Small Empires episode 5: Shapeways with Alexis Ohanian #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Small Empires episode 5: Shapeways with Alexis Ohanian, via the Shapeways Blog:

Memes are incredibly popular on Shapeways, and we were able to show Alexis and The Verge gang some of our favorites. Alexis even tried to 3D Print his own real bacon (okay, I’m half kidding, but he did leave a treat on our Materials Scientists’ desk.) The day of the shoot was as fun as it was functional, and we hope that the feature gives you more of an inside look at life here at Shapeways.

I have been in social media since the dawn of its time (depending on who you ask). I consider myself very fortunate to have been one of the first people to be a member of “The Facebook.” I remember when Twitter launched, and how many years it took for it to have relevance. I remember when memes went from something I read about in textbooks to something I saw on the internet every week -> Day ->5 minutes. I also remember the light gray, simple UI, and ferocious virality that emerged when Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman founded Reddit. Maximizing the ease of upvote, Reddit made it possible to go viral at a completely new speed. 

This is very similar to how 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing make it possible to go to market at record (nearly instantaneous) speed. The ability to go from digital design file to finished, shipping product in a click fulfills a need for our designers just as Reddit does for it’s content creators and curators.

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