From trendy IKEA wall furnishings to life-saving artificial hearts, we’re constantly in awe of the wonderful world of 3D printing. While the cost to own a 3D printer is a lot more palatable than ever before, the financial barrier to entry to become a 3D printing maker is still a little ridiculous — especially if you’re planning to use it for a side hustle.
This is one of the major reasons why Peter Weijmarshausen founded Shapeways, a community-focused platform where designers and makers can manufacture products in over 58 different high-quality materials and finishes using a remote 3D printing service. Designers upload their 3D design and select the material they wish to use. The design is then sent to one of Shapeways’ 3D printers and is packed and shipped directly to the creator or shopper.
With over 40,000 shops open with Shapeways today, makers all over the world have used their creative talents to craft some pretty genius products with 3D printing technology. Here are a dozen of our favorites.
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