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.
Collected Edition Daisy Bobby Pins ($7): There’s never a bad day to rock a Snapchat-ready flower crown. While you can definitely slay with just one of these gorgeous 3D-printed bobby pins, we highly suggest creating a stylish headpiece out of them by staggering multiples across your 'do (plus, the slight texture of the plastic material will keep them from falling down throughout the day). (Photo via Collected Edition)
Sam Abbott Design Xenomorphic iPhone 7 Cover ($20): Whether you like to swap out your phone case to match your OOTD or you rock the same one for months, Sam Abbott Design is a great place to find amazing 3D-printed phone cases that are durable and trendy. (Photo via Sam Abbott Design)
Voros Vorobow ($42): Are you still looking for something to wear to that black tie wedding circled in your planner? Voros's awesome design is a modern 3D-printed take on a bowtie and will definitely make you the center of attention at your next formal soiree. (Photo via Fanis Roussos)
Collected Edition Cherry Blossom Comb ($285): Hair combs have been a staple in the bridal industry for years, and many ladies opt to pass down the beautiful piece to future generations. But why go to a department store to pick out your future heirloom when you could turn to the unique world of 3D printing instead? This stunning comb features delicate cherry blossoms and can be customized with your favorite metal. (Photo via Collected Edition)
Weavingmajor Alphabet Buttons ($35): Calling all DIYers! Weavingmajor uses the Shapeway 3D printing service to create adorable alphabet buttons that will help you customize any garment with your own personal catchphrase or squad name. (Photo via Weavingmajor)
Craig Kaplan’s Mathematical Art Rocket Espresso Cup ($41): We’re suckers for a cute mug, and this teeny galaxy-inspired espresso cup is waaay too adorable to pass up. According to Kaplan, the specially designed fins will “ensure the successful deployment of your rocket fuel and the launch of a new day.” Sounds perfect! (Photo via Craig S. Kaplan)
AKK Ring Poly Four ($195): We love that geometric jewelry is having a moment. Maker Aleksandar Kovacevic must also love this sweet new trend, as his new collection of breathtaking rings, earrings, and bangles is totally geo-fabulous and can be 3D printed out of four different metals to easily coordinate with the rest of your collection. (Photo via Aleksandar Kovacevic)
Studio Darose The Mrs Bottle Opener Keychain ($24): If you’re in need of an amazing gift for your bestie's bachelorette, look no further. This endearing kitchen must-have comes with custom engraving and your choice of four different metals. Yeah, it definitely puts our current dollar store opener to shame.
Dora's "Bulls" Wall Decoration ($35): Whether you’re trying to fill that tricky spot in your gallery wall or simply want to give an empty space in your pad some new life, 3D printing is an amazing tool to get multi-dimensional and textured art that your walls will love. We love this gorgeous alternative to the tired faux mounted animal head trend. Plus, the design is made of very lightweight material that can be hung with a pin or tape — AKA, it’s a dorm room or rental apartment must-have. (Photo via Dominik Raskin)
Studio Jelle Pinhole Number Three ($100): While we love the idea of custom lighting, it can definitely get very expensive really quickly. Luckily, Studio Jelle's line of awesome lighting offers reasonable 3D-printed options that will elevate your space seamlessly. Just make sure you contact the shop owner if you would like a complete set with all the fixtures, or DIY your own using a standard E27 fitting. (Photo via Studio Jelle)
Designs by Genghis Rhino Pendant ($39): Go ahead, splurge a little and update your jewelry collection with a bold new pendant. This award-winning design comes in three different versions and multiple different metals, so you can completely customize it to your personal style. (Photo via Benjamin Cann)
AllForYou Spiral Pool Air Planter ($33): Give your little green babies a special new home with these beautiful spiral pool planters. They're 3D printed in durable porcelain with a glossy, translucent celadon green glaze that looks absolutely stunning in warm, natural light. (Photo via Bryan Harris)
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