Shapeways Community Earns $100,000

From the truly-amazing-department: you guys have earned over $100,000 with your Shapeways shops, counting from the moment Shapeways started back in 2008. That’s true earnings, not just revenue. I think that deserves a round of applause! How about we aim for another $100,000 in just 6 months from now? 😉

(Picture: record shipment of 136 orders in one day, last month. From left to right: Egbert, Petra en Ramon)

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  1. mitchell

    Woe congrats all! Seems i have about 9% of the shapeways earnings! 😮

    How about a celebration at shapeways hq eindhoven?

  2. fx2

    I’m wondering about the kind of distribution involved. My bet, based on my observations: top 15 shops earned 75% of the total sum. The next 100 shared 20% and all others the remaining 5%.

  3. Mitchell Jetten

    Fx2,, don’t think that really true! cause if you ask a lot of markup,, you earn a lot as well.. even if your not in the top 15 shops! (if you mean populair shops?)

    1. fx2

      Mitchell, I meant Top 15 shops by the amount they earn. Nothing to do with the Shapeways sorting “by popularity”

  4. Dizingof

    Congrats Shapeways, Very nice number !
    Another $100k in 6 months – its doable !

  5. Todd Blatt

    If you take into consideration the fact that many designers are purchasing their own products en masse to sell offline, or on other sites, then you’ll find that the $100k number was surely surpassed back in 2010.

  6. Vijay Paul

    In addition to designers selling from there shops and through other agents, there is also design fees from people hiring modellers, good job well done.

  7. Gijs

    Somehow I had expected that to be more, but still it’s a great achievement! Congrats Mitchell for your massive contribution to this success 🙂
    Party in Eindhoven sounds like a good plan

  8. Mitchell Jetten

    Thanx Gijs!

    of all my sells,, 65% are made in my shapeways shop i think!
    the other 35% are made by selling my stuff on trade fairs!

    I’ll ask tonight on the shapeways live (the meeting)

  9. Glenn Slingsby

    I’m curious to know if Shapeways can tell us what the OVERALL most popular (in sales terms) sorts of items are that sell. I’m not asking for the names of the top shops. It’s along the lines of what I’ve been wanting to see for a while – a sort of “trending now” list. Is it jewellery, gadgets, toys, trains(!), etc?


  10. Gijs

    Most likely I think popular things are hobby related, like the trains, collector things like puzzles and dice, jewelry of course and apple related accessories. Overall, the popularity of items (gallery sorted on popularity) will pretty much relate to what sells as well.

    1. duann scott

      Hey Gijs, you got it, the things people are passionate about are what sells the most so far.

      Dice, puzzles, trains, miniatures and jewelry are all quite popular, selling well with a small mark-up, so lots and lots of sales.

      There is also growing interest in gadget accessories, especially if they are Apple flavored.

      But we are constantly excited by the new niches that are opening up, robots, dinosaurs, steampunk, bike accessories, lego hacks, and more.

      Also note that sales are not happening with linear growth but with spikes that are based on the popularity of individual items, that spreads throughout the Shapeways shops, then levels out at a higher point then previous sales.

      So, the more you promote your items, the more interest in Shapeways, the more sales for everyone.

      The next 100k is doable in the next 6 months if you all promote yourselves..

      Please feel free to contact me if you need any help.

  11. Dizingof

    My guess is puzzles are #1, trains , tiny figurines/sculptures (i foresee an explosion of sales on that area now with the new ultra detail material – it’s time to ride the zbrush wagon ) , jewelery , dice and gadgets.

  12. Glenn Slingsby

    I’m really surprised that we don’t see more of the hard-core modellers from the ZBrush forums over here…

    1. pete

      Agree on the Z-Brush modelers! Perhaps you should nudge them over ? 😉

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