Shapeways: 3-D Printing for the Grimdark Tabletop

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Take a look at these custom, 3-D printed bits, lovingly rendered in high detail – just perfect for your tabletop.

Today we bring you a look into the future. Whether you’re in AD 2017 or some forty-thousand years hence, Shapeways has the accessories you need to customize all your favorite tabletop games. Whether custom armored shoulder pads, heavy weaponry, arms, armo(u)r, shields or even custom models, Shapeways has got a handle on highly detailed figures and bits that you can use to make your miniatures stand out on the tabletop.

Shapeways is a marketplace for 3d printed goods. From their website you can find individual ‘shops,’ like Pop Goes the Monkey–where these very bits can be found. There’s a ton more over there, but we’ve got a smattering of different selections to show off today.

Pop Goes the Monkey specializes in 28mm Wargaming, and many of the designs you’ll find come printed in that translucent plastic.

It might be hard to tell at first glance, but there’s just a ton of detail baked into those bits. It’s all thanks to that translucent plastic, the Frosted Ultra-Detail. And Frosted Ultra-Detail lives up to its name. In person these things are even more stunning–you can get a glimpse of the depth of detail over on the shoulder pads, or near the ammo loader on those guns.

There’s a lot of fine detail work here, owing to the Frosted Ultra-Detail’s layered construction. Each piece is composed layer by layer and held together with an acrylic. It holds paint incredibly well, and as soon as your brush his these bits, you’ll see the detail really pop. There’s a lot of subtle sculpting work, which ironically is hard to see from a distance, but once you get in there, you realize just what can be accomplished with layer after layer of detail to play with.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the shields–each had at least one emblem layered right on top. The ones pictured here feature an eye design, but others are just as varied as the models they protect.

Pop Goes the Monkey has some pretty cool stuff–and they do more than just bits. They sent us over a massive cannon with some demonic designs on it.

As you can see, though, there’s a whole host of other materials to choose from. There’s the rough, white textured material seen above, as well as a smooth black material that holds detail subtly, and makes for an excellent D&D miniatures material.  There’s a lot of materials available for you to choose from. You can get glossy plastics, translucent ones with high detail, the white model above has a rough texture to it which looks like it’ll hold paint well. And you can pretty much find whatever it is you’re looking for. Bits, minis, models, dice–they’ve got it all. So head on over, give them a gander today.

Use the promo code BoLSSmr17 now through October and get free shipping on your first order.

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With custom pieces so easily available, Shapeways is a gamer’s dream and a hobbyist’s delight.


  • danutzfreeman

    Another ad? I swear if not for the comments i would never bother coming back here….

  • Stonewall

    Though they look like decent products I think someone would be far better off buying these once then casting and selling them. Then again I guess for him it is no hands on once he has designed the files.

  • Why feature PgtM? Their are so many better modelers out there.
    He just spams stuff.

  • benn grimm

    No, the technology to do this is still years away, Tom Kirby said so…

  • Am I alone thinking that one last white cannon is a chunk of rough rubbish?

    • Frank Krifka


    • Graham Bartram

      It looks like an ABS print that has been acetone fogged. Not a process suited to war games minis to be honest. If your detail is high enough for war games, it’s too high for fogging. Just for the record, I’ve owned a 3d printer for about a year now and I know how to get good results, and bad ones. That’s a bad one. XD

    • 301stFeinminsterArmoured


    • BenTheMan

      That looks like it is made from sugar.

  • AEZ

    I want alternative shadow war terrain, cheap.

  • dinodoc

    With Shapeways, the rule is go FUD or Go home

  • dinodoc

    Shapeways is also a good source for BFG minis

  • Wolf-Assassin

    The frosted parts look good but the white canon thing looks like it has melted and lost al of its sharp detailes and edges. And i hate when you cant comment on Youtube videos.