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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Online retailer integrated 3D printing for product previews

13 June 2014 – 12:08

By Mike Price

People flock to the web to find bargains, even if the item they are buying is worth thousands of pounds anyway. In fact, safe shopping online has made it easier to find affordable wedding and engagement rings for happy couples in the UK in the past few years.

However, one of the issues with buying a ring online is that you are not guaranteed of getting a good fit, nor being particularly enamoured with the style of the item, once you actually have it in your hand. And having to return such an expensive item, diamond and all, can be a hassle.

Gizmodo reports that jewellery retailer, Brilliance.com, has come up with a novel way to overcome this problem, all thanks to 3D printing.

The idea is that people who are shopping for rings can download a file that lets them print off a plastic replica of their intended band, which fits the exact size and measurements of the real thing. Of course, you will need access to a 3D printer for this to be a possibility, but they are becoming more widely available and affordable at the moment, so it is not an entirely outlandish idea.

Because buyers will be able to get a better sense of what a real ring will look like, this sampling service could soon be rolled out to other areas of the e-commerce market.

Eventually, 3D printing will not just be used for this type of practice, but will be harnessed to help people create products that can actually be used immediately.

The idea is that you will buy a digital file via safe shopping online and then be able to print out almost anything in your own home, rather than waiting for it to be delivered. The future of 3D printing is very exciting indeed.