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Blender Appearance in 'Small Empires'


The Verge featured an amazing 'Small Empires' episode on Shapeways last week. Blender makes an appearance at 5:20, when founder and ex-colleague Peter Weijmarshausen talks about his history. If you're curious how I spend my days, then I recommend you watch this vid ;-)


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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. This is great. On a side note, I'm curious as to who make those super-wide monitors I saw on some workstations. I can use a monitor like that.

    Great work there.

  2. Bart, will Shapeways build a factory(s) in the Eastern Europe?
    The problem why a lot of people here doesn't make orders is that the delivery system is very bad. I'm telling about Russia and I think you know it :)
    But if say.. a factory is in Moscow (or any other Russian town) then you'll have a LOT of orders. It's well known technology here (in political and economical centers of Russia as Moscow, Saint-Peterburg, Ekaterinburg and some other cities.
    I think your CEO must think about it and make some explore works here (to start business well). Here is a big area and we have only some very expensive printing services that aren't used massively (usually just by architectural firms and design bureaus and similar reach corps). You'll make an explosion in our market. It will be like a second "cheap cell phone net" here.

  3. fluxcapacitance on

    So glad you're into this Bart. Can't wait for the laser sintering patent expiration next year and the Blender explosion to follow.
    One of my favorite Blender moments was walking down to a business meeting with my Blender renders and a new, functional, 3D printed monitor enclosure for medical applications.
    Don't even get me started on fluidics!

    • Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

      Funny how new ideas don’t really take off until the patents expire.

      What does that tell you about the correlation between patents and innovation?

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