Jürgen Mayer H., Andre Santer and Marta Ramírez Iglesias Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain, 2011, photo courtesy of Hufton & Crow

Shapeways has partnered with the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York to offer visitors an interactive 3D printing experience. The exhibit, called "OUT OF HAND: Materializing the Postdigital" will be available from October 16, 2013 to July 6, 2014 and features artwork from designers like Marc Newson, Michael Schmidt (of the famed Dita Dress) and more. Shapeways has also added a number of "Designer In Residence" appearances to the mix. Sponsored designers will be on hand to spend time with museum visitors, show off their work and discuss the design and printing process.

The 3D printed art the museum has collected for the exhibit reflects all the diversity and capability of additive manufacturing. Visitors will get to see everything from printed jewelry to Bespoke prosthetics during the tour. The exhibit includes more than a lot of pretty 3D printed artwork though. Guests are invited to jump in and create their own printable pieces. For those new to 3D printing there are interactive, easy-to-use CAD apps on hand and they include plenty of pre-made templates. If you're a little more adventurous you can take advantage of the on-site 3D scanner or print out your own unique piece in a variety of materials. It's even possible to scan yourself and order a 3D printed "Mini-me" statue from the Shapeways website.

Along with the exhibit, interactive lab and residence program, Shapeways and MAD are collaborating on a series of lectures and master classes to be presented at the museum. Topics range from beginning basics to advanced design. You can view the details of the exhibit and the calendar of events here.