the last 3 years.

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Designer Spotlight: Dane Saunders

For this weeks designer spotlight, we are excited to feature Dane Saunders, industrial designer and enthusiastic entrepreneur and creator! Dane’s shop is full of interesting, fun items that clearly express a love for experimentation! Learn about his process and inspiration below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I tell most people now days that I live & work in a little cave…and I accompany that comment with my best physical impression of a goblin or hunchback….that way they can appreciate my sacrifices! ;) I think it’s a subtle ploy to downplay how cool my job really is. I’ve been doing freelance Industrial Design in Vancouver, Canada for the past 2 years. Prior to that, I spent the better part of a decade working for Boston Dynamics as a designer, technician, and build manager, gleaming as much knowledge as I could from the plethora of robotics engineers that I worked with daily.

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Photo credit: Alexis McKeown Photography

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Designer Spotlight: Jeremie Brunet

This week we are thrilled to highlight Jeremie Brunet, mechanical engineer and designer behind Jeremie Brunet 3D fractals. His shop is full of fascinating designs that let us visualize a world we normally can’t see. Check out his shop and learn more about his inspiration below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I did studies in mechanical engineering (manufacturing processes, materials, structures…) and I work in the enterprise software industry. My hobby is fractals, under any shape: images, videos, and of course 3D prints. I live in Paris, France.


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Designer Spotlight: David Ambrose

For this weeks designer spotlight, we are featuring David Ambrose, designer behind Studio Darose. David is creating objects inspired by everyday life and experiences that exemplify the best uses of 3D printing including making products inspired by his life, and allowing shoppers to customize almost every product! Read more about his process below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I have a wide education background, but fell in love with design and building. I am constantly reading, learning, and finding inspiration everywhere. I started my little company while living in Portland, Oregon, but am currently living in Orange County, California.


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Designer Spotlight: Anne Van Langendonck

This weeks designer spotlight features Anne Van Langendonck, a Belgian architect who’s finding a new outlet for jewelry design via 3D printing! She has not one but two Shapeways shops! We are highlighting Noet – Jewelry from the sky below, but Designed by Isis is her other shop that’s worth checking out.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a young Belgian architect who loves to design at a large and at a smaller scale.

What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Everything can inspire me, from an everyday object to a particular form or line. What inspired me to design the Noet collection was actually my own polygon pendant. It reminded me of the view of the constellations when you connect the stars.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
My professor of CAD told us about Shapeways during class. I was very enthusiastic and that night I opened my own Shapeways shop. A couple years later, I still love it!

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
At university and a lot of things I found out myself.

How do you promote your work?
I am using several types of social media. Twitter, Pinterest and recently Instagram work the best to me.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
In the beginning I was impressed by Nervous System (it was the example our professor told about), but I figured out they had a completely different way of designing. So I now try to create my own style.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
People are always thinking about printing houses. But as an architect working in a difficult climate and a world that needs energy efficient buildings, I know we still have a long way to go.


  • Great, simple photography
  • An idea born in another shop, opened this one to have it’s own theme
  • Nice branding
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Thank you, Anne! So excited to see this shop expand. Follow along on Anne’s website, TwitterTwitterPinterest and Instagram. To be featured, email aimee @

Designer Spotlight: Florian Bendl

This week we are highlighting Florian Bendl, designer behind Math_Art_Nature. A jack of many trades, Florian is a physicist who is currently working in the financial industry, but also a 3D modeler in his free time!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

My name is Florian Bendl, I’m a physicist working in the financial industry in Switzerland. My day job consists mainly of shoving numbers back and forth on a computer and I wanted again a connection to the physical world with what I am doing. This is why I have taken up 3D printing as a hobby and am a regular guest at the local Fablab for some hands on work with the CNC and laser cutter.


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Designer Spotlight: Allan Scharff

This week our designer spotlight highlights Allan Scharff, a professional silversmith who is transferring his love for creating things into the digital world. Thanks to 3D printing, Allan is able to expand his designs with different shapes and materials.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I am educated as a Hollowware Silversmith at Georg Jensen in 1967 here in Copenhagen, Denmark. I create most types of shapes in silver, from flat sheet with different hammers on wood and iron to finished unique artpieces. I have been designing in glass for holmegaard in 12 years. I have my own workshop/shop in the middle of Copenhagen, and a small workshop on the  west cost by Ringkøbing, both in Denmark. I make unique Hollowware art pieces for many collectors around the world.


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Designer Spotlight: Lex Camille Sova

This week our designer spotlight highlights the one and only Lex Camille Sova, designer behind lexadazy. Lex creates some super unique, funky designs that are somehow both great statement pieces or everyday wear. Learn more about her inspriation and processes below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a designer currently located in Kansas City, Missouri. I graduated in 2012 from the University of Kansas with a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design.


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3D Printed Solar System: A Rotating Mini Planetarium

Another week is starting, and that means we’re that much closer to the holidays. For those of you who haven’t finished your gift shopping yet, be sure to check out some of the gift ideas we’ll be sharing this week focused on “fun and games.” From miniatures to your favorite game accessories, we’ve got something for everyone (including you!).

And speaking of miniatures, recently we had a chance to chat with Bo Jansen and Tim van Bentum, the minds behind the 3D printed Strandbeest (in collaboration with artist Theo Jansen). They’ve created a new, mesmerizing product that’s not only fun, but educational too; the 3D Printed Solar System! Taking advantage of 3D printing’s “no assembly required,” characteristic, it’s just as fascinating to hear about the process as it is to play and learn with this piece. Learn more about how the 3D Printed Solar System came to be from Bo and Tim below.

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Designer Spotlight: Chandler Rowland

This week we are highlighting Chandler Rowland, designer behind the quirky shop Things You Want to Buy. We love this shop because you can see Chandler’s imagination coming to life in the form of fun characters, chess pieces, quirky wearables and more! Read more about his inspirations below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am Chandler Rowland and I make things. I am located in Boston, Massachusetts currently, where I have lived for a few years.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
What I make is derived completely from whatever I think would be interesting, original, or generally should exist. I am inspired by a combination of everything and nothing. Nature, world mythology, and speculative fiction (often filtered through Japanese video games) make up much of the everything part, but I usually try to make everything I do different than what inspired it. I do not base my creative decisions on what would be most likely to sell…

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I discovered Shapeways shortly after I learned what a great medium for creativity 3D printing can be and also how cost prohibitive it is. I still can’t afford a 3D Printer, but with Shapeways, that doesn’t matter.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I learned the basics of 3D modeling in an animation course I audited in my last year of college. In retrospect, that should have been the focus of my studies, but I didn’t know it at the time. A few years after graduation, I taught myself Blender, Sculptris, and various other software tools for 3D printing with the help of the Internet. I’m still learning as I go.

How do you promote your work?
I use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also display some of my printed works at Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Favorite artists include Salvador Dali, Go Nagai, Joan Miro, Ken Sugimori, and countless ancient creators whose names were never recorded, but who had a vital part in making their world what it was and ours what it is. On Shapeways, I am inspired by all of the other designers and artists who use 3D printing to innovate and create rather than just make more of what they see and like.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I would continue what I’m already making, but in a greater variety of sizes and colors.

Anything else you want to share?
Shapeways is an incredible tool for expressing my ideas and I’m glad it exists.


  • Fun, imaginative product line
  • Sections for easy shopping
  • Fun Customizable products


Thank you, Chandler! Keep up the great work – such a fun shop. Don’t forget to follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, as well as his shop, Things You Want to Buy. To be featured, email aimee @

Designer Spotlight: Kasia Wisniewski

Our designer spotlight this week is highlighting the very talented Kasia Wisniewski, designer behind Collected Edition. Her shop has some incredible designs ranging from jewelry and hair pieces to men’s accessories. The stand-out pieces capture specific moments in nature, rather than perfect interpretations. Different materials allow for different looks, but Kasia has clearly figured them out. Learn more about her inspiration and process below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m an apparel and accessories designer based in Brooklyn. After attending Pratt Institute and receiving a BFA in fashion design, I worked in luxury womenswear for Vera Wang, J. Mendel, and others for several years. I’m now focused on building the jewelry and accessories divisions of my brand, Collected Edition.


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Announcing the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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We are thrilled to announce the Shapeways 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. From Stylish Finds to Miniatures Madness, we’ve got all the important people in your life covered. Browse our popular categories like Women’s Jewelry, Memes & Figurines and Conversation Starters but make sure to browse it all to find amazing gifts for everyone. Don’t forget we’re offering FREE SHIPPING now through November 8th so make sure to take advantage!


If you’re looking to make this season even more special, consider making your loved ones a 3D printed gift this year. Whether you’ve been designing for years or not, we’ve got you covered. You can do everything from easily adding your friend’s name to a new phone case to designing a beautiful pendant for your mom in just a couple of steps.

Use CustomMaker to add text and images to products already in our marketplace. Personalize phone cases, rings and more to make these already-unique items truly one-of-a-kind.


Our Pendant Creator allows you to make a beautiful piece of jewelry in just a few minutes. Follow the steps to create a pendant that is perfect for your loved one.


Pendants not your thing? Use Keychain Creator to make anybody a keychain that will fit their personality perfectly.

2D to 3D will let you turn anything from your own simple sketch to a design you’ve always loved into a 3D printed product.


What’s on your list this year? Let us know in the comments!

Designer Spotlight: Harry Burger

We’re kicking off this holiday season with a lovely (festive) designer, Harry Burger of Lightbringer Designs. Harry runs a very unique shop specializing in wax seals. He also designs signet rings, offers cufflinks, and more. It’s a unique, old art being brought to the 21st century through modern technology and we think it’s really working!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a mechanical engineer focused on product design from Long Island, NY.


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Designer Spotlight: An Update on Joaquin Baldwin

This week, we caught up with long-time Shapeways community member, Joaquin Baldwin. We’ve featured Joaquin before, but wanted to highlight the amazing work he did with our newest Porcelain material. With two amazing collections specifically designed for Porcelain, Joaquin really embraces the beauty of the material by designing for glazes, and we wanted to hear about his inspiration and process.


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