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The Hiking App You Never Knew You Needed

It’s the best part of fall. When the weather is perfectly sunny, with a nice chilly breeze … and we get some of the most amazing colors out of nature to boot! It seems that everyone finds their way to the nearest park, or even goes so far as to find the highest peaks with the best views of every red, yellow, and orange leaf you can imagine. We know you’re snapping plenty of Instagram-worthy pictures the whole time, but how do you commemorate the journey itself?

Enter Nicetrails! Nicetrails creates unique personal trophies for hikers and mountaineers, automatically generated from GPS track data. The result is a custom 3D printed terrain map with each user’s unique trail. This is one of the most unique apps we’ve seen, allowing you to choose from a gallery of world-famous trails like Mount Fuji, Everest Base Camp, the Grand Canyon — or upload your own trail. Nicetrails connects directly to Strava, which makes the whole process practically effortless.


Take a look at some examples, but most important, play around with your own maps! And when it comes to gifting, Nicetrails are perfect for the hiker, runner, snowboarder … and every adventurer in your life.

Love & Robots: Truly Unique, Customizable Jewelry (Hint: Perfect for Gifting)

It seems early, but we promise it’s not too early to start thinking about your holiday gifts. And as if 3D printing weren’t amazing enough, there are lots of designers who are taking their ideas to the next level; they make an amazing product, and then let you customize it just for yourself or the lucky receiver. We’ve highlighted our Pendant Creator and Mymo so far, and today we are featuring the lovely Love & Robots who have some amazing personalizable products available. Between earrings, pendants, bow ties, wall art and more, they’ve created an easy, fun process of creating a truly unique piece. Our favorite is the jewelry, which has so many fun options.

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The most unique piece we came across was the Windswept Collection (pendant or earrings). An animated render of the product sits on the left waiting for you to personalize. On the right you have different options to fill in; location, date and material. “Choose any location in the world and watch as the wind in that location changes the movement of the cloth. Pause it to create a uniquely draped windswept pendant.” What! So good! The results are seriously stunning and I found myself racking my brain for every important date I could think of just to play with it more!


Don’t forget to check out their whole range of products, as well as all apps you can play with. Share your designs with us @Shapeways, we’d love to see what you make next (from scratch, or with a little help!)

Top 10 Things To Set Up A Successful Shop on Shapeways

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The other week, we made sure everyone knew how to open a shop on Shapeways. Whether your shop is brand new or you’re a veteran shop owner, we have a few helpful tips to share. In no particular order, here are the top 10 things to set up a successful shop on Shapeways:

  1. A logo and banner help to brand your shop; shops with a user uploaded logo and banner sell twice as often as shops without one.



  1. In order to get paid, you have to set up a PayPal account!

  2. A shop description helps customers learn more about your brand and have more of an insight to your background and inspirations.

  3. Adding Google Analytics tracking allows you to dig into your shop data and learn more about your customers.

  4. Set up your products for sale, add a subcategory and tags for visibility.

  5. Make sure to add markup to your products so you start making some extra cash from your designs.

  6. Products sell 10x more when they are photographed; anywhere between 3-7 photos is ideal.

  1. If you design a variety of things, add shop sections for easy browsing.

  2. Add in social channels so customers can connect with you on their favorite platforms!

  1. Top selling shops have at least 10 products.


Stay tuned for more shop tips and updates. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the team, community or merchandising with any questions! Happy designing!

How to Open a Shop + Tips for Success

Have you opened up a shop on Shapeways yet? It’s incredibly easy, and we’ve created a new tutorial video to show you how it’s done. If reading step by step is your thing, we’ve got that too!

Did you know that by simply adding a banner and a shop logo you will help your sales? And that shops that have descriptions sell more than those that don’t? We’ve dug into our data a bit and found three simple things you can make sure you have in your shop we think are most important:

  1. Description

  2. Google Analytics

Get started opening your shop today, or update your settings to give your shop a nice Spring cleaning!

Designer Spotlight: Rich Brungard

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We are highlighting miniatures this week, so we’re happy to feature Rich Brungard and his shop, Marsh Creek Mini. Rich is inspired by creation, and has found a hobby that allows him to do just that. What’s more, Rich was able to use Shapeways to create products that he found hard to find, and made them available to others, as well!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I have been drawing and conceptualizing ever since my first box of crayons, about 35 years ago. I am a father, a husband, and a veteran. I have a number of hobbies that I’m interested in, but Model Railroading is what occupies most of my hobby time, along with spells of interspersed military and science fiction/fantasy modeling. I’m currently working in the power industry as a 2D drafter, in Reading, Pennsylvania. 

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Designer Spotlight: Kasia Wisniewski

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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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Designer Spotlight: Gordon Lardi

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For this weeks designer spotlight we are featuring Gordon Lardi of Rip and Tear. Gordon’s love for sculpture led him to designing his own art and, with 3D printing, eventually jewelry! Learn more about his process and inspiration below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Gordon Lardi. I have been an Industrial Designer over 10 years living in Coral Springs, Florida. I have worked developing products in a variety of fields my favorite of which is jewelry. It was my love of making sculptures out of clay and metal that led me to the creative field of Industrial Design.


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Designer Spotlight: Haydn Bao

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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: Matt Roesle

This week we are highlighting Matt Roesle (with help from his wife Mahi Palanisami) and his shop Hypatia Studio. Both are mechanical engineers by trade who have transferred their engineering background to creating mathematical art and jewelry, starting with a wedding band!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Matt Roesle. My wife, Mahi Palanisami, and I are mechanical engineers. We 3D print jewelry and sculpture based on equations. We live in Thornton, CO, USA.


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Designer Spotlight: Melissa Ng

The designer spotlight this week highlights Melissa Ng! Melissa creates beautiful, whimsical masks, that she’s transformed into intricate pieces of jewelry. She’s also working to help entrepreneurs and creatives navigate the 3D printing world through motivational writing and art.

Update (February 16, 2016): We’ve followed an inspiring project with Melissa; The Dreamer Regalia Armor. Take a look at her process from ideation to final touches on a truly beautiful 3D printed piece.

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

On my site, Lumecluster, I make intricate Dreamer Masks and fantasy wearable art for ambitious creatives who want to take people’s breath away. I’m a New York-based self-taught artist with a background in media & communications and public relations, When I’m not working on Lumecluster, I am managing two other small businesses.

I started 3D printing in 2014. Within less than a year in the 3D printing arena, I won the Adobe & Shapeways 3D Printing Design Competition with my very first 3D print, I designed the aesthetics on a gorgeous 3D printed prosthetic leg, and I worked on a JiHAE music video starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus.


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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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