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August 15, 2013 AT 1:00 pm

A Tour of Shapeways Factory (Video) #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Bart Veldhuizen gives Dezeen a tour of Shapeways factory, from Dezeen:

Veldhuizen gave us a tour of the company’s European headquarters in Eindhoven as part of our research for Print Shift, the magazine about 3D printing we launched earlier this year.

“Shapeways is the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community,” he says in the movie. “You can design anything, have it 3D-printed, share it, sell it, make it your business. We have 250,000 community members right now who are designing their own work and who are selling and buying on the website.”

Strandbeest, mechanical toy printed in one go using laser sintering
One of the most popular products available on the website is a fully working model of a walking sculpture created by artist Theo Jansen, Veldhuizen says. Called Strandbeest, the intricate toy is printed in one go, without any assembly required. An optional propellor can also be printed separately and added to the model to make it wind-powered.

“It contains 75 moving parts and it will actually walk,” says Veldhuizen. “It’s wind-powered, you blow on the propeller and off it goes.”

Strandbeest being removed from a cake of nylon powder
Starting the tour, Veldhuizen takes us to a computer room, where incoming 3D files are processed and assessed….

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