Combinatory Manufacturing is here!

Beginning next month we will enable Shop owners to offer complete and
final products to their customers. This will be done as a test for 2
months or as long as supplies last. We will offer silver plated earring hooks to the produced
earrings and a rubber necklace of 60 cm long with a nice bayonet lock to
any hanger (see picture below).

The bayonet lock:

To ensure your earrings and necklace hanger will include these
additional free add-ons every time they are ordered you will have to
take the following action: 

1) send a mail to with the model’s name & ID, please put either earring or necklace in the subject line.
2) Shapeways will tag your model accordingly to ensure it will get the right treatment once ordered
Once we start offering this service as a test run you will need to
clarify to your customers that they will receive a beautiful end

note: You will receive no notification once your model is tagged.
Sending the mail will suffice. This service will start by July.

Design guidelines:

Earrings: – The inside diameter of the hole were the hooks will be attached to must be at least 1,3mm –
hook will be attached to the hanger using a “o” split ring. This should be
taken into account for the orientation of the hanger. 

The orientation of the ring will determine how the earring hangers will show in someones ears. I have tried to explain in below. Blue is your design. We will always attach the earring in this manner so please be aware of that.

Necklace: – The inside diameter of the hole were the necklace will be put trough must be at least 3.5mm.


  1. Stijn van der Linden

    Excellent news ! Wonderful ! I’ll fill the service box guys right away ! :-)

    A quick question about the email format:
    Should all info be in the subject line, or should model info be in the email body ?

    And without any confirmation this seems prone to mistakes and confusion.

    Will it be visible to us or the customer in anyway if a model has been tagged ?
    (perhaps a simple category or tag, which only Shapeways can add/edit ?)

  2. Peter Paul Cornelissen

    Hi Stijn,
    The remaining info can be in the body of the mail.

    Good point on the feedback loop there.
    will look into that for I don’t have a solution for it now.

    will come back to it.

    Peter Paul

  3. buyer

    Fantastic, news

    How much will each cost?


    1. Artur Tchoukanov

      [...] these additional *free* add-ons [...]
      This will be done as a test for 2 months or as long as supplies last.

      Enjoy :-)

  4. Michael Williams

    Can we get a drawing of the earring in the download section?

    1. Peter Paul Cornelissen

      What do you want to know from them?
      Sizes …..etc?

      Let me know and I will see what I can do or what else I can provide

    2. Michael Williams

      I’d like to know exactly what I’m working with. What if we don’t want it to hang from the top but slightly lower, but don’t want to interfere with the rest of the ear ring? What’s the maximum clearance needed to close the o ring? Whats the maximum length of the hole for o ring to go through? The diameter must be at least 1.3 but an inch long tube with a 1.3 hole wouldn’t allow the o ring to be inserted and closed. But what if I make the hole a Taurus shaped hole, at the same diameter as the o ring but say cut in half. Would that work? Or would it have to be closer to a quarter circle? Would I be able to make an earring designed to go around the hook, and be assembled that way, in the email should we (more can we) include an image of how the hook should be attached? I know I’m being difficult, but you should expect that from me by now :-P

    3. Peter Paul Cornelissen

      Hi, thanks for the additional info via the mail… that helps to understand… but man why so difficult ;-)

      I don’t have a solid solution for you right now. I do agree with you that this might become very relevant and thus I’ll definitely look into it and if you see solutions please feel free to share.

      The goals of this whole test run is to learn. Your feedback is a good heads-up so thanks for that and keep them coming.

      For now, if you as shop owners want to benefit from this to the max I would stick to earrings or hangers that will fit any of the above pictures :-)

    4. Stannum 3D

      Sizes in the sketch would help. Like in blueprints, full info to build the part, without doubts: radius, thickness, distances… for example, you mention min hole for the earring is 1.3 diameter but no info about max tube thickness (or in other words, diameter of the hole in the o-ring).

  5. Robert Carlsen

    will the earrings be bundled and priced as pairs or must the customer buy two?

  6. Robert Carlsen

    will this also work with the co-creator templates/

    1. Peter Paul Cornelissen

      If you have included 2 hangers in you file they will be added to both.
      This, to me, is the most user-friendly for any consumer.

      this promotional offer is for all products (earrings and necklace hangers) so also for product from the Co-Creator platform

      Peter Paul

  7. jasolo

    I think some shop owners would want to add some renders of their products with the earring. Could you provide a 3D file or at least some images over graph paper to model it?

  8. Glenn Slingsby

    I sent you guys an email when you originally posted this and said the service would begin in JUNE, then ordered one of my pendants. I assume then that I WON’T be getting a necklace with it since you now say it will begin in JULY… This, then, would appear to show the problem with Shapeways NOT informing us somehow that our email has been received and/or the product now being available to order with the necklace…


    1. Stijn van der Linden

      You’re right, I noticed it just now, after I plucked the shopowner email from my junk box O:-)
      note: You will receive no notification once your model is tagged.
      Sending the mail will suffice. This service will start by [b]June[/b].

      I assume this was a mistake ? As the mail was sent on June 17th.

      But it does show, that a one-way system is not practical ;-)

    2. Peter Paul Cornelissen

      Hi Glenn,

      Good point,
      I’ll look into the option to setup a gallery of all models that can be ordered as a final product.
      Once you have submitted your model via the mail it can be made available in this gallery. this will inform you the model is added.

      Cheers Peter Paul

    3. Robert Carlsen

      when will that gallery be available?

  9. Glenn Slingsby

    Good idea. And I have just sent you an email regarding my previous comment. Thanks.


    1. Michael Williams

      I don’t know if it’s just me but in firefox it sends me to a blank page, and in IE it says info instead of download, and the info button does nothing.

    2. Artur T.

      Remember, you need to be signed in to see the Download button.

  10. Glenn Slingsby

    Page shows up fine for me using Chrome….


    1. Chrome

      I also cannot download the file. Chrome gives a blank page, instead of downloading a zip.

  11. Peter Paul Cornelissen

    We are working on this apparently the is a technical issue.
    I’ll post here when it’s working normal again.

    Sorry for the inconvenience!!

    Peter Paul

  12. Peter Paul Cornelissen

    Sorry this last post was me…. ;-)

  13. Artur T.

    Also, for the *Necklace*, as seen on the picture above. one half of the lock (steel cylinder) needs to pass through that hole. The shortest half of the cylinder is 10mm long. So if your hole is bent (like a truncated torus shape) make sure that a cylinder of 3x10mm can go through it with some clearance, for our guys to happily put it through for you.

    1. Michael Williams

      Man I didn’t think of that one :-P . I was thinking more of the possibilities of using the hook in my design where the necklace isn’t as easy to do. can the necklace have multiple holes for the string to pass through?

  14. Shapeways Blog

    For the coming two months we are testing our new packaging.  From now on all the products will come in a special packaging.



    Rings and earrings will be attached to a card.  Find a sample on the

  15. Shapeways Blog

    Monday the 16th of August is your last chance to order models with free included earrings or necklaces (or ‘Combinatory Manufacturing’ as we call it). You’ll find more info on this on the Shapeways Blog.  Shapeways ran the option as a test to see it’s p

  16. todd blatt

    So… what now, whats the status?

    If we have new models we want to be shipped with earring hooks, is it possible?

    Is there an additional cost now that the 2 month period is over?

    Is there going to be a better way to add the necklace/hook option, so we dont have to do the whole emailing thing?

    What’s going to happen with the models we’ve already uploaded and had tagged as earring/necklace?

  17. Dan Matarazzo

    Is it possible to give the shop-owners a 3d file for these objects. That way we can all build our designs around them. We wont have to worry about clearances and tolerances if we can build it to spec.

    Or maybe some guidelines or standard measurements on how to build these parts ourselves so we can make our own custom earring posts.

  18. Richard Uschold

    It is Feb 2011 and I was wondering what the status of this is.
    Was the trial period a success?
    Has it or will it become a standard part of your offerings?
    If so, when?

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