Mar 16, 2015

3D Hubs accepts Bitcoin!

3D Hubs, a local 3D printing service now accepts payments in bitcoin! This is a major step forward to truly decentralized manufacturing economy!

From their press release:

Amsterdam, March 9, 2015
Bitcoin gets physical with 3D Hubs  

Bitcoin payment service provider BitPay, and 3D Hubs, the world’s largest network of 3D printers, have just announced a collaboration that will integrate bitcoin payments through Adyen into 3D Hubs’ network of over 13,000 privately owned 3D printers globally.

The partnership follows the recent news of Adyen’s integration of bitcoin. 3D Hubs, ​the Airbnb for 3D Printers, ​ is on a mission to make 3D printing accessible to everyone by connecting all the world’s 3D printers. The 3D Hubs model decentralizes production and promotes sustainability by eliminating the need for long­distance shipping. ​Today, the 3D Hubs network is providing over one billion people with access to a 3D printer within 10 miles of their home. 3D printing began in the early 80s as a form of rapid prototyping. 

The original 3D printer, invented by Chuck Hull, involved using UV beams to solidify layers of liquid photopolymer in a vat. Since then, 3D printing has rapidly evolved, and 3D printers can now create products in a whole range of materials including plastics, resins, metals, ceramics, and even food. In fact, you can now create just about anything you can dream of. 

This partnership connects bitcoin ­ a decentralized currency ­ to 3D Hubs’ decentralized manufacturing network, further strengthening the global movement towards decentralized industry.