2012 in Numbers: The Shapeways Community & Rise of 3D Printing for All

2012 has been remarkable year here at Shapeways. Our
community grew dramatically, hundreds of thousands of
your designs emerged from 3D Printers, and the world has
officially woken up to the possibilities of 3D Printing — not as a
SciFi dream but as an accessible tool to make ideas real.

most excitingly, we’re starting to see a world in which you can get
exactly what you want, and not have to settle for what is available.

Your innovation and creativity inspires us on a daily basis, empowering us to go from one rickety shelf to a fully operational factory in Long Island City in a matter of months, joining our ever expanding facility in Eindhoven. As we make major investments in localizing production, our team continues to grow on both continents in order to make the impossible a reality.

So thank you all for inspiring us, and without further ado, here’s a snapshot of the 2012 in numbers:

Shapeways Year in Numbers 2012

The numbers:

3D Prints

    • Well over 1,000,000 3D printed products to date
    • Over 10,000 uploads per week

Shapeways Shops

  • 8000+ Shapeways Shops, who earned $500,000 in income for 2012
  • Shop owners earned almost 6 times normal daily sales on Black Friday alone!

Our Community

  • 230,000+ Community Members in over 130 countries

People, places and things

  • 2 Factories of the Future with 3D Printers capable of each creating up to 1,000 unique products daily
  • On our way to 100% local production, with nearly 90% of products sold in the USA made in the USA
  • 30+ material options
  • 70+ employees

And now the fun part. What do you think 2013 will bring?

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    1. Germo

      Dude, it’s 12-20-2012
      What 2013?

    2. Wesley Günter

      Did Shapeways ever receive an award of some kind ?

      The scale is amazing especially if you think about the amount of time that it took to get here !

    3. Ariel

      I am really, very honoured to be part of this. I started contributing stuff for Shapeways last year but it was the year 2012 that saw huge growth in what I do, be it in terms of sales, models, number of fans, etc. Without you guys I won’t be doing what I do now. It is needless to say I am so grateful for the excellent job the Shapeways team has done in New York and Eindhoven! You guys have achieved so much in a matter of months!

      2013 will be amazing. But I bet you guys already know that :)

      1. coud vps

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        Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

    4. Chris R

      My son has a very successful shop and has made a steady income over the last couple of years. I am so grateful he found Shapeways. The quality of your products is amazing and it gives creative people an outlet. The figures above are astounding, many congrats on such a successful business .. may 2013 be even better for everyone involved with Shapeways . Thank you.

      1. Carine

        So great to hear Chris! Really glad we can help supercharge his talents :)

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