Shapeways’ manufacturing strategy combines additive and traditional technologies with proprietary software solutions designed for other manufacturers and their customers. PHOTO courtesy Shapeways.
Shapeways Holdings, Inc., a global player in the growing digital manufacturing sector, has announced a landmark 100% year-over-year growth within its multi-million-dollar automotive business.
Shapeways Enterprise Manufacturing Solutions continues to secure Tier 1 supplier and OEM direct multi-year production volume, including a recently expanded $1.5M contract with an industry-leading American automotive manufacturer.
Aidan O’Sullivan, General Manager of Enterprise Manufacturing Solutions at Shapeways, noted, “Flexibility and adaptability are key in meeting our customers’ dynamic production demands. Whether it’s rapid, iterative prototyping or market shifts between electric and conventional vehicle production—we are that partner and are poised to execute.”
The OEM-awarded contract leverages Shapeways’ expansive additive and traditional manufacturing capabilities. Internal combustion engine components, such as cylinder heads and central housing, are 3D printed in aluminum. Highly specialized interior components are additively manufactured in titanium. Polymer 3D printing is utilized for prototyping interior trim and exterior panels, while higher-volume production parts are injection-molded.
“We’re committed to excellence across manufacturing technologies,” continued Aidan O’Sullivan. “This is evidenced by our willingness to invest in equipment to support strategic customer contracts.”
In 2023, Shapeways purchased three new injection molding presses (500T, 1050T, 2000T) to further support automotive production volume. As a result of customer demand, the company has also doubled its manufacturing capabilities in titanium, investing in an additional GE Arcam EBM Q20 series printer.
“Our continuous investment to support growth and our willingness to tailor processes to customer requirements make us more than a supplier—we’re a strategic partner for our customers,” said Andy Nied, Chief Operating Officer for Shapeways.
This expanded contract reflects Shapeways’ growing foothold in the automotive sector.
Shapeways’ manufacturing strategy combines additive and traditional technologies with proprietary software solutions designed for other manufacturers and their customers.