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There's Now An Online Marketplace For 3D Printed Artwork

Quirky, cute, weird, or wonderful, Shapeways has a 3D printed piece of artwork for every taste.

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First off...what is 3D printing?

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3D printing works by layering super-thin layers of a solid material until a shape is formed. It can be used to make artwork, jewelry, abstract clothing, and even artificial limbs.

TL;DR...it's like magic.

What is Shapeways and why should I know about it?

As 3D printers became cheaper and more accessible, more and more artists began purchasing their own machines and making their own creations. Shapeways provides a way for creators to share and sell their designs, or will take your design and have it printed. Here's what you can get...
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As 3D printers became cheaper and more accessible, more and more artists began purchasing their own machines and making their own creations. Shapeways provides a way for creators to share and sell their designs, or will take your design and have it printed. Here's what you can get...

For the meme lover

"I don't always choose 3D printed gifts, but when I do, I go to Shapeways."Find it, and other meme designs, for $31.50
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"I don't always choose 3D printed gifts, but when I do, I go to Shapeways."

Find it, and other meme designs, for $31.50

For the patriot

It's a flag with swag.Find it here for $9.91
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It's a flag with swag.

Find it here for $9.91

For the pet lover

You can send Cuddle Clones a picture of your pet, and they'll print a miniature of your little Fluffy McButterkins.Print out Fluffy McButterkins here for $75.65
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You can send Cuddle Clones a picture of your pet, and they'll print a miniature of your little Fluffy McButterkins.

Print out Fluffy McButterkins here for $75.65

For the lover of costume jewelry

This lightweight necklace is made of nylon plastic printed into leaves, roses, and scrollwork.Find it here for $35.00
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This lightweight necklace is made of nylon plastic printed into leaves, roses, and scrollwork.

Find it here for $35.00

For the doctor

Anatomically correct, and printed in sturdy stainless steel.Find it here for $24.99
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Anatomically correct, and printed in sturdy stainless steel.

Find it here for $24.99

For the scientist

This necklace features the molecule serotonin, a.k.a. the molecule that makes your brain (and you) happy.Pick up some happy here for $55.14
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This necklace features the molecule serotonin, a.k.a. the molecule that makes your brain (and you) happy.

Pick up some happy here for $55.14

For the classiest of gamers

These steampunk dice are plated in 24K gold. Party on, Garth.Pay for these choice dice here, for $119.80
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These steampunk dice are plated in 24K gold. Party on, Garth.

Pay for these choice dice here, for $119.80

For the musician

This curved guitar pick holder can hold all your picks safely and conveniently right on your best Gibson.Find it here, for $9.39
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This curved guitar pick holder can hold all your picks safely and conveniently right on your best Gibson.

Find it here, for $9.39

For the runner

Have you ever gone running but didn't want to carry a lot with you? Here's a nifty device to carry the one item you absolutely need - your house or car key!Pick up this minimalist ring here, for just $15
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Have you ever gone running but didn't want to carry a lot with you? Here's a nifty device to carry the one item you absolutely need - your house or car key!

Pick up this minimalist ring here, for just $15

For the comic book enthusiast

This product is still in development, but when you place a tealight within the circle, it'll cast a shadow of Iron Man's infamous mask on the wall behind it!Get one step closer to being a super hero here, for $10.50
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This product is still in development, but when you place a tealight within the circle, it'll cast a shadow of Iron Man's infamous mask on the wall behind it!

Get one step closer to being a super hero here, for $10.50

For the person who wishes there was whiskey in that mug

This mug might be pricey but hey, it's 3D printed porcelain. Did you even know that was possible?!Support your friend's caffeine addiction by buying this mug here for $72.50
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This mug might be pricey but hey, it's 3D printed porcelain. Did you even know that was possible?!

Support your friend's caffeine addiction by buying this mug here for $72.50

For the wino

This simplistic contraption can hold your favorite bottle of vino, and two glasses for you and a friend. Or maybe just you.Organize yourself here for $50.73
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This simplistic contraption can hold your favorite bottle of vino, and two glasses for you and a friend. Or maybe just you.

Organize yourself here for $50.73

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