3D Printing: Where the Wild Things Are

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July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Peter Weijmarshausen, co-founder and CEO of Shapeways, explains how the company is bringing 3D printing to the masses with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Chief executive ,, peter.

Thank you.

Let's talk about how did you end up -- you have been doing this a while.

2007, you got bitten by the 3-d bug.

We started in 2007 because we saw the opportunity about three renting.

-- 3-d printing.

Of the 3-d printing technology that we may be familiar with is this constant layering that goes on.

You do something slightly different and what comes out is a cube that really is like a present or something you have to pull apart and dig inside.

Tell us about centering plastic.

3-d printing is actually the name from lots of different technologies and one of them is a plastic you talked about which basically is using a laser and powder to make products in plastic.

It is like pulling presents.

What sets this apart?

The material you can use?

It is a surface that everybody can go to.

We offer not only plastics, but also a wide variety of metals, ceramics.

There are all types of options people can choose from whereas what you were referring to as the home printer is only plastic now.

All you need is a .cab file sent to you and you will basically do it for the cost of the material?

The user gets opportunity software.

The world is completely yours because you can make anything you can come up with.

You can put in all these materials.

If you do not know how to use the software, not all is lost.

Over 16000 and that -- designers have set up shop and you can choose from 8 million products.

If you like something, you can buy it or you can contact the designer to change it to bild uild it.

You are marketplace as well.

You can make little cars or little toys, but also you can make things out of precious metals.

We started with plastics but then in 2009, we started offering stainless and we added silver.

Quite a right wing to gold -- wide range of gold.

People gravitated to making jewelry.

It is a good product choice for them.

Is there any limitation you see on how big this could be?

We will get to the business side and a second but in terms of the scale, model people who want to make?

We have different size limitations.

Plastic again pretty big.

For the precious metals, we have a limitation that is pretty sizable but not as big as plastic.

For those sizes, you are paying thousands of dollars for one item because it can make something in gold and gold is pretty expensive.

It is one-of-a-kind?


Let us talk about the business.

What kinds of things do get the most requested from his term is the biggest growth right now?

Jewelry is pretty strong.

It is growing the fastest at this point.

There are a lot of design items that don't have function but are beautiful to behold.

There are quite a bunch of home accessories and gadgets.

It is a wide range of things people make and that is the cool thing because we don't know what it is and then it is making someone happy.

What about industrial products?

People do make prototypes with us.

They make parts for showcasing or to fix things.

I am fine with that but we are definitely focused on the consumer market.

What would you like to say about the company six months from now?

How big would you like to make it?

We don't make any comments about sales but will be due say is we currently make 150,000 unique products every month.

By the end of the year, i wouldn't be surprised if it was double.

What about the funding for the actual machinery itself?

These are not things you buy off the shelves.

The machines are available but they are expensive.

We are community for the reason that the machines cost up to $1 million and we want to get everybody the ability to use these very high-end 3-d printers to make anything they want.

The printer you are using could cost $1 million?

Who makes a printer that costs that much?

The one made by eos, a german company.

Are they the leaders in this kind of 3-d printing?


Are they also the kind of thing you find out they are capable of producing new things and you publicized that they can create these things that are so specific and small?

The cool thing about three printing is the machine really does not care.

You can make things that are small all to the way to the maximum size and it is up to you as the user to define it int.

We have apps you can use to customized.

What about in the medical world?

Being able to grade parts for people?

Implant and other things, although that is not our area of expertise.

You founded this company in the netherlands.

Why are you now based in new york?

Good question.

We already sold pretty fast at the united states was going to become the biggest market.

We wanted to have an office in the united states.

When we received our funding, we really ask ourselves where do we want to have our main office because we want to attract a lot of people joining the team?

If he don't find them in the place, where can you motivate

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