Boston-born tech startup, Kwambio has officially opened its 3D printing marketplace featuring more than 300 customisable designer products.
The web and iOS app-based 3D printing service aims to enhance the customer experience by allowing them to engage and customise their products by size, shape and texture from a range of homeware, fashion, tech and art items.
A group of select designers were invited to join the platform for the launch including Daniel Michalik, Kladia Miczan, Alissia Melka-Teichrow, Andrew Sack, Colleen and Eric, Ivan Zhurba, Hart Marlow & Angela Eberhardt. Artists make 70% of the total revenue on each customisation of their products.
Kwambio gives designers the ability to experiment with new design and manufacturing processes and connect easily with customers. For home users, the platform can stream designs directly into select 3D printers including Ultimaker 2, Printrbot Plus and Solidoodle Press so there’s no need to download files. Similar to the way in which the Shapeways platform works, Kwambio has also partnered with iMaterialise to offer 3D printing in 18 different materials and delivery of customised objects.
Vlad Usov, cofounder and CEO at Kwambio, commented: “We created Kwambio to change how manufacturing works right now. It was shaped by the concept of mass production 100 years ago, but the world has changed dramatically since then. And we changed. There’s no more fear in being unique. People need a simple tool to create unique things that express their individuality. The things we have are more than just physical objects, they are how we identify ourselves. And we have strong emotional connections with stuff we create. We want to unleash the power of creativity that lives in everyone, connecting designers directly to customers and bringing personal relations to manufacturing globally. Returning art to the artists and custom to the customers, that’s what Kwambio is all about.”