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Peter Weijmarshausen Shapeways is like the Etsy of 3D printing -- it’s a marketplace and community that helps people make, buy and sell anything they want. 3D printing used to be the domain of engineering and design communities that used it for prototyping, but now Shapeways has made it accessible and affordable to a huge range of designers and entrepreneurs. “For the last century, big companies were in charge: they determined what consumers wanted and made those products in large quantities using mass manufacturing,” says Shapeways co-founder and CEO Peter Weijmarshausen (who brews his own beer and used to race cars on an amateur level in Europe). “Now, thanks to 3D printing, those days are over.”

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