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An Interview with Matt Gajkowski, CEO and CTO, Tiko 3D
April 1, 2015
Newcomer Tiko 3D has made quite a splash since it has come onto the 3D printer scene recently. The company has experienced an incredible show of support and investment via their Kickstarter campaign (begun on March 30) which met twice its own initial goal within in the first 24 hours it was up. Coincidently, now less than 48 hours in, the company’s campaign now boasts 1,913 backers and has raised $317,842 which is over 300% of their original $100,000 goal. As we promised in an earlier post, we were able to get in contact with the company who granted us an interview with CEO and CTO Matt Gajkowski. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) How and when did you all decide to get into 3-D printing? What is it from your background that led you to this point? How did you come up for the idea for the Tiko3D?
2) Who are the key employees at your company and what are their roles?
3) What type of material or filament does the Tiko3D work best with? Do you have plans to expand into other materials in the future?
4) What types of reactions did you get when you were at SXSW in Austin? Did the festival further cement your belief that you had a winning product? At this point are you hoping for some "angel investors" and VC contributions, or will Kickstarter be enough to sustain you for now?
5) What are build sizes are possible within Tiko3D? Is the technology scalable at all at this point?
6) Without giving away any trade secrets, can you talk a little bit about how your machine actually prints? I know that it does not print in the standard Cartesian manner most 3D printers do. What was it that prompted you to design the printer this way?
7) I also read that you have developed your own software to go along with the printer. Can you talk a little bit more about it, that is, how it can be used and if there are any limits on range/proximity?
8) Who or what industries, at this point, are you aiming your product towards?
9) In your mind, given the wealth of 3-D printing technologies and devices out there, what makes yours stand out from the crowd (That is, besides the incredibly low price)?
10) Given the explosion in the industry, what do you see from it in the next 5-10 years? Will it continue to become more crowded and do you think we will reach a point where it becomes commonplace for everyday consumers to have a 3-D printer in their house?