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Introducing 3D Printed Glazed Ceramics

Foodsafe Tableware is Now an Upload Away

Today we are super excited to announce the launch of 3D printed Glazed Ceramics as the latest material available on Shapeways.

Glazed Ceramics is the first food safe material available on Shapeways so it is perfect for any application such as a plate, cup or bowl.  Shapeways 3D Printed Glazed Ceramics material properties are exactly the same as standard ceramics as it is produced with fine ceramic powder which is bound together with binder, fired, then glazed with a lead-free, non-toxic gloss finish. The final products have a professional, high gloss white finish that looks simply beautiful.


 “Ceramic has always been considered a valuable and durable material in many cultures and, therefore, it means a giant step for 3D printed products.  After silver and polished SLS, this is the third material from Shapeways that can easily compete with other manufacturing methods in terms of surface finish, and will therefore be attractive to both designers and consumers.”

Shapeways community member and designer Gijs de Zwart 


Pricing for Glazed Ceramics is based on total surface area at 
$0.18/cm2 ($1.16 /in2) with no start up costs. This is the first material to use this pricing structure on Shapeways so you will have to rethink the way you design, and calculate costs to suit the material.

The Design Rules for Glazed Ceramics require that your models have a minimum wall thickness of 3mm and minimum details of 2mm. The glazing process can add up to 1mm of thickness to your item so some finer details may be lost or softened. The
max build size for Glazed Ceramics is 19 x 23 x 15
(7.5 x 9.1 x 5.9 inches) 

For an idea on pricing, the 3D printed ceramic Bowie the Bunny costs $18 each; ; a small bowl, $25; an Invase $40, The Concave Mug is $70 that Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen has already tested to ensure that it is food safe.

“Making Pete happy, good coffee from a beautifully designed 3D printed (ceramic) coffee mug!”

Check out the material page for Glazed Ceramics and the Design Rules to ensure that your models are suitable for 3D printing in ceramics.  As mentioned above the pricing is based on surface area and as mentioned in the previous blog post, older models may take a while to be available in Glazed Ceramic.  

For Shapeways shop owners, Glazed Ceramics will be an opt-in material,
so it will not be automatically added to your items and no mark-up will
be placed on your items for you.  This way you have total control over
where it is available in your shop and for what price.

We can’t wait to see the new kind of designs this will enable and the new community members it will bring to Shapeways from the fields of craft, sculpture, and ceramicists such as Gregory Bonasera.

“In my practice I specialize in porcelain design and manufacture. It’s extremely important to keep up with current technology in design & manufacturing, this helps us remain relevant & at the cutting edge of ceramic design & manufacture. Really excited about what Shapeways are doing now with Glazed Ceramics”

Ceramics will be available until August 12th, at which point (or before) we will make a decision on whether or not to keep the material based on community feedback. Also please note, Your design is foodsafe only if the parts of your design that will be in contact with food are fully glaze-able. Think of it this way, if we were to spray your design, would the spray get into all the engravings and crevices of the parts touching the food? If so, then yes it is foodsafe!

Look at some awesome designs available in ceramics right now!

$17.99 |
Bowie the Bunny

$69.98 |
Concave Mug

by Magic
$25.00 |
Spiral Cup

by Michiel Cornelissen
$45.00 |

by Virtox
$34.00 |
Coral Candle Stand

by Virtox
$18.95 |
Heart Egg Holder

by StudioGijs
$42.00 |
Single Strand Vase

by Virtox
$335 |
Reaction Bowl

by Nervous System

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