Japanese 3D printing marketplace Rinkak has made a name for itself with its sleek aesthetic, unique 3D printing and post-processing services, and business solutions. And, now, the savvy startup behind Rinkak, Kabuku Inc., will have $750 million JPY (~$6.12 million USD) with which to grow even further. Having closed a Series A funding round led by Global Brain Corporation, Dentsu Digital Holdings, Inc., and MITSUI SUMITOMO INSURANCE Venture Capital Co., Ltd, the Japanese firm will be able to expand Rinkak services across the globe.
Kabuku has already established itself in the Japanese 3D printing space, most notably teaming with Toyota to develop custom auto parts for their Open Road Project. They’ve also launched the Loft Lab 3D Figurine Studio, with The Loft Co., Ltd., and demonstrated their amazing CMF services for Olympus Air. I’m pretty enthusiastic about these services, as they allow for a wide variety of post-processing for 3D prints that add textures, patterns, and finishes typically associated with mass manufacturing, but with an unique aesthetic flair. On top of that, the company has launched a manufacturing management service, which is meant to help 3D printing service providers manage their businesses efficiently – another interesting offering from a 3D printing marketplace.
The Series A news follows an initial Seed Round that saw $200M JPY from CyberAgent Ventures Inc., NISSAY CAPITAL CO., LTD., and FUJI STARTUP VENTURES, INC. launch the Rinkak marketplace in the first place in 2014. With this new funding, they will be able to grow their sales and marketing activities. Additionally, Kaubuku will be bringing on Jun Yamada as a new external director of their board, leveraging Yamada’s experience as former chairman and president of Qualcomm Japan to drive the growth of their digital fabrication platform.
As Kabuku grows, the company has launched a page dedicated to new open positions. If you’re looking to be a part of a growing firm that is becoming increasingly important in the global 3D printing space, this might be right up your alley.