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Shapeways Social: Follow a Feed of Designers You Love

Shapeways is excited to announce the latest social feature on the site: Follow a Designer! Now you can see the latest from your favorite Shops and Designers curated in your custom feed. It’s easy to get started, just start browsing. Click “follow” on the designer cards of the designs you love (process illustrated below), and come back to check your feed to see their latest updates. There is a lot of social noise on the web, and here you can quietly browse products in peace.
The Feed is in the top navigation bar of the Shop tap and Shapeways homepage. Even if you aren’t following any designers yet (but you will be after reading this) you can see the global feed: a stream of products and actions taken by your fellow Shapies like adding to lists, uploading, adding photos etc.

Since we introduced “Follow,” I’ve been going through my favorites and following the designers I want to always know the latest on. For you, this may mean following designers whom you’ve purchased models from, or creatives you’ve always looked to for inspiration in your own work. Hopefully it’s a combination of both, and affords more opportunities to connect the greater Shapie community. Here’s a snapshot of my feed from a few moments ago. Looks like kspaho is submitting some great models for our collaboration with Hasbro; I spy Dragonvale and Transformers!
It’s easy to follow a designer when you’re browsing products, like this epic Caffeine Molecule Coffee Mug from Joaquin Baldwin:
Follow is below the “Contact” button on the designer card to the right of the product, here’s a closeup:
follow joaquin baldwin
You will know you’re following the designer when the button reads unfollow:
You can also follow a designer when viewing their shop up in the top banner. Here’s Bathsheba’s Shop for example, whom I highly recommend everyone follow, especially if you like sculptures that push the limits of 3D printing.
This is also a great reminder to add your twitter handle(s) to your profile- it shows up next to “follow” as well. It will encourage shoppers and fellow designers alike to connect to you through their preferred platforms. Here’s a sample tweet illustrating my joy about following Joaquin Baldwin, with a photo (tweets with photos get 3x engagement) and a link back to Shapeways to make any potential sales for him seamless:
Tweet to Joaquin

What do you think of Follow and the Feed? Let us know in the comments here or in the forum. We always welcome your feedback.



Our Sharks may not lurk in the cool waters of the ocean or eat seals, but at least they have sweet lasers for friends!

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite sharktastic models in honor of Shark Week.

Whale Shark Pendant by RareBreed

Whale Shark Pendant by RareBreed

This Whale Shark Pendant by RareBreed is one of my favorite models on Shapeways right now. My boyfriend and I went down to Isla Holbox, Mexico back in June and swam with Whale Sharks in the wild. The experience was one of my favorites from travel this far, and checked a life goal off my boyfriend’s bucket list. When I saw this pendant, I knew we needed to have it for Shark Week.
Cute Shark Earrings by Bridget

Cute Shark Earrings by Bridget

These Cute Shark Earrings by Bridget are awesome. When you have them in, it looks like your ear is being attacked! We like them best in Steel.
Shark Pendant by freeform
This Shark pendant by freeform is equal parts bada** and brilliant. His gaping mouth and sweet gills make this guy great as a necklace or keychain for the shark fans in your life.
A Shark swimming on your wall by kipiripi
Sharknado in your kitchen? Yes, it’s possible. Kipiripi’s Shark swimming on your wall is a great way to bring the outdoors in. A must buy if you’re a collector of 3D Printed wireframe animals as well.
iPhone 5/5s Shark Case by lumlumpun
All true Shark and Shark Week lovers need to dress their phone accordingly. Thankfully lumlumpun has you covered with this great iPhone 5/5s case. Get it for under $20!

Hope you all had a great Shark Week & that we can keep up our love and protection of these beautiful sea creatures all year round!

What other animal do you wish had an entire week dedicated to it?


3D Printing Full Color Plastic: Shapeways Offers it First

It seems that almost everyone has now seen a 3D printed plastic product. Likely, one made from filament by an extruder, or perhaps for the more 3DP savvy, a product made from nylon powder, selectively laser sintered by us. Regardless of whether it was ABS, PLA, FDM, or SLS, I would be willing to bet it was only one color. In the past, as a Shapeways Designer, you had to choose between the colorful form of our Full Color Sandstone, and unparalleled function of our more durable SLS plastic that can handle moving parts.

Until Now. Meet Shapeways Full Color Plastic!

Success Kid by Ryan Kittleson, Kerbal Jebediah Kerman on IVA by Kerbal Space Program, and Bacon Mobius by Joaquin Baldwin

Success Kid by Ryan Kittleson, Kerbal Jebediah Kerman on IVA by Kerbal Space Program, and Bacon Mobius by Joaquin Baldwin

We are elated to be the first to offer this diverse Full Color Plastic material to our 3D Modeling community. It will initially be released to a select group of Pilot Designers as a part of our Design Pilot with the material. We’re rolling this out slower than normal because we want our core community to experiment, touch, play with and explore this new material before we offer to the public and begin managing customer expectations. If we deem it worthy of all your creative shoppers, we will make the material public for all to enjoy.

The color resolution is similar to Full Color Sandstone, and you’ll have the ability to create moving parts like you can with our Plastics. If you are interested in being granted access to this new material, you can sign up here. You can find out more about Full Color Plastic’s design guidelines on our material page.

What would you like to make or buy in this new material? Does this open new doors for you as a Designer?


Seeking Designers to Feature at EAA Airventure: Send us your Planes, Drone Parts and Aerospace Models

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Do you love planes, drones or just aerospace in general? Have you heard of the Experimental Aircraft Association? Once a year they bring together air travel enthusiasts of all varieties at the world’s largest gathering of the sort, EAA Airventure, in Oshkosh Wisconsin. We’ve won a booth through a contest they held for startups and we would love to have you join us, or show off your planes and drone parts in our booth!

The Details:
July 28th – August 3rd
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA

How You Can Get Involved:
Come say Hi to Dan & I in the booth or join us! If you live nearby or are visiting the midwest and would like talk to fellow aircraft enthusiasts any of the show days, please email and we can coordinate logistics.

Can’t make it to Oshkosh? No worries! Send in any products you want shown off at the show with your designer details, any custom branding you have, and a bit about each product you’re showing. We’ll tell your story and send them back to you after the show if you’d like!

Send Planes, Drones & Aerospace Accessories To:

Savannah Peterson
c/o Shapeways
419 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016

More about EAA and Airventure can be found on their website; though this video gives you a nice taste of what is in store.

What would you fly if you could fly anything?


Shapeways Supports the First Ever White House Maker Faire and National Day of Making

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This is a special feature in honor of President Obama’s declaration that today, June 18th, is the first National Day of Making! Share your Maker Story or join in the conversation in the comments under the #NationOfMakers #Shapeways tags on Twitter.

There is a palpable shift, perhaps even a paradigm shift, occurring in the product space. The rise of the collaborative economy of makers and entrepreneurs has nudged a market lead by visionaries into the mainstream. Today, we proudly stand alongside President Barack Obama, in celebrating the first ever National Day of Making.

This change is visible across the entire technology landscape. Last week Elon Musk encouraged makers to use all of Tesla’s patents, potentially putting the future of electric cars around the world in the people’s hands. Three weeks ago, Intel announced an open sourced, 3D Printable robot kit, meant to “lower the barrier of entry into Robotics”. Malaysian Airlines has even released the data from Flight 370 in the hopes that people outside their organization can solve the mystery surrounding the crash. The people are showing their collective power and goodwill, and in turn large companies and elected bodies want to pitch in. Today, we celebrate you! In honor of you, dear Shapie maker, we showcased some of your peers in an infographic illustrating the awesome businesses you create and empower.

Share your ‘Maker Story’ on Twitter with us today from 2-3pm EST. Join the conversation and view the celebration by following #Shapeways and the #NationOfMakers hashtags on Twitter.

Sneak Peek: We are also proud to announce the first ever Shapeways Small Business Symposium, to take place later this year (more details to come soon).

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National Day of Making: Shapeways Shop Owner Stories of Inspiration

The second part of our #NationOfMakers celebration series are inspiring snippets and fun examples of Shop Owners on Shapeways.

Our #NationOfMakers knows no borders; exists without expectation or judgement; only the promise of an adventurous product design platform where creatives come to collaborate. In this spirit, we celebrate with stories from around the globe. 

Shapeways Stats at a Glance:

  • 70% of Shapeways Shop Owners Spent Less Than $100 to Open their Shapeways Shop
  • 94% of Shapeways Shop Owners Spent Less Than $1000 to Open their Shapeways Shop
  • 70% of Shapeways Shop Owners are Self-Taught 3D Modelers
  • 50% of Shapeways Shop Owners are First-Time Entrepreneurs

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New Color Alert: Announcing Shapeways Green and Yellow

Yesterday, we lowered lead times on the majority of our metals and today we are excited to announce the addition of two new nylon colors to our palette, Green and Yellow! Just in time for the world cup in Brazil. It’s the Shapeways GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL to continue to bring you more materials faster and we’re committed to holding our top spot in the 3DP bracket!

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Now Shipping Faster: Gold, Silver, Steel and Gold Plated Brass

Great news, Shapies! Today, we’re excited to announce a global reduction on lead time on some of your favorite metals! Effective immediately, lead times have been reduced for the Silver Family, the Steel Family, Gold Plated Brass and 14k Gold!

You can see the new ship dates reflect on our Materials page, upon checkout and right here in this chart. We are always working hard to get products to you and your customers faster, and we are excited to be able to do so with so many metals at once. Big props to our Supply Chain and Materials Teams for making this happen!

What would you like to see shipped faster next?


Intel to Create Open Source 3D Printed Robot Kit

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Intel demoed “Jimmy,” a “smartphone with legs,” their latest robot, customized and created from their new open source 3D printed robot kit at the Code Conference this week. This exciting announcement is a profound and inspiring move to increase participation in the robotics space. Intel is selling kits of the internal electronic and mechanical components (yet to be cost effectively 3D Printed), and they are offering the 3D printable hardware designs free online. Any Shapie, or individual with access to a 3D Printer will be able to print their own robot and have access to their social robotics platform to customize its form and function as they please.

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New Matter partners with Frog Design and Launches Desktop 3D Printer for Under Two-Hundred Dollars

Today, New Matter, launched their new and elegant desktop 3D Printer, MOD-t, on Indiegogo. There are a lot of Desktop 3D Printers on the market, and many companies and creatives have one for home iteration and leverage our million-dollar machines for the high-resolution, premium quality we ensure with our designs. New Matter’s entrance into the space with MOD-t caught my eye for a few reasons…

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Order Your Own Design and Get $10 Shapeways Credit

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We’re wrapping up our May Maker Days celebration with one last chance to print and save. Order one of your designs now in any of our materials, then come back and use your $10 3D printing credit on the next iteration or an entirely new idea. We can’t wait to see what you make next!

Valid through 11:59pm on May 31 PDT (6:59am GMT on June 1) 

The fine print: $10 Shapeways credit will be issued to all customers who order one of their own models between 4:00am on May 28th and 11:59pm on May 31st, Pacific Time. Limit 1 credit per customer. Redemption instructions will be delivered via email within 7 business days. 


Shapeways 3D Printed Gold Now Available Worldwide

We are excited to announce that 14k Gold, the latest addition to the Shapeways material family, is now available everywhere we currently ship worldwide! Your enthusiasm and patience was noted and appreciated.

Lead Time: 12 Days (16 Days for models with a bounding box greater than 56mm in all directions)
You can get all the details on the Gold Material Page. Note that Gold can now be set as a default material.
What will you make or sell in Gold first?


Special National Train Week Feature with Stony Smith

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In honor of National Train Day, we caught up with Stony Smith, one of the most prolific and talented train modelers on Shapeways. He’s been featured in Wired and has been a Shapie for years. Hop on the miniature rails and enjoy his story!

Late in 2007, my co-empty-nest wife suggested that I should “get a hobby”. Having done a bit of work with model trains over the years, I decided to try to make a complete model train layout. I had just attended the Fort Worth Model Train Show, where I had seen many options for Zscale trains. I was hooked.

Zscale is 1/220th the size of the real world items – the locomotives are about 3 inches long. In other words…. TINY! What I soon found was that Zscale allows me to pack a large amount of track and scenery into a small space, but, I also found that there was not a lot available in the category of 1:220 buildings. There are laser cut kits, etched brass kits, and I took several excursions into paper models, but all of those require a good bit of effort to construct. 

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Design Mind: Santiago Prieto and his Iterative Design Process

We caught the great photo below illustrating Santiago Prieto’s iterative design process on twitter a few weeks ago and immediately reached out. He was generous enough to share his practical and inspiring design process with us. His initial sketches (above), are only the beginning of the Sunny Day Supplies & Co story.

“[Our business] is our lemonade stand. Mostly to gain entrepreneurial muscles and work together. And we’re having a blast trying it out.” – Santiago Prieto 

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