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Manufacturers Find Niche in New York City

New York City’s abundance of entrepreneurs, its spirited culture of so-called makers turning crafts into cash and its strong attraction for prospective employees made it a clear choice when Shapeways Inc. was deciding to move to the U.S.

But the 3-D printing services company also wanted to prove another point.

“You can make manufacturing local again,” said Pete Weijmarshausen, chief executive of the company, which was founded in the Netherlands and now has its headquarters in Manhattan and a factory in Long Island City, Queens.


Shapeways, which employs about 70 people at its factory, exemplifies the nature of New York City manufacturing today, where jobs have steadily been added over the past five years after a long slide.

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