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New York City Meetup May 12: Build Your Maker Business

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3D printing and entrepreneurship are made for each other. Using 3D printing, companies like Shapeways, enable makers to rapidly design, prototype, iterate, bring to market, and sell innovative products with low initial investment and risk. However, creating great products is just the start – building a successful creative, maker business takes a lot of strategy, time and know-how of the right tools for the job.

In honor of Small Business Week, which runs from May 12 to 19, we’ve put together a special meetup on Monday, May 12 from 6 to 8:30 pm. It is hosted at the Wix Lounge in Chelsea, a free co-working and event space, by The theme of the meetup is “online tools to build your maker business,” and it includes a panel discussion with three of our top Shapeways designers and shop owners. They will talk about how tools like 3D Printing, e-commerce and a robust website and social media presence can empower maker entrepreneurs. 

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Shapeways Meetup Recap: Meeting the Shapies in Amsterdam

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On Thursday 17th we had a Meetup scheduled in Amsterdam. Together with our community members Eric, Rajesh, Willem-Jan, Victor and Monique we enjoyed the nice atmosphere in Restaurant Barça, located at the well known Marie Heinekenplein. 

Eric and Rajesh had met each other already at the 3D MakersZone meetup in Haarlem which was held just a few hours before the Shapeways Meetup. Funny how small the 3D printing world can be!

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Designers in Residence Meetup at MAD this Friday January 24th

It’s snowy outside, so what better way to spend an evening than talking 3D printing with artists at the Museum of Arts and Design?

Shapeways is managing an interactive space at MAD in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital. The show investigates the many ways technology has enabled artists and designers to create in the 20th century—including of course, 3D printing.

Come and join Sophie Kahn, Lucas Goossens, and the Laser Girls as they talk about how they use 3D printing to make innovative fine art, modern jewelry, and extreme nails. The talks will start shortly after 6:30pm on the second floor and there will be time for questions.

Take your time to check out the incredible exhibition, and come play in the Shapeways interactive space afterwards. We’ll be running our army of Formlabs 3D printers and we will be 3D scanning people so you can get your very own “3D selfie”!

Head over to to RSVP and for more details. And if you can’t join us on Friday, the exhibition runs through June 2014.

Hope to see you there! 

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Elasto and Brass Meetups in New York and Eindhoven

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The past few months have been incredibly exciting for us in terms of material development. First, Elasto launched at the end of May, and then last week we announced Gold Plated Brass. As always, we want to see how the community feels and what you’ve been using the new materials for.

Come join us on Wednesday, August 7th, in New York and Eindhoven for a meetup! Bring any prints you may have and join us for a beer and a great time! Hope to see you there! RSVP on Meetup for both events.



Experience Our New Elasto Plastic at a Local Meetup

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(Picture: Stag by Dotsan)

Did you see our new Elasto Plastic material yet? It’s our first ‘Maker Only’ material, and we’re excited to see how you guys are using it it!

We’d love to give you and your local Shapeways community a chance to experience it in person, so we’re offering every Shapeways community meetup of 10 persons or more a free set of some awesome sample models.

Join a Meetup, or host one!

You can find the upcoming meetups on the Shapeways Community Meetup page. Check the list to see if your area is listed as well, and join! Don’t be afraid to leave a comment on the event page if you have a question or suggestion. These meetups are usually joint efforts, so feel free to help out.

Is your city not listed yet? Then why not start your own meetup? Just add your town so other people can join you and help you with organizing the event. Also send an email to and tell us where you are! We’ll hook you up to other people in your area and give you the low down on hosting a meetup, no experience necessary, just a willingness to meet likeminded people. If you have questions or suggestions about this event, please leave them on the forum.

Receiving the free samples

To qualify for the free sample models, plan an meetup in roughly 4-5 weeks from now, announce it on our Community Meetup page, and make it grow! Once you have gathered a group of 10, get in touch, mail us your address and we’ll order a box with the models for you right away.

The fine print: please understand that we’ll need to print and ship the models to you, so make sure you contact us at least two weeks before your meetup. Only the meetup’s host can apply for the sample box. We can give away 50 of these sample boxes and we’ll do so on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment.

Oh, and the models are yours to keep! Enjoy :)

Bart and Natalia
Shapeways Community Team



Hello Finland! Let’s Meet on June 11!

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Shapeways member Heidi Piili is hosting a community meetup this Tuesday, June 11 in Lappeenranta, Finland (I won’t even try to pronounce that). They’re meeting in bar Birra and it’s going to be an informal evening. We sent Heidi a box with some cool models, but bring your own work too!
Remember: running your own Shapeways Meetup is easy (as in: pick a time and a bar) and an amazing amount of fun! If you’re thinking of hosting one, contact us and we’ll give you all the support you need (including cool models to show).


Meet the Shapeways Community in Singapore on May 21

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Shapeways member Hanyang Leong is hosting a community meetup in Singapore on Tuesday, May 21. If you live in the area, go and say hello! Everyone with an interest in Shapeways or 3D printing in general is welcome. Full details of the meetup are available on our community meetup page.

Running your own Shapeways Meetup is easy and an amazing amount of fun! If you’re thinking of hosting one, contact us and we’ll give you all the support you need.



Shapeways Meetup: New flexible material

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As per our blog announcement, we will soon be introducing a flexible, rubbery material for 3D printing! Most excitingly we have samples for you to play with, so come to the Shapeways HQ and tell us what you think!

Tomorrow night, Thursday March 28th,6:30-8:30pm

As always, bring your 3D prints to share, come have a beer and maybe even play Ping Pong with the team!

RSVP on and sign up to stay tuned about all our events!


3D Printing Meetup: Images to Objects in Seattle

Alan Hudson, Shapeways Director of 3D Tools, has been working on a
tool to make it easy to create 3D objects from 2D images. Think of it as the next generation of our 2D to 3D. We’ve gotten
the software far enough along that we’re ready to show off to a larger
. After your feedback we’ll fix it up and then release it as open
source software

If you’ve got an interest in 3D printing and can wrangle a 2D image
then we’ve got something for you to try!

On January 15th at 7pm at
Office Nomads
 in Seattle we’ll be letting you play with the software, have some
drinks and discuss 3D printing.

If you’d like to run the software during the session then please
bring a laptop and some image software. We’ve been working with
Illustrator, Photoshop, Inkscape and Gimp so far. The software takes in
JPEG or PNG images. A good resolution to use 300 DPI images.

RSVP via Meetup to enter the third dimension!


Shapeways meetup at 3DEA Pop Up Shop tonight

Come join us tonight at the 3DEA Pop Up Shop for a Shapeways meetup!

Check out the awesome space, bring 3D prints to share, mingle with other Shapies and meet our special guest all the way from Eindhoven… Mitchell Jetten, better known as our Customer Service agent extraordinaire, and creator of awesome model trains!

3DEA Pop Up Shop

Corner of 29th and 6th ave


RSVP on and sign up to hear about all our upcoming meetups. Sneak peak… 2013 will bring Factory of the Future tours! 


Shapeways preview of 3DEA Pop Up Shop on Thursday 11am

3DEA’s 3D Printing Pop Up Shop opens this Thursday with a sneak preview for Shapeways community!

Come join us from 11am until 1pm to check out the store, test everything out and meet other Shapies and 3D printing enthusiasts. 

3DEA is opening on Thursday, November 29th and will be open from 11am-7pm. 

Location: The Eventi Hotel, on the corner of 29th St. and 6th Ave

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, the shop wil be there for a full month, with a schedule of classes, meetups and events throughout the month.

Hope to see you there!