While working for a global design consultancy, Founder Chris White realized what an incredible waste it was for a $600,000 router to sit idle for weeks at a time. Having previously used freelancing websites like Upwork and Fiverr to build personal websites, Chris wondered if the same sort of freelancing website would be helpful in the manufacturing industry. With the goal of providing a marketplace for buyers and sellers of manufactured parts and services, Chris created a new web-based platform, 3DHoudini, that would provide businesses and individuals seeking manufacturing products and services access to a large pool of talent, while giving manufacturers, engineers and designers the freedom and flexibility to find jobs online.
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With market access, freelance manufacturers compete globally!
3D printers, 3D scanners and robotic arm milling equipment has improved and come down in price. Advanced equipment and materials enable small manufacturers to produce high quality, competitively priced parts. We call these new lean operators of advanced equipment the “freelancers of manufacturing.” They are typically individuals or sole proprietors working from a low-cost facility with minimal staffing requirements and without the overhead of larger businesses. A rapidly growing number of companies are cutting out retailers and selling direct-to-consumer (D2C) through online marketplaces such as Amazon or Shopify. These D2C companies are increasing the demand for fast-turnaround, low-volume manufacturing.
3DHoudini’s marketplace allows companies to sell time on their equipment without investing time and effort into finding customers. We provide low-cost market entry for businesses with under-utilized equipment or staff.
Defray the cost of expensive equipment
3DHoudini provides a hassle-free way for companies looking to defray the cost of expensive capital equipment by sharing it with paying customers. Asset sharing is not a new concept. What 3DHoudini is doing is similar to what Uber or Airbnb are doing, except instead of cars or houses, we allow people or companies to share manufacturing equipment and theirexpertise in operating it (not physically sharing equipment, but rather, producing parts and providing services).