Shapeways Opens Production Center and Installs its First 3D Printer

Shapeways, the online community and marketplace for personalized production using 3D printing, announces today that the company has opened a production center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and installed its first EOS 3D printer. This first printer will 3D print items ordered at Shapeways.com in its strong & flexible plastics, as well as Alumide, and enable the company to ship items in as little as 48 hours. While this addition expands the company’s capabilities, Shapeways will continue working with its production partners to offer community members the widest possible range of top-of-the-line 3D printing materials.

“Consumers have rapidly moved from mass market products to unique customizable items, but, at the same time, they demand the same speed and quality at that same price,” said Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen. “By setting up our own production facility, we are advancing industry knowledge of personalized production. As our own manufacturer, we can be immediately responsive to customer demand.”

The new Eindhoven operations and production center opens simultaneously with Shapeways’ New York City headquarters, which will house marketing, design, software development and community relations, allowing the company to easily serve its community from two continents.

Shapeways’ 3D printer, a Formiga P 100, is a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) machine made by EOS of Germany. Reading a 3D design file, the printer uses a laser to harden very fine powder and build the object layer by layer (commonly known as additive manufacturing). The Formiga P 100 can print objects as large as 7.9” x 9.8” x 13” (200mm x 250 mm x 330 mm).

Working with production partners, Shapeways also offers 3D printing in stainless steel with a variety finishes, including gold-plating; glass, in matte and two gloss finishes; full color sandstone; white, black and transparent detail acrylic-based plastics; as well as grey robust ABS plastic. For more information about the various materials offered at Shapeways.com, please visit: http://www.shapeways.com/materials/

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