3D Printing Startup Shapeways Raises $5.1 Million

The company plans a New York City Production Facility, next to it’s facilities in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Shapeways – a company looking to bring 3D printing to the masses – just raised an additional $5.1 million from existing investors Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures, and it’s also gotten a loan commitment of $1.2 million from NYC Investment Fund. The company previously raised $5 million last fall.

And there’s also some great news for Shapeways customers: the firm is planning to launch printing facilities in New York City in 2012. Historically goods ordered (and then printed) through Shapeways have been manufactured either through contracted third-parties, or through the company’s own facility in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Now that it will be able to print stateside, the net result will be faster turnout times for customers, and lower prices. The company hasn’t specified exactly what kind of savings to expect just yet, but I’m told they will be substantial.

The company says that its marketplace now has over 300,000 products and 100,000 users. Their New York office now has 19 people.

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