AUGUST 30, 2009
One of the best examples is Netherlands-based Shapeways, a company that is a part of the Philips Electronics incubator program. The company, which launched in Q2 2008, allows customers to upload a design that Shapeways will manufacture using a method of AM. This may sound similar to a conventional AM service provider, although Shapeways focuses entirely on the consumer market. Shapeways handles the sales transaction, manufacturing, and shipment to the customer.