3D Hubs, a large 3D printing solutions service, will now be accepting bitcoin for payments, helped by its existing relationship with Adyen.
Adyen partnered with BitPay last month to enable a bitcoin payment option for its over 3,500 supported clients. Adyen processed over $25 billion in transactions last year.
3D Hubs aims to enable 3D printing for the masses, making it available to over a billion people worldwide located within ten miles of a print location. There are over 13,000 such locations around the world. Clients upload their 3D design in .STL format, chose the closest print location and then pick up the finished product.
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The company noted that Bitcoin and 3D printing share common ground, both being innovative and disruptive technologies. Bitcoin seeks to take out the middleman from financial transactions, while 3D printing looks to make sophisticated manufacturing available to common folk in their homes and offices.
The company said, “This partnership connects Bitcoin, a decentralized currency, to 3D Hubs’ decentralized manufacturing network, further strengthening the global movement towards decentralized industry.”
Over the past year, the two disciplines have crossed paths on several occasions. An NFC-enabled 3D-printed bitcoin payment terminal was rolled out in Germany, also supported by BitPay. Vermont’s first bitcoin ATM, recently taken out of service, was set up in a 3D print shop. And media professional service Mediabistro has shifted focus to events in the Bitcoin and 3D printing sectors.