Press Corner

Welcome to the Shapeways press corner. Here you'll find up-to-date press releases, as well as photo and video material. As we are regularly adding new content, please check this space whenever you need fresh Shapeways material.

About Shapeways

Shapeways.com is the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We harness 3D Printing to help everyone make and share designs with the world, making product design more accessible, personal, and inspiring.

On Shapeways, individuals can make, buy and sell their own products. By providing a platform for our community members to share ideas and gain access to cutting edge technology, we're bringing personalized production to everyone, whether you're already designing in 3D or are looking to find something just right. We 3D Print everything on-demand, which means that every order is customized and personalized.

Headquartered in New York with offices in Eindhoven and Seattle, Shapeways is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics. Investors include Lux Capital and Union Square Ventures in New York and Index Ventures in London.

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SHAPEWAYS ANNOUNCES $30M ROUND, LED BY ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ (2013-04-23)
The promise of 3D Printing for all - designers and consumers, alike - takes a significant step forward as Shapeways, the leading 3D Printing marketplace and community, today announced a $30 million Series C round of financing, led by Andreessen Horowitz. The current investors of Shapeways - Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, and Lux Capital - also participated in the round. Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will take a board seat at the company.

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Mayor Bloomberg Cuts the Ribbon on our 3D Printing Factory in NYC (2012-10-18)
Joined by Mayor Bloomberg, and other elected officials to cut the ribbon on their new space, Shapeways detailed their plans to bring manufacturing back to New York City with their “Factory of the Future,” a new 3D Printing manufacturing facility being built in Long Island City. Currently under construction, the “Factory of the Future” is en route to becoming the biggest consumer-facing 3D Printing manufacturing facility in the world, with the potential to 3D Print three to five million unique products a year on high-end, industrial size printers.

  


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Infinite Possibilities: Over 6 Billion 3D Printed Product Variations in the Shapeways Marketplace (2012-09-10)
Shapeways announces today that its marketplace of community designed 3D printed products contains over six billion variations. Considering the number of publicly available products and accounting for the material and customization options readily available, Shapeways can now offer its customers almost infinite possibility. This is nearly one unique product option for every person on the planet.

  
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Funding the Rise of Creative Commerce (2012-06-18)
Shapeways announces today that it has a new partner on board to help fuel its growth and the rise of creative commerce: Lux Capital. Lux led a $6.2M financing, joining existing investors Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures. Read More





Introducing Elasto Plastic, our first fully flexible material for 3D printing (2012-05-17)
Shapeways launches Black Elasto Plastic, our first fully flexible material in the experimental stages of development. This is our only material that is made to bend, and from what we can tell, the only highly flexible 3D printed material accessible for everyone. Based on how thick you make your models, it can be flexible like a rubber band or even a car tire. There is a huge range of possibilities here and it really opens the door for designs that were previously impossible with 3D printing.

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Sound You Can Touch! 3D print a custom iPhone case with your favorite sound from SoundCloud with The Vibe, from Shapeways (2012-03-10)
Shapeways launches The Vibe, an iPhone case you can fully customize with your favorite sound from SoundCloud, the social sound platform. It's our latest Creator, or web app, that lets anyone turn an idea into a physical reality. The Vibe is incredibly easy to customize: you connect to SoundCloud, select your favorite sound, and the waveform will integrate into the very structure of the iPhone case. The result is a beautiful, unique protective case, available in top-quality white or black 3D printed plastic.

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Easily Create Your Own Sake Set or Other 3D Printed Ceramics with Shapeways (2011-11-21)
Shapeways launches the latest of its Creator tools, making it easy for anyone to design cups, tumblers, vases, plates and other kitchen friendly creations - no 3D skills required! These designs are made in our newly relaunched food safe 3D printed ceramic, which enables designers and consumers to create personalized ceramic tableware that actually can be used for eating and drinking.

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Shapeways to Open NYC Production in 2012 (2011-11-17)
Shapeways announces today that it will open its own production facility in NYC in 2012. This will be our second production facility, after opening a center in Eindhoven in February 2011. We want to make it easier, more affordable, and faster for everyone to make anything. We're thrilled to help transform NYC into the global hub for personalized production.

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Shapeways Adds Ceramic 3D Printing, Inspires Innovation in Home Decor (2011-05-12)
Shapeways announces today a new service for 3D printing in glazed ceramic. This is the first Shapeways material that is food safe, enabling designers and consumers to create personalized ceramic tableware, including, salt and pepper shakers, plates, mugs and more that actually can be used for eating and drinking.

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Shapeways Starts a Trend in 3D Printed Interior Design at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City (2011-05-10)
Shapeways will be showcasing the latest 3D printed home decor items created by its talented community at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), North America's premier showcase for contemporary design.

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Shapeways Starts a New Fashion Trend: 3D Printed Silver (2011-03-10)
Shapeways launches a new service enabling anyone to make products in pure silver.  Shapeways is the first consumer platform to enable anyone in the world to make unique and personalized products in silver.

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Shapeways opens own production centre (2011-02-15)
Shapeways announces today that the company has opened a production center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and installed its first EOS 3D printer..

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3D Printed twisty puzzle sets unofficial World Record (2011-01-27)
Shapeways community member and puzzle design Oskar van Deventer has designed and printed a 17x17x17 twisty puzzle, thereby breaking the World Record..

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Shapeways raises $5 million in series A funding; opens headquarters in New York (2010-09-23)
Shapeways (www.shapeways.com), the online community and marketplace for personalized production using 3D printing, announces that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Union Square Ventures in New York and Index Ventures in London. Shapeways will also move its headquarters to New York, with offices remaining in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.




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Shapeways.com introduces High Gloss Black and White Glass (2010-06-24)
After introducing Milky White Matte Glass only 8 weeks ago, Shapeways is now extending its position of introducing new consumer friendly materials and this with the two new Gloss finishes. As a result, consumers are able to purchase and personalize unique glass giftware in three different glass finishes.


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SolidWorks users can upload a design directly to Shapeways.com (2010-06-23)
SolidWorks users can upload a design directly to www.Shapeways.com with just a click of a button and then opt to 3D print it in a number of materials currently offered by Shapeways, including stainless steel, glass, full color sandstone and a variety of durable plastics.





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Shapeways releases “Color it!”- Personalized Pets (2010-12-05)
Shapeways announced a new range in children’s art. Parents can now capture the moment and turn their children’s drawings into a one-of-a-kind piece of 3D printed art. With this new concept, parents simply need to download the coloring sheet from Shapeways.com, let their children color it, either scan it or take a picture of it and then upload it to Shapeways.


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Shapeways.com is first globally to offer anyone the ability to 3D print objects in Glass (2010)
Shapeways announced the addition of Milky White Matte Glass to its suite of materials available for personal production. Shapeways is the first commercial service that will allow 3D designers to manufacture glass objects for both their personal use and to be sold in the Shapeways shops.


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Shapeways' Meshmedic automatically repairs your 3D printed files (2009-11-03)
Save time and reduce the hassle when uploading your 3D print files to Shapeways. Another step forward in bringing 3D printing closer to non-3D designers!


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Shapeways offers Full Color 3D printing  (2010-01-07)
Shapeways, the online marketplace that offers affordable access to the latest fabbing technologies, announced today that it has added full color printing to its suite of available materials. Now, creative people with various levels of 3D modeling skills will be able to literally 3D print objects, including figurines, puzzles and more, in Full Color.


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Three new materials for 3D printing (2009-12-03)
3D Modelers can now create items that can be produced in Grey Robust plastic and Black, Strong, and Flexible plastic as well as Stainless Steel with an antique bronze finish. The three new materials allow Shapeways to continue to offer the best possible material solutions to each 3D printing requirement.


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Co-creator platform (2009-06-08)
With the release of the Co-Creator Platform, designers are offered easy tools to turn their designs into customizable templates, enabling interaction with their customers. Turning their designs into templates, designers are now empowering the users to customize the design to their exact specifications.


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Metal release (2009-04-08)
Many 3D modelers have found their way to Shapeways to bring their personal designs to life by using 3D printing. Until now the materials were limited to different kind of polymers. Today Shapeways becomes the world’s first company offering 3D printing in stainless steel for everyone.


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Shapeways, the 3D printing co-creation community, today celebrates its first birthday, with 365 days having passed since its beta launch.

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Stylus Broom Shapeways Styluscreator (2009-17-07)
All those small electronic devices being released come with a boring grey factory standard stylus, why not express yourself and choose from a set of different templates, including a Donkey Kong stylus, and add initials to create a unique, playful stylus?

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Gear Shapeways 3Dparts (2009-23-06)
Continuing in their efforts to offer easy and accessible 3D design and printing to their users, Shapeways announced today the opening of its 3D parts database for all 3D modelers and CAD designers. All parts can be downloaded and used for free.

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Silver cufflnks Shapeways silver Custom Cufflinks and Ringpoem (2009-18-06)
'Expanding upon their ever growing offering of materials, Shapeways announced today the availability of personal silver Cufflinks and Ringpoems. This new service will allow users to design their own customized cufflinks and napkin rings and have them fabricated in beautiful, highly-polished sterling silver.

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Shapeways drawing stamp Shapeways Stampmaker (2009-28-05)
Shapeways developed the Stampmaker to give users a fun and easy way to design custom stamps. Simply upload a favorite photo (preferably black-and-white)—or your own custom drawing or design—and a 3D height map, the basis of the stamp, is automatically generated.

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Custom Cufflinks

Custom Cufflink Creator (2009-18-05)
With the new, free, and easy-to-use Shapeways Cufflink Creator, users simply enter text and select the style of their choice to create a one of a kind metal cufflink set.
These elegant accessories are produced with the latest in 3D rapid prototyping technology and offer one of a kind design with substantial depth to give the cufflinks a high-end look for a relatively low-end price.


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Shapeways colors Shapeways Color Dyeing (2009-23-04)
Shapeways is pleased to announce its widely anticipated color dye for 3D printed models. Shapeways combines their cutting-edge 3D printing technology with the best of hand-wrought craftsmanship to allow consumers to see their designs not only in the round, but with surfaces finished in beautiful colors that are sure to further the enjoyment and utility of each and every creation.

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Bronze Ringpoem Shapeways Photoshaper (2009-09-03)
Users can logon to Shapeways.com, upload any photo and order their creations directly from Shapeways. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape, a memorable child’s photo or a work of art, with the Photoshaper anyone can transform their images into 3D with just a few mouse clicks and without any 3D software experience required.

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Office tag Shapeways Shops (2009- 08-01)
The Shapeways Shops offer artists, designers and hobbyists alike a unique online platform to show and sell their designs to a worldwide audience. The new global marketplace enables anyone to make money with their 3D modeling skills and bridges the gap between digital 3D models and real tangible products.





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Photoshaper Shapeways management (2008-09-01)
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light poem Shapeways Creator (2008-08-18)
Shapeways Creator enables consumers to create their own unique merchandise by allowing them to customize inspiring designs with their own personal creativity. Shapeways Creator products can be produced and delivered globally within 10 working days.

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fruit confession Creator press release (2008-08-12)
For the first time, consumers without 3D modeling skills can shape, mash, imprint and design their own 3D products in just a few mouse clicks at Shapeways.com.
The Shapeways Creator Engine has a beta library of predesigned product templates which is expected to grow rapidly over 2009.

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ring poem Shapeways technology (2008-08-01)
Shapeways.com helps users import and modify designs made by popular 3D modeling software; currently accepted formats include STL, Collada, X3D. Objects can be created in White, Strong & Flexible (SLS), Cream Robust (FDM), White Detail and Transparent detail (both Objet); color and additional materials will soon follow.




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Petunia SW introduces beta for consumer Co- Creation community (2008-07-23)
For the first time, budding artists, architects, product designers and dabbling consumers alike can easily order their 3D designs as physically objects in an inspiring and affordable way. Whether it’s creating a new utensil, the ultimate toy or a wacky piece of art, with Shapeways users can Do-It-Yourself (DIY) online.





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Petunia Shapeways background (2008-04-01)
With the launch of Shapeways Creator, Shapeways takes 3D printing to the next level by engaging the average consumer with no 3D experience to customize, form, mold and design their own 3D products from the Shapeways Creator library.

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