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Day One of 3D Printed SuperFanArt at Comicon 2014 in San Diego

Our 3D Printing partnership with Hasbro has officially hit the floor at Comicon in San Diego as thousands of fans swarmed the booth to get a glimpse at the 3D printed ponies designed by the Shapeways community.  The SuperFanArt section is a relatively small part of the massive Hasbro booth at Comicon, but one that is garnering a lot of excitement among fans, artists and the toy industry.

Superfanart 3D Print at Comicon

If you are at Comicon 2014 in San Diego be sure to drop by the Hasbro Kiosk 3213 (its the huge one) and say hello to the SuperFanArt team.  If you are an artist or designer interested in participating in the SuperFanArt project, please be sure to register your interest to start selling your Hasbro approved 3D prints to fans around the world.

For those who cannot make it, check out some of the craziness that is Comicon.

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Yep, and that’s just the people lined up who pre-paid to be first at the Hasbro stand…


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?


NYC Meetup June 25 celebrating women in technology hosted by Shapeways and Codecademy

In honor of Made with Code, an initiative to inspire girls to experience the power of code, for our monthly New York City meetup Shapeways and Codecademy invite you to celebrate and connect with companies, organizations and individuals who are leading the way to empower, educate, and advocate for women and girls in the tech space.  

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 25th at Codecademy’s headquarters in Manhattan from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for an evening of networking and sharing of ideas and inspiration over light refreshments. 

The meetup will feature lightning talks focused on technology education and highlighting the career paths of women powering Shapeways and technology in New York City. Speakers will include designers The Laser Girls and Ashley Zelinskie; Jennfier Fredholm, Software Engineer Team Lead at Shapeways; and Ellie Roepken, Senior Consultant at NorthPoint. 

We’d love to see you there! You can find more details on our Meetup page. Space is limited, so please RSVP!


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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Join Shapeways in Paris this weekend for Maker Faire

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Bonjour amis! Our European events team is at it again, this time they’re excited to travel to Paris for Maker Faire. Join Ryan, Marie and Antoinette at these events:

On Friday June 20th, we are hosting a 3D Printing Meetup at the appropriately named Dernier Bar Avant La Fin Du Monde RSVP on for all the details.

On Saturday and Sunday, find our booth at the Maker Faire in Le CentQuatre from 10am – 7pm. Meet Makers and Shop Owners using Shapeways and find out more about how to bring your own products to life!

Nous espérons vous rencontrer à Paris!


June Shapeways Events and Meetups in Germany and France

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June brings four more great Shapeways events throughout Europe – we hope that you can join us! 

In June Ruud will be heading to Berlin for the first time as we feel it’s time to meet our Shapies there. A week later, Ryan will go to Paris to host a Meetup and to work at the Maker Faire Paris. It has been quite a while since we were in Paris for Minecon, so we can’t wait to return!
Berlin Meetup (DE)
Thursday, June 12, 7 – 9pm
We’re headed to Germany to host our first Meetup. We’re very excited to visit Berlin, we’re really curious to meet our communitymembers in the area and see their 3D prints of course. Let us know you will join by RSVPing here!
Paris Meetup (FR)
Friday, June 20, 7 – 9pm
In June we’ll exhibit at the Maker Faire Paris. How to better start an exciting weekend like that with a few drinks with our French community members? Feel free to join our Meetup by signing up. One rule: bring your 3D printed desings!
Maker Faire Paris (FR)
Saturday and Sunday, June 21 – 22, 9am – 7pm both days
We are thrilled to participate in the Maker Faire Paris and are looking forward to see all the creativity France has to offer. Make sure you attend this event as it will definitely inspire you to start designing!
Eindhoven Meetup (NL)
Thursday, June 26, 7 – 9pm
Of course we haven’t forgotten about our home base after all the travelling. RSVP here and stay updated where the Meetup is going to be held.
We look forward June as again exciting events are happening in Europe! Make sure you reach out and connect with us!
Ryan & Ruud





Weekend Events in the US and UK

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Hey, US and UK Shapies! We’re participating in a few events this weekend that we’d love for you to be a part of. 

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is happening Friday, April 26, to Sun, April 27, in Washington, DC. This event’s mission is to the is to re-invigorate the interest of the nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the USA.

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European Events in April

April is turning out to be quite a busy month for our European Events team, Ryan and Ruud. First on their agenda is the Shapeways meetup in Amsterdam. A week later they’ll follow in the footsteps of Savannah and travel to the UK, but they’ll be accompanied by our head of Customer Service, Ralph, and Operations Team Lead, Alan. Together they’ll head to Newcastle where Shapeways will attend the Newcastle Maker Faire

Amsterdam Meetup

Thursday, April 17 — 7pm – 9pm
This will be our second meetup in Amsterdam this year. Don’t forget to bring your 3D printed models. Sign up here!

Newcastle Meetup

Friday, April 25 — 7pm – 9pm
As we’re in Newcastle for the Maker Faire, we obviously felt we should grab a few drinks with the community members in the area the night before the Faire starts. RSVP here so we know you’ll attend!

Newcastle Maker Faire

Saturday – Sunday, April 26 – 27 — 10am – 6pm

We’re thrilled to again participate in the Newcastle Maker Faire. A group of selected shop owners will join our booth to show their models. We hope to see you there!

-Ruud and Ryan 



Eindhoven Maker Days featuring Shapeways

It’s going to be a busy week in Europe, with our Shop Owner coach hosting several meetups in the UK and our Shapeways Eindhoven team taking part in the first Eindhoven Maker Days!

We welcome you to join us next week at these events:

Additive World Conference
Thursday, March 27 — 9am – 6.30pm
Our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will speak during this panel at 3.30pm about what is needed to build the largest 3D printing factory in the world. 
Shapeways Eindhoven Factory Tour
Friday, March 28 — 3pm – 4.30pm
During this tour you’ll be taken down the path a 3D-printed model takes in our first factory. From ordering to printing, through post-production and onto shipping. Meet our team and ask all your questions in person! There is limited space available for attending the tour, so RSVP here!
Maker Faire Eindhoven
Saturday – Sunday, March 29 – 30 — 11am – 6pm
At the first Maker Faire held in Eindhoven, we will have a booth featuring Shapeways Shop Owners who will display their models and talk about their designs. Come and join us at the Klokgebouw over the weekend!
Makerspace Hackathon
Saturday – Sunday, March 29 – 30 — 10am – 6pm

The final event of the Maker Days is a Hackathon in which groups of four designers will be challenged to create something inspiring and innovative. This is separated in three different categories; Visualization, Arduino and of course 3D printing. Read more here.

We look forward to seeing you in Eindhoven!