The winner of our metal 3D printing in titanium contest is

The winner of our metal 3D printing in titanium contest is…Huang Yanying with her model Spiral Cage. In second place is Whystler with Nocturnal. In third place ReedCSY with Cruxoid 2.0. The entries this time were phenomenal, and we hope that the two days we spent judging the contest, the time we spent pouring over your files to see which ones were the most printable and the discussions we had were worthy of all the work you put into this contest.  

We choose ReedCSY’s Cruxoid for the third place finisher because it was an agressive looking model that played with symetry, shape and looked cool.

Whystler’s Nocturnal is quite simply one of the best models we’ve ever had on Shapeways. For those of you that have missed his discription you need to check it out. His model is a working clock that tells the time by the stars. We love it and it would have been difficult at any other time to find a model that could top this.  

Huang Yanying’s Spiral Cage however captured our hearts with an elegant model that was emminently producible as well as well as demonstrating the capabilities of the process well. 

We are really awed by the effort and skill that was put into this contest and would like to congratulate all the winners as well as thank all the participants, you can check out all the entries here.


  1. Rob Mack

    Congratulations yanying on a great win and an awesome piece. I envy the feeling you will get receiving your prize

    1. Huang Yanying

      Thank you. =) There are lots of great entries alongside mine as well. Hopefully, 3d metal printing can become widely available soon? :)

  2. T. Shawn Johnson

    Big ole congrats to Yanying and ReedCSY :) And thank you to Shapeways for the mention and kind words about my model !


  3. Deeeep Mehta

    Will the Ti printing also become a “regular” option? What are the restraints in this vs. the plastic printing?

    1. Joris


      There are two restraints:

      1. price
      2. modeling for 3d printed metal is more difficult than modeling for our other materials. So not every model that can be printed in our regular materials can be printed in metal.

    2. Deepak Mehta

      1) What is the price?

      2) What is the resolution of Ti Printing… Any more technical details on this process? I am really interested now.

  4. Joris Peels


    Details can be as small as 0.1m you can find more information here:

    Price is something we are attempting to lower at the moment, to give you an indication the contest winner will cost us between $1000-$2000 and it is a small model.

  5. Ann Marie Shillito

    Hello Yanying,

    Congratulations. you are a very worthy winner as your piece is not just so beautiful and elegant but uses the advantages of titanium and 3D printing in such an exciting way.

    Let me know if you would like the titanium piece anodised – I am an expert in this for jewellery.

    1. Huang Yanying

      Thanks for the offer. I’ll keep it in mind when the model arrives. =)

    2. Ann Marie

      Hello Yanying,
      No problem. If you want a link to see my anodised titanium work to see the colour ranges, let me know.

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