AstroPrint Press Release – For Immediate Release – October 16, 2019
Hartford, Connecticut – (October 16, 2019) AstroPrint is launching a bespoke version of it’s popular 3D Printer Management Platform for Universities, K-12 schools and other education institutions, aimed at making 3D printing more accessible to students, increasing the efficiency of school fleets, and reducing related costs in staffing and resources.
AstroPrint is proud to announce a new partnership with Cult! You are from today able to export & print design straight from Cult into AstroPrint.
Created in 2014, Cults is the 1st independent 3D files marketplace platform is a fast growing platform. It was one of the first in the Printing industry and has a long history of providing top-notch design.
AstroPrint is pleased to provide this new option with the very popular Cults Marketplace. Both companies have worked together to offer a seamless experience from the 3D Design Marketplace to the actual object.
“We are excited about this new strategic partnership. Pairing the right software with the best designs in additive manufacturing industry, and we look forward to keep working with Cults in the future”
This feature is available starting today on cults3d.com
Cults is a marketplace that connects designers and people who want to 3D print some objects.
Cults is dedicated to all owners of 3D printers who wish to make premium and original creations.
Because everyone doesn’t have an artistic soul or the ability to use CAO 3D software, Cults highlights the work of these designers who will make 3D printing accessible to all.
Cults is a social network that brings together all the fans of the 3D printer world, so that they can interact with each other.
I think it’s just about identifying a gap in the market and coming up with a design or product that could potentially fill that gap. 3D printing allows you to create products that don’t currently exist in the market
Neil Watts is a 3D printing enthusiast who has turned his hobby into a business. His online store, Aero3D, sells custom accessories for drones to customers worldwide. Neil doesn’t have a background in design, but he’s taught himself to design parts with basic cad software.
In this interview, Neil tells us about:
How he found an opportunity in custom drone parts and how other 3D printing enthusiasts can find market niches.
How he finds clients without spending a penny on marketing.
How he manages to run 13 printers simultaneously while still keeping his corporate job.
MachinaCorp is a 3D printer manufacturer based in Canada. They have come a long way since they launched their Mk1 printer back in 2013. The company has always focussed on making printers with unmatching precision, speed, and reliability.
But this year they wanted to take it to the next level. For their new Mk3 printer line, they wanted to add touchscreen and cloud capabilities.
Since we print on demand, we can sell zero of a design and it doesn’t cost us anything other than my wife having fun sketching it. If I put a product online and it doesn’t sell, we don’t lose anything.
Mike and his wife Shey are the founders of Sheyb, an online store where people can find custom 3D printed cookie cutters. They make their own designs and print them on demand. Currently, they have a farm of 30+ printers and their business keeps growing.
In this interview, Mike tells us about:
How they started their 3D printing cookie business.
How they manage and monitor their 3D printer fleet.
How they leverage social media to drive sales.
Where Mike sees other business opportunities for 3D printing entrepreneurs.
We were sold on the hype that 3D printers would be in everyone’s home. The reality is that for the average householder, it’s still way too hard to print stuff, let alone useful items. The technology, the materials, the ease-of-use and the content infrastructure around these machines are not there yet.
Desktop 3D printers came down in price dramatically and China flooded the market with cheap 3D printers, allowing almost everyone to gain access to this technology. Meanwhile, the media has turned its attention to industrial technologies after seeing that the people buying low-cost 3D printers are hobbyists that use these machines to make gadgets and figurines that mostly end up in their home shelves if not in the trash.
But the media is overlooking one thing. Many of these hobbyists that have been experimenting with 3D printing technology are also entrepreneurs. Many of them are turning their hobbies into businesses.
Thanks to having over 100.000 3D printer owners in the AstroPrint platform, we are witnessing this emerging trend from a privileged position. We’ve seen how some AstroPrint users went from tinkering with one printer to now run a business with a farm of 30+ printers.
Low-cost 3D printers are allowing people to start their own manufacturing business from home and the digital infrastructure is there for them to find customers. In this post, we’ll give some examples of people that grew into a 3D printing business and the key practices that made them successful.
Ready start your own home-built manufacturing facility with a bunch of low-cost 3D printers?
We’ve just concluded a very successful second funding round where AstroPrint raised a total of $1M from two prominent VCs: Stanley Ventures and Alma Mundi Ventures. With this new investment, AstroPrint has raised a total of $2.1M, and we are now poised to grow our 3D printing cloud solution that already serves over 95k users from 130 countries.
Who are the Investors?
Stanley Ventures is the venture capital arm of Fortune 500 company Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley Ventures has invested in several companies in the additive manufacturing space, including an investment in a new Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) 3D printing technology.
Alma Mundi Ventures is a tech venture fund based in Madrid with investors in Palo Alto, New York, London, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, orchestrating a global network of over 500 members in 41 cities worldwide. Their investments are primarily global tech startups in the United States and in Europe.
We’re happy to announce the AstroPrint integration with Tinkercad is finally live! This has been one of the most requested features on the AstroPrint platform from schools, students, and STEM teachers! And now it’s here!
This gives students the ability to do EVERYTHING from 3D model creation => 3D Printing, in the CLOUD. Tinkercad allows them to 3D design in the cloud, and AstroPrint manages 3D Printing of those designs in the cloud.
Tinkercad users can now export their 3D designs directly into their AstroPrint account, right from Tinkercad. Of course, they can then start the 3D Printing process from within AstroPrint.
We often get asked how a system like AstroPrint can save an Enterprise so much money, while dramatically increasing Additive Manufacturing output. This article will explore one of the primary ways we can do exactly this.
Let’s start with understanding how most Enterprises buy 3D Printers: In most organizations, an engineer requests a 3D Printer for themselves, or a department. After lots of bureaucracy, they get this approved and the purchasing process can begin. Being a large organization, they reach out to a public company such as Stratasys or 3D Systems and enter the Enterprise sales cycle of these organizations. They then go on to purchase a high end 3D Printer with a service contract and advanced (paid) software package to manage the printer.