(3rd September 2020, Zürich, Switzerland). There is some exciting news for the industrial 3D printing / additive manufacturing sector as established provider in continental Europe — Jellypipe — launches its compelling 3D printing B2B professional on-line ecosystem in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Jellypipe is perfectly positioned to help in the coordinated drive towards the use of 3D printing as an alternative to traditional manufacturing processes throughout industry. The platform brings together manufacturers requiring 3D printed parts and components with 3D printing solutions providers that own and curate on-line “shops” which give users access to best-in-class advice and consultation as well as a European-wide network of 3D printing service providers.

Georges Benz, President and Co-Founder of Jellypipe says, “We are delighted to bring the Jellypipe 3D printing platform to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Since 2018, Jellypipe has been working in continental Europe, and this is an important step for us as we work towards our platform being used globally. The principal behind Jellypipe is very simple, but is made possible by some extremely complex and intricate software which is the engine that makes using our platform so intuitive and rewarding commercially for all parts of the 3D printing ecosystem we host. Users of Jellypipe can easily access a huge resource of knowledge, advice, and consultation to ensure that the correct materials, 3D printing technology, and finishing is selected, and then receive quotes from the most extensive network of 3D printing service providers based on speed of delivery or lowest cost. It really couldn’t be more powerful or more simple to engage.”

There is a concerted move across all industry sectors to assess the viability of using 3D printing technologies as alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes such as injection moulding and CNC machining. With high quality, reliable, and repeatable metal and plastic 3D printing solutions being readily available today, the possibilities now exist for a concerted move by many sectors of industry to use 3D printing for production applications.

The reasons for this are centred around the inherent advantages of 3D printing when compared to alternative manufacturing technologies, namely the fact that it promotes innovation by producing parts with a geometric complexity impossible via traditional manufacturing processes, and negates the need for time consuming and costly tooling. 3D printing also facilitates rapid design changes, mass customisation, and allows for manufacturing on demand meaning you only produce what you need when you need it.

Scott Colman, Jellypipe representative for the UK and Ireland says, “It is the extent and the coherence of the Jellypipe platform that is so impressive. It overcomes many of the obstacles that stand between manufacturers and their use of 3D printing, key among which are a lack of understanding as to just what opportunities are available, and also an unwillingness to invest in what is often expensive and difficult to use technology. Jellypipe removes these hurdles and draws together ‘virtual shop’ owning 3D printing solutions providers with an extensive network of 3D printing service providers. The Jellypipe ecosystem means that manufacturers can tap into all the knowledge and expertise necessary to exploit 3D printing effectively for their requirements, and because of the number of service suppliers in the ecosystem can access the perfect technology and the perfect material and finishing options for their applications.”

Users of the Jellypipe platform simply upload their 3D files to their chosen virtual shop owning solutions provider, and then the rest is automatic. The solutions provider will liaise with the customer if necessary to optimise designs or advise on materials etc…, and then the job will be put out to the service provider network for quotes. Quotes will come back for the speediest delivery and for the least expensive cost of production, and the customer can choose which is best, select, and the next thing the parts arrive shipped direct to their premises.

Georges Benz concludes, “Simplicity is the absolute key behind Jellypipe’s success. The number of 3D printing service suppliers in our ecosystem means that customers have access to 13 different additive manufacturing processes, and 50 different printable plastic or metal materials. Time and costs are optimised as they will always receive a fastest delivery or best price offer, and ordering really couldn’t be more simple — upload the file, it is checked and if necessary repaired and then the order placed, all free of charge. We ensure that customers communicate with 3D printing solutions providers instead of direct with service providers in order to receive impartial professional advice on specific applications, limits, and optimisation of 3D printing for their specific requirements.”

Jellypipe is now actively recruiting both 3D printing solutions partners and 3D printing service providers in the UK and Ireland. Many solutions providers use Jellypipe as a uniquely affordable and attractive way to add 3D printing as an offering to complement their existing services, and of course, 3D printing service suppliers benefit from a hugely expanded market of potential customers. Any potential users are invited to access the 3D printing ecosystem through

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