When Kabuku Inc. of Tokyo launched a closed beta test of their Rinkak 3D Printing Manufacturing Management Service, the cloud-based business management service, designed to meet the needs of modern 3D printing service bureaus, they were expecting feedback.
They got it, and now Yasuhide Yokoi of Kabuku says the number of registrants was “quite promising.”
Now with the beta testing period nearly complete, Rinkak MMS says their cloud service designed for digital fabrication manufacturers – with all of its key production control features – was tested by 100 factory users in 16 countries.
“Through reviews of factory users, the most popular features of Rinkak MMS are Automated Quotations and Payment Functions,” Yokoi says. “Our development team will constantly release more powerful functions to respond [to] the emerging market need.”
Now, Kabuku says the Rinkak MMS will be ready for launch next week.
The company says the Rinkak 3D Printing MMS, a “a one-stop manufacturing service solution covering everything from the automated creation of a website, to smoothing the process of receiving new orders, to manufacturing and sales management tools,” features those automated job quotation, automated 3D data analysis software, manufacturing process management and sales management functions.
With the order receipt and sales management tools, the system also includes the automated creation of an e-commerce website to receive print orders which includes online payment tools. The manufacturing process management service also boasts automated invoice and delivery features.
While all the proposed features weren’t available during the beta test period, Kabuku says they will be live as of the official release of the service.
Rinkak MMS, in the final release version, will include information about printer customization, a set of tools to inform clients and potential clients of the specific data requirements of those printers, conditional manufacturing requirements a bureau may have and the ability to register – and display – a full list of materials users may offer.
The MMS will also allow service bureaus to list whatever post-print finishing services they might offer such painting or dyeing, polishing or coating.
Kabuku will offer three licensing options which include varying levels of access to the full functionality of the MMS, and licensing fees are expected to include a free option, as well as $250 and $450 per month options. Kabuku says a 5-10% fee on the manufacturing cost of each order will apply as well minus any applicable volume discounts.
The service will officially launch on August 26.
Will you sign up for the Rinkak 3D Printing MMS program now that the beta test is complete? Will you find this kind of business and product management service useful? Let us know in the Rinkak 3D Printing MMS forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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