I was at an event recently that was part of CE Week in NYC, where a handful of great companies showed some really innovative products to a select group of bloggers. I’ll be writing about them over the next few days. First up is a 3D printing company that brings your own designs to life!
There’s a really cool site called Shapeways that will print out your 3D design and deliver it to your door. Or your customer’s door.
3D printing is amazing. It used to be that only plastic pieces could be produced this way, but now metal pieces can be 3D printed as well.
And new techniques to design 3D-printed items are developing too. Shapeways printed this amazing dress, all in one piece:
The site has three main functions:
There are thousands and thousands of amazing designs on the Shapeways site for you to choose from. Jewelry, tech accessories, games, tchotchkes, ornaments, so many things. You choose what you want, they print it for you and send it to you. Pretty straightforward. Like most other shops online, except many of the products are designed by the site’s users.
Do you have a design you want to print? You can upload it via a 3D printing app or software. Shapeways will analyze your design for printability and let you know how much it will cost. There are dozens of materials to choose from, and no minimum order size.
Have an idea but don’t know how to design it? You can hire a designer from the site to help you!
The person I met from Shapeways was wearing this necklace, printed by Shapeways:
Once you get your awesome idea designed, you might not want to keep it to yourself! You can open up a shop on Shapeways! You choose how much you want your pieces to sell for, over and above production costs. When someone buys one of your items, Shapeways prints it, sends it, and handles all of the customer service.
Shapeways has given me a gift certificate in order to try out the site, and I’ll report back after I do. I still haven’t decided if I want to buy something that’s already been designed, or come up with my own piece!
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