Formlabs, the world’s leading manufacturer of low-cost SLA 3D printers, is about to make its presence throughout the world even more significant by signing new distribution partnerships with companies throughout three different continents, in especially strategic regions.
The company, founded in 2012 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms, is now leading the charge and fulfilling its mission of taking resin based professional grade SLA technology to everyone. Shortly after consolidating its presence in Europe, with a Berlin HQ and partners in the UK, Italy and France, Formlabs has now expanded into the Scandinavian market by partnering with Sweden’s Creative Tools. The African market is now covered through the partnership with Build Volume, with both companies acting as resellers of top several brands of professional grade 3D printers (including Ultimaker, Zortrax, MakerBot, 3D Systems, Mcor, Roland, and more) which, incidentally, is the same strategy adopted in European expansion so far.
The Middle East, EMEA region will be covered through the deals with Israel’s Systematics – which also offers MakerBot and MarkForged systems – and Turkey’s 3bFAB, which is also a Zortrax and MakerBot reseller. Venturing further into the South Asian market, Formlabs paired its Singapore distribution activities with 3Developer, a new partner based in South Korea that also deals in LulzBot, Printrbot and Ultimaker 3D printers.
“Today’s partnerships mark another exciting chapter in Formlabs’ rapid growth,” said Luke Winston, Sales and Operations Lead of Formlabs. “Together with our partners, Formlabs will continue expanding distribution and service to new markets, growing our already existing footprints in Asia and Europe, and furthering our mission of bringing affordable, powerful desktop 3D printing to users around the globe.”
Apparently, the recent launch and high-level presence of Formlabs at the recent Euromold paid off. The company was able to fill the void left by the many companies that did not participate in this past edition of the event by capturing most of the attention from the distributors present with the high-profile launch of the new Form 2 3D printer model. With today’s new partners, Formlabs’ reach now extends across five continents – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America – and has established, starting basically from zero only three years ago, a significant international presence. Something tells me this is but the beginning.