My take on the closing of Pinshape and few other marketplaces who were closing recently.

Yes, it’s sad to see a startup closing its doors and entrepreneurs going home after their dream wasn’t coming through. But I also must say that the “script was well written on the wall”.

I launched about two years ago. When I launched it I was already in the end of a couple of months thinking process about what would be the strategy to enter the 3D printing industry.  As my background was in digital stock photography marketplaces, my initial thought was to build a general purpose marketplace for STL files. Thingivers and Shapeways were already in the market. While I was checking the market few other general marketplaces started to emerge and I knew that I don’t want to be involved in what they were doing. Let’s admit it. Most of the general 3DP marketplaces offered childish products. It was obvious that their potential will not go beyond the makers’ community who wanted to test their newly bought 3D printer. Problem is that the makers’ community is limited in its size.

I was dam sure that it will take much more time for the regular consumers’ audience to enter into this market and to replace the limited buying power of the makers.

Then I decided to open a specialized marketplace for spare parts. No Yodas, no monsters no smartphone covers. Only spare parts. This was two years ago, when I launched the company with a partner. Since we are technical savvy we built a nice web site so manufacturers and makers will be able to upload spare parts. Indeed, few makers uploaded their reconstructed parts but manufacturers didn’t come. We wanted to attract mainly manufacturers not makers but they told us that they don’t want to lose control and upload their parts to a 3rd party web site.

So about a year ago we understood that 3DP marketplace is no longer viable business. Even for a specialized spare part marketplace. We then changed our business model to a cloud service and just now finished our MVP with funding from Fabulous (the 3DP EU accelerator).

Now the power is moving to the manufacturers. With our platform (which is a cloud service on their own web site) they can start sell physical products which for the long run, they keep as digital files only (no physical inventory). When a product is being ordered (and paid) the file and 3D printing instructions will be routed to a pre-approved – manufacturing grade – 3DP service bureau. The service bureau will be located in the closest proximity to the ordering customer as possible.

We are starting to recruit manufacturers and we hope that such a business model will be successful, and will attract manufacturers rather than makers for real commercial profits.

Now we are in the business of “supply chain management” instead of the marketplace business.


3D print your spare parts

Request for Proposal

Kazzata has developed a unique software platform that shortcuts supply chains and aims to bring substantial savings to spare parts manufacturers and distribution companies.

We are launching our beta site and calling manufacturers and spare parts distributors to get in touch so we can assess cooperation possibilities.

What we are offering:

We offer you the manufacturer to keep your inventory of spare parts only in digital form. This means you will no longer need to mass-produce and store your spare parts not knowing when or from which part of the globe an order will come. From now on, you will only 3D print the part on demand.

Scenario of use: When a customer enters YOUR web site, he may enter your ‘Spare Parts’ page. When he finds the spare part needed, he may order and pay online and, in a short time, he will get the real spare part delivered to his home (or office, garage, shop, manufacturing plant). The spare part will be 3D printed via our global network of specialized industrial-grade 3D printing service bureaus. The one who will 3D print it will be the one closest to the customer. We ship the part to your customer on your behalf after quality control.

Our platform and technology carry out all the above-mentioned activities in all their aspects.

You, the manufacturer, are operating the “back office” of the platform. You have to upload a CAD file and all related data of the part itself. This includes information related to the material and the 3D printing technology needed. If you do not have such information, we can assist you via our experts.

We know that not all spare parts manufacturers have a need for such service, but if you have issues with your spare parts distribution as herein described, it would be wise from your perspective to try working with us. Issues you may have with your spare parts supply chain include:

  • The manufacturer “MUST” supply spare parts to its customers/distributors.
  • The part is built using one up to two materials only (can be polymer or metal).
  • The part is not related to any safety mechanism.
  • The missing part causes great losses of revenues to the end customer (so he will be willing to pay a price which is related to the losses – not to the cost of the part itself)
  • The inventory of the part is defined as “slow-moving inventory.”
  • The cost of inventory and logistics to supply the part (when needed) is high.

We are looking for beta testers to our platform.

Please feel free to contact us with your needs:

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