Endless possibilities with 3D printing.

Test and prototype your Solidworks designs by
3D printing with Shapeways.

Solidworks and Shapeways, Better Together

Fine feature detail

Highest quality prints enable fine details
even in complex geometries.

Affordable Rapid Prototyping

Instant, affordable pricing - multiple design iterations at lower cost.

Highest Quality Prints

3D print in 40 high-quality materials, using the best industrial 3D printers available.

How it Works


Design Your Product

  • As you create your 3D model, you have access to material guidelines, tutorials and a global community and support team.


Upload to Shapeways

  • Your 3D model goes through automated printability checks and you get instant pricing in 40+ high-quality materials.


We'll Make it Come to Life

  • We 3D print in your selected material, using the latest industrial 3D printers. It takes 10 people to bring your product to life.


And Deliver Worldwide

  • Fast turnaround time and global shipping, so you can hold your product in your hands as soon as possible.

What Our Community is Saying

I didn't realize how much more advanced Shapeways is compared to the other sites - there are a lot of useful tools on the site that helped me through the process.
Steve S. - Electrical Engineer
Best in industry service. Best in industry price. Best in industry quality and choice. No one else is close. it's a simple choice to use Shapeways.
Joseph M. - Industrial Designer
Shapeways has been super with me! I am new to this and they always take the time to answer all my questions... Shapeways and its employees are incredible!
Dianna C.
Shapeways is awesome. The ability to create anything your imagination and capabilities allow is a powerful thing. I'm in love.
Shapeways Community Member

Get the Help to Get You Started

Choosing the best material for your products

Choosing the best material for your products

When picking materials for your model, think about how the material will help to position it as a product. Is it an exclusive piece that you want to only offer in Premium Silver? Or a versatile design that looks great in a range of materials and price points?

Uploading to Shapeways from SolidWorks

Uploading to Shapeways from SolidWorks

SolidWorks users can now upload their files directly to Shapeways thanks to a proprietary add-in developed by Design Solutions and Shapeways, making it easier than ever for SolidWorks users to turn their 3D designs into physical objects.

Design for Cheaper Printing

Design for Cheaper Printing

To best assist you in designing your 3D models, we’ve collected a series of design tips to help you optimize the price of your model, based on the material you are printing in.

Designing for Full Color Printing

Designing for Full Color Printing

Like many of our printer technologies, our full color sandstone printers work by laying down thin layers of powder and selectively binding this powder together to produce solid parts. Unlike our other printer technologies, this printer also uses a set of CMYK printheads to color the part while binding the powder together to produce the colorful solid parts.

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