Jellypipe AG, headquartered in Fislisbach, Switzerland, has launched its online B2B Additive Manufacturing platform in the UK and Ireland. The platform brings together manufacturers requiring additively manufactured parts and components with AM solutions providers that own and curate online ‘shops’ via Jellypipe, which provide users with access to advice and consultation.
“We are delighted to bring the Jellypipe 3D printing platform to the United Kingdom and Ireland,” stated Georges Benz, president and co-founder of Jellypipe. “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.”
Benz continued, “The principle 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,” he continued. “It really couldn’t be more powerful or more simple to engage.”
According to Jellypipe, there is a concerted effort across all industry sectors to assess the viability of using Additive Manufacturing technologies as alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes such as injection moulding and CNC machining. With high-quality, reliable, and repeatable metal and plastic AM solutions being readily available, the possibilities now exist for a move by many sectors of industry into AM for production applications.
Users of the Jellypipe platform can upload their 3D files directly for viewing by their chosen solutions provider.The solutions provider will liaise with the customer if necessary to optimise designs or advise on materials, and the job will then be put out to the service provider network for quotes. Quotes will come back for the quickest delivery and for the least expensive cost of production, and the customer can choose which is best, select, and have the parts shipped directly to their premises.
Scott Colman, Jellypipe representative for the UK and Ireland, commented, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Benz noted, “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 thirteen different Additive Manufacturing processes, and fifty different printable plastic or metal materials. Time and costs are optimised as they will always receive the fastest delivery or best price offer, and ordering really couldn’t be more simple.”