Andrew's 3D printing adventure began with his visit to Slic3r developer Alessandro Ranellucci in December 2012. And this time, Andrew visited Shapeways in Eindhoven, Netherlands and got an inside look at how Shapeways functions from receiving and processing customer models to post-processing and shipping.
In the video below Andrew talked with Bart Veldhuizen, Shapeway's Community Manager about how Shapeways was started, the production and the available materials for designers. What does Shapeways think about desktop 3D printers? Shapeways keeps a good relationship with desktop 3D printer manufacturers, said Veldhuizen, Shapeways' production scale is different, and they serve different markets so Shapeways doesn't see them as competitors. On the contrary, desktop 3D printers are more closer to consumers, and they could help people to understand the principle of 3D printing.
For people who design something at home Shapeways helps them to expand the complexity of their design, providing more choices for shapes and materials. "Lots of customer models are virtually assembled like Tetris pieces into a printer's known X, Y, Z "chamber limits"." explains Andrew.
"The amount of materials to print is endless and expanding. Nylons are everywhere, silver models are contracted out but the initial steps are printed at Shapeways, and waste materials are being stored to be recycled in the future when technology allows." added Andrew, and designers could also just order small production runs after home prototyping.
Posted in 3D Printing Services
Maybe you also like:
- 3D Hubs Antwerp is open, buildling largest 3D printing network in Belgium
- Design your own 3D-printed ring with Shapeways' new app
- Design your own 3D printable jewelry on Suuz
- Petfig transforms photo of your pet into 3D sculptures
- Sharing your designs with anyone using Teleport It 3D
- French office supplies retailer launches 3D printing service to public
- Library raising funds for life-size Hulk statue and 3D printer
- 3DLT partners with makexyz for 3D printing services
- Staples opens first 3D Experience Centre in Netherlands
- Additer: a new marketplace for digital manufacturing services
- Shapeways Raises $30M C Round, Led By Andreessen Horowitz
- Rapid Manufactory: First 3D printing shop in Middle East
- Chicago's first 3D printing store to open next Monday
- 3D Hubs is building a large production network of 3D printers
- 3D Systems Launches 3DMe figurines on Cubify
Wes wrote at 6/12/2013 4:25:41 PM:
Ah, would have been so cool to see some of the manufacturing area and some of their post processing methods.
LouLou wrote at 6/12/2013 3:20:46 PM:
Maybe it is a good idea to state that the first two minutes come without sound, as to not have your audience puzzled.