Sculpteo is an online source for all of your 3D printing needs. Just as its three-step graphic explains on the first page of its website, the process is straightforward. You upload your design, Sculpteo 3D prints it, and you receive it in the mail. It’s as simple as that. Founded in 2009, the French company–which we follow regularly–made its “3D printing in the cloud” services public in 2011. These services include shipping your cloud-designed 3D printed creations far and wide. Now the company is further expanding its reach by offering manufacturing and shipping from its new San Leandro, California facility. North America (Mexico, Canada and the US) will be the new beneficiaries of Sculpteo’s expanded 3D printing services.
Sculpteo is proud to announce the new business plan to add a North American-based manufacturing and shipping facility so it can more easily meet public demands. In a recent blog entry, Sculpteo explains how this California facility fits into the company’s larger mission:
“Let’s face it, the barriers of entry are decreasing steadily for people and businesses looking to manufacture their own products/designs, and while it’s important to have these items created for as little money as possible it’s more important to create quality items. Speed and quality are extremely important to Sculpteo and we felt strongly that having a factory in the US is the perfect solution.”
How will this new Sculpteo printing outpost in the US work? If you order prints from anywhere in Mexico, Canada, or the US, your items will be printed in the San Leandro facility. This will significantly cut down costs and shipping time, since prints ordered in North America are now expected to be received in an average of three days instead of the usual seven days. (Remember that this time frame depends on the location you order from, and the size and material of your uploaded items.)
An easy to use platform, high quality prints, and faster turnaround time from placing your order and receiving it in the mail: what’s not to love about the latest business developments at Sculpteo? But don’t just take their word for it.
Tunuva’s Quentin Bowden is one example of a very happy Sculpteo customer. Bowden created a product called “Backbone” for the iPhone. This product, which seeks to address the problem of a frayed iPhone charger cord once and for all, used Sculpteo for both its prototyping and manufacturing. In an interview with Sculpteo, Bowden explains why the company was chosen as the project’s 3D printing service:
“…we used Sculpteo’s services for the iterations and also for the product that we ship to our customers. We chose Sculpteo because of the low price and how quickly we can get Backbone to our customers because of the bulk feature you have.”
Tunuva’s Bowden is just one of many people pleased with the support Sculpteo has given them in every step of their product’s development. Now, more people can access these same services in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Anyone following our unemployment problem can also acknowledge the intelligence of opening up a US-based manufacturing facility. There will be more 3D printing jobs! Sculpteo’s services seems to keep growing – along with its reputation. Discuss this story in the Sculpteo California forum on 3DPB.com.