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Shapeways’ Factory of the Future NYC- 10.19.12

shapewaysf0.jpg This super picture loaded post is made possible by our awesome friends, artists and designers, Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy of CW&T, who went and brought back lots of pics from the opening of Shapeways’ new factory in Long Island!

Shapeways has been on the forefront of creating what many have dubbed “the kinkos of 3D printing” - the go to spot to send your files and objects will appear at your doorstep! You can see the unboxing of our interlocking cubes here, and it’s super exciting to see in the pics on the next page where our prints will be coming from in no time!

As Taylor shared with us, “The space is HUGE, as you’ll see in the pics. It is empty now, but it will be awesome down the line. They are prepping for 50 industrial 3d printing machines. You can see the bright green spray painted plots on the floor to show where machines will go. They are running a couple machines right now in small adjacent spaces, doing strong white and flexible and FUD until the new machines arrive. They spoke a bit about interfacing with the community, giving tours, and workshops. And of course how important it was for them to pick a spot to open that was close to the majority of their customers. Both to lower their carbon footprint, but also to be close to the community. I hope that happens. Our dream of course is to be able to send them a file and then bike over from our studio (it’s 10 mins away) to go pick it up! Mayor Bloomberg was there to speak and cut the ribbon. There was lots of talk about how exciting it is to bring in a new wave of hi-tech manufacturing into the city.” Exciting stuff!!! Take a peek throughout the space on the next page… we can only dream (and hope to pop back) about what it will look like when completely filled with 3D printers!

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shapewaysf39.jpg Love love love that they had a juice man juicing for everyone!

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3 Notes

That space looks very familiar.

I would love to visit.

----- Yvon Varunok 04.12.12 14:38

Thanks so much for sharing these photos. We are SUPER excited with the new space and all of the amazing 3D Prints that we are going to make there…

Thanks

----- Duann 20.10.12 08:24

That is a BIG space they have taken on - I can see 3D printing really taking off in the future. I’ve always liked the idea of RepRaps - owning your own 3D printer - as everyone has some idea the would like to make.

But buying a machine - just to make one or two models has always put me off.

If shapeways lets you send them 3D plans - and then they just post you your finished result - can see them doing well in the future.

Great pics!

----- Abi 19.10.12 15:36

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