How Shapeways 3D Printing Works

Printing with our most popular material

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What materials can you 3D print?

From plastic to stainless steel, silver, and ceramic, see our Materials Page for complete info.

What material is right for my project?

See our Material Comparison Page to compare price, durability, and minimum wall thickness.

What 3D file formats can I upload?

STL, Collada, OBJ, X3D, VRML2. For detailed info, see the Upload Page. Color models must be uploaded as a zip.

Will you provide a quote on my print?

All pricing is calculated automatically after you upload your model. See the Material Comparison Page to see prices between different materials. Or, just upload your model right now and see what the price is in a few minutes.

What are your shipping options and costs?

We ship UPS, and costs are flat rate. See our Shipping Info for prices for your location and info on customs and duties.

I want to make something right now!

Awesome! Check out our Creators, where you can make something in a few minutes. If you have your 3D file, go straight to Upload.

How do I get started with 3D modeling?

You can check out our Tutorials, and the Forum has lots of info on popular 3D software.

Will you fix my model?

We do not provide direct design assistance. You can find lots of helpful people who are expert 3D modelers and designers at our Forum. We also recommend the free software Netfabb for fixing models. You can also see our Tutorial on Netfabb.

How long does it take?

The range of plastic materials ship within 10 business days. Other materials like steel and ceramics take 15 business days.

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