3D printing factory opens in New York City

October 20, 2012

(Credit: Shapeways)

Shapeways, a Netherlands-based online 3D printing company, has opened a “factory of the future” in Queens, New York that plans to house 50 high-resolution industrial 3D printers and print custom-designed products a year, Popular Science reports.

The company will allow customers to upload custom 3D designs, and then prints them using materials including acrylic, nylon, glass, gypsum, ceramic, and sandstone, and precious metals such as silver, and ships the objects within a few days. It plans to open in January 2013 and hire about 50 skilled employees.

“This is the future of our city,” said Mayor Bloomberg at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, using 3D-printed nylon scissors.

No word if Bloomberg will ban printing super-size objects weighing more than 16 ounces. :) — Ed.