Buzz Baldwin – 3DPrintLife

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3D Printlife is the leading US manufacturer of innovative, eco-friendly 3d printing filaments.  The forward-thinking Los Angeles based firm saw a need for a “green” 3D printing filament option, which sparked the launch of their flagship product, ENVIRO ABS.

 

1. Which are the biggest challenges you face as a 3D printing filament manufacturer?”
“Continued development of new, innovative, eco-friendly materials, and raising brand awareness.”

2. How has your business evolved over the last 3 years and how much do you expect the market to keep growing?
“Three years ago we were importing and reselling filaments from China to bring low-cost options to consumers. Now we are manufacturing our own proprietary eco-friendly filaments at our medical grade extrusion facility in the US. The potential of this market is unlimited. It seems almost inevitable that eventually every home, school, and business will use 3d printing in some way.”

3. Who are your biggest customers: consumers, education sector, professional sector (designers/architects/researchers) or manufacturing sector?
“Education is our largest sector because we have put our greatest effort into it.”


4. Which are the materials you sell most of
“We sell PLA (80%) and ABS (20%). We will soon introduce BioPETG (eco-friendly PETG) and new elastomers: YOGA Flex (biodegradable semi-flexible) & ULTRA Flex (biodegradable flexible)”

5. What do you think needs to happen in order for 3D printing (both desktop and professional) to become more widely adopted?
“Adoption rates for new technologies have been steadily increasing for decades, but 3d printing has taken longer as the technical requirements are much more involved than setting the timer on a VCR. For me the two key factors for 3d printer adoption are ease of use, and content. First, once affordable desktop 3d printers are as simple to use and maintain as a microwave oven, or that infamous VCR timer, consumer adoption should increase quite a bit. Until there is a useful and complete catalog of 3D content however, including both open source and licensed IP, a 3d printer will be useless to most consumers who lack the ability to create their own print files. Why buy an iPod if there’s no content on iTunes, or a DVD player if there’s no Blockbuster? Once these two conditions are met consumer adoption rates should cross the 50% mark almost immediately.”

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