Shapeways, Inc. Scaling Demand on Manufacturing to Meet Varied 3D-Printing Applications

Shapeways | February 11, 2021

- Over a million customers globally use Shapeways' digital manufacturing solutions
- Full-service platform produces more than 20-million parts across dozens of industries
- Unique applications include smart beehives, rugged device mounts for off-road vehicles, and a hydrometer for brewing craft beer

Shapeways Inc., a market leader in driving digital manufacturing, has achieved important milestones in scaling its manufacturing solutions to meet varied buyer requirements globally. To date, the company has produced more than 20-million parts using 10-different printing technologies and 90 different materials and finishes.

Over a million customers across 160-countries have selected Shapeways Inc. to streamline and speed up the manufacturing of everything from Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to combat COVID-19 to 3D-printed prosthetics and the ever-growing list of the unique product range.

Miko Levy, chief revenue officer of Shapeways Inc. said, "Shapeways Inc. fosters creative freedom by removing manufacturing guesswork and complexity. Our purpose-built software, automated manufacturing workflows, and quality processes are accelerating success for some truly groundbreaking products."

Protecting Bees with 3D-Printed Smart Beehives

For BeeHero, smart hives are the key to guaranteeing that bees flourish while improving hive productivity. In the end, the firm depends on sensors and data science to help beekeepers and farmers quickly predict and prevent complications. The sensors in the BeeHero smart system are housed in two 3D-printed halves produced by Shapeways Inc. using Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] material and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology for added elasticity, durability, and sturdiness. By leveraging Shapeways' design-for-additive, product development, and digital manufacturing abilities, BeeHero benefits from manufacturing and delivering speed, produces better-quality products as well as simple assembly and installation. Moreover, the materials used were accepted by the bees, which has contributed to successful placements and better-results, as real-time pollination observation is proven to increase crop yields by up to 30% on average.

Manufacturing Industrial-Grade - Ruggedized Off-Road Device Mounts

When it comes to manufacturing sturdy device mounts that endure the inflexibilities of off-roading, 67-Designs has delivered tens of thousands of quality systems globally. The idea for producing a lasting iPad mounting device originated from the realization that existing solutions were unwieldy, unrealistic, and aesthetically unappealing.

67-Designs designed and Shapeways Inc. then test-printed sample iterations, which eventually led to the making of the production MagMount G3. This high-end device features a magnet array for better iPad placement and attachment for off-road adventures. The association with Shapeways Inc. involves the use of Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] material and industrial-grade additive manufacturing to produce a fine solution. The teamwork also backs 67 Designs' desire to develop a greener creation to market while boosting "made in America" goals with avenues for production in local markets.

Brewing Better Beer Requires Lightweight, Durable 3D-Printed Parts

When it comes to brewing home-based or professional craft beers, there are different techniques, fermenters and apparatus to bring refine quality and taste. At Tilt Hydrometer, what started as a homebrewer's idea has grown into a game-changing experience that monitors beer gravity and temperature in real-time for immediate changes to the fermentation process.

After testing with exclusive plastic milling technology, the company enlisted Shapeways Inc. to produce models and final parts at a 10x cost savings. Using additive manufacturing, Tilt Hydrometer effectively covered subtle electronics in flexible, lightweight, and durable plastic material available from Shapeways Inc. in a rainbow of colors for easy multiple-batch monitoring. Thus, tens of thousands of homebrew and professional brewery clients globally now depend on the Tilt Hydrometer and its intuitive mobile app to create ideal brewing circumstances.

Expediting Product Creation with End-to-End Manufacturing            
Shapeways Inc. offers a wide-ranging array of manufacturing abilities to confirm seamless on-demand manufacturing of quality parts, including self-service options and several levels of skilled support. The company's established additive manufacturing proficiency is strengthened by a global network of certified printers, materials, and manufacturing partners. Shapeways' software offers heightened plasticity, with instant price quotes, automatic file uploads, verified printability checks, quality inspections, and accelerated deliveries. As scaling demands intensify, Shapeways Inc. also delivers clients with access to traditional manufacturing offerings, including injection molding and urethane casting services.


Zenith Aircraft opened its doors to 200 middle school students on October 4, 2019, for the national Manufacturing Day. The Mexico, Missouri light kit aircraft manufacturer opened its doors Friday to around 200 eighth-grade students and guests from the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce for the fourth annual Dream It, Do It Manufacturing Day, along with other area manufacturers.


Zenith Aircraft opened its doors to 200 middle school students on October 4, 2019, for the national Manufacturing Day. The Mexico, Missouri light kit aircraft manufacturer opened its doors Friday to around 200 eighth-grade students and guests from the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce for the fourth annual Dream It, Do It Manufacturing Day, along with other area manufacturers.

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