Online manufacturing platform 3D Hubs, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has changed its name to Hubs, in order to reposition the company as one offering a wide range of manufacturing services. The rebrand, which follows the company’s acquisition by Protolabs in January, also aims to strengthen its position as a leader in global outsourcing for custom part manufacturing.
Founded in 2013, the company originally established itself by connecting the world’s largest network of Additive Manufacturing services. Starting in 2018, at the request of its customers, the company expanded its manufacturing services to include CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication and injection moulding.
Existing users will not be affected by the rebranding. In the future, Hubs aims to expand its global network of manufacturing partners, complementing its service offering to that of Protolabs’ in-house facilities.
“COVID-19 and the resulting supply chain disruptions have accelerated the manufacturing market’s need to embrace supply chain resilience and efficiency,” stated Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder at Hubs. “Hubs has been at the forefront of this movement from the beginning, by creating pricing transparency, a globally distributed manufacturing partner network and smart routing of customer orders within this network. Together with Protolabs, we are now more ready than ever to drive the industry forward and make custom part manufacturing accessible to engineers worldwide.”