As the media bombards us with cringe-worthy images of flooded subways and cranes dangling from skyscrapers from this week’s Hurricane Sandy, the Shapeways Tumblr has been reporting inspiring updates since their site went down due to the power outages. Needless to say…you cannot stop Makers!

No Connectivity? No UPCs? No Problem!

Hacking in a donated conference room at a local law office

Barely even two weeks ago, Shapeways’ Factory of the Future opened up in Long Island City. Mayor Bloomberg was on hand to help cut the ribbon (with 3D printed scissors of course).

Fortunately, the Factory of the Future was 100% unscathed by the storm according to first-on-the-scene Shapeways 3D Printing Engineer Gregory Dreisen:

“First on the scene in LIC after biking around trees and debris, and am happy to report we are 100% untouched…servers and machines are powered back up, compressors have started pumping and music is blaring.”

The full Shapeways Update as of October 31, 2012:

We hope that all the other NYC Makers are safe and dry, too!


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.