QU-BD of Little Rock Makes 3-D Printing Accessible

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 am  

He said it’s been tough making sure the kits go out with all parts included. The company uses a jeweler’s scale to weigh the kits before shipping, but it’s possible that some tiny parts get lost, and that is reflected in the comments of Kickstarter backers who received incomplete kits.

QU-BD replaces lost parts free of charge, Myers said.

Other times, buyers modify QU-BD printers before assembling them. “A lot of times people are pushing the envelope when they don’t have the basics down,” Myers said. “That’s the one thing that we’ve found in buying competitors’ 3-D printers is that they all work. We see reports that brand X, Y or Z doesn’t work — it does work, but you have to follow the instructions and have a little bit of mechanical intuition.”

But beyond these difficulties, the endeavor seems to have been successful for QU-BD.

The company now has five full-time employees and Myers said sales for QU-BD in 2014 should approach $3 million. Some of the company’s clients have been Google, Microsoft, 3M and Xerox, as well as a host of universities, including Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and Brown University in Providence, R.I., and also the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Central Arkansas.

Myers said what QU-BD is doing could have the potential to change the face of the industry.

“Up until what we are doing, you couldn’t get a 3-D printer for less than the cost of an Xbox,” he said. “Being able to have a professionally made 3-D printer, even if it’s a bit slow, I think that’s a game-changer, especially since it’s made in the U.S.A.”

 

 

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