What Should Be Shapeways New Year 3D Printing Resolution

In many places it is already 2013, but as the hour draws near to Shapeways HQ in New York City, we would like to know, what should be our new year 3D printing resolution? How many microns in what material???

Turtle Shell Racer box in progress

Image via Paperbits on Flickr


  1. Stony Smith


    0.01 microns in combined copper and sandstone (printed circuits)

    3x smoother FCS with higher resolution imaging

  2. Edward Traxler

    I would be happy with a WSFUD .. White Strong and Flexible Ultra Detail :) .. what controls the resolution for WSF? Is it the particulate size of the nylon powder – or the width of the laser beam?

  3. Jared C. Rogers

    I second a wax based material! As long as it was affordable. ($

    1. Glenn

      I second the higher definition stainless steel that one of your competitor’s uses – but without their ridiculous prices! Not only is more definition possible it also corrodes much less.

  4. GWMT

    Stony Smith has the right idea.

    I’d love to see FUD in a larger build volume than currently available or a material with the detail quality of FUD but a larger build volume; FD is too rough for the larger things I’d like to do.

  5. BurtsnowHD

    You should add a material called: black strong, flexible polished
    I want to buy the Nanolet for my ipod but people who buy it in regular black strong and flexible complain its very rough.
    Therefore it would be nice to have a smooter alternative for models such as the product previously listed.

    1. Duann

      We are working on that right now…

  6. Anonymous

    A Shapeways storefront in New York for folks to buy popular pre printed designs. I’m visiting New York and I was in the Makerbot store today (Sunday). It was full of people. They were buying models, and getting themselves 3d scanned.

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