Twenty hours a day, seven days a week, 13 3D printers — whose combined value reaches well into the millions of dollars — chug along at the Shapeways factory in Queens, New York. Since its founding in 2007, the company has grown into a go-to resource for people to 3D print their high-quality or everyday objects.
I had the chance last week to step inside the factory, where printers turn out hundreds of objects a day. (Check out my interview with Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen here.) Then those objects are finished, packaged and sent out to people all over the world.
Each order begins as a digital file. Shapeways workers go over each file and determine if it is possible to 3D print the design.
Then, objects are assigned to a print batch. A worker organizes them into either a flat surface or a stacked cube, depending on…
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