3D Printing has firmly entered the public consciousness, but 3D design has not (yet). 3D printing without 3D design is meaningless and IT IS 3D was set up to address the issue, in particular in education.
IT IS 3D was founded in 2013 by two experienced entrepreneurs in the 3D technology field, Trupti Patel and Martin Stevens. They first got involved in the technology when it was still called Rapid Prototyping (RP), before terms such as Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing came to the fore.
IT IS 3D engages with the public, with the education sector and with corporates about the potential of 3D technologies. Talks, seminars, workshops and training are all part of IT IS 3D’s daily activity, both across the UK and overseas. In June 2016, IT IS 3D was commissioned to carry out its workshops and talks for a week in Shanghai, at the Mobile World Congress, introducing youngsters (and just as many adults) to the current and likely future impact of 3D technologies.
IT IS 3D also offers products as well as services.
Its products include low cost 3D printers, which can print food, silicon, ceramics and other pastes as well as a wide variety of plastic materials, both hard and soft. As well as 3D printers, IT IS 3D also supplies a range of printing material.
Its 3D scanners are amongst the best, and certainly the most cost-effective in the world. They are particularly valued by academics in universities, and also by designers and manufacturers in a wide range of industries.
As this is being written (in August 2016), IT IS 3D is also starting to offer personalised 3D printed orthotic insoles, so that every individual is empowered to walk in comfort, improve sporting performance, and overcome medical conditions, not just in their feet but also those medical conditions caused by poor gait, whether in their ankles, knees, hip or back.
IT IS 3D is your ideal partner for learning about 3D for implementing and exploiting the technologies; for exploring what a 3D future might look like, what opportunities and threats this might bring in business terms, as well as the implications for young people and their educators for future jobs and careers.