Shapeways Announces Partnership With Carbon ®, Bringing The Most Advanced 3d Printing Technologies And Materials To Its Customers

3D printing industry leaders come together to enable small and midsize businesses easy access to innovative materials

New York, NY – February 28, 2019Shapeways, the world’s leading manufacturer of 3D printed goods for small and mid-sized businesses globally, today announced its partnership with Carbon, Inc., the revolutionary Digital Manufacturing Platform, based in Silicon Valley. With this partnership, Shapeways’ customers will now have access to Carbon’s unique Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS™) technology and materials, making new business and product opportunities possible.

By becoming a Carbon Certified Production Partner, Shapeways continues to lead the industry by offering businesses the ability to work with the world’s most cutting edge and innovative 3D technologies and materials. Carbon has been a pioneer in the digital manufacturing industry since its founding in 2013, and has worked with world-renowned brands such as Ford and Lamborghini in the automotive space for example, to digitally manufacture auto parts at scale.

"Shapeways is on a mission to make 3D printing technology accessible to every entrepreneur who strives to bring their innovations to life and build a business", said Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. "The partnership with Carbon will enable us to support our customers better in their mission to push the boundaries of their industries"

Carbon DLS ™ technology presents exciting opportunities not previously possible with more conventional approaches to additive manufacturing. With access to flexible materials, products that were previously un-makeable can be produced more economically and at scale.

At launch, the materials available for Shapeways’ customers will include the following:

  • Elastomeric polyurethane (EPU 40), a highly elastic tear resistant and resilient material- great for printing foam like products
  • Rigid polyurethane (RPU 70), a versatile, tough and rigid material- great for consumer products, classified UL 94 HB flame resistant
  • Urethane methacrylate (UMA 90), a tough, rigid resin similar to conventional SLA- used to manufacture jigs and fixtures

“We are thrilled that through our partnership with Shapeways, we can make the Carbon Platform accessible to more businesses around the world” said Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partners for Carbon.

About Shapeways

Shapeways is redefining product creation. The platform enables creators to bring their ideas to life with services to design, make and sell products made via 3D printing manufacturing. Shapeways has over 1 million creators and has printed over 10 million products. Unlike desktop printers or makerspaces, the Shapeways platform offers services from their own factories and global supply chain network. Shapeways gives small to midsize businesses and everyday creators access to the most innovative technology and industrial-quality materials. Printing in over 40 materials and finishes, Shapeways has factories and offices in New York, the Netherlands, and a network of innovative partners around the globe. It is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics, and investors include Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, INKEF Capital, Index Ventures, Hewlett Packard Ventures, and Presidio Ventures.

About Carbon

Carbon, the world’s leading Digital Manufacturing Platform, is reinventing how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon brings together innovations in software, hardware, and molecular science to deliver industry-leading digital manufacturing solutions. With Carbon’s ground-breaking Digital Light Synthesis™ technology and broad family of programmable liquid resins, manufacturers can unlock new business opportunities such as mass customization, on-demand inventory, and previously impossible product designs. The Carbon Platform allows customers to build uniquely differentiated products while reducing waste and speeding time to market. To learn more, visit

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