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Come and visit CUBOYO tomorrow at the EPFL Entrepreneurship Days!
The address is La Forge@EPFL, Innovation Park, Bâtiment C, 1015 Lausanne – Switzerland –
Cuboyo’s 3D Printer will be running and the Cuboyo Team + interns will be available to answer your questions.
We are looking forward to meeting you.
The Cuboyo Team
Feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone interested in 3D printing or Start-up in general! Cuboyo is looking for its future associates & interns.
Cuboyo, The internet marketplace for objects to 3D print
Bespoke by Cuboyo, Your unique personalized smartphone case, thanks to 3D printing!
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iphone 6

Good news for iPhone freaks who wish to protect their beloved new cell phones. « Bespoke by Cuboyo » is now offering its personalization service to smart phone cases for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+! Just a few clicks away, and it is possible for a private individual or a company to create a truly personalized smart phone case with a logo, a date or a name.

Lausanne (Switzerland), 5th November 2014 - Created using 3D printing technology, these decorative yet functional cases are a personalized expression of the consumer’s needs leveraging the latest printing innovations. With the support of a sophisticated yet user-friendly interface, each customer is able to create a personalized cell phone case complete with custom text, logos, and colors online. Cuboyo will then manufacture the user’s design specifications to the highest quality Swiss standards and ship it directly to his mailbox. Adaptable for corporate teams, small and medium-sized businesses, community organizations, schools, and individual use, “Bespoke by Cuboyo” offers a wide variety of design-conscious options for smartphone users. Now that is smart design for your brand new iPhone 6 and that is a great gift idea.

Further information

 

Cuboyo was created by three 3D printing enthusiasts at the beginning of 2013. They imagined an accessible platform for buyers and sellers to exchange 3D printable files to fully realize the revolutionary possibilities of 3D printing. In December 2013 they launched “Bespoke by Cuboyo” a service offered to private individuals and companies to customize an object; they will then produce it with the help of 3D printers and deliver it.

 

For a video and introduction on Cuboyo, please go to www.cuboyo.com/how

 

If you need further information or illustrations, please contact us anytime at pr@cuboyo.com

 

Best regards,

 

The Cuboyo Team,

www.cuboyo.com

http://bespoke.cuboyo.com

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Eyepatch Cuboyo

Cuboyo’s Halloween Challenge has ended. The happy winner is BJ with his pirate eyepatch design. A selection of the 3 best designs of the competition can be found on cuboyo’s homepage.

 

Lausanne (Switzerland), 28th, 2014 – Among pumpkins and spiders, the designer BJ pulled his hook out of the game with his pirate eyepatch design. His accessory will be printed and sent to him before Halloween. He will thus be able to make full use of his pirate eyepatch Friday evening! The best designs of the competition can be found on the homepage of cuboyo.com

 

Further information

Cuboyo is the work of three 3D Printing enthusiasts. They imagined an accessible marketplace for buyers and sellers to exchange 3D printable files to fully realize the revolutionary possibilities of 3D printing.

 

For a video and introduction of Cuboyo’s concept, please go to www.cuboyo.com/how

 

For our newest service – the production of personalized smartphone cases – please, go to http://bespoke.cuboyo.com

 

If you need further information or illustrations, please contact us anytime at pr@cuboyo.com

 

Best regards,

 

Team Cuboyo

www.cuboyo.com

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Cuboyo, the marketplace for objects to 3D print launches its Halloween Challenge. Vampire tooth’s, spiders, witch’s noses etc. have the place of honor: designers have until the 23rd of October to upload their best Halloween accessory design on cuboyo.com.

 

Lausanne (Switzerland), October 1st 2014 – Halloween is on its way and so are the scary costumes. Cuboyo is getting ready by launching a challenge to 3D designers. The rule is simple: 3D designs of original Halloween accessories have to be uploaded on cuboyo.com before October 23rd (midnight UTC+2).

 

The three finest designs will be displayed on Cuboyo’s homepage for two weeks (starting October 24th) and the winner will receive his design 3D printed directly in his mailbox ready to use for Halloween.

 

Recommendation

 

- Don’t forget to read the “Design Guidelines on Cuboyo Homepage (under “Sell Objects/Guidelines”)

- The designs have to be uploaded in STL format

- The dimension must be in millimeters (1inch = 25.4mm)

- The design must measure a maximum of 200x200x200mm

- For each design, participant must indicate: the name of the item, a short description and a preferred color.

 

The number of participations by designer is not limited.

 

The designs have to be uploaded on cuboyo.com before October 23rd (midnight UTC+2).

 

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Further information

 

Cuboyo was created by three 3D printing enthusiasts. They imagined an accessible platform for buyers and sellers to exchange 3D printable files to fully realize the revolutionary possibilities of 3D printing.

 

For a video and introduction on Cuboyo, please go to www.cuboyo.com/how

 

For our newest service – the production of personalized smartphone cases – please, go to http://bespoke.cuboyo.com

 

If you need further information or illustrations, please contact us anytime at pr@cuboyo.com

 

Best regards,

 

The Cuboyo Team,

www.cuboyo.com

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Plot comparing the environmental impact of 3D printing to other manufacturing techniques

A carbon footprint study of 3D printing vs. injection molding

The study compares the environmental impact of traditional injection molding manufacturing with that of 3D printing. Focusing on the presence of carbon emissions and the size of production, the results show that 3D printing has a lower environmental impact than traditional injection molding manufacturing under certain conditions. The study was undertaken in 2013 by Cuboyo (www.cuboyo.com), a platform for 3D printable objects, with calculations made by Quantis, an agency specializing in environmental life cycle assessment based in Lausanne, Switzerland and Boston, Massachussetts.

3D printing technology allows consumers to produce a wide range of products independently. The technology has existed for decades but recently the cost of 3D printers has decreased significantly, making this technology available to the general public.

The trend in today’s individualized society is increasingly towards customization of products. As Chris Anderson (The Economist, WIRED, author of The Long Tail, and CEO of 3DRobotics) has stated, “Rather than the personal computer, we have personal manufacturing.” As 3D printing has begun to provide designers and consumers with more possibilities, it is has also started to compete with the existing industrial supply chain in terms of cost, speed, and ecological impact.

In addition to promoting more customization among consumers, 3D printing is shown to be more environmentally friendly than traditional manufacturing methods. Most low-cost 3D printers use a raw material called PLA (polylactic acid), a thermoplastic derived from renewable resources. It can save fossil fuel, according to NatureWorks LLC, and reduce waste rather than create it because it is biodegradable. 3D printing may reduce the utility of mass production, because in the latter approach, innovation is restrained by “economies of scale”- the more an item is produced, the cheaper it becomes.

The study compares the injection molding method with three types of 3D printers:
- Makerbot Replicator 2 – Low cost (<$2,500, Medium quality)
- Objet 30Pro – Moderate Cost (<$15,000, Medium-High Quality)
- Objet Eden Series2/3 – Expensive (<$100,000, High Quality)

In this study, the following assumptions were made regarding mass production and mass customization:
• Mass production refers to the injection molding method
• Mass production is defined by: 1 variant of an object replicated 1 million times
• Mass customization is defined by: 1 million of variants of an object are replicated only once
• The frontier between mass customization and mass production is defined at 1,000 variants replicated 1,000 times
• For injection molding and 3D printing, objects are made of Polypropylene (PP) and Polylactic acid (PLA), respectively.
• The object analyzed in this study is an iPhone 5 case with a weight of 12 grams
• The printing time is approximately 50 min, with electricity consumption derived from European UCTE consumption data (Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity)
• The life cycle of the 3D printer is calculated at with 5 years at the rate of 50 prints per year
• The electricity requirement for the production (and the recycling) for Objet30Pro has been estimated to be 3 times higher and 20 times higher for the Objet Eden Series 2/3 than for the Makerbot Replicator 2
• Ecoinvent 2.2 parameters have also been taken to conduct this study

Figure 1: Environmental impact of a customized iPhone 5 case between a mass production tools (injection molding) and mass customization techniques (3D printing). The injection molding is impacted negatively by the number of variants, which directly increases the number of molds; the worst case being creating 1 Million of different molds to create 1 Million of different variants. Thanks to additive manufacturing which is a tool-free technique, 3D printing has a controlled environmental impact for highly customized objects. The closest result for a lower environmental impact would be the Makerbot Replicator 2 and other 3D printers.

The study shows that, on the one hand, classic manufacturing is not adapted for low volume production of different objects in terms of environmental impact. On the other hand, the 3D printing technique cannot compete with injection molding for high volume production. The environmental impact of 3D printing is also influenced by the electrical consumption of the type of 3D printer used. Higher quality 3D printers (Objet Eden Series2/3) tend to have a higher electrical consumption compared to low cost 3D printers (Makerbot Replicator 2).

3D printing technology tends to be ecologically interesting for low volume production (

The study shows that 3D printing has a reduced environmental impact compared to injection molding for low volume production (

3D printing is being promoted as the technology that will lead us into the next industrial revolution. Clothing, electronics, replacement body parts, biological components, and even entire functional organs will be able to be built in the near future. Consumers should be aware of and prepared to enter the third industrial revolution governed by mass customization and a lower environmental impact.

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About Cuboyo
Cuboyo LLC was created in Switzerland in 2013 by three 3D Printing enthusiasts. They felt that there was not an accessible marketplace for buyers and sellers to exchange 3D printable files to fully realize the revolutionary possibilities of 3D printing.

http://www.cuboyo.com/

About Quantis
Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialized in supporting organizations to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. Quantis is a global company with offices in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and France and employs close to 60 people, amongst which several are internationally renowned experts in the LCA field. The Canadian branch of Quantis is a spin-off of the CIRAIG from the École Polytechnique de Montréal, a research center specialized in environmental life cycle assessment.

http://www.quantis-intl.com/

For Further Information

For a video introduction and information in “How it works”: www.cuboyo.com/how

For general information on 3D printing:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-12/your-future-will-be-manufactured-on-a-3d-printer.html

http://www.zdnet.com/chris-anderson-why-i-left-wired-3d-printing-will-be-bigger-than-the-web- 7000007535/

For general information on this study:

http://www.natureworksllc.com/Product-and-Applications/Durable-Goods

http://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/design-series

http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html

http://www.ecoinvent.ch/

If you need further information or illustration, please contact us anytime at pr@cuboyo.com and we will respond to you shortly.

Thank you very much for your time.
The Cuboyo Team
www.cuboyo.com

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Cuboyo, the 3D printable file sharing platform, introduces a new service – the production of personalized design-, high tech cell phone cases.

Lausanne (Switzerland), December 4th 2013 – With increasingly advanced production methods, cell phones have become smarter, but have cell phone cases? Bespoke by Cuboyo introduces smartphones cases that are actually smart. Created using 3D printing technology, these decorative yet functional cases are a personalized expression of the consumer’s needs leveraging the latest printing innovations. With the support of a sophisticated yet user-friendly interface, each customer is able to create a personalized cell phone case complete with custom text, logos, and colors online. Cuboyo will then manufacture the user’s design specifications to the highest quality Swiss standards and ship it directly to his mailbox. Adaptable for corporate teams, small and medium-sized businesses, community organizations, schools, and individual use, Bespoke by Cuboyo offers a wide variety of design-conscious options for smartphone users. Now that is smart design.

 

Bespoke is the newest venture from Cuboyo.com, a 3D printable file sharing platform launched in June 2013. Following the launch of Cuboyo, a study was published revealing the systemic advantages of 3D printing over traditional injection molding for its reduced environmental impact. This study, realised by Quantis – an agency specializing in environmental life cycle assessment – demonstrated how low production numbers are not possible for the traditional injection molding method, which is only beneficial for mass production.  3D printing, on the other hand, as exemplified by Bespoke by Cuboyo, enables high quality customizable objects to be produced in smaller quantities, thus preserving natural resources and minimizing waste. Smartphone cases have rarely been as environmentally friendly – another reason Bespoke by Cuboyo’s smartphone cases are actually smart.

 

With this new service, Cuboyo aims to promote the use of 3D printing for broad access to customization possibilities.

 

If you need further information or illustration, please contact us anytime at pr@cuboyo.com and we will respond to you shortly.

 

Thank you very much for your time.

The Cuboyo Team

www.cuboyo.com

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As the possibility of a “3D printable gun” has been circulated around the world, people may believe that 3D printers are dangerous. In fact, there is a lot of good that will come from 3D printers, from revolutionizing how we customize our lives and our objects, to changing how we access critical replacement parts

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 20th 2013 – Three 3D Printing enthusiasts with backgrounds in industrial engineering and software have launched Cuboyo.com, a unique online platform which allows designers to offer their 3D creations to consumers around the world. With 3D printers becoming more affordable, Cuboyo allows 3D printable file designers to have unprecedented access to consumers, at the same time that consumers receive unprecedented access to a variety of printable files.  The website effectively fills the gap between skilled designers and consumers.  Cuboyo.com is now the virtual library for any type of useful object consumers can 3D print and use immediately.

 

The process flow is simple: a skilled designer creates a file corresponding to a 3D product such as a cell phone case, chess set, or ice cube tray, which is then uploaded to Cuboyo.com. Consumers can then browse through the categories, select their preferred objects, and download the corresponding files for printing. Office supply chain Staples just starting retailing 3D printers at the beginning of June and Amazon.com has now been selling 3D printers online for over a week. As the demand for 3D printers increases, so will the demand for accessible and affordable 3D printable files.

Typically, websites offering 3D creations have been the province of technophiles; Cuboyo now offers a user-friendly platform for selecting objects to make with a 3D printer, effectively democratizing this revolutionary production method. The website is comparable to an “App Store for objects” that can be created with a 3D printer.

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For Further Information

 

Cuboyo LLC was created in Switzerland in 2013 by three 3D Printing enthusiasts. They felt that there was not an accessible marketplace for buyers and sellers to exchange 3D printable files to fully realize the revolutionary possibilities of 3D printing.

 

For a video introduction and information in “How it works”: www.cuboyo.com/how

For general 3D printing information:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-12/your-future-will-be-manufactured-on-a-3d-printer.html

http://www.zdnet.com/chris-anderson-why-i-left-wired-3d-printing-will-be-bigger-than-the-web-7000007535/

 

If you need further information or illustration, please contact us anytime at pr@cuboyo.com and we will respond to you shortly.

 

Thank you very much for your time.

The Cuboyo Team

www.cuboyo.com

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