The 3D printing services are rising. This development seems to get an impact on the way how customers get their replacement parts, such as a broken button or key on a synthesizer. Teenage Engineering has put online their CAD files for the replacement parts of the cool OP-1 synthesizer. After downloading these files, customers can directly buy the desired parts via the 3D printing service Shapeways.
Teenage Engineering has decided to this action because of the expensive shipping costs of the small, cheap replacement parts. The synthesizer manufacturer could not find a decent delivery service which can ship the units to their customers at a reasonable price.