3D printing has become somewhat of a phenomenon over the past few years however it has yet to reach commercial viability with very few actually owning one. This is where 3D Hubs comes in.
3D Hubs is a web-based platform that helps people connect with nearby 3D printer owners to print their designs in their local area. Designers upload their designs to the site and are then able to choose from available print locations on an interactive map. The owner of the 3D printer completes the design as a service paid for by the designer and they then meet up at the ‘3D printer hub’ to complete the process with the owner handing over the finished product.
The team behind the concept hope to expand the concept worldwide as the site is continuously unlocking more and more areas where 3D printers are available. A city or area can only be unlocked once 10 printers have been listed, thus creating a hub. Printers are currently available in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
CEO and Co-founder Bram de Zwart explains, ‘Much like music did with the rise of the Internet, manufacturing has begun to take an industry-changing peer-to-peer form. 3D Hubs is at the forefront of this trend, enabling anyone with a 3D printer to make customized local goods for their community.’
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