Reflecting the enthusiasm for the technology, there are more work enquiries than Allen can handle, and he’s actively seeking investment to add more printers to expand the Mak3d space’s capabilities and meet demand. In the last year alone, Allen estimates he’s made over 3,000 printed models and objects for more than 800 clients, including Jaguar Land Rover, Bucati and the BBC. Typical clients might include architects and product designers, but he’s also made icing molds for the food industry and for London 2012, mini versions of the Olympic Stadium that were on display in the Olympic village.
The Mak3d space is also home to Brikstarter, which aims to support Kickstarter projects with design, costing, and pledge videos. The model is based on taking 10 percent of the pledged amount, and a 10 percent share in the product or company. The vision is to go beyond business interest in 3D printing to reach the hobbyist and consumer markets. Who knows? The next big thing just might come out of the Mak3d co-working space.