3D Printing Company Shapeways Raises $30 Million

Shapeways is a 3D printing company that allows designers to upload and print 3D creations.  The company has raised $30 million in funding from Chris Dixon and Andreessen Horowitz.

“3D printing is important because so much of what we’ve done over the last 20 years has been moving bits around. Now we’re starting to see tech impact the physical world,” stated Dixon.  Dixon is joining the Shapeways board of directors.

Shapeways has a strong community, a strong service model, and a factory footprint.  The company opened a factory in New York City this past October.  Shapeways is unique because it focuses on 3D printing as a service rather than hardware.

“Our challenge now is making sure more people see the use in our service. We want to make this real for people,” stated Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen in an interview with VentureBeat. “Making 3D printing accessible is a big challenge.”

Shapeways has 300,000 users that have uploaded 60,000 product designs each month.  Shapeways believes that their service makes it possible for many more designers to generate revenue from their creations.  “In the same way the Internet unlocked the long tail of publishing, Shapeways is trying to do that with manufacturing,” said Dixon.

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