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Rapid Prototyping and
Custom Manufacturing.

3D print your prototypes in 40 materials, including plastic, metal,
and full color sandstone.


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Low-volume & Production

Single prototype or scale small-batch production, without any tooling

In Your Hands Fast

Quick turnaround on your prototype, delivered anywhere in the world

Affordable Rapid Prototyping

Instant, affordable pricing to get multiple design iterations at lower cost

How it Works



1

Design Your Prototype

  • Tutorials on how to design for 3D printing. Guidelines for each material. Support from a global design community.

2

Upload to Shapeways

  • Instant pricing. Automated checks. Tools to improve printability.

3

We'll Make it Come to Life

  • Latest industrial 3D printing technology. High-quality materials. High-touch quality control (from quality checks to finishing).

4

And Deliver to Your Door

  • Fast turnaround time. Global shipping options.

What our Community is Saying



I was able to prototype at such low cost, yet end up with a product that was great. Shapeways enabled me to take a finished product to investors & distributors.
Matt V., founder of Bumprz
I didn't realize how much more advanced Shapeways is compared to the other sites - there are a lot of useful tools on the site that helped me through the process.
Steve S., Electrical Engineer
Best in industry service. Best in industry price. Best in industry quality and choice. No one else is close. it's a simple choice to use Shapeways.
Joseph M., Industrial Designer
Shapeways has been super with me! I am new to this and they always take the time to answer all my questions... Shapeways and its employees are incredible!
Dianna C.

Get the Help to Get You Started



Choosing the best material for your products

Choosing the best material for your products

When picking materials for your model, think about how the material will help to position it as a product. Is it an exclusive piece that you want to only offer in Premium Silver? Or a versatile design that looks great in a range of materials and price points?

Creating Hollow Designs

Creating Hollow Designs

When you create an object with Shapeways, the order price is primarily determined by the actual printed material volume. An easy way to save some money —sometimes a lot of it—by making your object hollow. This short tutorial will explain the basics of hollow objects for 3D printing with Shapeways.

Design for Cheaper Printing

Design for Cheaper Printing

Shapeways only charges you for the amount of material you use. There is no penalty for complexity or the bounding box of your model. This makes some products, like spectacles and jewelry, seem surprisingly inexpensive, while it makes other products more expensive. Here are three tricks to optimize your design for the lowest-cost 3D printing.

Designing for Full Color Printing

Designing for Full Color Printing

Like many of our printer technologies, our Full Color Sandstone printers work by laying down thin layers of powder and selectively binding this powder together to produce solid parts. Unlike our other printer technologies, this printer also uses a set of CMYK printheads to color the part while binding the powder together to produce the colorful solid parts.

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