I’s difficult to believe that another year has come and gone. Shapeways, the online 3D printing marketplace, likes to mark the event of a new year by listing on its blog the most purchased items from the past year. Many of the year’s most popular were also top sellers over the summer. There are so many incredible designs and nifty gadgets that it’s always interesting to see what the popular items are on the Shapeways site. Here is a top ten list of most purchased products for the very productive 2015 3D printing year.
A bumper case for smart watches has proven to be a very good idea. This one, designed by raelx, is highly functional if you want to protect your Gen One Moto 360 smart watch. Available for $8.00 in Strong & Flexible smooth nylon plastic in a variety of colors, this highly functional item is one of Shapeways’ most popular this year.
This Helmet Mount is designed to ensure that you always know exactly where your GoPro camera is at all times. This mount, designed by BrainExploder, is the perfect way to position your camera for optimal use. Ranging from $26.99 to $29.99, you will certainly find use for this item if you already have a camera and struggle with how to keep it in place.
Apparently, GoPro accessories were big this year for Shapeways. For only $9.99 you can also purchase another one of Shapeways’ top-sellers for the GoPro camera; this one is designed by fusionimaging. This is a device that can be used to transport your GoPro camera. It connects to the H3 2D Gimbal on the Phantom 2 and hooks around the leg for a secure fit that protects the camera while it’s moving. Shapeways customers sure do love their GoPro cameras!
These replacement clips are used for the game Betrayal at House on the Hill. Each character can be customized with personal replacement clips for $5.00, and apparently enough people like the game that this is one of the most frequently purchased Shapeways items of the year! The design is by raso, and if you are a Betrayal at House on the Hill fan, then check this popular item out!
Speaking of game characters, Jebediah Kerman also made the Top Ten list this year. Kerman is a design of the Kerbal Space Program, which is a game where players build and fly their own spacecraft. For $46.99, you can own your own Jebediah figurine, which is 3D printed in full-color sandstone with a coarse finish and delicate texture. Colorful and fun, the popularity of this item also speaks to how popular the game is in general!
The Microsoft Band is a fitness tracker that 3D designer hodginsa really likes using. But he also saw the need to design a charging stand for his band, which is what we have here, at number 5 in our countdown of favorite Shapeways products for 2015. The stand is designed so you can use the band as a clock while it is charging, and it also keeps the cable that charges the band in a good position. If you have one of these fitness trackers, you can order the stand in a variety of colors for $15, and optimize an already widely used device.
ceramicwombat’s Shapeways shop is filled with intricately designed items including several dice sets and a recently added shot glass. This dice set with decader is quite popular, and now it has made it onto this year’s list of most purchased items. But all of ceramicwombat’s designs deserve a look, especially if you are into dice. Prices range for his dice sets depending on the material you choose: a plastic set runs you around $40, while a stainless steel set is almost $100.
This is the third item on our list designed to be used with a H4 3D GoPro camera. This bracket, from Boarz, is redesigned for ease while clipping it on and removing it. Printed in plastic for $11.79, this screwless bracket is designed so you can also use the original GoPro lens protection with it. People can’t get enough of their 3D printed GoPro camera accessories, can they?
Ariel’s Customs (Ariel Lemon) brings us a gun-axe model that is an upgrade for the Combiner Wars Legends Blackjack. The spoiler can be mounted on Blackjack or recombined to make “larger weapons concepts.” Designer fakebusker83 recommends printing his gun-axe using Shapeways’ Strong & Flexible material, and the print is available for $8.
Last but not least, TomBot brings us his popular Fitbit Flex Pocket Clip. In fact, his shop is filled wih Fitbit related accessories, including a chain and a watchband holder for it as well. However, it appears that the pocket clip is the most popular of TomBot’s recommended ways to carry around your Fitbit Flex. For an asking price of $8.99, it’s no wonder that this is such a popular item! Which of these items were your favorite? Let us know in the Shapeways 2015 forum thread on 3DPB.com.