J-CAD Inc. has the right idea when it comes to keeping the positive momentum charging ahead in business–and especially within the 3D printing industry, which is constantly reinventing itself as innovators come forth with one new 3D printed process or product after another–many topping the one before. Often, J-CAD helped designs get into 3D printed form in the first place as well.
This is a team that is excited. Passionate about what they do–and mainly because they have so much fun while they are doing it, the folks at J-CAD Inc. specialize in bringing concepts and prototyping projects to fruition in terms of actual designing for clients, 3D printing, and even mass production. Their services are affordable, with prototypes generally costing under $1,000 and quick turnarounds of a week or so. We’ve been following them and have enjoyed reporting on one of their 3D printed prototypes recently for a 3D printed cigar ashtray.
“Being in this business allows us to work with some of the world’s most talented, forward-thinking individuals and companies,” says Jason Vander Griendt, CEO of J-CAD Inc. “They come to us with great ideas for products that will make the world a better place…and we get to design it for them! The best part for me though is when we get to see it come to life through our prototyping program and mass production service we offer at J–CAD Inc. It is the main reason I started this business.”
Along with the thrill of creating a growing customer base and company size as well, recently the 3D printing company has added a new website, as well as acquiring another company–MakeMy3DFile.com. With this new service, customers are able to enter the site, upload their ideas and a corresponding category, pay online–and a 3D file is built for them.
While J-CAD Inc. is in the business of also providing the 3D printing, the CAD files they design for you can be used by any other company you choose for 3D printing services. They use software packages such as SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, MicroStation, AutoCAD, Catia, Unigraphics NX, Pro-E WildFire and more.
“With every month that goes by we are definitely seeing that 3D printing is becoming more mainstream,” says Jason. “Our 3D design department is growing exponentially to keep up with the demand from people that want their designs made for 3D print. They come to us because the 3D printing companies do not offer in-house 3D design services (but we do). Instead, they only offer a forum which connects individuals with ideas to individual 3D designers which is great, but the clients that come to us say that this system is not working…”
According to feedback Jason has received from customers working with other companies, they do not want to go through forums looking for the appropriate designers and then ‘interviewing’ them. Chances are if you know little about design to begin with, choosing a designer is a bit of a shot in the dark. And then comes figuring out to handle payment, receipt of product, and all the details that go along with project management. A ‘proceed at your own risk’ scenario begins to sound like a gamble all around for the novice user.
“Average people with no 3D skills want a simple system to get their designs printed without spending a lot of time or risking a lot of money–and they want a guarantee,” says Jason. “So we offer exactly this at J-CAD Inc. combined with Makemy3Dfile.com.”
The whole idea of offering a comprehensive service is that the client is taken care of from start to finish. And the process is streamlined and easy. With their new website, it’s a slam dunk for everyone involved. You’ll enjoy live chat for project questions, helpful videos, and a great amount of information regarding their services. Let the prototyping begin!
What are your thoughts on this acquisition? Let us know in the J-CAD / MakeMt3DFile Forum thread on 3DPB.com.