Paul Sieradzki, Co-Founder & Product Engineering Lead
From a world of affordable mass production and luxury customization to a world of ubiquitous mass customization, the manufacturing industry is on the precipice of a fundamental shift in the way the world thinks about how things are made, thanks to 3D printing technology.
So, what’s stopping it?
The 3D-printed goods on the market today are premium products that are available only to the few who can afford them. Until now, 3D printers have been designed as tools for engineers, architects, and enthusiasts—not as platforms for businesses running a manufacturing service at scale. Operating a fleet of today’s 3D printers requires a large, trained staff of engineers which keeps the cost of 3D printing services—and therefore, customized 3D-printed products—out of reach for most of us. The labor force behind on-demand manufacturing is the silent killer that keeps custom, 3D-printed products out-of-reach in a premium product tier and away from the mainstream market. And that’s where R3 Printing turns the tables. “At R3 Printing, we’re making the 3D-printed future affordable,” says Paul Sieradzki, the co-founder and product engineering lead at the company. Their soon-to-be-launched R3 Printer is engineered from the inside-out to be the automated, scalable additive manufacturing platform that businesses have been waiting for. R3 Printing’s patent-pending technology allows on-demand manufacturers to scale up their production and price themselves competitively, unlocking mass customization at prices that can compete with mass production.
“With R3 Printer, manufacturing is about to get personal,” says Sieradzki.
R3 Printer has been designed with the rapid advancement of materials science in mind. Its printhead is capable of reaching ultra-high temperatures, and the nozzles are made of hardened tool steel with a proprietary abrasion-resistant coating. They’ve designed the build surface to be upgradeable to a version that can withstand the sintering process required to densify metal parts to their final all-metal form. “It wasn’t easy, but we’re proud to offer our customers a solution that enables them to leverage the latest and greatest in materials science as part of their service offering to their clients,” states Sieradzki.
Laser-focused on serving on-demand manufacturers, R3 Printing designs and builds products that are more profitable to operate for its clients. The company designs its products like Cisco or Dell would design servers and networking equipment for data centers. “Using our competitors’ products is like trying to run a datacenter with iMacs - powerful enough, but decidedly consumer-grade equipment that quickly proves to be an inefficient investment,” says Sieradzki. Going with R3 Printing means that its on-demand manufacturing clients get a platform that’s purpose-built to not only scale up but also increase the efficiency and profitability of their business.
Having carved a unique niche in the 3D Tech space, R3 Printing has an ambitious product roadmap. Shortly after launching R3 Printer, the company will begin releasing the first premium cloud management capabilities that the customers can subscribe to on a feature-by-feature basis. In 2020 they’re going to launch R3 PrintGrid, which will be the company’s second hardware product. R3 PrintGrid is a package of vertically-stacked R3 Printer units that share a power delivery and liquid cooling system. “After that, we’ll begin implementing the next phase of our product roadmap, which involves automating the post-processing and QA portions of the on-demand manufacturing workflow. Those products are still under wraps,” informs Sieradzki. The company has also partnered with a platform called Republic for its latest fundraising round, which has already reached its maximum funding goal. With its innovative approach to building a scalable manufacturing platform powered by 3D printing technology, R3 Printing will not only capture market share from industry incumbents but also position itself to grow alongside a rapidly-expanding industry. “This is an incredible opportunity,” concludes Sieradzki.