Kwambio Platform: Ukrainians Are Taking 3D Printing to a Whole New Level

Set to launch closed beta version in October, Kwambio prepares to give designers and shoppers alike an interactive experience that will surely change the worlds of 3D printing and online purchasing. Commercial launch of the platform is set for the end of the year.

Founded in 2013 by Volodymyr Usov and Dmitriy Krivoshey, who share a passion for 3D printing, Kwambio aims to bring an innovative new type of platform to the market. After seeing flaws with the current 3D printing options, Volodymyr and Dmitriy decided to invest their time and money in an innovative solution—thus Kwambio was born.

After making a huge splash at the 2014 3D Print Show in London, the New York based startup made its way to the IDCEE conference in Kiev, where audiences were invited to create different products in real-time; to customize, personalize, and print a variety of items. For the initial designs being featured, Kwambio is working with Ukrainian designer Ivan Zhurba.

At the IDCEE 2014 Kwambio became the best Startup, and will receive 15,000 Euros and an award from the U-Start – a trip to Milan for the global U-Start conference.

“We’ve had really positive feedback, and also invited many designers to sell useful products on our platform. Martin Zampach, Clara Batlle, Bernat Cuni and Daniel Hilldrup, well-known designers and artists, are going to open their stores on Also retailers and plan to promote Kwambio through their customer networks,” commented Volodymyr, the company’s CEO and co-founder.

What’s so different about the Kwambio 3D printing platform?

Traditional 3D print options in the market allow the customer to personalize a product, but are weak in the at home post-design process, or require long wait times for shipping. A person can design an item on their computer, but it can take nearly a week to complete it. He or she requires the skills to model the product, then a program in order to execute the work. Files can be downloaded and shared, but are often unverified and not compatible with all printers. You can print anything, yet nothing.

With Kwambio’s platform, all the customer needs to do is hit the “print” button to receive their product. No modeling skills are needed, and the product is ready within a few clicks of a button.

Kwambio’s marquee feature is that each product can be customized and personalized (even with text on some items) right on your computer’s web browser, requiring no downloads or programs. The designers have already put the products in place and can provide plenty of options for customizing, and the product designs remain the sole property of the designers themselves. In addition to these features, users can share designs with others, or save products that they wish to customize for printing at a later date. The Kwambio team makes sure that every product available on the site is compatible with all commonly used 3D printers.

Industrial designers are being invited to feature their products and designs on the site, so that customers will have a wide variety of products that they can purchase from the comfort of their own home. Kwambio’s service is focused on functional and practical household items, such as lamps, vases, and book-holders, but may also showcase fashion items.

Upon launch of the platform, printing of products will be free, but within a few months customers will be asked to pay a “per print” fee on the site. Kwambio plans to roll out a mobile app for smartphones and tablets in 2015.

In Russian:

Украинцы основали первый в мире интернет-магазин для домашних пользователей 3D-принтеров. Проект Kwambio рассчитывает зарабатывать на продаже готовых 3D-моделей, созданных дизайнерами со всего мира.

Клиент сможет загрузить, например, шаблон вазы или люстры с сайта и распечатать на домашнем принтере. На интернет-ресурсе будет представлено пять основных категорий товаров: мода, дизайн, гаджеты, декор, искусство.

Команда собирается запустить закрытую бету в октябре, а сам проект — до конца года. После коммерческого запуска, разместить свои работы в магазине Kwambio смогут и другие. Бизнес-модель проекта подразумевает, что дизайнеры получат 70 % дохода от продаж, а площадка — 30 %.

Основатель Kwambio Владимир Усов рассказал, что площадка существует всего полгода, ее офис находится в Нью-Йорке и она ориентируется на мировой рынок 3D-печати. Правда, пока у нее один инвестор из Одессы, но его имя и сумма вложений не разглашаются.

Kwambio стал лучшим стартапом IDCEE 2014, который получит 15 тысяч евро и награду от U-Start – поездку в Милан на глобальную U-Start конференцию.


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