I’ll Miss You Guys! Goodbyes, and More Official Hellos

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Over this last year, I’ve watched Shapeways evolve in some breathtaking ways. From a team of 6 to now 25 in NY, a total of near 50 between our two offices, and a global network of shop owners, designers, and distributed local communities, Shapeways has flourished (to say the least). I’ve been able to watch our platform become a force in people’s lives in all sorts of amazing ways.

So it’s with more than a little sadness that I share that I’m wrapping up my time here over the next few weeks. I’ll be taking on a new challenge and tapping into another passion of mine, leading community efforts in the world of open source software development at  Nodejitsu. Without a doubt, saying goodbye to the Shapeways community is incredibly hard. You guys are a tribute to what happens when a powerhouse of creativity is married with good people who are looking to help each other out. The goodwill and the generosity I’ve seen amongst this group has been eye opening. More than any community in the world, you all are pioneering 3D printing beyond flashy, cool tech and into something that matters in our lives. You all made me feel at home and I can’t understate what a positive impact you’ve had on my life and my career.

To help fill in the gaps, we’re really excited to announce that Mike Williams is going to be stepping up as a forums moderator in a more official capacity as part of the Shapeways team. In addition, Carine is going to be getting a bit more involved in the interim, and I’m involved in the process of finding someone to (*sniff*) replace me on the ground in NY. 

Which leads me to my final bit of info. The job opening for Shapeways Community Manager is now live, and the hunt is on. If any of you feel like you’re the right person to take on this GINORMOUS challenge, bring it! 
In the future, I look forward to seeing you guys at various events and meetups, and will definitely stay on the radar as things evolve. It’s safe to say you haven’t seen the last of me. And If you want to reach me outside of the Shapeways-verse, you can catch me on Twitter, or on my personal blog.
Thanks for making my time here so special.


  1. Stony Smith

    Cheers in your new endeavour, tears for you leaving us. Don’t be a stranger.. there’s a lot of magic yet to be explored here.

  2. unellenu

    Wishing you all the very best for the future.
    You’ve been a brilliant communicator, and I’ll miss seeing your contributions on the Shapeways forum & blog especially.

  3. Andy

    Hey man,

    Thanks for your help over the last year. Stay in touch!


  4. Dario Scapitta Design

    All the best for your new adventure!
    Thanks for all your support! Good luck!

  5. VirtualV

    Hi sorry to hear you’re leaving, you’ve had a big hand in forming the Shapeways community. I look forward to reading your tweets and blog and I wish you well in your new job.

  6. Aaron Trocola

    Oh, Ana. You are irreplaceable. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for Shapeways, the community here, and for me personally. Rather than post the whole opening paragraph of the first chapter of Vol.1 of my newly published “Great Things About Ana Hevesi”, I’ll leave this short and say the rest in person. We are all going to miss you so much!

  7. jeff

    Well your personality and spirit will certainly be missed, but glad you had the time you did with shapeways. Hope the new position is great an even more fulfilling.

  8. electrobloom

    Ana, Wishing you the very best with your new position, you’ve been amazing so thanks for all the support and making the Shapeways community a pleasure to be part of.

  9. ana

    Thanks for your support guys, means a lot. I hope I’ve served you well in my time here.

    I love what this community is doing, and I couldn’t agree more with Stony — there’s a lot of magic yet to be explored here… Once again, you haven’t seen the last of me. :)

  10. Glenn

    It seems like only yesterday we were saying ‘Welcome!’…. Good luck, Ana.

  11. GWMT

    We’ll miss you, Ana! Nodejitsu is lucky to have you.

    Before you go get youknowwho4eva a wig; with his goatee he can be the evil Ana from a parallel universe;-)

  12. matt_atknsn

    All the best Ana and thanks a bunch for all the things you did here!

  13. masked

    Thanks for all of your hard work, Ana! Good luck!

    1. Ana

      Hey guys, just a quick reminder that Shapeways Live is today at 2pm EST. You’ll get to meet Mike Williams and Carine, and say some goodbyes to me. Would love to see you there!

  14. Rose Thun

    It was great to meet you in Baltimore; wish you all the best in your new gig.

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