Apr 19, 2016 | By Benedict

Silicon Valley 3D printing startup Mixed Dimensions, creator of cloud-based 3D model fixing software MakePrintable, has raised $4.3 million in a Series A round led by Alsop Louie Partners and Dolby Family Ventures. The company is in the process of refocusing its services toward the gaming market.

Founded in 2013 in Amman, Jordan, 3D printing software developer Mixed Dimensions is slowly carving out a path for itself through the wild and unpredictable world of 3D printing. The promising startup raised just under $1 million in Series A funding two years ago—arguably a more exciting period for the 3D printing industry than today—when it was primarily focused on developing a new and intuitive 3D modeling software. Over the last two years, the company has moved into 3D model fixing territory with its online MakePrintable service, a rival to Autodesk-owned Netfabb, used for optimizing and correcting models for 3D printing. The service was recently integrated into the MakerBot-owned 3D printing marketplace Thingiverse.

“Unlike most healing solutions out there, where the healing process is general and basic, our tech takes into consideration the targeted print, the final size of the print, [and] the printer or material used, resulting in a fix tailored to the desired final print,” Mixed Dimensions co-founder Mo Taslaq told TechCrunch. “Our solution also handles some of the most advanced issues in 3D printing such as wall thickness.”

After securing $4.3 million in Series A funding from investors, Mixed Dimensions is hoping to accelerate growth and deliver its flagship products to new customers around the world. Investors included original investor Silicon Badia and new investors Alsop Louie Partners, Dolby Family Ventures, Draper Athena and others. The company will also use its newly acquired funding to take on more staff, both at its Jordan HQ and Silicon Valley offices.

In addition to its MakePrintable error-fixing software, Mixed Dimensions is also pushing an even more niche service, aimed squarely at the 3D printer-friendly gaming community. GamePrint is a 3D printing service which allows gamers to capture and immortalize their most heroic, dastardly, speedy, tactical, or memorable in-game moments. It achieves this by turning the 3D graphics of the in-game situation into a 3D printable model, which gamers can then keep as a desktop memento of their finest gaming achievements. GamePrint makes use of the same cloud-based fixing and healing utilities found within MakePrintable.

“We came up with the idea of GamePrint a couple of years ago when we realized that everyone wants to print something that is relevant to them and to their personal experiences,” Taslaq explained. “One of our advisors back then was also in the toy industry, so we had an ‘aha’ moment: gamers are obsessed with their games, characters, and gameplay; 3D printing can provide a way to print these games. All we needed to do was make sure that the game scene was actually printable and, voila, you have GamePrint!”



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