Germany-based Conrad Electronic is one of the largest and most-trusted electronics providers in Europe, with over 4,000 employees and a constantly growing range of products that includes electronic components, cable and tools, computers, communication technologies, and the latest consumer electronic devices. It also has a comprehensive range of services, delivered through both local and online retail facilities, as well as e-procurement solutions and its own sales force. So it makes sense that the company decided it would be a good idea to partner up with 3D printing service provider trinckle 3D, also headquartered in Germany, to introduce Conrad’s brand new 3D printing service, aimed at hobbyists and professionals alike.
We’ve heard about some of trinckle 3D’s other partnerships, like with delivery service TNT Germany and Luxexcel, known for its optical components. The company was founded in 2013 and made headlines as the first online 3D printing service provider in Germany. It’s continued to grow since then, building up its software platform, and trinckle’s main offering, the web-based Paramate Platform, helps its customers design and manufacture customized products, using its powerful algorithms to streamline design processes and eliminate the more difficult design tasks.
As we all know, 3D printing is causing waves in manufacturing processes across many industries, from product development all the way to production. To get a piece of the 3D printing pie, Conrad Electronics is introducing its new Conrad 3D Print Service, in partnership with trinckle 3D, to help its customers discover the potential of this innovative technology. Many of Conrad’s customers are still new to 3D printing, and being able to utilize trinckle’s platform, through the 3D Print Service, is helping make industrial 3D printing more accessible to them. It integrates the ordering and software tools, to make sure that all of Conrad’s customers are supported in their 3D printing journey.
“Our print service platform is designed to facilitate a great customer experience,” said trinkcle 3D CEO Florian Reichle. “It is so simple to use. The model handling tools repair models, check printability and scalability, essentially guaranteeing that anyone can get the perfect print every time.”
Conrad was looking for exactly this kind of expertise to make sure that its customers would get definite value and high-end results in the additive manufacturing world. The basics of the new 3D Print Service are pretty…well, basic. Users can simply upload their 3D models to Conrad’s new 3D printing service platform, where it’s automatically checked for printability, and the file is repaired if necessary. You can select the size, color, and material, and the price and time of delivery will be displayed right there on the screen. Then, once you’ve closed the purchase order, the object is created on professional, industrial-quality 3D printers, and quickly sent right to your doorstep.
“We are extremely pleased to have found such a strong partner in trinckle 3D GmbH,” said Bastian Krä, Project Manager and Team Member at the Conrad Technology Center. “Not only is trinckle well-established and innovative, but they also believe firmly in creating amazing customer experiences. With their help, we will be able to offer our clients top quality and truly high-end results. 3D printing offers almost unlimited new possibilities, and thanks to this partnership with trinckle we will be able to leverage them for our customers.”
- No minimum order quantity
- Short production and delivery times
- No surcharges for small quantities
- Enormous price advantages, especially for small series
- No need to invest in expensive manufacturing equipment
- No setup or tool costs
- Wide range of materials and colors
They’re serious about this last point, specifically spelling out that “everything is possible,” from plastic FDM processing to sintered parts made from polyamide and metals. The print capabilities found with trinckle 3D lets users create almost anything, from replacement components to models, so they can really take advantage of the technology. Conrad’s new service allows its customers to take advantage of trinckle’s capabilities, and enjoy a large selection of production materials and colors, production of single item batches, and the ability to “produce totally individual items and enjoy unparalleled design freedom.”
Reichle said, “3D printing is more than just a production method, it will create and change production ecosystems and make the previously inconceivable, possible.”
Discuss in the Conrad trinckle forum at 3DPB.com.
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