Stripes for Ipad a 3D printed Ipad compatible cover by Salokannel

Pekka Salokannel hails from Finland and is doing some amazing 3D printing product design right here on Shapeways

He has these beautiful tulip earrings for example.

Or what do you think of this bracelet?

Or this 3D printed ruler.

Pekka has  now made a 3d printed case/cover for Apple’s Ipad.

He designed it and printed it weeks before it came out. Some friends quickly bought an Ipad in the States and brought it to Finland. Pekka was the able to test the plug holes and the buttons to see if the 3D print & his design were correct.

There were some issues with his initial design but he corrected them and now he is able to put an Ipad compatible accessory on the market worldwide. Pekka has the product design skill, he prototypes using us and then we provide him with a scalable manufacturing infrastructure so he can sell a product worldwide while we do the shipping production and all other things boring. You know what, the more I think about it the more I am beginning to believe that there might be something to this whole 3D printer and 3D printing hype after all. Pekka’s 3D printed case for the Ipad cost $50 and you can get one here.



  1. Anonymous

    Speaking of all these apple products, What happened to the blog about intellectual property? Did the big M A C change something?

  2. Michael Williams

    That was me, didn’t notice I wasn’t remembered. Stupid Remember me button has selective memory.

    1. Joris

      No I did get a question from a community member and changed something then.

    2. Michael Williams

      I’m sorry, my question is a little confusing. I’ve seen a lot of apple products lately. Has something changed with permissions from Apple (Macintosh, Mac). Did Shapeways get permission to make these products, or have individuals been granted permission?

    3. Joris

      You’re allowed to make items that are compatible with Apple products but Apple is rigorous in how it enforced what you call these products. Using Apple logos and feigning endorsement from Apple is also not a good idea.

  3. Aaron Trocola

    That ruler is especially cool!

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