Shapeways Builds 3D Printing Community

Do you wish you had a 3D printer to bring your design ideas to life?

Over at Shapeways, a growing community of designers use the company’s 3D printers to create and sell new objects. Using a variety of materials ranging from plastic to sterling silver, you can design a iPhone case, bookend, figurine, puzzle or any other creation. Here’s more about the company:

On Shapeways, individuals can make, buy and sell their own products. By providing a platform for our community members to share ideas and gain access to cutting edge technology, we’re bringing personalized production to everyone, whether you’re already designing in 3D or are looking to find something just right. We 3D Print everything on-demand, which means that every order is customized and personalized. Headquartered in New York with offices in Eindhoven and Seattle, Shapeways is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics. Investors include Lux Capital and Union Square Ventures in New York and Index Ventures in London.

If you want to explore the growing universe of 3D printing, Mediabistro will run an Inside 3D Printing show in April. Check it out: “Renowned expert Dr. Hod Lipson of Cornell University will serve as the program chair of the inaugural event. Inside 3D Printing consists of two full days of tutorials and conference sessions, as well as an exhibition of 3D printing applications and services. A companion west coast conference will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in September 2013.”