Each year at Shapeways, we like to do a roundup of amazing accomplishments in the rapidly evolving 3D Printing world — often powered by the innovations and creativity of our community. We’ve been digging in and must admit, 2013 was quite the year!
To date, we’ve 3D Printed 2.2 million products — that’s 61,000 boxes worth of Tic Tacs! We are so proud to have 13,500 Shapeways shops...and counting (a growth of 75% from 2012). And the number of people creating products on Shapeways has doubled in the past year.
The 3D printing industry as a whole has also experienced incredible growth. We’re seeing more retailers, like our friends at UPS, offer in-store 3D printing. The price of 3D printers for the home and office continues to drop. And 3D printing is constantly making stock market headlines.
Basically, this incredible technology is shaping industries far and wide—from healthcare and electronics to aerospace and home construction. And we’ll continue to see this impact in the coming years.
The industry couldn’t make such strides without wildly imaginative, creative, thoughtful, and fearless people like the ones in our community, who continue to upload nearly 100,000 new products per month. Our community helps us push the limits of what’s possible to 3D Print, creating products from gorgeous to quirky to functional, and continue to wow us with how they use new materials.
It’s a beautiful world when anyone can create and get what they want, not just what’s available in stores.
Check out our Slideshare for 3D printing trends, stats & more of our exciting year in review.