Canadian Startup PrintToPeer Wants to Build a Common OS for All 3D Printers

by Rob Lewis | Startups

3D printers seem like science fiction but one Canadian company argues the high-tech machines are "essentially operating in the stone age."

"Paper printers went from parallel ports, to plug-and-play USB, to wifi, but 3D printers are still standalone and not networked," explains PrintToPeer, a startup currently part of Vancouver accelerator GrowLab.

The company, which was listed on our most recent edition of the Techvibes 20, wants to change that and is building a common operation system for 3D printers, raising money to do so via Indiegogo.


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"Printing an object is really awkward; you currently need three different pieces of software, with hundreds of settings in each," PrintToPeer says. "Each printer, object, and material has different settings that need to be entered manually, and your laptop has to stay with the printer for the entire 18 hour print unless you physically transferred files via SD card."



PrintToPeer is replacing this with cloud printing and a dashboard and workflow. Of the 500 types of desktop 3D printers on the market, PrintToPeer networking will allegedly be compatible with 80% of them.

The startup was founded by Tom Bielecki, Kaz Walker, and James Thorne.

GrowLab Ventures Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

PrintToPeer is a Calgary-based statup aiming to make 3D printing easy for you and your enterprise. Our cloud-based platform will be released this fall; until then, we're working on something we think is really incredible. more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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