Shapeways Now Shipping Direct From the USA

We are EXTREMELY happy to let you know that for Shapeways orders in the USA, we will now be shipping your 3D printed products direct from New York.

Previously all of your packages of 3D printed goodness were distributed via our office in the Netherlands but now with US based distribution this will mean an end to nasty import duties and UPS surcharges for all US orders.  

Along with distribution we are also increasing our local production in the USA which result in you getting your items delivered to your door faster than ever before, reducing transportation time, cost and carbon….  We will be sharing more information on this soon.

For those of you outside of the USA you will continue to get the same great service at the same great price and items will begin to ship faster due to the shared load between our distributed production facilities.

This is our (slightly belated) 4th of July gift to our US community members.

NYC – Bronx – Bronx Zoo – 2007 Holiday Lights – American Flag / Wally Gobetz /


  1. Michiel Cornelissen

    Fantastic news, guys! Also saw that today’s order promised 8 days shipping instead of 10. Keep it up!

    1. duann scott

      Thanks, let’s make that number drop !!!

  2. Jeff Bare

    great news! so there is going to be a cheaper US price now that’s different then the rest of the world?

    1. drscott

      Sorry for the confusion, there was a brief miscommunication,

      We have simply eliminated any import and UPS duties to the USA for now… Prices per cubic centimeter have not been reduced yet.


    2. jeff bare

      OK, well increased margins for shapeways makes me happy too.

    3. Duann

      Not yet, it was sales tax over different states that caused the confusion for me (not being in the USA)…
      Buyers in NYC must pay a sales tax, everybody else in the USA does not, for now, to my knowledge…

    4. Erica Schwartz

      shouldn’t a business user be able to skip the NYC and NYS taxes? if you’re collecting sales tax upon resale, you shouldn’t have to pay it at the wholesale level. Please tell me how to register as a business user so I can stop paying 8.88% tax.

  3. Glenn Slingsby

    Hhm, wonder how this will affect your frozen neighbours to the north… probably not at all except possibly shorter delivery times… or will they still come from the Netherlands?

    1. drscott

      Hey Glenn,

      Not yet, US only for now but we are looking to change that in the near future…

      Hold tight.

  4. Alienology | Igor

    Can you tell us if same machines are used to print out WSF material in US? In other words, will WSF objects be done in exactly the same way like in NL? (same machine, I think it was EOS 100.. and also same base Nylon material) (?)
    Reason I ask is that I did try to print some of my DualNexus bracelets on different sintering machine – and while print came out okay form-wise – material used was somewhat different that shapeway’s WSF – and so it more more brittle.


    1. drscott

      Hey Igor, we will continue to use the EOS100 for US orders so they will be the same great quality.

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