3D Hubs, an Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based global network of local 3D printers, raised $4.5m in Series A financing.
The round was led by Balderton Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Mark Evans, General Partner at Balderton, will join 3d Hubs’ board.
The company intends to use the funds to accelerate expansion globally (it has just opened an office in NY that will allow them to grow the team from 20 to 30+ people this year)
Co-founded by Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, 3D Hubs aims to digitize the manufacturing of products via a global network that connects people who want to 3D print to 7,000+ local 3D printers.
Local communities are powered by roughly 100 ambassadors — better known as 3D Hubs Mayors — who organize local meetups, workshops and presentations to educate and inspire local makers.
The company has already partneres with Autodesk — a 3D software provider — and Smartphone manufacturer Fairphone.
28/08/2013: 3D Hubs Launches with Seed Funding from Balderton Capital