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Can “Infinite Variation” Be Mass-Produced Using 3-D Printing?


The East River waterfront of Queens, New York, once was a busy manufacturing hub. Pepsi had a bottling plant there, Swingline produced staplers, and Eagle Electric made circuits and switches.

Much of this industry has moved on to Mexico and China, leaving behind nostalgic signage and some prime real estate. But at one 25,000-square-foot warehouse, a startup called Shapeways is aiming to resurrect manufacturing in New York City.
Shapeways’ “factory of the future” has no assembly line or plastic injection mold tuned for cheap mass production, and it doesn’t produce any specific product or part