December 10, 2012
Inside The World's Biggest Consumer 3D Printing Factory
If Santa replaced his elves with refrigerator-sized machines that digitally assemble toys out of nylon dust and lasers, his workshop might look something like this. Forbes reports on Shapeways, the Amazon of 3D printing.
In October, 3D-printing startup Shapeways opened its New York production facility in Long Island City, Queens, the biggest consumer-focused 3D printing factory in the world. ... In 2012 it printed more than a million items, well over its total for all prior years combined since the company launched in 2008. And by the holiday season of 2013 it hopes to have more than 50 printers filling its 25,000 feet of floor space.
Not only did Mayor Mike Bloomberg cut the ribbon today (Oct18, 2012) at the new Shapeways 3D printing factory in New York, he did it using 3D-printed scissors. And they came out of the printer fully assembled.
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