Ruud Rouleaux – colorFabb

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ColorFabb was founded by Ruud Rouleaux. As an expert in the field of additives and masterbatches for the plastic industry he set out to develop high-quality 3D printing filament. Back in the summer of 2012 the first experiments started, which gradually led to the official launch of the brand Colorfabb in March 2013. Now Colorfabb is run by a multidisciplinary team and is considered to be one of the top leading and most innovative companies in the filament manufacturing segment.

 

1. Which are the biggest challenges you face as a 3D printing filament manufacturer?
“Designing new innovative materials, keeping a fair level of differentiation with the competition at reasonable pricing.”

2. How has your business evolved over the last 3 years and how much do you expect the market to keep growing?
“We have been growing double digit every year. B2B / industrial materials will facilitate more growth every year.”

3. Who are your biggest customers: consumers, education sector, professional sector (designers/architects/researchers) or the manufacturing sector?
“Our primary customers are the OEM’s (3D printer builders), followed by the consumer and education sectors.”


4. Which are the materials you sell most of?
Co-polyester (PET family) , PLA, Specials (Metal Wood), Composites.

5. What do you think needs to happen in order for 3D printing (both desktop and professional) to become more widely adopted?
“We need to be able to provide full ecosystem solutions: advanced materials designed for 3D Printing, better interfaces in CAD software for better design, drying solutions.”

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