3D Hubs, a company that connects 3D printers on a worldwide scale, invests 25,000 dollar in order to make 3D printing technology more accessible for students. The first 1000 students to sign up on 3D Hubs’s website will receive a free 3D printing credit of 25 dollars. In addition, students don’t have to pay service fee to 3D Hubs anymore. After this offer, they will still receive a discount of 15 percent on all their 3D prints.
The benefit for students to use 3D Hubs’s service is the delivery time. Students who need to use the technique a lot of time on college often need to do it at the same time, namely during exam periods. What happens next is that the 3D printers can’t provide everyone with a 3D print at the same time. 3D Hubs wants to attract those students to use their service instead. The company says it only takes an average of two working days to get regular objects printed and delivered. Students can print their 3D model on a nearby printer connected to the 3D Hubs network.
3D Hubs’s CEO Bram de Zwart stated:
All the economic value, as well as the knowledge of 3D print experts, everything at 3D Hubs, remains inside the local community. Growing these values locally, instead of extracting and centralizing both wealth and knowledge somewhere else, is what makes the difference in the long run. We think our vision of creating local value aligns perfectly well with those of Universities and schools.
One thing is for certain: 3D Hubs puts a lot of effort into getting students into using this technique. We’ve seen lots of cases where companies tried to bring 3D printing to the masses. As for today, the problem with attracting the mainstream still lies in the technique’s price class. A regular 3D printer often costs more than 1000 dollars. Nevertheless, the current trend is that printers’s prices are dropping, with cheaper consumer printers such as The Micro on the forefront of bringing the technique to the masses. It will be interesting to see what this capital injection of 3D Hubs will lead to. Students might come up with some really original ways to use the technique.