3D printing company Shapeways today announced that it has raised a $6.2 million Series B funding round led by New York-based Lux Capital, with participation by existing investors Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures. Shapeways also announced that it has now printed over 1 million 3D objects and currently powers over 6,000 shops on its platform. The service now has over 150,000 members (up from about 100,000 last November) who can upload and print their own 3D creations through the site and sell them to other users.
The New York-based company, which was founded in 2007, currently has over 50 employees. Shapeways operates its own printing facility in Eindhoven, Netherlands and uses third-party vendors to augment its own production capabilities. The company raised its first funding round ($6 million) in 2010 and a $5.1 Million Series B round in 2011. Today’s new funding round, which is an add-on to the previous Series B round, will enable the company to expand its team and help it “bring creative commerce and 3D printing to everyone.”
As the company announced last year, it’s also planning to build out its NYC facilities (its “factory of the future”) with the help of this additional funding.
Shapeways’ users can currently choose between 30 different materials for their creations, including ceramics and Elasto Plastic, a fully flexible material the company just introduced last month.