“The 3D printing technology, like every other industry technology, has to be a part of a productive process. On its own, it’s much more similar to a toy,” Trimaker Co-Founder
3D Printing In Latin America
Although slowly gaining traction, the 3D printing industry is still nascent in Latin America. However, there is one company betting on disruption.
Emerging In An Emerging Market
“We started with hardware, making 3D printer prototypes based on resin technology, back in 2010,” Caporale revealed. “By 2012, we had the first working prototype, and began manufacturing machines. Hardware lead us to software, then we went into materials, and today we’re the leading 3D printers company in Latin America.”
“What we do now is manufacture machines, with a much more integrated chain, from Asia to Argentina. In addition, we work -a lot- with the implementation of this technology in productive processes,” he continued. “We want our printers to supplement other machines, harnessing the full potential of this technology.”
A Working Company
“Right now, we are the only Latin American company in the retail segment, and the only ones with a real distribution chain assembled, selling in stores like Staples and others,” Caporale explained. “Stratasys, Ltd.
On the other hand, he expounded, 3D Systems Corporation
When asked about sales, the entrepreneur said that, this year, Trimaker would fall short of its $2 million target. “However, leaving R&D peaks aside, it’s a company that always breaks even. Our last funding round, in 2015, was a $400,000 round; but the company doesn’t demand much capital, because we generally base our activities on knowledge that the own founders had been accumulating over time.”
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Note: This interview has been translated from Spanish, without altering the meaning of the statements provided by the interviewee.
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