Jun.12, 2013

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.

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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.

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