Feature Friday: Customized 3D Printed Objects

Our portfolio company Shapeways offers customization options in their marketplace of 3D printed objects.

Let’s say you want a “card case” for your iPhone like this:

The 3D designer who designed this case and is selling it on Shapeways offers two ways you can customize it:

customization options on shapeways

You can search for customizable objects on Shapeways by checking this box in the marketplace home page:

check box

Shapeways is a great place to find unique objects for gifts and for yourself.  Customizing these objects makes them even more unique. So the next time you are looking for something special, go check out Shapeways and check the customizable box.

And if you are a 3D designer who sells designs on Shapeways, considering supporting customizable options. It makes your objects even more unique and interesting to buyers.


Comments (Archived):

  1. LE

    Interesting so Shapeways is like “Etsy 3d”.

    1. Jess Bachman

      I’m pretty sure everything on Etsy is already 3D.

      1. JimHirshfield


  2. pointsnfigures

    Cool. Ahead of their time right now. But, the world will catch up. When the WW2 Museum was rehabbing PT-305, they needed parts. Would have been cool to 3D print them. They contacted original manufacturers, and sometimes they had it in inventory. Otherwise, they dug up their old engineering drawings and made the parts. They rehabbed the entire boat, and re-habbed the original twin diesel engines. Now they are taking it out onto the water for water testing.

    1. Jess Bachman

      nice. It reminds me of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Maybe we need a vault of a cad file for every part on earth. Just in case…

      1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

        Think you’ll find that a seed IS a perfect cad file analogy -except add water micro-nutrients and a bit of sunshine and…it comes equipped with its own 3D printer on-board !You remember The Pink Panther @panterosa (sucked himself to oblivion with a vacuum cleaner) – well a seed does the remarkable opposite !

    2. Twain Twain

      3D-printing teams are thinking of printing entire cars & houses and the speeds are getting faster. They’ve started printing prototype body parts in car engines for BMW and other manufacturers …* https://youtu.be/qZV8jSuTeG…@panterosa:disqus

      1. Mark Essel

        Ohh custom 3D printed homes, now we’re talking

    1. JimHirshfield

      That product is shit. And I mean that in a good way. Cheers.

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        Bottom’s up!

      2. Vasudev Ram

        I shudder to think what you’d say when you mean it in a bad way. Fears.

    2. Kirsten Lambertsen

      We’ve reached Peak Poop Emoji.

    3. panterosa,

      What color???

      1. pointsnfigures

        He shits gold, so you know….

      2. bfeld

        Brown – well – silvery brown. Bronze.

    4. Mark Essel

      $67, hmm seems a bit steep for poop

      1. bfeld

        My poop is priceless.

    5. William Mougayar


    6. Eric Ho

      Hi Brad, I am the designer behind the 3D printed poop bottle opener. I’m glad you like them! 🙂

      1. bfeld

        Cool – great to meet you. I LOVE them.

  3. panterosa,

    I love Shapeways, 3D printing, and customizable.I’m waiting for the day when apartments come with a 3D printer in the kitchen.

    1. JimHirshfield

      They call that a pasta machine, duh!

      1. panterosa,

        It will go next to my pasta machine. I’ve had my own since age 17 when I brought it to a year abroad in Barcelona so I could make dinner once a week for my Spanish host family.

    2. Vasudev Ram

      Forget about hardware (for a moment), I love customizable software – and we don’t have enough of it. A lot of software is of the Henry Ford Model T kind.

  4. pointsnfigures

    Here is one.

  5. Ana Milicevic

    I’m a sucker for semi-custom stuff, especially in fashion (eg. w/ tailored sizing). It’s that last 20% of a product that really makes it special.

  6. JamesHRH

    Price point is most impressive. Nice delta between that & what it cost me for the Mujjo cover for my 6+….

  7. Lawrence Brass

    Amazing. Every time I open the fridge at the office and see that broken lid, I think – this is something I would 3D print. Could fix it with duct tape but it would look worse, I want to print it.I wonder if there is a market for printed replacement parts for appliances.

  8. Dave Pinsen

    Another example of custom 3-D printing. Maybe Arnold can something like this for Sam.What are you doing this weekend? You could 3D print battle armor for your cat. https://t.co/eiDBIh5ixs pic.twitter.com/b54uF9A3zd— ASME.org (@ASMEdotorg) March 12, 2016<script async=”” src=”//platform.twitter.com/widget…” charset=”utf-8″></script>