Seeing a physical product come to life with 3D printing is exciting, but it all starts with the 3D file. For some, that step of the process can be a challenge, as creating a 3D file requires a specific set of skills. Over the years, we’ve worked to refine that process, offering design services that paired our users with expert designers who could bring their ideas to life. We’ve taken that idea even further and are happy to announce our new 3D File Design service, powered by ZVerse’s CAD as a Service (CADaaS) platform!

Through our new partnership with ZVerse, every Shapeways user will now have access to expert 3D design solutions for any project. ZVerse’s CADaaS platform combines machine learning with expert designers to provide the fastest path from idea to 3D printable file. Here’s how it works:

  • Ideation: To begin a project, simply describe your concept on our easy to use customer portal and receive a same-day design quote.
  • Design: ZVerse’s CAD as a Service design platform combines AI with a certified Designer Network to provide the fastest path from idea to a manufacturable file.
  • Production: Once your design is completed it will be instantly added and ready to order from your Shapeways cart.

In addition to file creation, this new service now offers options to repair and optimize your files, making it friendlier to users who just need help making their files printable.


Our file creation service will turn your idea into a 100% manufacturable 3D file for virtually any application, file type, and process. We offer a wide array of services here, including:

  • 3D CAD Design
  • 3D Scanning
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Functional Parts
  • Prototyping
  • Lattice Design
  • Parametric Modeling
  • Mesh Modeling.


If you already have a 3D file, we now offer services that can help fix them. Our Certified Designer Network can repair and convert your pre existing 3D files for guaranteed manufacturability. Our repair services include:

  • 3D File Repair
  • 3D File Conversion
  • 3D Scanning Repair


When it comes to optimizing files for 3D printing, even the best designers need help sometimes. Through extensive research and development, ZVerse’s designer network can optimize files to specific machines, processes, and materials, so you get the best design possible for your chosen production method. Our optimization services include:

  • Optimizing for Specific 3D Printing Processes
  • Optimizing for CNC
  • Optimizing for Injection Molding
  • Optimizing for Material


In the past, ZVerse’s designer network and AI-enabled CADaaS platform have allowed users to create anything from architectural models, medical devices, mechanical components, and product designs. We’re excited to bring those expert solutions to all Shapeways users and make it easier than ever to bring your ideas to life.

Ready to get started? Head over to to start your project today, or contact our experts at to learn more about our new design services!