3D Printing Platform Jellypipe Launches in UK and Ireland
Jacob Bourne posted on September 15, 2020 |
Online marketplace connects printers with manufacturers.
(Image courtesy of Jellypipe.)
Online 3D printing platform Jellypipe, established in continental Europe, recently announced the expansion of its offerings to the United Kingdom and Ireland, with future plans to go global in its reach. Jellypipe joins other online platforms such as Aniwaa in an attempt to make 3D printing more accessible for manufacturers.
Jellypipe is an online marketplace that brings together manufacturers requiring 3D printed parts with 3D printing providers. Users can upload their proposed 3D printing job to a virtual shop, where a solutions provider will get in touch with them regarding design optimization or materials advice. Then, the job will be put out to the broader network for quotes. Users can sift through the quotes for the ones that work best, filtering for the least expensive, the quickest delivery, or whatever criteria is optimal to them. After making a selection, the next step is to wait for their 3D part to be shipped directly to them.
According to the company, Jellypipe users have access to 13 different additive manufacturing processes and 50 different printable plastic or metal materials. The platform also works to optimize time and costs for customers, assuring the fastest delivery, best price offer, and an ordering process that’s easy to use — free of charge.
“We ensure that customers communicate with 3D printing solutions providers instead of direct with service providers in order to receive impartial professional advice on specific applications, limits, and optimization of 3D printing for their specific requirements,” said Georges Benz, President, and Co-Founder of Jellypipe.
Benz continued: “Users of Jellypipe can easily access a huge resource of knowledge, advice, and consultation to ensure that the correct materials, 3D printing technology, and finishing is selected, and then receive quotes from the most extensive network of 3D printing service providers based on the speed of delivery or lowest cost. It really couldn’t be more powerful or more simple to engage.”
Traditional manufacturing techniques such as injection molding and CNC machining can incur higher expenses, longer product development lead times, and more waste than 3D printing. 3D printing also allows for a greater deal of customization and can achieve products with greater geometrical complexity. This has sparked the rise of companies like Jellypipe trying to make additive manufacturing more ubiquitous.
“[Jellypipe] overcomes many of the obstacles that stand between manufacturers and their use of 3D printing, key among which are a lack of understanding as to just what opportunities are available, and also an unwillingness to invest in what is often expensive and difficult to use technology,” said Jellypipe’s Scott Colman.