We’ve received evidence that Denmark-based Blueprinter may be having financial issues.
According to the anonymous documents we’ve received, it appears that the Copenhagen company has been placed in bankruptcy and their affairs are being handled by a trustee.
If this is true, then it could form the loss of an interesting 3D printing technology.
Blueprinter produced an unusual powder-based 3D printing process called “SHS” that I liken to an old-style fax machine that uses heat to selectively solidify powder, layer by layer. The process was able to produce interesting objects, and even flexible objects from powder as seen in our previous post.
That a 3D printer manufacturer failed should not be a surprise; there are an astonishing number of 3D printer manufacturers in the world today, far more than are ultimately necessary.
In other more mature industries, technology evolution and patent expiries eventually lead to a handful of large-sized competitors. But before that stage is reached, many players must compete, invent and discover the best way to address the needs of clients.
That’s the stage we’re at today: a huge number of players are essentially testing the market every which way from Sunday. New technology approaches are constantly being discovered, implemented, sold and abandoned. The worthy shall survive.
The consequence of this activity is of course that many companies will fall, leaving behind the companies that have figured out a winning strategy, composed of not only good technology, but good marketing, service & support, financing and branding.
It’s possible Blueprinter won’t be in the mix.