• Shapeways Opens LIC Print Factory | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: 3D Printing Wizards At Shapeways Show Us Their Brand New Queens Factory

    It’s rare to see a company that is so established yet so cutting edge as Shapeways. The company, founded in 2007 as a spin-off of Royal Philips Electronics, began as a one-off 3D printing service that offered basic plastic items for sale online. Over the years, however, the company has branched off into some amazing materials – steel, ceramic, and even sandstone – and… Read More

  • Shapeways Rolls Out Developer Portal And New API In A Bid For Better 3D Printing Apps

    Shapeways Rolls Out Developer Portal And New API In A Bid For Better 3D Printing Apps

    3D printing company Shapeways had a banner 2012 — it locked up a $6.2 million Series B last year in a round led by Lux Capital, and established a full-blown factory in Long Island City. And it’s hoping to make the process of designing and printing physical knick-knacks even easier this year. The plan? To inspire developers to create a slew of new design apps that hook into… Read More

  • Shapeways Opens Doors To Its NYC 3D Printing, Distribution Center

    Shapeways Opens Doors To Its NYC 3D Printing, Distribution Center

    Some one million 3D printed products later, Shapeways finally opened up shop in New York City. The NY-based startup began printing from a single 3D Systems ProJet 3500 Plus printer last week at its Long Island City factory/distribution center. Because the machines are customized for specific materials, the ProJet will only be churning out UV curable acrylic plastics until other printers… Read More

  • DIY Printable Strandbeest

    Theo Jansen is an artist who makes wild animated, wind-powered robots that seem to have a life of their own. Once you set them up on a beach and let them go, they undulate, slide, and coil across the sand like some sort of steampunk gazelle. 3D printing service Shapeways is now offering two Jansen designs for sale, including a propellor-powered motor for getting your beest to move. You… Read More

  • Now You Can Fabricate Your Own Strandbeest

    Now You Can Fabricate Your Own Strandbeest

    3D printing service Shapeways is useful for everything from unprecedented puzzle construction to werewolf hunting. But this time they’ve really outdone themselves. You might remember the Strandbeests, a set of sculptures/machines that “walk” under their own power due to clever design by their creator, Theo Jansen. The originals were large and hand-made from light wood so… Read More

  • 17x17x17 Puzzle Cube Makes Rubik’s Look Like Child’s Play

    17x17x17 Puzzle Cube Makes Rubik’s Look Like Child’s Play

    So, you’re a big Rubik’s cube buff. Can solve any cube in five minutes, think people who can’t are fools? Well, sounds like you need a new challenge. How about this 17x17x17 puzzle cube by puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer, and printed using Shapeways? Should keep you busy for a few years. Too bad it costs two thousand dollars, whaaat! Read More

  • Shapeways Now Lets You Make Stuff Out Of Silver – Werewolves Beware

    Shapeways Now Lets You Make Stuff Out Of Silver – Werewolves Beware

    Are you getting a bum quote from your local silversmith for the creation of a silver knuckle duster? Me too. They just don’t understand the importance of protecting ourselves from the lycanthropic scourge. Now, however, you can get together with a 3D modeler friend and make some sweet silver accessories for those terrifying full-moon melees. Read More

  • New wave of web services brings customization to commerce

    For a long time, CafePress was the major player in customized product creation on the Internet. Slowly other sites sprang up, like Zazzle, Skreened, StickerGiant, Lulu, and many more. Many of these options are novelty one-offs, though, and you’re paying for the customization, not the craftsmanship, of the product. But the success of these somewhat kitschy sites have revealed a real… Read More

  • Ancient art of origami applied to complex fabrication techniques

    I think by now we’re all fairly familiar with Shapeways and their 3D printing system. Incidentally, you can now select glass for some 3D models at Shapeways, which is pretty cool. But the additive printing process employed by Shapeways and similar outfits (fabrication, rapid prototyping, etc) has some inherent limitations in the designs that can be printed. Researches at the University… Read More

  • New customized Christmas gifts available from Shapeways

    Shapeways are at it again, with an assortment of custom fabricated gifts available for Christmas. They ran a little contest recently, and the top three entrants are available for purchase now, including the cute “Punk Angel”, a snowflake ornament with custom message, and a snowflake candle holder. Each of these is under $30, so they’re sure to please without breaking the bank! Read More

  • The future of fabrication is here: Shapeways announces stainless steel printing

    Sure you’re not going to make a Hatori Hanzo sword – yet – but Shapeways, a 3D fabrication service, has just announced stainless steel printing, allowing you to make steel objects as easily as you would made resin or plastic prototypes. That’s right: something that took our ancient ancestors generations to perfect is now available to anyone with a CAD/CAM program and… Read More