When you look at 3D printing and Bitcoin, there are certain parallels to be drawn between both technologies. Disruptive technologies always seem to go hand in hand with one another, and these two are no different in that regard. 3D Hubs, the world’s largest network of 3D printers, has officially announced they are accepting Bitcoin payments.
3D Hubs – Get Something Printed Anywhere In The World
While we see more and more companies exploring the consumer aspect of 3D printing, there are still a lot of individuals and companies who do not want to make the initial investment of buying their own printer right away. And that is a smart decision, as you need to sample the print quality first before you can make such a business decision.
Luckily for all of us, there are services out there such as 3D Hubs. By connecting both individuals and businesses who already own a 3D printer to [potential] customers who need a 3D printing job in a short time span, a new ecosystem is created. After all, once you own a 3D printer, you have to keep finding a use for it, so why not help out others who are looking to get something printed and are willing to pay you money for doing so?
3D Hubs was originally founded back in 2013 and its offices are located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and New York. Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret – both former 3D Systems employees – started on this venture together in order to make 3D printing accessible to everyone around the world.
Earlier today, 3D Hubs announced on their Twitter feed the company is now accepting Bitcoin payments for any type of custom 3D printing job. By the looks of it, this is not a feature that requires manual activation by the person “selling” their 3D printing services to you, as 3D Hubs will process the payment on behalf of their customers. Once the money has been converted to fiat currency, it will be paid out to the person who printed the item(s) of your choice.
Bitcoin payments are processed by a company called Adyen, a technology provider powering payments for global commerce in the 21st century. Other businesses and organizations using Adyen to process their payments include Domino’s, OffGamers and Evernote.