1000shapes was founded in 2010 as a spin-off of Matheon and Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). ZIB is a non-university research institute for applied mathematics and computer science addressing complex problems in science, engineering, environment, and society. The aim of the strategic partnership between 1000shapes and ZIB is to transform research results from ZIB into industry-strength services.

Since 2014, 1000shapes is a partner in the BMBF Forschungscampus MODAL. The project brings together research and industry in order to tackle technological challenges using innovative methods from mathematical optimization and data analysis.

1000shapes is hosted at the Focus Mediport, a service center for the medical device industry.