3D Hubs has announced the acquisition of Printivate, a service for optimising and fixing 3D models. Printivate will be integrated into the 3D Hubs platform to improve 3D file handling and printability prediction.
3D Hubs is a network of private and professional 3D printing services that is used by customers worldwide to get their 3D models printed. The process of creating a 3D printed object out of a 3D model consists of many complex calculations that are relevant for the printability and also quality of the physical part. 3D Hubs aims at automating the process by using smart 3D model analysis.
Adrian Muresan, CEO and founder of Printivate, who will now also join the 3D Hubs team as R&D lead in their Amsterdam office, explains: “Printivate developed advanced computational software that allows 3D Hubs to simplify and automate this process. The automation will lead to faster turnaround times, lower failure rates, less handling and higher quality prints throughout the platform.”
Using Printivate, the 3D printing services will be able to streamline the incoming order flow, reduce handling and turnaround time per print, allowing them to take more orders at less cost. For the customer, potential failure rates drop dramatically while print quality improves.
With the data of over 500.000+ printed parts available, the impact of the automation on both the company as well as the user is expected to be significant. The first functionality is expected to go live on 3dhubs.com before the end of the year.
“Our goal is to build the most efficient 3D print solution for professionals working in design and manufacturing. We’re going to achieve this by integrating advanced tools directly into the 3D Hubs platform. The acquisition of Printivate is another large step forward.” said Bram de Zwart, CEO of 3D Hubs.