Shapeways released a new software-as-a-service called “Otto” that should make life a lot easier for some manufacturers.
Custom Designed Toy Projects Play Nice With 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at how 3D printing of toys has taken off during the pandemic.
The Evolution Of Shapeways
Shapeways has been gradually transforming over the past few years.
Shapeways To Go Public!
Shapeways is set to become SHPW on the NYSE via SPAC.
2021 3D Print April Fool’s Day Roundup
Today, April 2nd, is a much more sensible day.
How Could Additive Manufacturing Replace Traditional Manufacturing?
I’m reading a piece on Shapeways’ blog entitled “Will Additive Manufacturing Replace Conventional Manufacturing?” and have some thoughts.
Shapeways CEO Talks 2021 Trends In 3D Printing
As 2020 finally winds down, I sat down for a chat with Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways, for a chat about the trends that will shape 3D printing in 2021.
Shapeways’ Unique Advantage In The Crisis
Shapeways has two unique advantages that allow them to provide PPE to healthcare professionals, and they are not what you think they are.
Shapeways Achieves ISO 9001 Certification
Shapeways has achieved ISO 9001 certification. What is ISO 9001 and how will it affect Shapeways?
Behind The Scenes At Shapeways: How They Really Run A 3D Print Service
A blog post reveals much of what happens behind the scenes at 3D print service Shapeways.
The Slow Transformation of Shapeways
Shapeways has been gradually transforming their business from what they were to something quite different.
3D Hubs Continues Transformation With Strategic Hire
3D Hubs has made a very strategic hire by taking on a co-founder of one of their new major competitors.
Why Is Shapeways Suddenly Adding Engineering 3D Printing Materials?
Today Shapeways announced the availability of two new 3D print materials, but I’m now wondering if there is something more going on behind the scenes.
Shapeways Gets Flexible
Shapeways’ new material shows how tight the relationship between 3D print service bureaus and 3D printer manufacturers can be.
Shapeways Tackles The Price Challenge
As of 22 Oct Shapeways is changing their pricing model.
Shapeways’ Big Integration and More
Shapeways 3D print service announced today an integration that could be a significant boost to their operations.
Shapeways Enables Huge Opportunity
Shapeways announced an advanced product creation service that links directly into their making engines.
Shapeways Improves Post Processing Options, But Where Are They Going?
Shapeways announced several new post printing options, and I think this is a very interesting development.
Shapeways Grows Again
Shapeways unexpectedly announced a rather large investment round today.
Looking Through Shapeways’ Transparency Report
3D print service Shapeways has released their annual transparency report, and there are some interesting findings.
New Management at Shapeways; New Strategy Too?
Shapeways announced a new CEO this past week.
Changes at the Top for Shapeways
The founder of Shapeways is no longer at its helm.
Shapeways Hacked! But It Could Have Been Far Worse
Popular 3D print service Shapeways announced today they’ve experienced a possibly major security incident.
Shapeways Curiously Introduces PLA Material, But Why?
Consumer 3D print service Shapeways has always been introducing new materials, but this one is very curious: PLA.
Shapeways Preps For School Business
It’s the beginning of school season in many parts of the world, and Shapeways announced special deals for the education market.
Could Amazon Challenge Shapeways, Sculpteo and Other 3D Print Services?
Recent additions to Amazon’s growing 3D marketplace could indicate trouble ahead for current popular 3D print services.
Shapeways Gets More Cash. Lots More Cash
3D print service Shapeways has completed another round of investment, this time totaling USD$30M.
3MF Consortium Hopes to Standardize 3D Print Formats
Several key 3D print-related companies announced a new consortium focused on promoting a new, more powerful 3D model file format: 3MF.
Shapeways Brings in a Familiar Feature
Shapeways announced the ability to resize 3D models for printing. Wait, they didn’t have that before?
A Peek Inside Shapeways
Shapeways just opened a new 3D print factory. Want to see inside?
A 3D Printed Yarmulke
Infinite are the ways one can use a 3D printer. Now we see a religious use.
Tom’s Reviews Popular 3D Print Services
Tom’s Guide recently reviewed four major 3D print services to gauge their pricing and service quality.
Shapeways Introduces A New Full-Color 3D Printing Option
The folks at Shapeways have been shopping. Their purchase: a new 3D Systems ProJet 4500, capable of full color 3D printing.
Amazon’s 3D Nuclear Option Launches
Things just got mainstream: Amazon announced a dedicated 3D print service.
Shapeways Partners with Hasbro?
Toy giant Hasbro has struck a deal with Shapeways to provide access to some of their copyrighted characters.
Shapeways Announces Programmable Models
Shapeways Teams with Neiman Marcus
Popular 3D print service Shapeways may become even more popular if a new relationship with Neiman Marcus plays out. They’ve teamed with the upscale US retailer to provide a small selection of very cool 3D printed items on Neiman Marcus Online. The idea is that a selection of elite Shapeways designers may have their… Continue reading Shapeways Teams with Neiman Marcus
A Peek Inside Shapeways’ Eindhoven Workshop
Shapeways community manager Bart Veldhuizen offers a video tour of the 3D print service company’s Eindhoven site in The Netherlands. Veldhuizen walks through and explains each stage of the Shapeways process, including verification of incoming 3D models, printing, cleaning, finishing, quality control and packing. For some, Shapeways is like a black box,… Continue reading A Peek Inside Shapeways’ Eindhoven Workshop
An Interview with Shapeways Bart Veldhuizen
Andrew Mazotta of 3D Hacker posted a video interview with Shapeways’ Bart Veldhuizen, recorded at Shapeways’ European headquarters in Eindhoven. In the interview Mazotta goes through the basics, starting by examining the history of Shapeways. Veldhuizen, European Community Manager for Shapeways, has been with the company for five years and has witnessed the tremendous… Continue reading An Interview with Shapeways Bart Veldhuizen
Shapeways Flexes Its Materials
3D print service Shapeways has made a history of pioneering new 3D print materials for makers. Typically they experiment with a new idea and if it proves popular and feasible, they’ll add it to their growing list of material options. This week they announced a rather unusual material: “Elasto Plastic”. If the name makes… Continue reading Shapeways Flexes Its Materials
Shapeways Snaps Up $30M
Considering that Shapeways is located in New York City, it seems a little strange that they did not exhibit at the Inside 3D Printing expo last week. But they had a rather good excuse: they’ve raised another round of funding from their existing investors to the tune of USD$30M. Shapeways Director of Marketing Carine… Continue reading Shapeways Snaps Up $30M
Wirelessly Tag Your 3D Prints
Shapeways announced a very cool feature offered by their 3D print service: NFC tagging. If you haven’t heard of it, NFC stands for “Near Field Communication“, a short-range wireless technology. NFC is used in key fobs or other security devices. It simply receives a signal and responds with its own unique digital number. With… Continue reading Wirelessly Tag Your 3D Prints
Shapeways Meets Up
We’ve frequently seen notices from Shapeways (and other companies) announcing meetups. The problem is that these meetups are rarely happening in your city. Sure, if you are a Manhattanite or a Londoner, perhaps, but most people simply aren’t nearby. Shapeways proposes to solve this dilemma by having a meetup – everywhere! They’ve announced… Continue reading Shapeways Meets Up
Shapeways’ Tetris Process
Our visit to Shapeways Factory of the Future revealed a fascinating technique they use to produce your objects. You might assume they take your order and then simply print it on one of their big machines. This is hardly the case, as they have to ensure the most efficient use of those big boys in… Continue reading Shapeways’ Tetris Process
Deep, Deep Inside Shapeways
During our recent visit to New York we journeyed to the peculiar neighborhood of Long Island City to visit one Duann Scott of Shapeways at their brand new “Factory of the Future”. Scott graciously showed us their operations in gritty detail. You’d never know Shapeways main plant is present in these streets and avenues of nameless… Continue reading Deep, Deep Inside Shapeways
Forbes’ Andy Greenberg was able to get inside Shapeways’ New York City production facility to interview Duann Scott. In the video, Scott explains to the layman the process used by Shapeways, which is different from the typical plastic extrusion used by personal 3D printers: powder sintering. Scott explains that Shapeways includes a wide variety… Continue reading Inside Shapeways
Virtual Jewelry Becomes Real Jewelry
You might not be aware of it, but there’s a pretty competitive fashion industry within the still-kicking virtual world of Second Life. For years fashion designers have created pretty amazing virtual clothing, jewelry and other artifacts, some not possible in real life. Such items have been sold to Second Life avatars for many years. But… Continue reading Virtual Jewelry Becomes Real Jewelry
Sandy Impacts 3D Printing
Massive hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast of the USA this week and caused a tremendous amount of damage, but how did 3D printing fare during the event? Aside from the numerous individual “we can’t make it to work” scenarios, there has been only limited affects. We’ve seen no announcements from 3D Systems, whose… Continue reading Sandy Impacts 3D Printing
Shapeways to Open NY Factory
Popular consumer-focused 3D print service is expanding! In New York, specifically Long Island, they’re spending USD$28M to set up a 25,000sf, 50-person facility that Shapeways calls, “The Factory of The Future”. The facility is expected to hold some 30-50 advanced 3D printers as well as providing a physical space for maker community innovation. The… Continue reading Shapeways to Open NY Factory
Design of the Week: Mobius Sake Cup
This week’s selected design is Ovidiu Opresco’s Mobius Sake Cup. How simple is a Sake cup? What could transform such a straightforward object into the unusual? Ovidiu Opresco’s idea was to blend the concept of a an endless Mobius strip with the cup to create a very unusual piece. The cup is functional… Continue reading Design of the Week: Mobius Sake Cup
Shapeways Gets A New Engine
Did you visit Shapeways recently? It’s different – but not different visually. Instead the techs at Shapeways have replaced the software engines running behind their website to provide various improvements, specifically in the Order Placement and Order Fulfillment functions. Some of the improvements include: An ability to consolidate all your Shapeways coupons into… Continue reading Shapeways Gets A New Engine
3D Printed Voodoo
As the popularity of 3D printing increases, so does its attraction to designers of incredible things. One designer we’ve noticed is Rob Elford, whose Shapeways shop, Hoodoo Botanical, exemplifies how designers are working in the space. He’s been working on developing fashion accessories 3D printed in full color sandstone. Successful designers tend to focus… Continue reading 3D Printed Voodoo
Shapeways Gets Bendy
Shapeways, the popular 3D print service constantly experiments with new materials and perhaps they have the widest variety of materials one can select from. We’ve noticed they’re now offering a material with a unique property: it’s flexible! The new material, appropriately named “Elasto Plastic” will be tested by Shapeways users until July 20th. Shapeways… Continue reading Shapeways Gets Bendy
Hear and Feel Your Favorite Sounds
This is interesting – Shapeways has teamed up with online Sound sharing site SoundCloud to produce “The Vibe” a very unique 3D model creator. From your SoundCloud account you can select your favorite sound, perhaps a song or yourself speaking. This sound’s waveform is automatically transformed into a visible representation of the wave as the… Continue reading Hear and Feel Your Favorite Sounds
Shapeways’ Peek Into Imagination: Finds Apple’s Siri
Popular 3D print service Shapeways often runs contests to stimulate creativity – and increase their print volume. This past week saw the conclusion of a rather interesting competition to answer the abstract question, “What Does Siri Look Like?” Siri, of course, is Apple’s voice-powered omnipotent assistant. There were multiple entries to the contest, each… Continue reading Shapeways’ Peek Into Imagination: Finds Apple’s Siri
If it’s in 3D, it will be printed. That is the theme we see everywhere now. The latest venture in the theme is MineToys, a service that can 3D print your MineCraft characters. Like those who went before printing World of Warcraft, Mii or Second Life avatars, we now have a service that can… Continue reading MineToys!
Shapeways NYC Base
Shapeways, one of the leading 3D print services, announced it’s opening up a New York City production facility. This plant would include a variety of 3D printers suitable for printing customer objects on demand. While they already can do this with a European production facility in Eindhoven and through a network of partner 3D print… Continue reading Shapeways NYC Base
Shapeways Smooths Out The Ceramics
3D print service Shapeways has re-announced their ceramic service. They’ve long been known for experimenting with different materials in their 3D printers and now offer what is probably the widest array of materials to choose from when using a 3D print service. As is their habit, they typically offer a new material experimentally so… Continue reading Shapeways Smooths Out The Ceramics
From iPad to Your Finger
The ubiquitous iPad is well known because the primary interface is, well, your finger. Sometimes more than one. Nevertheless, a new iPad app promises to turn the tables on the interface by permitting you to design (with your trusty iPad finger) a 3D ring. The iRing3D app by Paracloud does just that. The app… Continue reading From iPad to Your Finger
Tinkercad Adds Shapeways
As we suspected, another 3D print service has added Tinkercad integration into their interface. Shapeways joins i.Materialise as an option for printing your 3D models developed in Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a web-based, very easy to use 3D solid modeling tool. The addition of a Shapeways interface permits direct 3D printing capability, very similar to… Continue reading Tinkercad Adds Shapeways
The Hamburger Shoe
People always get excited about 3D printed food in spite of the fact there are precious few ways to do so. While we await the development of a consumer food printer, others continue to experiment. Shapeways reports on a great experiment in which their member Tristan Bethe 3D scanned his shoe, 3D printed a slightly… Continue reading The Hamburger Shoe
Shapeways Reveals Production Status
3D print service Shapeways has grown much in the past few years. Now they’re so large it’s hard to keep track of all their materials offerings let alone their production status. But now you can see exactly what’s going on by checking out their brand new “Material Production Status” page. On this page you’ll… Continue reading Shapeways Reveals Production Status
A powerful new capability was announced by 3D print service Shapeways: AbFab3D. It’s a software architecture that permits the existence of “3D Creators”, which are programs that create printable 3D models based on some input parameters. In other words, on-the-fly customized models. The catch is that you need a “3D Creator” for each type… Continue reading Shapeways AbFab3D
Shapeways Is Three. Is 3D Printing Old?
Shapeways just celebrated its third birthday and while we’re happy to see they’re doing well and continuing to innovate, we asked ourselves if 3D printing is getting old? Shapeways is three years old. Fabbaloo has been posting since late 2007, some four years ago. Objet is twelve years old. Z Corp is sixteen years… Continue reading Shapeways Is Three. Is 3D Printing Old?
Finally Shapeways Makes the USA
Makes “in” the USA, that is. 3D print service Shapeways announced they will now ship product from the USA – this means US-based users (and also nearby countries we suppose) will avoid the delays and shipping costs of Shapeways’ European distribution centre in the Netherlands. Shapeways says they’re also “we are also increasing our… Continue reading Finally Shapeways Makes the USA
3D Printed Bikini: Breakthrough or Barrier?
We were very excited to read about Shapeways latest creation: a 3D printed Bikini that you can actually purchase and wear! Up to now, most 3D printed fashions were wild, crazy and effectively impractical for common use. Typically you’d see 3D printed fashions in a museum or modern art event, but never in a place… Continue reading 3D Printed Bikini: Breakthrough or Barrier?
Shapeways Glazes Over
We are continually amazed at the ingenuity of the Shapeways 3D print service; they seem to come up with new materials for their service almost every other week. Typically they experiment with them to see how well they are accepted and then decide whether and how to continue offering them. In the past they’ve pioneered… Continue reading Shapeways Glazes Over
Shapeways has introduced yet another way to produce 3D models you can print with their 3D printservice: Image Popper. How does it work? Very simply: you upload a 2D image and then “raise” it to the desired depth. If this sounds too simple to produce useful models, you’d be wrong. In our experience, one… Continue reading Shapeways Pops!
Shapeways Introduces New Detail Material
Shapeways, one of the leading 3D print services, is trialing a new pair of print materials that are specially designed for high detail. They’re taking cues from a survey in which clients demanded more detail and smoother prints. The new materials, dubbed eloquently in the typical Shapeways style, are “Frosted Detail” and “Frosted Ultra… Continue reading Shapeways Introduces New Detail Material
Who Needs 3D Printing Rules?
After reading Shapeways’ recent post discussing their new design rules for stainless steel prints, we thought we should weigh in. Shapeways has gone as far as developing a dedicated “Design Rule Repository. What’s in it? According to their post: This is a subsection of the website dedicated to design rules. Going forward, the blog… Continue reading Who Needs 3D Printing Rules?
After an inexplicable absence, 3D Print service Shapeways has re-energized their silver printing capability. Originally introduced some time ago, their silver material disappeared for a short while but now is re-instated as an available material. According the Shapeways, the new silver has “a better price and the same amazing quality.” The cost of a… Continue reading Shapeways Re-Silverizes
Furniture Fair Contest at Shapeways
Shapeways is running an interesting contest in which the winners will be given a spot at the 23d annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City this May. Why would you want to enter this contest? Because the ICFF is: North America’s singular showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF draws the most intrepid… Continue reading Furniture Fair Contest at Shapeways
New Colors At Shapeways? Again?
Leading consumer 3D print service Shapeways has added Indigo and Dark Grey color options to their awkwardly named but highly descriptive “strong and flexible” plastic material. It seems not a month goes by without the inventive mandarins of Shapeways announcing new colors or material availability. Don’t get us wrong – we think this is the… Continue reading New Colors At Shapeways? Again?
Shapeways Gets Own 3D Printer
For some reason we thought Shapeways was a 3D print service. Well, it is – but now they *really* are because they now have their very own 3D printer on site. Previously all of their work was outsourced to a variety of partners. Outsourcing printing isn’t that surprising, given the massive selection of materials they… Continue reading Shapeways Gets Own 3D Printer
Shapeways Finances Exposed
Some detective work by Joris Peels of i.Materialise has revealed interesting facts regarding 3D print service Shapeways. Recognized as one of the industry leaders in print service, we (and others) have wondered about the success of their expanding business. Peels reports that in an interview with Netherlands website Sprout, Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen reveals some… Continue reading Shapeways Finances Exposed
Shapeways Stretches Their Envelope
Most low-cost 3D printers offer rather constrained build sizes, of less than 20-30cm per side, sometimes much smaller. Print services can be similar, unless they use SLS approaches, but Shapeways has broken through this barrier by now offering a gigantic build envelope of 70cm x 38cm x 58cm (27.6″ x 15″ x 22.9″). This is… Continue reading Shapeways Stretches Their Envelope
An Olympic Finish at Shapeways
As we predicted in July, Shapeways 3D print service now offers Sterling Silver as a build material for 3D prints. At this point it’s only an experiment until November 7th, apparently for the tall foreheads at Shapeways to determine if it really works. Interestingly, the Sterling Silver is not actually 3D printed. Instead, they… Continue reading An Olympic Finish at Shapeways
Has 3D Printing Hit The Knee Of The Curve?
We’re pondering a couple of recent developments in the low-end 3D printing space that may indicate a change of state in the low-end 3D printing world. First, Shapeways received a massive investment from top-ranked venture capital firms: USD$5M from Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures. We wrote, and still believe that this means Union… Continue reading Has 3D Printing Hit The Knee Of The Curve?
Shapeways Takes A Big Step
Since they emerged in 2008, 3D print service Shapeways has continually enhanced their capabilities very regularly. In fact, it’s rare week that we don’t mention Shapeways in one way or another. As such, they’ve grown from nothing to what is probably the most visible 3D print service in the world. Now they’re making a big… Continue reading Shapeways Takes A Big Step
Controversy Over Shapeways Gold Plating Formula?
A while back the Shapeways 3D Print service toyed with Gold Plating on stainless steel printed models. Evidently this trial was successful, as they have now announced a new, permanently available material: Gold Plated Stainless Steel. This sounds great, as we previously postulated that a ton (well, maybe not an *actual* ton, but lots… Continue reading Controversy Over Shapeways Gold Plating Formula?
High Glossing Shapeways
Another development from always-inventive Shapeways 3D print service this week: you can now print in High Gloss Glass material. The material is indeed glass, made by depositing crushed glass powder with a binding medium. The resulting (and at that moment very fragile) object is then fired in an oven to remove the binder and… Continue reading High Glossing Shapeways
From Solidworks to Shapeways
Popular 3D print service Shapeways has announced the availability of a new add-in for SolidWorks, the well-known commercial 3D modelling system. The add-in was developed by Design Solutions in a joint project with Shapeways, but is currently considered a “beta”, so expect frequent updates. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available for download. If… Continue reading From Solidworks to Shapeways
Shapeways Summer Colors
Who thought 3D printing would have seasons? Turns out that Shapeways does – they’ve just announced a special set of what they call “Summer Colors”, available for inclusion in your Shapeways 3D prints until September. The set of colors was chosen by popular vote, and include: Summer Blue Summer Green Summer Magenta … Continue reading Shapeways Summer Colors
Poor Man’s 3D Printing: The Print
In our previous article we provided ideas on how to prepare your 3D model at the lowest cost possible. But once you have the model ready to print, how do you get it done at low cost? There are three basic approaches: You Know Someone. That’s right – you just might happen to… Continue reading Poor Man’s 3D Printing: The Print
Enter The Shapeways Student Contest
Shapeways 3D print service announced a brand new contest, this one for students only. Named the “2010 Shapeways Full Color 3D Print Student Contest”, it would appear this is an annual affair. It’s called a “Color” contest because the idea is to print your model with Shapeways new color material, “Full Color Sandstone”. One major… Continue reading Enter The Shapeways Student Contest
WYSIWYG 3D Printing
Shapeways has taken a step to ease the design process by using Blender to render images of 3D models. This addition to their service permits users to have a reasonably close peek at what their printed object might look like after emerging from Shapeways fleet of 3D printers. The problem up till now has been… Continue reading WYSIWYG 3D Printing
The Doctor is In at Shapeways
That’s him in the image, Doctor Shapeways! Well, not exactly. Always an innovator, Shapeways has released another terrific feature for those submitting 3D models to their printing service: MeshMedic. MeshMedic automatically corrects very common mistakes made in 3D models that render the model unprintable. While the model might look tremendously beautiful on your 24… Continue reading The Doctor is In at Shapeways
Joris of Shapeways posted a video showing off several sample 3D prints using Shapeway’s new Alumide material. The semi-metallic material, while less strong than other build materials offered, seems to convey quite a different character to the printed objects. They no longer look and feel like “plain old plastic”. The video includes several truly… Continue reading Alumide Examples
Full Color 3D Printing
Yes, that’s right – Shapeways now offers full color 3D printing. They’ve scored a ZCorp 650 3D printer, which provides the color capability. The “Full Color Sandstone” material is able to handle color texture maps. It’s obviously more work to prepare color models. You must create a texture map in your 3D modelling software… Continue reading Full Color 3D Printing
Shapeways Expands Materials
As they’ve done many times in the past, the Shapeways 3D printing service has expanded the materials available for builds. This time they’ve announced some very interesting options for makers: “Grey Robust” is a rigid material similar to their previous “Cream Robust”. But let’s face it: “Cream” just doesn’t sound very robust, does it? Accordingly,… Continue reading Shapeways Expands Materials
Virtual Becomes Real – Again
Shapeways provides an excellent post describing how to print a 3D version of your favorite Spore character. Spore? (It’s a 3D massively multiplayer online game in which you can design your own “creature”) What could be better than holding your virtual creation in your own hands? While this is a great service to Spore players,… Continue reading Virtual Becomes Real – Again
Prepping for 3D Printing
Shapeways published an excellent article describing several tips for preparing your Blender file for 3D printing, specifically for using the Shapeways printing service. The article explains how to fix non-manifold vertices, handling overlapping objects and output scaling, and are good tips even if you aren’t using Shapeways. Via Shapeways
The Metal Process – Revealed!
We found a great video from Shapeways that takes you through the entire process of producing a metal object. From initial printing in stainless steel powder (with organic binder), through curing and bronze infusion that leads to the final item, you’ll see it all. Missing: the finishing stage. Get out the brushes and start polishing!… Continue reading The Metal Process – Revealed!
Shapeways has added a new material: White Glaze, or as we like to call it: Smooth! Evidently the white coats in Shapeways’ secret lab toiled for weeks trying various concoctions until they came up with White Glaze, which exhibits terrific reflective characteristics as you can see in the image above. By the way, White Glaze… Continue reading Ooo! Smooth!
Puzzling BitTorrent and 3D Printing
There’s a fascinating interview of Bram Cohen on the Shapeways Blog. That name sounds familiar? It should, because he’s the inventor of BitTorrent, that famous or infamous highly efficient network transfer protocol that swept the world and changed how big media companies operator forever. But what’s this got to do with 3D printing? Turns… Continue reading Puzzling BitTorrent and 3D Printing