2013 Shapeways 3D Printing Year in Review

Each year at Shapeways, we like to do a roundup of amazing accomplishments in the rapidly evolving 3D Printing world, often powered by your innovations and creativity. We’ve been digging in and must admit, 2013 was quite the year!

To date, we’ve 3D Printed 2.2 million products — that’s 61,000 boxes worth of Tic Tacs! We are so proud to have 13,500 Shapeways shops…and counting (a growth of 75% from 2012). And the number of people creating products on Shapeways has doubled in the past year.

Shapeways 2013 3D Printing Year in Review in Numbers

The 3D printing industry as a whole has also experienced incredible growth. We’re seeing more retailers, like our friends at UPS, offer in-store 3D printing. The price of 3D printers for the home and office continues to drop. And 3D printing is constantly making stock market headlines.

Basically, this incredible technology is shaping industries far and wide—from healthcare and electronics to aerospace and home construction. And we’ll continue to see this impact in the coming years.

We couldn’t make such strides without wildly imaginative, creative, thoughtful, and fearless people like you, our community, who continue to upload nearly 100,000 new products per month. You help us push the limits of what’s possible to 3D Print, creating products from gorgeous to quirky to functional, and continue to wow us with how you use new materials.

It’s a beautiful world when anyone can create and get what they want, not just what’s available in stores.

Check out our Slideshare for 3D printing trends, stats & more of our exciting year in review.


  1. Glenn

    Congrat’s… Pleased to have been here almost from the start.

    1. Carine

      We’re lucky to have had you in the community from the start! Happy holidays :)

  2. Machines-3D

    Congrats ! That’s what I call massive printing for others…
    We hope to be next in line for printing @ home ;-)

  3. A3DP

    We know it’s not all about numbers but these numbers are amazing; it is exciting to see the rapid growth in 3D Printing and are very happy that everyday people are becoming more involved!

    1. web page

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  4. Samson Rogers

    Good company but your times of production need to be sped-up.
    Improvement still needed.

    1. Carine

      Thanks for the feedback! We’re constantly trying to improve production times, but still a way to go. Where are you based? We recently dropped times in some major geographies.

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