While 3-D printing holds exciting potential in the creation a variety of products, it remains out of reach for many people. Dutch startup Printr is hoping to change that with the Element and Formide, an all-in-one printing ecosystem which launches in December.
One way to get started with Formide is to search through 60,000 models, available through a partnership with 3-D model search engine 3Dshap.es. The idea behind Formide is to provide a platform through which users can manage multiple accounts, various printing jobs, and to stream STLs and Gcode from their favorite slicers, both locally and through the cloud. Printr says that they have just completed a closed-beta program, with 250 users, with Formide in preparation for shipment of the Element, which represents the hardware side, as they have created a device that can hook into a 3-D printer (compatible with next-generation models) via USB and manage print jobs.
Printr says that they intend to generate revenue through licensing fees with the Element or the integrated Element module. They are also planning other services, but have yet to make an announcement on this front.
In order get the startup off the ground, Printr has announced that they have picked up 750K Euro from a group of undisclosed investors, which they intend to put towards expanding their team, scaling their product, and supporting more 3-D printing manufacturers. This is not the first funding round that they have completed, as the company previously obtained “a small sum” from family friends in order to get through the Startupbootcamp program last year.
At the moment, Printr is focused on people who are currently in the 3-D printing industry, but they tell me that they are looking to expand into different fields, including the education and medical sectors, in early 2016.