Many 3D printing platforms/marketplaces pop up regularly, but few are causing the kind of buzz that Kwambio did when it officially launched last year. Like other marketplaces, customers could purchase from a wide variety of 3D printable items, but what made Kwambio unique was that users could modify and customize any of the files they purchased. This company describes its platform as “a one-of-a-kind commission between designer and client.” At the time of the platform’s launch, Kwambio was also developing its own innovative 3D printer, the Unique One.
Now, Kwambio has officially relaunched its site, adding additional designers, a new website design, and a laser focus on quality. What do you think of this new development? Discuss it in the Kwambio Re-Launches 3D Platform forum on 3DPB.com.
Marketing Director Kate Kolambet describes the new Kwambio as a “highly curated marketplace”:
“You will see that KWAMBIO treats 3D printing as a tool and has really moved away from the standard aesthetics (plastic, resolution marks, everything looks like a DNA helix….) usually associated with 3D printing… We offer designer products – jewelry and homeware – made to order. All products can be 3D printed in high quality metals and ceramics. We offer various customization options and a choice of materials.
Several well-established designers are making their debut at Kwambio. These include multimedia artists Jim Drain and Katie Stout, design duo Chen Chen and Kai Williams, and design studios AMT and Mir Ett. Returning artists, who were part of Kwambio’s initial lineup, include Colleen and Eric, Andrew Sack, Angela Eberhardt and Hart Marlow, and Daniel Michalik. A long list of additional designers will be added soon.
However, perhaps the most significant addition is Kwambio’s new creative director, Chad Philips. The former creative director of online design marketplace Fab.com brings significant experience to the company, including senior positions at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Kidrobot. He has worked as a designer and curator in many fields, and he sees his new position at Kwambio as an opportunity to focus on the creative possibilities of 3D printing.
“We want to change the 3D printing paradigm,” he said. “A lot of people aren’t intrigued by 3D printing because it’s the same mathematical equations coming out of a plastic machine. We push the boundaries of what people think of when they think of technology – and what can be made on demand around the world.
Currently, Kwambio’s boutique offerings include plenty of fashion-forward jewelry and decorations, all of which are customizable. The company also offers designer services, including customizable APIs, prototyping and wholesale services. Kwambio is also always looking for new designers to sell on its site. Designers are chosen carefully, but anyone can apply – just fill out an application here.
“KWAMBIO gives its designer partners the opportunity to experiment with new design processes and manufacturing options while easily and intimately connecting with a broad customer base,” adds Kolambet. “KWAMBIO does not hold any inventory, so there are no overheads or minimums for designers, logistics or production. KWAMBIO makes it easy and simple for designers to bring new products to market. »
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