Start-up Profile: Shapeways Brings 3-D Printing to the Masses

A new 3-D printing facility in New York City brings the Dutch spin-off closer to its customers

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Start-up Profile: Shapeways Brings 3-D Printing to the Masses
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11RStartUpsShapewaysDressForm Fitting:  Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese models a 3‑D printed gown, produced by Shapeways, precisely tailored to her body. The mesh of the gown’s “fabric” is fully articulated to permit movement.Photo: Shapeways

Being in the 3‑D printing business brings some conveniences—like fewer trips to the hardware store. “If we need an adapter for a vacuum hose, we don’t buy it,” says Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, an industrial engineer with the start-up Shapeways. “We print it.”

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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