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Raise3D Still Blazing a Trail on Kickstarter Surpassing 650% of Goal, Acquires ToyBuilder Labs

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UntitledRaise3D has, undeniably, been on fire. And they’ve added more fuel to their flames of success lately with the acquisition of ToyBuilder Labs, and a name change as well to Raise3D North America (with a major headquarters, Raise3D China in Shanghai). This is a company with years of experience behind them in hardware manufacturing, and now with the N-Series, they’ve hit that nail on the head in creating just the right balance between features, form, and affordability in a lineup of 3D printers.

Specifically, Raise3D created three FDM printers to rise above and beyond others in the industry for accuracy, reliability in complex jobs, user-friendliness, and easy maintenance. They offer an incredible touchscreen, allow for fabrication with a wide range of materials, and offer a build volume of 12 x 12 x 24 inches, with nearly flawless printing. The N1, N2, and N2 Plus are meant to handle the needs of the most demanding users–and not only that, did we mention that they are great-looking as well?

2015-09-26-12.32.05-768x1024The response to Raise3D’s Kickstarter campaign speaks for itself. You can’t help but smile, taking a look and seeing how far they’ve exceeded their goal, with still a week to go at the time of this writing. The writing was on the wall for this campaign within minutes of starting, however, as they raised $50,000 in less than ten minutes, and have been climbing like crazy since then, as they are selling amazing machines at an affordable $1199 to start.

We’ve been following this company for quite some time, and reported on their presence at Maker Faire, as well as making quite the splash at the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo Santa Clara.

Raise3D is experiencing the fairytale as far as crowdfunding goes right now–but they’ve earned it. And their story continues to expand with the recent acquisition of ToyBuilder Labs of Pasadena, CA. A husband and wife team, self-professed to be ‘tech-nerds,’ Taj and Joseph Chiu specialize in selling 3D printing filament in a range of varieties and colors. Working with users at all levels of expertise, they offer their advice and help for projects as small as an order for a single roll of filament all the way to much larger orders for learning institutions.

Shipping around the world, they promise a ‘comfortable and informative customer experience’ for all. Starting out small and growing into a great success, they caught the attention of Raise3D China. The two companies now embark on a future together with the inception of Raise3D North America–a new name with even more options, and they are finishing out the Kickstarter campaign as a whole also.

“Joseph and I believe that the Raise3D N-Series is truly set to ‘raise the standard’ of 3D printing and change the face of the prosumer 3D printing landscape. Nothing can beat their combination of price, print quality and material flexibility,” Taj Chiu tells 3DPrint.com. “As ToyBuilder Labs and Raise3D merge to create Raise3D North America part of our role is to bring a new and different perspective to the table.”

UntitledTaj and Joseph have just returned from a trip to China where they toured the headquarters there, were able to see all the N-Series 3D printers and meet their overseas counterparts.

“Having the factory and supply chain management that Raise3D has at this point I feel confident that the N-Series produced by our factory will be as rock solid as the prototypes we have been lugging all over the world to trade shows!” shares Taj on the Kickstarter campaign page, regarding their trip to the China headquarters, and the future of Raise3D overall.

The overall goal of the team is to promote accessibility in 3D printing as well as fostering a large community of ‘Raisers’ all sharing their knowledge as they continue to innovate. We wish the whole team great success, and especially through the end of their Kickstarter campaign, seeing as how they have now raised only 650% of their goal!

Discuss this acquisition in the ToyBuilder Labs forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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