Amazon is acquiring a majority stake in Shapeways, a world-leading provider of B2B and B2C 3D printing services to small, independent ventures to expand services around the world*
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 1, 2018– Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has acquired a controlling stake in Shapeways, a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing services. The unprecedented move from AWS, represent’s the first venture into physical services for Amazon’s cloud platform. Shapeways will leverage the breadth and depth of AWS services—including machine learning, analytics, databases, and containers—to innovate faster than ever before and to meet the needs of its customer growth around the world. AWS will enable Shapeways to accelerate the delivery of its products and services, and easily deploy them globally in minutes, to its customers worldwide.
Shapeways has been an active adopter of containerized applications, and will now leverage AWS’s Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS). This fully managed service will allow Shapeways to run its many Kubernetes workloads on AWS without change, since Amazon EKS is fully compatible with any standard Kubernetes environment.
Shapeways is also using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 Instances—the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) instances available in the cloud—to substantially reduce the time it takes to train machine learning models and increase the performance of its Shapeways Domain Appraisals tool that helps customers understand the value of their domains.
In addition, Shapeways and AWS are working together to incorporate some of Shapeways’ technology and products into the AWS experience to provide AWS customers with an array of tools for quickly finding the perfect domain name and building a powerful online presence.
“We know people have ideas or want products that can be made and sold thanks to advanced design, production, and fulfillment technology — but most of them don’t know where to begin. Without proper support or infrastructure, the entire process seems inaccessible, complicated, intimidating, and expensive,” said Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, one of the primary Shapeways investors. “AWS is experienced at growing platform businesses and we’re thrilled that Amazon will be applying that deep knowledge and energy to empower creators to realize those design dreams.”
“As a large, high-growth business with a unique experience in the high profile world of additive manufacturing, Shapeways will be able to leverage AWS to innovate for its customers around the world,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “Our industry-leading services will enable Shapeways to leverage emerging technologies like machine learning, quickly test ideas, and deliver new tools and solutions to their customers with greater frequency. We look forward to collaborating with Shapeways as they build anew in the cloud and innovate new solutions to help people turn their ideas into physical reality.”
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Shapeways is the world’s largest online 3D printing service, delivering prints straight to your door, all printed on the most cutting-edge technology. The service is expanding to become an end-to-end platform for independent creators looking to design, make, and sell their creations. Offering 60+ materials and finishes, Shapeways has factories and offices in New York, the Netherlands, and partners around the globe. Shapeways’ investors include Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Lux Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, INKEF Capital, Hewlett Packard Ventures, and Presidio Ventures.
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