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 Kazzata.com 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.

 

Change Box STL

Box-Coins-Small At the end of the day, what are you doing with these coins you collected during the day which making your purse fat till it becomes too hard to seat on it? 
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Usually I dump them in a box or a plastic bag and once a while going to the store next door and ask them to change 100 ten coins into one 10 NIS coin.

 

 

 

 

 

CAD-ImageNow there is a nice solution made by a 3D designer. At the end of the day, instead of dumping the coins in a box just insert them in order into this money change box.

Download now from kazzata.com -spare part marketplace & CAD file repository -and print in your home 3D printer.

Yes I consider 10 NIS coins a nice replacement to 100 ten coins 🙂

 

Click HERE to download.

 

 

Airbus are using 3D printing technology for spare parts.

There is nothing more convincing that Kazzata business model is real and valid than an Airbus engineer explains why they are using 3D printing technology to reconstruct spare parts.

These  reasons are similar to the reasons that I explain our clients why they should move to 3D printing technology use for their own spare parts:

In this video in minute 3:30 the engineer explains for a plastic part of a chair in the airplane:

  • This is a 30 years old design
  • The supplier is no longer available
  • The tools have been scraped
  • There is a need for only 100 parts a year

Did you packed it alone? – No need for packing. We sent our suitcase via email

An amazing concept for future use of 3D printers is shown in this video. Basically it says that in the future it will be so easy and cheap to print anything that we will prefer to travel without our suitcase. When we arrive to any location we will print locally what ever we need.

Yes I know it will not happen tomorrow but eventually sooner than we think this will be the way we will travel with our luggage.

Click HERE to watch the video

 

Thanks @zoharu for opening my eyes for this concept

disrupting traditional spare part supply chains

Our new venture Kazzata.com is all about disrupting traditional spare part supply chains with 3D printing technology on-demand.

I have just read an insightful article in 3D Printing Technology . I am quoting here two paragraphs but it is worth to read the full articles.

Quote 1:

For 3D printing, almost any existing product sector could be disrupted, almost anyone can become involved, and almost any potential set of outcome scenarios may emerge, though confined to limiting variables that we will look at shortly.

Quote 2:

It took the 3D printing industry 20 years to reach $1 billion in size. In five additional years, the industry generated its second $1 billion. It is expected to double again, to $4 billion, in 2015. This exponential growth rate is forecast to continue until at least 2025 by which time the industry will have reached up to $600 billion.

To read the full insightful article click here: http://bit.ly/1phMaFR

The third manufacturing revolution – one step forward

When I am talking and lecturing about the upcoming third manufacturing revolution, I know it will not occur tomorrow. But the signs are already here and we are moving now from individual 3D printers to an array of printers that together will form a mini factory, capable of utilizing various printing technologies, various materials (including metal) and obviously the much anticipated technology of printing a part that the electrical wiring is already inside.

The University of Texas – El Paso’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation just secured a $2.2M grant, from the US government’s additive manufacturing program America to develop just that.

For more information read an article from engineering.com: http://bit.ly/1ecRhhG

If you are a designer or manufacturer you are invited to upload 3D printing spare part design files to our marketplace: Click HERE to start.

3D printing takes a new direction

According to a new Mckinsey  & Company report, CEOs who are already considering the implications of 3D printing technology in the future will have an advantage – as they will have a chance to develop early in-house technical expertise which can be put to work in an efficient manner.

I think we are included in this group with kazzata.com, isn’t it?

Read HERE Mckinsey new report.