Visiting 3D print shops around the world was one of my favorite activities when I started blogging about 3D printer companies. Now that the company I founded on the wake of those experiences, 3D Printing Business Media Ltd., has grown into an global media company running three websites, an international team of professionals and conducting extensive market research in many industrial AM segments, visiting companies and shops is not often possible for me. So when, during a recent short holiday in Bangkok I found out about Septillion, a leading Thai 3D print shop and 3D products distributor, I took the opportunity to go back to this company’s roots: meeting and uniting everyone in the world of 3D printing, across all continents.
Going to visit a 3D print shop in any city is a fascinating experience. In Asia, it is also a challenging one since 3D print shops are generally the same size as everywhere else in the world but Asian cities are ten times as large as most European and US cities. This means that finding it is a challenge and getting there is sometimes even a bigger challenge. Getting to Septillion was not overly complex.
A ride to the last stop of the city metro line and then a quick taxi cab ride. The shop looks so much like shops seen in the US or in Italy. One window, lots of 3D printers and tons of colorful 3D printed objects. Septillion distributes some of the top new brands like Ultimaker, Zortrax, Formlabs and XYZprinting. Classic models like the ones you see at shows: impressive looking and not always easy to build, like the Zortrax robotic arm or complex dinosaur skeletons.
Founded in 2012 by two 3D printing enthusiasts (husband and wife), Septillion now services mostly professionals and companies. As a result of a recent partnership with a major local mobile operator, the company will soon open a new and much larger shop in a high-tech center located in a central part of Bangkok. At the same time, Septillion has now moved into larger size equipment, with the distribution of EOS systems (both metal and polymer) and the possible addition of HP’s new multijet fusion products to its lineup.
I met with Pranadda Boonpong, Septillion‘s marketing manager. She is quite excited about the recent evolution of the company.
“We sell a lot of systems, mostly to B2B clients but also some B2C as well. We sold Formlab systems to large clients such as Toyota, for internal development. Now they are looking into metal. We also sell a lot to jewelry companies and dental offices. 3Shape Thailand dental labs is one of our clients.”
Pranadda Boonpong, marketing manager
Septillion began by distributing some of the most successful low-cost systems such as the UP printer and the whole range of Zortrax and Ultimaker systems. They also were among the first to offer full color 3D printing through an Mcor IRIS system. They progressively added other products such as XYZprinting’s lineup and now they are moving into full industrial 3D printing distribution with EOS for both metal and plastic laser sintering.
Their story is similar to that of so many other 3D printing shops I’ve visited around the world and it’s fascinating to know that in any city, no matter how different, there are people who have the same passion and enthusiasm for 3D printing. In many cases this passion has led them to build a successful business with a great outlook for the future. In Bangkok and anywhere else, multiplied by a septillion.