After recent openings of 3D printing stores in Mexico, Germany and the United States, Israel is the next country to see the opening of a 3D printing store. 3D Factory is officially the first 3D printing experience store in Israel and it opens doors today at 7:30 pm. The shop is located in the NOGA neighborhood of North Jaffa, Tel Aviv.
The team is not the first to open a building which is dedicated entirely to 3D printing, because already in November last year the first 3D printer lab in Israel, called XNL lab, opened doors. However, 3D Factory does not notice a lot of similarities between the two, as Jessica Jaffe says: “Unlike 3D printing labs, 3D Factory is a balance between a studio gallery, workshop space, and retail store. It gives the community, beyond designers and students, the opportunity to experience 3D printing up close and in person, as well as purchase home desktop 3D printers, speciality items or create their own.”
The shop is packed with in-store 3D printers and houses six 3D Desktop Printers, a Makerbot Thing-o-matic, Replicator 2, Replicator 2X, FlashForge Creator, Ultimaker 2 and Something 3D. There’s also a workshop station where customers could be using a wide variety of 3D modeling software in order to create their own printed figurines and designs. 3D Factory is set to host workshops and lectures to encourage newcomers in the field of 3D printing to interactively learn something about the field.
But today, for customers the most important part about a 3D store is still that visitors must be able to print out their own gadgets. 3D Factory seems to jump on the bandwagon and will be selling 3D printed “unique” items, such as jewelry, lampshades, keychains, smartphone cases, magnets, vases and more. The products are all built from the in-store desktop 3D printers and they are made of ABS or PLA plastics.