6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping

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A platform that helps create—and sell.

With Shapeways, not only can one upload a design, but also the co-creator platform facilitates teaming up with a designer to bring the idea into tangible existence. The platform caters to all skill levels, and doesn't stop once the product is made. "As a prototyping tool, it can be used to fine-tune product design by looking at the physical model," CEO Peter Weijmarshausen says. "By using a Shapeways shop product, designers can even start selling directly to a worldwide audience without any need for setting up production, distribution, or retail yourself."