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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!





Desinger Spotlight: Virginia San Fratello

This week designer spotlight highlights Virginia San Fratello for Emerging Objects. Emerging Objects is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in designing and 3D printing objects for the built environment. The shop is full of lovely designs from rings to vases.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a principal in the design studio Rael San Fratello, a creative partner in the 3D printing start up company Emerging Objects and a professor of design at San Jose State University. I’m located in Oakland CA.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Emerging Objects started as a company that develops materials for 3D printing. We started by 3D printing with materials such as sand, cement, wood, clay, chocolate and salt. Since then we’ve moved into designing for the built environment, we have focused on printing geometrically complex, functional tiles and objects using some of the materials we have developed: ceramics, cement, salt, rubber and various kinds of wood. We also design 3D printed body and tabletop accessories – many of which can be purchased on Shapeways! We have 3D printed an entire room out of salt from the San Francisco Bay – it’s called the Saltygloo. Our designs are usually inspired by forms in nature such as barnacles, flowers, vertebrae and cellular structures. Often times the jewelry pieces we design are study models or prototypes for larger pieces. For example, the picoroco rings are studies for the picoroco wall and the involute necklace is a study for a sound attenuation screen made of doubly curved surfaces. The Tubey ring is a study model for a light fixture.


What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
We found Shapeways several years ago and have found it to be of great service. We mostly print with metal and nylon on Shapeways since those are materials that we don’t typically print in-house.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I learned how to design in 3D as part of my architectural education.

How do you promote your work?
We display our work at shows such as the 3D Printer World Expo, we’ve also taken examples of our work to Makerfaire in San Mateo several times. Our work is frequently published in magazines such as Metropolis, Wired and Architect and more recently we are starting to show our work at museums and galleries around the country including the Cooper Hewitt and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. It’s really exciting to have venues such as online magazines where you can reach a large audience but to also have opportunities for people to more closely examine the material qualities and designs physically and not just digitally. Material and texture are so important to design.


Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
I’m inspired by designers and thinkers like Bernard Rudolfsky and his books “The Unfashionable Human Body”. Frederick Kiesler was an inspiration for me as an architecture student and he continues to be influential in the forms that we make. I admire the work of contemporary architects such as Herzog and DeMeuron, Peter Zumthor and Jeanne Gang. Artists whose work I like include Tara Donavan, Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Do-Ho Suh, Olafur Elliason, Maya Lin – I’m just barely scratching the surface here there are so many artists and designers whose work I find influential.

In the Shapeways community I have found Nervous Systems to be particularly inspiring because of the algorithms they have developed for users to create such beautiful and functional forms. I also particularly enjoy the wearable and bicycle planters by Colleen Jordan and I think the way Summerized uses materials with such frugality to make such elegant designs is so smart.


If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Our goal is to 3D print a building – maybe a museum, a temple or a house!


  • Really fun designs
  • Great photography
  • Great variety of materials
  • Fun variety of products from rings to home goods


Thanks so much, Virginia! Lovely shop full of amazing designs – practical and fun! Visit the shop, website, and follow along on Facebook. To be featured, email aimee @


Best Gifts for Your Stylish Friends

Looking for the perfect gift for that stylish friend of yours? It can be nerve-wracking to find something original that’s also perfect. Luckily the Shapeways community is full of amazing designers who have created some super unique pieces for both fashionistas and those stylish men in your life. Check out some of our favorites below!

Statement Rings

Statement rings are for just that – to make a statement. That could mean super big, like showing your New York pride with the Brooklyn Bridge Two Finger. But they can also just make a funky statement, like the Lines Ring, for something different but subtle. Head over to our rings section and Women’s Jewelry section of the Gift Guide to browse more.


Lines Ring by geekprints, Brooklyn Bridge Two Finger by RandallStein, and The “Rule” Ring by TheRogueAndTheWolf.

Customizable Pendants

Monograms are in. They’re classic and personal. Designer zazzy has created a lovely design that’s made it super easy to get your own monogram pendant in a fun font; perfect for everyday wear.


Men’s Jewelry

Guys like bling, too! Cufflinks and tie clips are easy, but there are also some amazing pendants, rings, and more from our designers for the guys who like to accessorize.


Top row: Easy Rider Skull Pendant by UrbanoRodriguez, Anchor Charm by Target, Dodecahedron by vertigopolka. Center row: Skull Ring by bitstoatoms, 3D Printed Lion Ring Bottle Opener by kspaho, Tool Ring XII by Tofty. Bottom row: Skull Cufflink by JulienLePocher, Cufflinks of Success by clipart, Lieutenant Bar Cufflinks by bluelinegecko.

These are just some ideas to get you started! Browse Jewelry for all designs, and the Women’s Jewelry & Men’s Accessories section of the Gift Guide for even more stunning pieces. Happy shopping!


Designer Spotlight: Michael Mueller

This week we are thrilled to highlight Michael Mueller of Pookas! Michael’s shop is full of rad jewelry and accessories; farily unisex but with a lean towards masculine depending on the material choices! Whistles, belt buckles, rings and more, Michael’s shop is an awesome place to find some seriously sweet accessories.


Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a designer located in the cozy city of Wuerzburg, Germany. I’m associate of a company called KRITZELKRATZ 3000. We are game developers but nowadays we are also happy to create apps for companies like Audi and Volkswagen by using the Unity Engine for real-time rendering and software development. At the same time I conceive and create unique product designs and jewelry by using 3D printing technology provided by Shapeways.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I think it is a good thing to act not too serious. I always try to add some fun and mystery to my work. There is a movie from the early 50s called “Harvey.” James Stewart plays the curious Elwood P. Dowd whose best mate is a mystery “Pooka,” an invisible 6-foot rabbit. Elwood is a very kind person who treats everyone equal and yes, he hangs out with an unseen rabbit all the time. To be open-minded is a good thing and if this means to see things that are hidden to others, so be it.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I stumbled upon Shapeways three years ago. There was an article about it in one of my favorite magazines. It really hit me. I was so excited about it and have been since then. There is not one day I don’t work or at least think about 3D printing and what I can create next.


How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I started to mess around with 3D software in the 90s during my university studies. It was an astonishing new thing, like 3D printing is today. Meanwhile some great software is available. Some of them are actually for free, like Blender or Sculptris.

How do you promote your work?
With 3D printing you can visualize and even materialize your craziest ideas. This way you can show people stuff which they have never seen before. I try to be part of most social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest and Behance. It’s always exciting to share new stuff and to get feedback from people all around the world.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
One of the coolest things about Shapeways is the community! There are so many Shapies out there who are excited about 3D printing. I’m happy to be part of this group and it’s great to have so many friends there. You can always share and discuss new ideas. This is a perfect way to get feedback or inspiration. It’s always hard to choose whom to name so I won’t.


If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
It would be great to print large objects for an affordable price. Also printing in aluminum would be awesome. I would love to see this material for glasses frames or bicycle parts.

What will be your next project?
I like designs with additional functions, like a pendant which is also a whistle or a keychain which can be used as a bottle opener too. Shapeways made a price change recently. Now large sized steel objects are much cheaper. This is a great circumstance for designs like a belt buckle. Guess I’ll make a few more. Buckles are great objects and last but not least very helpful to keep your pants up.


  • Great photography
  • Variety of default photos
  • Great, versatile models that allow for more a masculine or feminine touch depending on material
  • Sections for easier shopping
  • Great branding; banner, social icons, Twitter handle on profile, etc.

Thank you for the interview, Michael! Also, congrats for having one of the more rad profile photos…ever. Don’t forget to share any new belt buckles with us – they’re awesome! Show your support by visiting Michael on his Shapeways shopwebsiteFacebookTwitterTumblrFlickrPinterest and Behance. To be featured, email aimee @


Best Gifts for White Elephant & Secret Santa

Finding gifts for White Elephant and Secret Santa is really fun. Within the Shapeways marketplace, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that will earn you the title of most popular Secret Santa around, and make every White Elephant gift pale in comparison (you could even gift an actual 3D printed white elephant!). Shapeways has a wide variety of products, from functional to fabulous, and we are never lacking in fun products. Desk toys, memes and original designs will make you the best gift giver at your next holiday function.


Elephant by MarkWheadon


Let’s start with memes. Who doesn’t want to hold a meme in their hand instead of laughing at it on a screen? Grumpy Catdoge, and Creepy Horse Head are some of our favorites at a favorable price point. Find more memes in our Gift Guide.


Fun & Games

Whether you need a break at work or something to entertain family and friends, our community has come up with games and entertainment for every day. Practice your aim/annoy your coworkers with the catapult. Thanks to 3D printing, the day has come where we can hold emojis in our hands! Show someone you love them emoji-style (because you do that every day anyways) with 3D Emoji Love. Keep your travels entertaining with the Credit Card Chess Set. And finally, who wouldn’t want a viking hat for your finger!?


Conversation Starters 

If you really have no idea what to get, check out our Conversation Starters section of the gift guide. With original pieces, much like the ones above, you can give a gift you’ve likely never given (or seen!) before! Like Bacon mobius strips, Blowfish Valve Caps, Viking Finger Hats (again), XS Gyro the Cubes, and an amazing Stereographic Projection structure.


Shapeways is full of amazing products and these are just a few to get your imagination flowing. Check out the Gift Guide for more, and don’t forget to file an unboxing video to capture the gift-revealing moment!


Designer Spotlight: Brian Chan

This week we are thrilled to highlight Brian Chan. His shop, Creations by Brian Chan, are some amazing pieces of art. From articulated sea creatures to costumes, Brian has a serious ability to bring 3D modeling to life.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m an independent designer and university instructor living in Cambridge, MA.


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