Recently BLOOM has supported 3D Hubs in the development of a strategic plan to bring 3D printing to the world. 3D Hubs is one of the most successful graduates from the Rockstart incubator, and has recently made a big splash by becoming the world’s largest network of 3D printers
The manufacturing industry is standing on the brink of a revolution. New developments in 3D printing are impacting every aspect of traditional production, not unlike internet has dramatically changed the media and entertainment industry.
The development of cheap 3D printers is opening up opportunities for consumer use. Production-ready models are available for around $1000 and the expectation is this price will drop much further in the near future. This trend empowers individuals to manufacture their own designs, at a fraction of the time and cost of normal production methods.
The Netherlands is a worldwide frontrunner in 3D printing innovation, bringing forth leading players in both printing hardware and services. 3DHubs.com is the newest Dutch startup to successfully storm the 3D world. Their ambition is to connect the digital revolution with the manufacturing revolution by connecting “makers” and printer owners through their online platform.
Practically overnight 2000 printer owners from around the world have registered with 3D Hubs, expanding its footprint from Amsterdam to cities like Cape Town, Sydney and Buenos Aires.
Consumer 3D printing is a disruptive technology creating an entirely new industry. Although the potential is hard to overstate, the industry is currently very much in its infancy; the hype often outruns the technological possibilities. This makes for a lot of uncertainty in the market.
BLOOM has supported 3D Hubs and its investors to collaboratively develop a strategy to become a leading force in the 3D printing industry of the future.