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Mixed Dimensions retools its 3D printing software to target gamers, b2b – TechCrunch

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

San Francisco-based Mixed Dimensions, which manufactures software targeting the 3D printing space, has closed a $4 million Series A, with the funding round led by SiliconValley investors Alsop Louie Partners and Dolby Family Ventures.
Existing investors, which include its original investor Silicon Badia, in addition took part, joined by new investor Draper Aand soa and others. The new funding can be funneled into tech development of its core product and in addition for hiring aimed at expanding market share.
We last covered Mixed Dimensions two years ago when its grand plan was to create a marketplace for 3D printable objects — to tap into what it assumed may be fast-flowing consumer demand to print all sorts of objects.
In the in factt it’s had to have a rethink, given 3D printing has plunged of peak hype, back in 2014, to the relative doldrums of low uptake and reduced expectation in 2016. There’s pretty no doubt which weight market commercialization of additive making has proved additional fiddly and time-consuming than a few envisaged.
Mixed Dimensions has thus retooled its original concept, and shifted focus of consumer to b2b. It is now pushing two products: MakePrintable a cloud-based verifying/healing/repairing tool for 3D printing which it’s largely angling as a b2b product; and GamePrint, a consumer tool which empowers gamers to 3D print a particular gameplay moment. Because nothing says ‘pwned ya!’ really like having a 3D version of the moment you pwned your gaming buddy sitting on your desk for posterity.
The startup was in addition previously hoping to have closed a Series A back in summer 2014 but co-founder Mo Taslaq says it has instead been working on its innovation, while in addition, doubtless, adapting to the slower burn reality of 3D printing demand.
It launched a beta last October and Taslaq says it now has “several thousands” of users. It is in addition been forging links with others in the space, inking partnerships with 3D printing services, CAD tools and marketplaces — which include Thingiverse. So the considering here looks to be of 3D printing players banding together to advantageous assist what modest demand there is.
“3D printing has not exploded into a mainstream tech especially for consumers and there are many reasons for this whether hardware related, software related, or in fact general awareness/education on how 3D printing is a require to have vs a really great to have,” says Taslaq. “We decided to re-focus on our core competency which is createing new innovation and decided to tackle head-on one of the bigger issues in 3D printing today: printability.”

“Unlike many [3D version] healing solutions out there where the healing system is general and basic our tech takes into consideration the targeted print, [whatever] the final dimensions of the print, the printing device or material utilized, resulting in a fix tailored to the desired final print and our solution in addition handles a few of the many high end issues in 3D printing such as wall thickness,” he adds.
Makeprintable is “mainly targeting” other 3D printing companies — such as marketplaces like Shapeways — pretty than being a direct to consumer play. Whilst GamePrint is focutilized on a consumer niche but one which the startup is betting can be faster on the uptake of nascent 3D printing than the average consumer.
“We came with the thought of GamePrint a couple of years ago when we accomplished which everyone wants to print a fewthing which is relevant to them and to their very own experiences and nothing can live to the expectations and streamline the system to a single click like capturing of gameplay moments,” he says, adding which the team has a gaming background, which include previously createing middleware tech for gaming engines like Unity.
“One of our advisors back and so was in addition in the toy industry so when we had an aha moment: gamers are obsessed with their games, characters and gameplay, 3D printing can provide a way to print these games, all we requireed to do is to manufacture certain which the game scene is in fact printable and voila you have gameprint!”
Mixed Dimensions is not the just company hoping 3D selfies can fire up consumer interest in additive making. Indeed, German company Doob has opened bricks and mortar stores in several cities around the world where consumers can walk in, get body scanned and pick up a 3D micro-replica of themselves at a later date. But the gaming selfie spin does at very least address a additional specific demographic — and get around the ‘uncanny valley’ problem of attempting to sell folks a realistic 3D selfie.
In terms of main competitors at this point, Taslaq name checks Materialise​ and Autodesk — which include the latter’s new acquisition, Netfabb.

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