3D printing service Shapeways announced its latest initiative, an e-commerce integration partnership with Etsy. The collaboration will benefit users on both ends: Etsy shops will be able to manage 3D printed orders directly through Shapeways, while Shapeways users will now be able to easily establish their own Etsy shops and import their Shapeways products to the e-commerce platform.
As Shapeways CEO Gregory Kress explained in a post, any Etsy store with a 3D printable product—such as jewelry, homewares, art, etc.—can automatically push their orders to Shapeways, which will then manufacture and ship the product to the customer (or to the maker, if preferred).
“Etsy is one of the easiest ways to open a small business and offers an incredibly large market of ready to buy customers,” said Ola Shektman, a Shapeways community member and the creator of Cityscape Rings. “Before the Etsy E-commerce Integration, it took 5-6 minutes to place an order for my Etsy customers. This integration is magic, orders are placed automatically so I can spend more of my time working on new ideas and designs.”
The integration with Etsy—which hosts over 2 million sellers—will also enable Shapeways users to expand their customer base and benefit from the e-commerce platform’s powerful tracking tools to better understand product success.
“We are delighted to announce our newest initiative for businesses using Shapeways, Etsy E-commerce Integration,” said Kress. “This seamless integration will enable users with Etsy shops to directly manage orders and fulfillment straight from Shapeways. This partnership also gives the members of our community who may not be current Etsy users an opportunity to set up their own shop, easily import their Shapeways products to Etsy, and expand their customer base.”
The Etsy integration follows a similar initiative announced last fall, which saw Shopify and Shapeways team up. This collaboration enables Shopify users to connect their shop websites to Shapeways for automatic, seamless fulfillment.