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3D Hubs, the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services, announced the acquisition of Printivate, a specialised service for optimising and fixing 3D models.

3D Hubs will integrate Printivate in its platform to improve 3D file handling and printability prediction. Adrian Muresan, CEO and founder of Printivate, will join the 3D Hubs team as R&D lead at the Amsterdam office.

3D Hubs helps designers and engineers to 3D print their prototypes and end-parts through a local service provider. When going from a digital model to a physical 3D printed object many complex calculations take place that are relevant for the printability and quality of the final product.

“Printivate developed advanced computational software that allows 3D Hubs to simplify and automate this process. The automation will lead to faster turnaround times, lower failure rates, less handling and higher quality prints throughout the platform” says Muresan.

As the leading marketplace for 3D printing services, 3D Hubs aims to automate the process of 3D printing as much as possible. By using automated, smart 3D model analysis, their 3D printing services will be able to streamline the incoming order flow, reduce handling and turnaround time per print, allowing them to take more orders at less cost. For the customer, potential failure rates drop dramatically while print quality improves.

With the data of over 500,000+ printed parts available, the impact of the automation on both the company as well as the user is expected to be significant. “Our goal is to build the most efficient 3D print solution for professionals working in design and manufacturing. We're going to achieve this by integrating advanced tools directly into the 3D Hubs platform. The acquisition of Printivate is another large step forward.” says Bram de Zwart, CEO of 3D Hubs.

The first functionality is expected to go live on 3dhubs.com before the end of the year.