Whether it’s a one-man band or a multi-national conglomerate 3D printing has opened up a host of new business models. The technology can be used to iterate specific products or manufacture a range of products on machines that range from £100-£1 million. One exhibitor at TCT Show + Personalize 2016 is raising funds to create business where business is needed most, a refugee camp.
On stand C36 Maltese startup, Thought3D will be accepting donations on behalf of Habibi.Works, the workshop project based in Katsikas, Greece. The military organised camp is home to roughly 1,000 refugees escaping the war-torn regions in the Middle East and German organisation Soups & Socks are creating Europe’s largest FabLab in order to help refugees get back up on their feet.
The project aims to bring together expertise of those in the camp and locals to manufacture products using technology. Soup & Socks will host regular training workshops in the hope that refugees can create a business of their own. Thanks to partners like Thought3D Habibi.Works already boasts an array of maker equipment like laser cutters and 3D printers.
Thought3D have helped the process of 3D printing in the refugee camp easier with its innovative adhesive Magigoo. At TCT Show the company will be launching a new and improved version of the product, complete with an enhanced formula and branding.
Magigoo is a adhesion pen developed for heated beds of FDM printers that helps the 3D printing process by getting the first layer to stick every time. Thought3D has also created small tester packs of the new Magigoo that will provide workshops and 3D printing users with a user-friendly 3D printing experience. 3D printing businesses and distributors will be able to bundle the small test packs with plastic filaments and other products, providing a valuable educational perk that will ease the use of 3D printing technology for those in the setting of a makerspace, workshop, or home.
“The new small tester packs will allow for new business models; distributors can bundle Magigoo with plastic filaments or other 3D printing accessories,” said Andrei Andy Linnas, co-founder of Thought3D “Magigoo sachets can be easily used in educational settings for one time use workshops, or they can be given away as perks."
The tester packs will be available on Thought3D’s stand (C36) during the 28th and 29th of September and then available online on the Magigoo website.