“Automatic 3D Printing for everyone.”
The creative process is one many glamorize as a dreamy, luxurious state of affairs, no matter the medium. Whether you are a 3D designer, painter, or a playwright, having some overall mastery of your tools is important. But when beginning to learn about a new technology like 3D printing, how involved do you really need to get with learning all the parts of the machine, and which settings to use? Sometimes it’s just okay to go on a ‘need to know’ basis.
If you’re a novice, and not sure whether you want to mess with the hassle of opening your wallet for an investment in hardware, shopping for software, buying materials, and then actually having to learn how to use everything, that’s certainly not a reason to shy away from attaining a 3D model.
As affordability and accessibility do actually start to look like a reality within the 3D printing industry on a global basis, there are still many who haven’t dipped their toes in the water. Lani, a startup in Ontario, offers an incredibly easy platform for anyone to have their design printed. Forget the headaches of comparison shopping and reading reviews until you’re blue in the face—how about just focusing on your design and pressing send when you are ready to have it made? Leaving you more time to think about the creative side and less about the technical, the Lani platform allows you to do everything you need to in just three steps.
“For too long, 3D printing has been limited to those who have the budget or the network to access a 3D printer,” states the Lani team in their latest press release. “Additionally, it can be a cumbersome to print designs, having to keep in mind over 200 variables within the slicing process. Our platform makes this process easier.”
- Upload your design
- Choose your options
- Press send
The rest is all handled and processed by Lani, acting as a payment and management system for 3D printing centers. This allows learning institutions, libraries, and all of their partnering print centers to enjoy completely automated payments, manage their users, seamlessly—and see that designs and materials are handled for everyone, with easy local access to 3D printing.
“We alleviate the pains of owning your own printer, slicing your models, keeping track of print settings, and much more. We make it as simple as uploading your design to the Lani website, picking your printer options, and pressing print,” says the Lani team.
Simplicity is the key as they connect you with a 3D printer, stressing that absolutely anyone can use this service, plus enjoy the sleek design on their site—and intuitive user interface. Lani also offers additional services for their providers, mainly through the Lanibox, a hardware device they developed for wireless control of 3D printers. It also allows the providers to give more advanced users access to choosing options.
“I wanted to build a system where anyone, anywhere, can submit a design very quickly without much problem,” says lani CEO Pablo Eder. “I think people should focus on learning how to design a 3D model, but not really on the settings of the printer. You should be able to just hit ‘print.’ “
With industry annual growth accelerated and the Chinese working to put 3D printers in all of their schools, Eder says he sees 3D printing as the new normal in daily technology. Ultimately, his company’s mission is ‘bringing 3D printing to the mainstream and make it insanely easy for people to use 3D printers.’
A Waterloo-based startup, Lani is working diligently to transform and revolutionize within the 3D printing industry, offering automation and management of prints, breaking down barriers for everyone with true accessibility. Discuss further over in the Lani 3D Printing Platform forum at 3DPB.com.