ShapeWays is a service in which you can purchase sculptures of your 3D models, so you have them in physical shape.
Accepted formats include STL, COLLADA and X3D.
ShapeWays uses a technique called 3D-Printing, that consists in the following:
For better understanding what is 3D printing, I show you 2 videos that illustrate this concept, both short and worth seeing:
This technique was very expensive, but ShapeWays makes it more affordable.
Our reader Jochem has suggested this video in the comments, which illustrates ShapeWays process and how it works:
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