Combinatory Manufacturing: Please excuse this slight intermission

Hey guys, just a heads up that we have a momentary hold on our combinatory manufacturing. The hold will last for 2-3 weeks, and afterwards it will be back better than ever. Here are the details:
Those nifty necklace cords that some of the community orders along with their 3D printed pendants have run out. They were actually made available on a trial basis, and there was one initial order of necklace cords that was intended to be used until it ran out. The batch of cords ran out a lot slower than expected, hence the fact that I’m here sharing this info 1 year later! Still, in the last few months, the demand for necklace cords really picked up, and it’s become clear that this is a resource the community would like to continue to have on hand.
If you’ve placed an order for a free necklace cord to accompany one of your designs, you will receive it. However, we’re waiting for a new shipment of cords to arrive. So we’ll send along your 3D print, and get you your cord a couple of weeks later, as soon as the new batch arrives. 
As for the future of combinatory manufacturing, we’re also taking measures to make it into a sustainable part of our service over the long term. We’re still doing our research, but we’ll make sure we continue to offer these items, and we may even be offering free options, and even nicer paid options. Thanks for working with us during this hiatus, and stay tuned for better news!


  1. todd blatt

    Stainless Steel prints from Shapeways are magnetic!

    It’d be sweet if you could include tiny rare earth magnets so we can sell lapel ‘pins’. This would be incredibly cheap and easy to implement. You can buy thousands of those small magnets for not much money, and just drop one in each package when someone flags it as ‘pin’.

    We also would like a way to flag an object as necklace/earring/pin right from the Shapeways website, instead of going the roundabout way of pasting the link and item number into an email to

  2. Anonymous

    Hey Michiel, I’m waiting for final confirmation but it looks like earring hooks are still going strong. I’ll let you know for sure when I hear back, direct from the source.

    Todd, I’m curious about what the demand would be like for magnetic lapel “pins”. This summer our product team is spending most of their time working on back office software, basically improving the tools we use internally so that we can make everything more reliable for the community. After that, we’ll begin focusing again on improvements to the part of the website that you deal with, and creating a button for combinatory manufacturing items is toward the top of the list.

  3. Ana Hevesi

    Whoops, that was me. Sorry guys! :/

  4. Ana Hevesi

    Hey Michiel, just a heads up, I confirmed earring hooks are doing fine at the moment. ;)

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