3D Hubs, which runs an online marketplace for 3D printing services, has acquired Printivate, a specialized service for optimizing and fixing 3D models.
3D Hubs was founded in 2013 and has a network of service providers in over 160 countries. This is the first acquisition that 3D Hubs has made and comes only three months after the company raised $7 million in venture capital financing.
3D Hubs has said that it will integrate Printivate into its own platform to improve its handling of 3D files and their printability prediction. A major part of this is to automate the process of 3D printing as much as possible to reduce handling and turnaround time per print. This in turn should reduce potential failure rates and improve print quality.
Bram de Zwart, CEO of 3D Hubs, explained: “Our goal is to build the most efficient 3D print solution for professionals working in design and manufacturing. We're going to achieve this by integrating advanced tools directly into the 3D Hubs platform. The acquisition of Printivate is another large step forward.”
Customers should see the first fruits of this integration on the 3dhubs.com site before the end of the year. Adrian Muresan, CEO and founder of Printivate will join 3D Hubs as R&D lead at its Amsterdam HQ.