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Three Materials on the Fast Track

At the request of Shapies far and wide, we’re doing all that we can to ensure you get the items you care about even faster. So we’re excited to share that we’re reducing lead times for three of our materials! White Strong & Flexible Polished and Polished Alumide will change from 12 to 9 business days, and Frosted Ultra Detail from 8 to 6 business days. So now you can have your 3D Printed products in your hand quicker than ever before!

Animaris Geneticus Ondularis, by TheoJansen.

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Updated US Shipping Options on Shapeways

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We’re excited to share that for those shipping to the United States, you’ll now be able to choose from the following options on Shapeways: Standard, Two Day and Next Day. This enables you to get your Shapeways products faster than ever!  We want to make these options affordable and accessible, so we’ve priced them as low as we can. Standard shipping will cost $6.50, with Two Day costing $9.50 and Next Day costing $15.50. You’ve asked for improved shipping solutions for some time, and these updates are the foundation for future enhancements.

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Announcing the Winners of the 3D Printed Wedding Contest

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We had over 70 entries to the 3D Printed Wedding contest and with so many fantastic designs it was really hard for us to chose winners among the entries. With the help of Kelly Phillips Badal, senior editor and in-house crafter at Country Living magazine, we were able to narrow it down and are very excited to announce the winners of our 3D Printed Wedding contest!

From cake toppers to table settings, we’ve gathered all of the entries for decor, party favors/gifts and bridal accessories and with help have selected the winners for each category. See Kelly’s picks below!

Decor: The ball and chain wine glass charm. “This clever little charm made me laugh out loud — and instantly covet it. And would I use it post-wedding as a sly statement? Absolutely.”

Party favor: The ‘Suit Up’ iPhone case. “Truly classy groomsmen gifts are tough to find, but if Don Draper owned an iPhone, this sharp case would be his top choice.”

Bridal accessory: The phoenix hair clip. “The complexity of the design is impressive, and there’s a lacy quality to it that reads bridal. Plus, it’s a keepsake: You’ll want to pass this beauty on to your daughter.”

We wanted to make sure each item was actually fit for a that special day, so naturally, we threw a wedding! Additional images from the shoot can be found here.

Designs by Naaaut, Nervous System, Dario Scapitta Design.

We had some really spectacular submissions and want to thank all who participated as well as highlight a few more of our favorites!

Flamingo Cake Toppers, these two lovers are nothing short of precious.

Skully and Murrder cake toppers, the Tim Burton fan in us is squealing!

Have ideas for the theme of our next contest? Let us know!

NYC Factory Build Out Update

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We’re excited to share that the Partnership Fund for New York City is providing Shapeways with a $1.2M loan to help us expand our Factory of the Future in Long Island City. We cut the ribbon on the space this past October with the help of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and have been building out while continuing to 3D print custom products for our North American customers. The loan will enable us to supercharge our efforts, helping us bring in state of the art 3D printers and build a world-class factory capable of creating 3-5 million 3D printed products a year and grow our team in LIC to over 50 engineers and specialists. 

“The Partnership Fund for New York City has been a great partner and supporter of Shapeways, and with their help we’re able to continue the expansion of our facility in Long Island City. We’re incredibly appreciative and look forward to making our community’s ideas a reality even more quickly,” said Shapeways co-founder and CEO, Peter Weijmarshausen.
“Shapeways is a leader in 3D printing with the expertise to take advantage of New York’s melting pot of talent and ideas, in particular those from the city’s extensive design community,” said Maria Gotsch, President & CEO of the Partnership Fund for New York City. “Our $1.2 million loan to help them outfit their Long Island City facility will translate into good paying jobs for more New Yorkers and ensure that New York is a vibrant hub for 3D printing.”

We’re also eager to update everyone on the progress of the build out of our factory in Long Island City! We continue to get new machines (over 10 and counting!) and are seeing dry wall go up daily (see below). We currently have 18 full time employees based in the factory and we’re hiring for more! Once fully built out, our Factory of the Future will become the largest consumer facing 3D Printing manufacturing facility in the world. It will have the capacity to 3D Print 3 to 5 million objects annually.

We’ll be conducting monthly tours once the factory is fully up and running so that everyone can check out the magic in person! Stay tuned.

Make Apps that Make Products with the New Shapeways 3D Printing API

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Shapeways Director of Product Brad Dickason (@bdickason) and VP of Engineering Josh Levine introduce the new Shapeways API.

We are proud to announce for formal launch of our 3D Printing API hosted at

Our mission is to enable anyone to make anything they want. Today’s launch is a huge step towards that goal and we’re hoping that you will join and celebrate with us and our community about Shapeways’ revolutionary marketplace and manufacturing platform.

Our marketplace of 3D printed products is a new economic engine for product designers. Now we introduce the endless possibilities of Shapeways apps. Think about it: Just as new materials at Shapeways have created new product categories, this API creates the opportunity for developers all over the world to make apps that make products.  In 2012, 8,000 Shapeways Shop Owners earned nearly $500,000 in profits, and many of these Shop Owners were app developers who took advantage of our tools for mass customization.  We are bringing the power of digital fabrication to the masses, and Shapeways’ mission is becoming reality.


This first release of our API focuses on our marketplace and manufacturing. We’ve tried to make life easy for developers to upload 3D models, sell to others, and 3D print in over 30 materials and finishes including our newest material Premium Silver.  

The functionality available via the 3D Printing API is continually growing, so if you are coding with us, you should regularly check our docs or the browse the JSON discovery (get JSON View).  We have also developed several reference clients that showcase the API functionality and can help you get started right away!


While our new API was in private beta, we worked closely with several users to test and refine the features. Here are a couple examples of the possibilities.

Mixee Me

Mixee Me enables you to create your own army of little people. Each character is created using a collection of clipart that the user can choose from.


Tinkercad is an easy to use, web-based CAD app designed specifically for 3D Printing. Users can create their own 3D models with no previous CAD experience and print directly to Shapeways by clicking ‘Order 3D Print’ within the app.

Creators Project

The Creators Project in collaboration with Softlab, Sosolimited and Sticky Monster Lab, accesses your Facebook profile to create a 3D Printed visualization of your interaction with family and friends, your likes and sharing patterns, so you can see yourself as others might see you, abstracted though the lens of the three artists and their applications.

Nu Bracelet

Nu uses audio analysis to transform music into a unique piece of wearable art.


“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.”

–Martin Fowler

We’re a passionate and creative team spread over 3 time zones in 2 continents. We listen to each other and prefer to add and improve ideas rather than point out why something will fail.  We strive to enable intuitive leaps of understanding and readable code.  To make sure that we were hearing you, we offer direct contact via email (, IRC (#shapeways on, and dedicated Skype chatrooms.  We want to ensure frequent and open communication with everyone using our APIs. It is extremely important for us to maintain an extremely low barrier to entry for anyone who wants to create real-life products from digital 3D objects.

We hope you’ll join us in making the future. We’re here to help you create!



Shapeways at SXSW

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We’re so excited to be heading down to Austin, TX for what’s sure to be another eventful SXSW! If you’re heading down as well, here’s where we’ll be when not eating copious amounts of burritos.

Saturday, March 9th:

NY Tech Meetup– 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Location: AMOA-Arthouse – #FEED powered by Twitter- 700 Congress Avenue 

We’re exhibiting with over 40 New York tech startups, stop by our booth to meet the team and see some awesome 3D Printed products! Don’t forget to RSVP.

Sunday, March 10th:

Industrial Revolution 3.0 and the Future of 3-D Printing– 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST)

Location: Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom-700 San Jacinto Boulevard

Mike Senese, senior editor at Wired, and our CEO Peter Weijmarshausen will be discussing the limitations of mass manufacturing and explaining why digital fabrication enables individuals to find and make products that truly meet their unique needs. 

Sunday, March 10th:

3D Printing Happy Hour with Makerbot,  6:00- 7:00 p.m. (CST) 

Location: Craft Pride– 61 Rainey Street

Join Shapeways & Makerbot as we indulge in Texan craft beers and talk 3D Printing.  Don’t forget to RSVP!

Can’t wait to see y’all! 

Fashion Week: 3D Printed at Ace Hotel Rescheduled

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Although it delayed us, New York weather can’t stop us! We’re excited to share that our 3D Printing event in collaboration with Ace Hotel has been rescheduled to March 2, from 1-5pm.

Join local designers including In God We Trust, Chris Habana and Ten Thousand Things, and CAD modelers to create new designs exclusive to the event. At 2pm, we’ll be kicking off a 3D Printing symposium with talks from Fashion designer Michael Schmidt — creator of wardrobes for luminaries like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Deborah Harry and Madonna, Brooks Hagan, textile artist and Acting Head of the Textile Department at RISD, and 3D design evangelists Duann Scott and Michael Curry from Shapeways and Makerbot, respectively. Hope to see you there!

Love is in the Air at Shapeways

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you in love with 3D printing? To showcase the love within our community, we’re running a contest to see what innovative new designs you can come up with for a 3D printed wedding! 

Upload your wedding designs with the tag wedding (and the tag for the category your design falls into) by Thursday February 28th for your chance to win $200 worth of Shapeways 3D Printing.

Full contest details can be found here! We’ve seen some incredible submissions so far and can’t wait to see more!

Introducing Kimberly Ovitz with Shapeways

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The Kimberly Ovitz with Shapeways collection is now online! Kimberly Ovitz has brought her first jewelry line to life using 3D printing. Inspired by the idea of natural defense, the collection includes five unique pieces that fit the body like armor.

This collaboration showcases the ways in which a designer’s personal aesthetic can be achieved with 3D Printing technology. Even more exciting is that the entire collection is available for purchase straight from the runway! 

Each of the six pieces debuted on the runaway today and looked stunning, check it out! We think that even Anna Wintour is a fan. 🙂