Shapeways is a 3D printing marketplace and community that enables users to make, buy and sell their own personalized products. Founder Peter Weijmarshausen might not have designed the 3D printing machinery, but he did help to reshape the industry: Shapeways is democratizing creation for everyone, by bringing personalized production to everyone—whether they are already designing in 3D, want to design in 3D or are just looking to find and customize the perfect product.
It is all about just-in-time manufacturing and products are printed to order, which eliminates the need for inventory and cuts down dramatically on waste. 3D printing technology is the key enabler for this — it is simpler AND more advanced than current manufacturing methods. You can even print 18k gold, platinum and other precious metals and not-so-precious (but important) materials.
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