As the 3D printing industry continues to bloom–or rather, explode–businesses centered around the progressive new technology are thriving–and growing. We all know that growth usually involves some change as well, and right now iGo3D is seeing some of that as they say goodbye to co-founder Michael Sorkin.
The company, headquartered in Hannover, Germany, is responsible for retail distribution of 3D printed related items, concept stores, franchises, and other related solutions. Founded in 2013, Sorkin and Tobias Redlin opened the first store, beginning the evolution of iGo3D which has the potential now only to be strengthened from Sorkin’s move to Formlabs. The company, and Sorkin, see this as something that will offer a good working relationship with potential to expand their distribution network.
“I am starting the new challenge at Formlabs with the knowledge that my duties at iGo3D are taken over by the strong team we built up in those two years since we started,” said Sorkin.
“The challenge at Formlabs gives me the opportunity to shape 3D printing from the perspective of a manufacturer with the experiences I gained at iGo3D, and this should end up eventually in the best possible user experience that 3DP users can have. This is my passion and mission statement.”
iGo3D now has 50 employees, and the team is working all over Europe. The iGo3D team really sees the Sorkin’s move to FormLabs as a plus for strengthening business development. The plan is for the organization Sorkin built to continue on as the very powerful and experienced group that he led, giving them the tools over the past couple of years to grow further and keep building on what has been created so far. It’s encouraging for all involved to know that Sorkin will continue as a partner and a consultant.
“It was a great experience to shape 3D printing with iGo3D in the last two years. The brand has become very strong and is interesting for all manufacturers of 3D printing products as a platform for presentation, promotion and sales, both online and in retail. Resell and retail partners are coming to us for advice and customized retail solutions in order to bring added value to their customers,” said Sorkin.
The news certainly sounds like a win for all involved as the company looks forward to the future, and consumers should look forward to seeing more products and solutions as the business moves forward, looking to the ‘solid growth’ of more storefronts where customers can enjoy coming in and physically seeing products within the iGo3D portfolio. Being in a store in person also gives the customer base the opportunity to speak with staff who are specifically trained in numerous areas regarding 3D printing and can point them in the right direction for products and give a range of advice on what iGo3D is able to provide.
iGo3D also plans to work on expanding their website further, being made available for those who have interests specifically in 3D printing, whether they are novices or experienced designers and 3D printing hobbyists. They will provide a forum for a community to begin sharing a conversation revolving around 3D printing, and overall iGo3D plans to become an information/counseling center, with the team stating in a recent press release that distribution will be separated from the brand.
“In the two years since the founding of iGo3D, desktop 3D printing has evolved from a start-up scene business where people and visions were key to a strong brand and success, to a more mature business in which quality and hard facts are the most important thing. That’s why we feel comfortable for the future challenges, as we have built a strong team of people who are able to develop the company further and further,” said CEO, Tobias Redlin.
“We shall take this chance to take iGo3D to the next level, which will lead to the maximum advantage for customers and people interested in 3D printing. We have a lot of projects, which will lead to more added value online and in our retail solutions. Our international expansion will continue, as we are closing agreements with additional partners in order to strengthen our European growth, and we are still on the look-out for partners in Europe and abroad.”
Have you used any of iGo3D’s services? Discuss their recent positive changes and plans for growth in the Michael Sorkin Moves to Formlabs forum over at 3DPB.com.