Fresh off their first place win at the formnext Start-up Challenge last month, and now that Inside 3D Printing San Diego is over, leading software provider for 3D printing 3YOURMIND is announcing an expansion of their services in the US. The Berlin-based tech company, known for their online 3D-button platform that offers 3D printing directly from CAD-based programs, had opened a temporary office in San Francisco this August, in order to bring their advanced software for industrial 3D printing to this country; that office, which focuses on the automotive industry, will now become a permanent location. The company gets a lot of their business from Europe, so they also operate an additional headquarters in Poland, but the main goal now is to acquire more American customers.Before they opened the San Francisco office, there were only a handful of 3D service providers in the US using their innovative software platform, and the company has been working pretty hard to turn that around. 3YOURMIND Co-Founder and COO Aleksander Ciszek has been in charge of the US expansion effort, with some additional temporary support from CEO Stephan Kuehr and their head of Sales and Marketing, Philipp Stelzer.
“The launch of our eCommerce solution last October has been a perfect entry point to the US market,” says Ciszek. “We have found innovative companies and 3D printing services who were hungry for the solution we developed here in Germany.”
During a second round of financing last December, 3YOURMIND impressed Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS GmbH Electro-Optical Systems, the worldwide leading provider of industrial 3D printers in laser sintering, and also based in Germany. He is a Business Angel, supporting the growth of startup companies in the 3D printing and laser technology sector, and became their main investor. 3YOURMIND notes that his investment adds validation to their efforts.
In April, 3YOURMIND was awarded the German Innovation Prize in the Start-Up category; the contest recognizes the best ideas and brightest minds of the German economy. 3YOURMIND was one of the few chosen for the prestigious award that were working on bringing companies “Made in Germany” to the US market. As part of their prize, they earned an initial placement in Silicon Valley’s German Accelerator Program, which supports German technology startups with high potential and provides access to mentors, office space, and business connections. The program has helped over 100 German startups gain momentum in the US market.
Some of the other features of the German Accelerator Program include:
- 100% free services
- boot camps and workshops
- customized mentoring
- access to their marketing and PR channels
- support services to get settled in the US (driver’s license, bank account, accommodations, etc.)
Now, due to 3YOURMIND’s progress with negotiations and contracts with giants of the Silicon Valley, the program is extending their support for an extra nine months. 3YOURMIND says the close proximity to this important tech network they’ve gained through the German Accelerator Program has helped increase the development of some key business relationships in the US market, and expect several of these partnerships to be formally implemented in customer companies and made public in 2017.
The company was also awarded at the 2016 Germany – Land of Ideas competition as having one of the top 100 German innovations for the digital age. Having announced a partnership with Dynamic Parcel Distribution (DPD) earlier this year, in an effort to simplify the overall supply chain, and also teaming up with Element14 and EnOcean for a 3D printed, customizable IoT switch, it doesn’t look like 3YOURMIND is slowing down anytime soon. Discuss in the 3YOURMIND forum at 3DPB.com.