The second thing is the sheer number of people involved. When we talk about 3-D printing, we emphasize its seamlessness and ease of use. "Your ideas made real with Shapeways 3-D printing," says Shapeways' front page. It's easy to overlook the number of steps between sending in a CAD file and getting the result delivered to your home. All of those steps involve a human.
We'd like to show you how Shapeways makes ideas real.