Jan.9, 2013

The first 3D printing shop of the Netherlands has opened its doors in Haarlem.

"You can bring your own design, and you can also make a customized product." say owner Hanneke van Pampus. "We print a lot of phone cases. People can upload their design, then we quote the price. We discuss and work together with customers to get the project done."

"Does it take a long time to print?" "Yes, for example it takes 24 hours to 3D print a phone case, and another 24 hours to cool it down."

"Therefore you can not just cycle to the shop, order and bring the 3D printed product to home?"

"We have here a personal desktop printer (She pointed at a Leapfrog Creatr 3D printer), it can 3D print a phone case in 1.5 hour. Nice material, nice prints and not so expensive. Then you can just bring your stuff home in just few hours."

Image credit: Michel van Bergen


"3D printing is growing." said Van Pampus. "We think there is a huge market for it. Our shop keeps us closer to the consumer. Most visitors are not familiar with 3D printing."

Watch the video below the 3D printer at work in 3DSVP shop (in Dutch).

The 3D printing shop gets a lot of attention from local Dutch people, as well as visitors from Germany, Russia and Greece. Many visitors came to the shop, asking how 3D printing works, what the prices are. Van Pampus says it shows that people really like it, and unique products will always have a market.

"Of course the prices are somewhat higher than the jewelry made in mass production, but you'll get something unique in return. The price of 3D printed earrings starts from twenty euros, bracelets around thirty euros. It depends on what material you want to use and how detailed your sketch is. You can make it as expensive or cheap as you want. "

Even though this is the first 3D shop in the Netherlands, Norman van Beek, co-founder of 3DSVP, thinks the trend of 3D printing is visible and in the coming years they will just continue their services. "It would not surprise me that we might print out all our stuff on a 3D printer. Shoes, clothing, jewelry, they are now fully participating in the experiment. "


 

Source: Haarlemdagblad

 

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