Educators receive 20% discount on 3D printing for your class

Sign up for Shapeways Education Program to save on your 3D prints in White Strong and Flexible nylon.

Discount is capped at $1000 in savings per person, per academic year. It applies to 3D prints of your own designs in White Strong Flexible, and not White Strong Flexible Polished or any other materials. It does not apply to products purchased in the Shapeways marketplace. Discount will be automatically applied when you order eligible 3D prints using your Shapeways account that is enrolled in the Education Program. We're always working to improve the Education Program and, as such, its terms are subject to change at any time.

Access projects from anywhere

Free online storage of 3D models allows you and your students easy access to their projects

Free tools and help

Automated printability checks, responsive Customer Service and 100+ in-depth tutorials

In Your Hands Fast

With fast turn around times globally, you’ll have your class projects in no time

Popular Materials

Precious Metals

Stunning cast metals include Platinum, Gold, Silver, Brass & Bronze

Full Color

Full Color Sandstone 3D prints that bring figurines and desktop toys to life

Stainless Steel

With several finishes, steel provides a great yet affordable look

Nylon Plastic

Our nylon is colorful, lightweight, and incredibly versatile

Frosted Detail

UV-cured acrylic plastic prints fine details and walls with a translucent finish

How Shapeways Fits Your Classroom


Create Your Design

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


Upload to Shapeways

  • You and your students upload your 3D models and we print them Your 3D model goes through automated printability checks and you get instant pricing in 40+ high-quality materials.


We'll Make Your Design Come to Life

  • Teaching sciences, engineering or design? We 3D print your projects using the latest industrial 3D printers.


Delivered to Your Door

  • Fast turnaround time and global shipping, so your students can hold their designs in their hands as soon as possible.

Looking For Some Help To Get You Started?

#howimade A Custom iPhone Case in Photoshop CC

#howimade A Custom iPhone Case in Photoshop CC

Designer Paul Trani, Adobe Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist, walks you through how he created his own custom iPhone case with a message that he lives and breathes: Create Now!.

Create with our 2D to 3D App

Create with our 2D to 3D App

3D printing is accessible to everyone through easy-to-use 3D modeling tools and apps. If you don't know how to 3D model or want to create something quickly and easily, you can start with an image or drawing and convert it to a 3D model using our 2D to 3D app.

Beginner's guide to 3D Modeling for 3D Printing

Beginner's guide to 3D Modeling for 3D Printing

Shapeways and Skillshare have teamed up to bring you an Introduction to 3D Printing course taught by our very own Lauren Slowik. You’ll learn how to model a 3D, hand-held, print-ready object from start to finish.

How I Made: A Skull Ring from a 3D Scan

How I Made: A Skull Ring from a 3D Scan

When you start 3D modeling be patient. Keep an eye on some details, like the texture your material of choice will have, and the effect of that in the aesthetics of your design. It’s always a good idea to start slow, and take note of the information available in the Shapeways site and forums in order to avoid frustrations.


  1. What is Shapeways?

    Shapeways is the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We enable anyone to make, buy, and sell products with 3D Printing.

  2. Who can use Shapeways?

    Anyone with an idea and an internet connection can use our 3D printing services. Well that may be a little simplistic but our goal is to make high quality 3D printing available to everyone. Lucky for you you get an educator discount too.

  3. What software can I use to design with?

    The list of 3D design software is growing all the time. Some free beginner softwares you can try are Tinkercad, 123D Design, and Sketchup. For a complete list of 3D design software check out our make FAQs. If you’re not sure which software to start with try taking a look at our introduction to 3D design tutorials.

  4. Can I just take a photo and you design it?

    All of our designs are created by our community members. If you or your students want to create a model for printing yourself you can check out our tutorials section. If that’s not your speed we also have a section of expert designers for hire.

  5. Can I print just one?

    Of course! The great thing about 3D printing is that there is no minimum order. That little replacement robotics part? No problem.

  6. How much would it cost?

    The answer to this questions comes in a few steps. First, if you have a 3D model already you can upload it and get an instant quote for every material that your model is printable in. This is the most accurate way to know the price of your print. You may also estimate your cost by calculating the area of your object in cubic centimeters and using our materials comparison sheet for pricing.



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