Rinkak's 3D Printed Product Marketplace Expands to the US

r3The ability to 3D print opens up so many doors to traditional product designers. No longer are their ideas limited to the availability of molds for a particular new product, and no longer is prototyping of these designs a problem. We have seen numerous marketplaces emerge over the last couple of years catering to the huge influx of incredibly intricate, and very clever designs for products ranging from decorations to useful tools.

Although in the US and Europe services like Shapeways are incredibly popular, Asia has been a bit of a different story. Rinkak, the subsidiary of startup Kabuku Inc., has emerged as one of the leaders within the Asian market for 3D printed goods. Based in Japan, the company has been able to capitalize on the locality of their manufacturing facility to cater towards Asia unlike other 3D printing marketplaces out there.r2

Back in October, Rinkak announced that they had partnered with a United States-based factory to seek an expansion of their services. Here we are a few months later, and the effort in doing so has finally paid off. Today Rinkak has announced their US arrival.

“Now, designers can sell their 3D printed products not only in the U.S. but also in Asia on Rinkak,” explained Masahiko Adachi, of Rinkak to 3DPrint.com. “To celebrate our opening, we pleased to offer 30% OFF coupon and FREE shipping cost as a monthly campaign.”

Registration to the new US platform is entirely free. Users can simply upload their 3D models, set their product’s price, and Rinkak will do everything else for them, using their rapid quotation system to help designers begin to sell their products. Rinkak can also be used to create prototypes of a product, by making the design private and secure, and unable to be accessed by others on the platform.

Because of Rinkak’s global partnerships with manufacturers, designers are now able to market their products to both Asia and the US, and buyers are able to receive their orders quickly, as they are printed within a facility that is closer to them. By opening their platform up to more of a global audience, both designers (sellers) and buyers should benefit substantially.

Those within the US who would like to take advantage of the 30% off coupon, in addition to free shipping, may use coupon code [RINKAK-US]. Let us know if you are in the US, have registered on the new platform, and what your thoughts are. Discuss in the Rinkak forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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In the Name of 3D Printing: Printify Service and Marketplace Brings Together Designers and …

printifyE-commerce is a phenomenon that has transformed the way we do business worldwide, just as 3D printing is transforming the world of manufacturing. Both processes, unheard of at one time, are responsible for breaking down monumental barriers in the ways we operate in terms of shopping, entrepreneurial endeavors, as well as innovating, ‘making,’ and sharing.

With e-commerce and 3D printing combined, it’s a strong force for encouraging all of those interested in the technology to try their hand at making, sharing, and selling. 3D printing communities and marketplaces generally offer a menu of 3D printing services and choices, most with unique qualities drawing a specific base of 3D printing enthusiasts.

vasesPoland-based Printify is all about bringing people together in a comprehensive way. They are an online 3D printing service working with all levels of 3D printing enthusiasts, aiming to break any barriers there might be in connecting designers and engineers with 3D printing service providers, no matter where they may be, and no matter whether they need to sell products, buy them — or just have their products 3D printed. They will soon be offering training courses in their marketplace as well.

If you are interested in taking your business global and selling in the Printify marketplace, you are exactly who they cater to, allowing you to register as either an individual or a business. You can set up all your business dynamics at Printify, allowing for quotes, shipping and delivery methods, currencies accepted, areas shipped to, and more. You can either subscribe to their commission-based open marketplace and start taking orders right away, or use their professional platform which allows you to use the Printify platform on your own website, with your own brand.

printify1Printify also specializes in giving you the options of ordering 3D prints and having items 3D printed. They offer a great deal of information for the novice on their website, and make the process of getting involved with 3D printing as easy as possible.

If you’d like to get your 3D item printed through Printify, it’s as easy as uploading your STL file in one quick and easy step and then viewing the customization options such as technology, material, color, finish, printing axis, and many others. Printify then allows you to choose a suitable printing source for your needs in terms of printing, price, and shipping — with the option of also picking up 3D printed products directly from the supplier. Printify can help you with having projects completely designed and 3D printed as well.

Printify is owned by Webwerx, which is UK-based, but also has a headquarters in Poland, and offers information technology solutions, working as an expert in developing affordable business software applications.

Have you used Printify or are you a customer or seller in a 3D printing marketplace? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the Printify Service and Marketplace forum over at 3DPB.com.

Japanese 3D printing service receives $2 million to boost its online creators' marketplace

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Japanese 3D printing service Kabuku has announced US$2 million in series A funding led by CyberAgent Ventures. The company, founded in January 2013, operates Rinkak – an online marketplace where users can buy and sell 3D-printed products.

“We will use the funds to enhance its development organization to accelerate service, function, and globalization, in order to rapidly structure and upgrade the platform where creators and companies can conduct production simply by uploading 3D data,” said Kabuku CEO Masahiko Inada.

The Rinkak marketplace gives artists and designers access to high-end 3D printers and eliminates the need for them to maintain stock on-site. Aside from the typical plastic printing material used by many 3D printers, Rinkak can also process orders using ceramics, metals, and rubber. It also encourages collaboration between users to create truly unique products.

“As already seen in the smartphone business, any developers can sell their own applications simply by uploading to the platform,” Inada added. “Similarly in the manufacturing world, Kabuku will create scenes where anyone can easily manufacture, sell and ship their own products simply by uploading 3D data to Rinkak.”

Kabuku also directly provides 3D-printed novelty goods, smartphone accessories, character figurines, and products for the architecture, medical, and dental sectors.

Nissay Capital and Fuji Startup Ventures also contributed to the latest investment round.

Editing by Paul Bischoff

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