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Shapeways Introduces Otto™ Software-as-a-Service, Giving Manufacturers Free Access to Powerful 3D Printing Manufacturing Services

Shapeways | October 20, 2021

Shapeways a leading global digital manufacturing platform driven by purpose-built software, today debuts Otto™ Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which is tailormade for traditional manufacturers seeking a simpler, faster and more flexible path to 3D printing for industrial-grade production. With Otto, manufacturers can benefit from free access to fully digitized end-to-end 3D printing workflows that reduce unnecessary risk and costs.

Our goal with Otto is to make it incredibly easy and fast for any manufacturer anywhere to benefit from 3D printing,Enabling seamless access to world-class digital manufacturing removes the required capex and hassles of setting up dedicated production capabilities. Manufacturers can sign up for Otto free of charge and start using our services right away.

Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways

Transforming Digital Designs into Physical Products

Traditional manufacturing is focused on mass production, typically driven by manual and cumbersome processes that do not adapt easily or cost-effectively to changing customer demands or market dynamics. Using Otto, manufacturers can respond with speed and agility by taking full advantage of 3D printing to produce high-quality, low-volume, complex parts and products. Otto is ideally suited for a diverse customer base, including individual engineers, small businesses, large enterprises and global manufacturers across a variety of markets with rigorous applications requiring high levels of customization, such as aerospace, automotive, healthcare and industrial.

Otto will expedite each 3D printing phase without requiring major capital expenditures or different software tools to navigate the end-to-end journey. Otto's intuitive front-end simplifies initial digital file uploads, product configurations, file analysis and optimization with instant auto-correction for trouble-free manufacturability. Otto also will ensure supply chain readiness with access to Shapeways' supply chain network of more than 50 manufacturing partners, 11 vendor-agnostic printing technologies as well as over 90 materials and finishes. Complex manufacturing with complete traceability is enhanced by pre- and post-production capabilities that can deliver quality, finished products to more than 160 countries.

Shapeways' Survey Reinforces Need for End-to-End Software

According to Shapeways' "State of 3D Printing" survey, commissioned in July, 88% of those polled face challenges with their 3D printing software and applications. Of those surveyed, 72% use six or more tools or applications to manage all the manufacturing steps needed to make a typical product. The three tools used most frequently are shared data repositories (e.g., SharePoint or Google Docs), Excel or standalone documents, and machine scheduling tools. Only 29% of the respondents reported the use of applications with integrated and cohesive workflow management.

In citing the top three challenges with current 3D printing applications, survey respondents identified the manual effort required to move between tools (48%), the high cost of purchasing and maintaining all needed software (47%) and inconsistent interfaces that increase learning curves (40%). The majority of survey participants (88%) agree better software would accelerate their adoption of 3D printing. The top five software capabilities respondents believe would deliver the greatest benefits include:

  • Real-time tracking and traceability
  • A single interface to manage internal workflows and external supply chain
  • The ability to attain data needed for industry-specific certifications
  • Vendor-agnostic hardware or materials
  • Single view into the end-to-end manufacturing process


With Otto, Shapeways will offer the most sought-after software functionality in an integrated SaaS platform designed to scale innovation with ease. The ordering capability is available now, which supports seamless digital file uploads, part configurations, instant price quotes and access to a digital inventory of materials, finishes and technologies. Additionally, DSM, Henkel and BASF are accelerating their shift to digital manufacturing through Otto. Traditional manufacturers also can leverage the strength of Otto by deploying it as a white-label solution to expand current production capabilities with the addition of on-demand 3D printing.

About Shapeways
Shapeways Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SHPW) is a leading digital manufacturing platform provider offering customers access to high-quality manufacturing from start to finish through automation, innovation and digitization. The company's purpose-built Otto software, wide selection of materials and technologies, and global supply chain lower manufacturing barriers and speed delivery of quality products. Shapeways' digital manufacturing services have empowered more than one million customers worldwide to produce more than 21 million parts using 11 different technologies and 90 different materials and finishes. Headquartered in New York City, Shapeways has ISO 9001-compliant manufacturing facilities in Long Island City, N.Y., and the Netherlands and a network of innovative partners around the globe. It was founded in 2008 and spun-out of the Lifestyle Incubator of Royal Philips Electronics in 2010. Investors include Lux Capital, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, INKEF Capital, Index Ventures and Hewlett Packard Ventures.

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