Shapeways: 3D Printing in Schools

Shapeways is already well known among students and teachers at schools, colleges and universities around the globe.  Every event we go to we get hundreds of students approaching us to let us know they have an assignment where they must use Shapeways to 3D print a product, or that it is cheaper to use Shapeways than their 3D printers at their school where they are paying for material only.  We also get the occasional request from teachers for content for a presentation or to find out other ways they can incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum.


Printed robot

We would like to encourage students, schools and teachers to get into contact with us and let us know how we can help bring 3D printing into your curriculum.  If you are a teacher, professor, lecturer or head of school, please get in contact with duann (at) and we can discuss how we can help your students.  If you are a student please pass on this message to whoever is in power to make things happen at your school.

In the past we have given presentations in person to students of Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering, Marketing and International Business.

Bart will be presenting at Tu Delft in the Netherlands on June 1st, I have recently been speaking and have further engagements at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of South Australia and Flinders University along with the occasional academic conference presenting research from my PhD.

We are keen to take our show on the virtual road and expose the potential of 3D printing as widely as possible through online interaction and prepared material to make it easier for faculty to present information and get student projects 3d printed.

We will be able to help you understand the materials and process involved in 3D printing, from polymers through steel and ceramics, along with the software need to generate 3D files.  We can also help you and your students to understand the historical and social context of on demand, additive manufacturing and the possible consequences for the future of design and manufacturing.

Printed robot / Mads Bødker / CC BY 2.0


  1. Mitchell Jetten

    I’ve been invited by Bart, to be at his lecture at the TU Delft (Netherlands) :D
    can’t wait to be there!

    1. duann scott


      Make sure you fill out his report card!

    1. duann scott

      Thanks Chris.

      We have just set up your work as part of our in house display in NYC..

      Talk soon re Shapeways EDU..

    2. Anonymous

      Awesome! Some images would be great when you guys find a bit of time… (I know you guys are all massively busy – no rush).

  2. airyfairy

    I will be sure to pass this on to my tutors

    1. duann scott


      Also please feel free to pass on their details to me and I will follow up to make things happen for you.

  3. Ann Marie Shillito

    Hello Duann,
    At Anarkik3D we really are big fans of Shapeways as our verry accessible software and your very accessible service for 3D printing is a brilliant partnership. As a student at Edinburgh College of Art Farah Bandookwala’s whole degree show was 3D printed at Shapeways. Currently she is getting pieces for the Jerwood Makers Award exhibition made by you, pieces designed using our haptic Cloud9 software and Rhino (This is a very prestigious event: she is one of 4 selected from 200 applicants!).
    On the schools side and for 3D printing, most schools are still using CAD and the more applied arts students are missing out because many really cannot get their heads around CAD. Our software is now being purchased by UK schools and my hope is that the art teachers get to try it and introduce it to their classes and thence to 3D printing. Great combination.

    Let me know if we can collaborate with you to promote 3D modelling and printing to applied artists and designer makers in schools and colleges.
    PS. I met Bart and Ralph at Maker Faire in Newcastle and gave them a hands-on go of Cloud9.

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