With 3D printing into the future
You can now print human organs. And NASA is about to print components for space. Although the 3D print technology is still something people expect to see in science fiction movies, the market is booming.
As it gains popularity and potential, copyright protection becomes an issue. Which is exactly where Estonian startup Fabulonia comes into play. Based in Tallinn, the team of 18 members has been developing 3D printing security software and recently launched FabSecure, a cloud platform that allows companies to have a secure 3D printing business model from stores to printers and, at the same time, protect creative copyrights.
“We got interested in 3D printing and in solving the challenge of protecting copyrighted designs after realising its potential,” Finland-native CEO Kimmo Isbjörnssund. Although he knows that people “don’t always appreciate visionaries”, the ex-Nokia employee decided to found Fabulonia in 2012. “3D printing will impact our lives in ways the internet did when it emerged,” he said. “3D printing security and copyrights is an even more narrow focus but it is truly the missing piece of the mass adoption puzzle that will either make business models possible or crumble.”
For now, Fabulonia’s technology (pending patent internationally) is unique in the industry and the team claims to have no competition. “It allows anyone to sell and buy digital designs without distributing and exposing the actual 3D model,” Isbjörnssund said, “making it possible to monetise creative and copyrighted work.”
The price of the FabSecure 3D Streamer is 899 euros and includes integrated cloud access with 2GB of traffic and storage. Upgrade options with more cloud space for larger enterprises are also available. Their customers are mostly creative and printing studios as well as educational institutions. The startup already has several European resellers. “We will be expanding to other areas as soon as we can,” Isbjörnssund said.
“We will be very active in sales development but will also introduce very exciting and new types of innovations in 3D printing,” Isbjörnssund said. “We don’t see any limitations as to 3D printing in life. The change will be massive.”
The guys at Fabulonia seem to be ready for it.