Yorkshire-based 3D printer retailer Hawk 3D Proto, a division of engineering cutting tools supplier Cutwel Limited, offers a range of 3D printing services, products, and hardware to help its rapidly-growing base of customers fulfill any rapid prototyping needs and maximize their creative projects. The independent company is well-known for supplying high-performance desktop 3D printers, and has various distributor and reseller agreements with multiple global 3D printing vendors across the UK. Its customer range just got a little bit bigger, as Hawk 3D Proto just announced that it is now a reseller in the UK for the range of LulzBot 3D printers by Aleph Objects.
“We started with a couple of brands, we don’t have them all. Now, our most successful brand is BCN3D. We also work with Zortrax, Raise 3D; we’re adding Mass Portal, WASP, ZYYX, as well. It’s nice to not only have Cartesian, but delta systems as well,” Hawk 3D Proto’s CEO and founder Ben Hawksworth told 3DPrint.com at the busy TCT Show in September.
“We are conscious of growing the brand and who we are.”
LulzBot, which produces parts for the hardware it sells on its own 3D printers, has a well-earned reputation in the FFF 3D printing market for building high-quality, reliable desktop 3D printers, and at the time of publication has printed over two million production-grade parts on-site. Hawk 3D Proto will be reselling both the LulzBot Mini and the flagship LulzBot TAZ 6, the latter of which can handle both large and small print jobs and has been used to make, among other projects, lacrosse helmets, several parts for an electric motorcycle, and a bolus for a skin cancer patient.
LulzBot 3D printers are not the only new addition to the company’s portfolio of 3D printers and ancillaries – Hawk 3D Proto also announced that it has formalized a dedicated distributor agreement for Magigoo, a must-have 3D printer build plate adhesive for easy post-print part removal from Maltese startup Thought3D, to increase its line of 3D printer accessories.
As anyone remotely involved in the industry can tell you, creating a 3D printed product is not only about what kind of 3D printer you’re using – ancillary processes and products, such as odorless and non-toxic Magigoo, coupled with experienced support, are also integral to the success of a project. Hawk 3D Proto’s products and services portfolio showcase the company’s insight and expertise in offering a totally comprehensive approach to 3D printing – this is why the company has gained momentum and grown so much since it split from its parent company four years ago.
At TCT Show, Hawksworth told 3DPrint.com, “We got Magigoo recently, it’s very nice,” which shows that the company only sells what it will personally vouch for.
If you’re ever interested in learning more about what Hawk 3D Proto has to offer, look no further than the company’s YouTube channel, which has close to 5,500 subscribers.
Not only does Hawk 3D Proto have an awesome YouTube channel, helpful website, and a 3D printing bureau service that offers fast turnaround times for projects, customers can also make appointments to visit its “state-of-the-art” 3D printing showroom and check out workshops and live product demonstrations.
“These show I’m a person, not just a CEO,” Hawksworth told 3DPrint.com about his series of vlogs (video blogs, for the uninitiated).
In addition, Hawk 3D Proto runs an information and test center that’s fully equipped with 3D printers, so educational institutions, individuals, and industrial organizations can take part in various outreach activities. The company also provides a great pre- and post-sale service at the facility – complete hands-on training for industrial purposes.
“Our showroom is 2,500 square feet in Yorkshire. We have live product demos there, or you can come in for a specific application and we can work with you for an hour or two there, for free, to work out products,” Hawksworth told 3DPrint.com in September.
“We spend a lot of time on big projects. The Iron Man helmet took 3-4 weeks, it shows off engineering and cosplay both.”
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