February Newsletter – Freelancing 2021



2021 is off to a great start and we’re excited to show you what we’re up to!
We pride ourselves on delivering a truly open market. Our unrestrictive platform allows the buying community to decide what will be a success. As providers of this marketplace, it is our responsibility to protect our users and mitigate product quality issues, and we take that seriously.

Impact & Sustainability

Socio-Economic Impact We are the first online marketplace to apply a freelancing platform model to the manufacturing industry. As such, we are helping businesses and individuals increase production and profits. Freelancing sites have been extremely successful in empowering the “little guys,” a.k.a. freelancers, by giving them access to a global market.

Sustainability There’s a lot of buzz around 3D printing and sustainability these days. It is more environmentally efficient to print only the required number of parts as close to the customer location as possible, not only to prevent waste, but also to minimize the amount of logistics miles traveled. This study shows that energy and CO2 emissions of industrial manufacturing are reducible by 5% through 3D printing by 2025.

What’s new?

A New Look We have a new logo and a new look for 2021! If you haven’t seen the platform in a while, you should check it out!

Algorithm Matching We’ve added a splash of AI to the platform. We use algorithm matching to pair buyers and sellers using data collected with surveys.

New Categories We have expanded our services to now include Onboarding Support, Production Consulting, Electronics, Robotics, Sculpture and Art.

Our Onboarding Support category provides a space for service providers to connect with buyers who are looking for a little extra hand-holding or need assistance getting started.

Other great new features include:

Certifications Service providers can list certifications, registrations and insurance policies.

Custom Contracts Buyers or sellers can upload custom contracts for orders. These may include product guarantees, indemnification clauses, etc. Nobody else in the industry has this feature.

Alerts Service providers can opt in to receive notifications when a project is posted that meets their personalized settings.

Coming Soon…

Platform features coming soon:

Instant Quote We are in the process of adding an Instant Quote feature (like Xometry or 3D Systems). It won’t be for everyone, but it’s nice to have the option.

Video Chat Our new video chat feature will be ready to connect buyers and sellers shortly.

Industry News

3D Hubs Acquisition In January of this year, 3D Hubs, our closest competitor, was acquired by Protolabs for $280 million in cash and $50 million in stock. Protolabs is one of the world’s largest 3D print manufacturers. It is not a marketplace. Prior to this acquisition, 3D Hubs is reported to have eliminated many thousands of its service providers, establishing an even more restricted market for its users and making the company even more vertically vested.

In our opinion, this acquisition underscores 3DHoudini’s position as the industry’s only true open marketplace, and reveals the enormous demand for the service we provide.
Thank you for being a part of what we’re doing! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-632-9082 or email Info@3DHoudini.com.