Additive Manufacturing Strategies

Kabuku Announces $2 Million in Series A Funding to Further Develop Rinkak, The Shapeways of Japan

ST Medical Devices

Share this Article

Shapeways is probably one of the most interesting, and fastest growing 3D printing ventures out there today. They allow designers to upload their 3D models, and then sell those models as 3D prints, which Shapeways creates in house. By offering dozens of different materials and colors to clients, which they can have thousands of different 3D models printed in, the options available are nearly endless.

rinkak-1According to Alexa.com, approximately 40% of Shapeways’ traffic comes from individuals within the United States. This is then followed by India, the U.K, and then Japan. Japan only accounts for approximately 3.8% of all website traffic to Shapeways.com. One of the reasons for the lack of traffic from Japan is likely the language barrier, as well as the fact that it costs $19.99 to ship an item to the country.

This is where a company called Kabuku comes into play. Kabuku, founded in January of 2013, manages a web service very much like Shapeways, but a Japanese version. The service, known as Rinkak, works much the same as its US counterpart, and is looking to expand their business as the 3D printing market grows. Today Kabuku announced that they have raised $2 million in series A funding, which has been led by CyberAgent Ventures.rinkak-2

“We will use the funds to enhance its development organization to accelerate service, function, and globalization, in order to rapidly structure and upgrade the platform where creators and companies can conduct production simply by uploading 3D data,” said Kabuku CEO Masahiko Inada.

Rinkak utilizes high end 3D printers which are capable of printing in plastics, ceramics, metals, and rubber. The ability to 3D print any design on their website, means that no stock needs to be maintained and stored in a warehouse, which saves money over a typical ecommerce business.

rinkak-feat

“As already seen in the smartphone business, any developers can sell their own applications simply by uploading to the platform,” Inada added. “Similarly in the manufacturing world, Kabuku will create scenes where anyone can easily manufacture, sell and ship their own products simply by uploading 3D data to Rinkak.”

Rinkak hopes that they can take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunity within the market today. Shapeways has seen a substantial increase in business over the last 12 months alone. With the funding announced today, Rinkak should be able to get a major head start within the Japanese market, as the go to 3D printing marketplace. Discuss this article and Kabuku’s 3D printing ambitions at the 3DPB.com forum thread for Rinkak.

Share this Article


Recent News

FDM 3D Printing Support Removal Times Cut in Half with VORSA 500

3D Printing Drone Swarms, Part 12: 3D Printing Missiles



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

ICAM 2021: Keynotes on 3D Printing in Healthcare & Aerospace

At last month’s International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ICAM) 2021 in Anaheim, California, hosted by ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCOE), a wide variety of topics were covered,...

Featured

3D Printing Unicorns: Gelato Gets $240M in Funding, Expands into 3D Printing

On-demand printing platform Gelato, based in Oslo, Norway, achieved the coveted unicorn status after a new funding round. On August 16, 2021, the company announced it had raised $240 million...

Featured

US Army and Raytheon to Use 3D Systems Metal 3D Printing to Heat-Optimize Munitions

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) has been chosen by defense contractor Raytheon and the U.S. Army’s central laboratory to help with a design optimization project. To do that, the 3D Systems’...

Raytheon Receives Funding for Aerospace 3D Printing of Optical Components

This spring, Ohio-based America Makes, the leading collaborative partner in additive technology research, discovery, and innovation for the US, announced its latest Project Call for AXIOM, or  Additive for eXtreme Improvement...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.