/// Shapeways Raises $30M for 3D Printing Led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon

April 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital

The idea of dreaming up a physical object and having a computer help you bring it to life — aka 3D printing — is very cool today, but there’s a long way to go. Some of the challenges include faster creation times, more accessible software, a greater variety of materials with which to print, better 3D scanning, and better ways to help people dream up what’s possible. Now 3D printing marketplace Shapeways has some more money to try to solve at least some of those issues. It has raised $30 million in a Series C round that’s the first venture investment for new Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon , alongside previous investors Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures and Lux Capital. The New York City-headquartered site allows product designers to upload 3D designs and sell them to online customers, who can choose a plastic, ceramic or metal material and sometimes also customize or personalize the product. Then Shapeways prints the object in one of its factories in Long Island City, New York or Eindhoven, Netherlands and mails it to the customer. Shapeways isn’t the only company that does this, but it’s the largest and most well-known. Some 10,000 people today are selling 1,000,000 designs to 150,000 customers so far. Shapeways tells designers how much it will cost to make their products and then they can mark them up as much as they want

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Shapeways Raises $30M for 3D Printing Led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon

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