Dutch 3D printing marketplace giant 3D Hubs is buying Transylvanian startup Printivate, the companies announced Tuesday. Printivate Founder and CEO Adrian Muresan will become 3D Hubs’ R&D lead at their headquarters in Amsterdam.
Cluj-based Printivate operates a technology that fixes and improves 3D modeling, something that 3D Hubs will integrate into its own platform.
“Printivate developed advanced computational software that allows 3D Hubs to simplify and automate this process,” said Muresan. “The automation will lead to faster turnaround times, lower failure rates, less handling and higher quality prints throughout the platform.”
3D Hubs considers itself the leading marketplace for 3D printing services. The site lets customers upload designs, choose a printing material, then elect a service to actually print the design.
“Our goal is to build the most efficient 3D print solution for professionals working in design and manufacturing,” said 3D Hubs CEO Bram de Zwart. “We’re going to achieve this by integrating advanced tools directly into the 3D Hubs platform.”
3D Hubs, co-founded by Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, last raised money in July with a $7 million Series B funding round led by EQT Ventures. Combined with a $4.5 million Series A led by Balderton Capital in September 2014, they have raised at least $11.5 million (with seed funding in August 2013).
“The acquisition of Printivate is another large step forward. The first functionality is expected to go live on 3dhubs.com before the end of the year,” the companies stated in their announcement.